Things I’ll Miss About Our “Normal” Home

(This post was written long before we moved into the RV [July 9, 2016] but was never published. I ran across it today and thought it was too good not to share, so I’m posting it. I hope to do a follow-up “how realistic were my expectations” post soon.)
While it may seem like RVing full-time will be all roses (oh the places we’ll go! The things we’ll see!), realistically we know there will be plenty of mishaps, breakdowns, and rough days… just like life in any other house (okay, other than the “breakdowns”). So today I want to share a few things that I’ll miss about our “normal” home, to balance out all the “it’s going to be amaaaaaazing” posts you’ll usually find here.

Long, Hot Showers. It will be difficult saying goodbye to those 30-minute soaks in the tub. Those refreshingly warm steamy showers that go on until my feet and hands are wrinkled to perfect prune-ness.

Daily MailI’m a mail junky. Even when we’re not expecting anything “fun” (i.e., personal letters, packages) I still love running out to the mailbox to see what we’ve received. Being greeted by a totally empty mailbox is a disappointment second only to receiving nothing but bills. Along the same lines as the above point, I’m going to desperately miss Amazon. It’s my happy place. What am I going to do without it?! What is this Walmart you speak of? You mean I’m really going to have to go out to shop? I think I’m going to cry just thinking about it.

Books. Real, physical, beautiful, fragrant books. eBook readers like Kindle are great in their own right, but nothing compares to having a physical copy of a book in hand. Our family will, of course, be taking a few books with us, but for the most part we’re going to be either reading eBooks or, when available, using the library.

Large FridgeThe refrigerator in our RV is actually pretty large for an RV fridge, but it’s still not your average household size.

Separate Office for Joshua’s Work. Even though he often ends up working in the living room or on the dining room table, it’s still nice for him to have a separate office to retreat to in the case of emergency (aka, the kids are crying… or we have guests… or he’s on a video chat with his coworkers/clients… or I’m having a break-down moment… or, you know, all of the above).

First FridayHuh? Okay, I’m not just talking about the first Friday of every month… except I am.

I’m so confusing. (maybe because I’m writing this at 11 o’clock at night??)

First Friday is the name of a Bible study that some dear Kansas friends host every month on… can you guess it?… the first Friday. It’s a blessed time of fellowship, hymn singing, Scripture reading, exposition, discussion, and Biblical exhortations/challenges for our Christian walks. I’m going to miss these First Friday meetings tremendously.

So there you have it! Maybe once we’ve been in the RV a while I’ll write a follow up to this post talking about my expectations vs. the reality. That should be fun. 🙂

Until next time,





  • Paulette Forcum

    Was so glad to read your blog on Things I’ll miss. How are the kids doing? Hope they don’t find it to confining.
    Will be excited to hear more about your “adventures”

    • Laura

      Hi Mrs. Forcum! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. The kids are doing wonderful, growing like weeds. We specifically make it a priority to spend lots of time outside so they don’t feel too confined by the small house. So far that seems to be working! 🙂
      God bless! -Laura

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