There are some amazing things that happens when you travel all the time…
You don’t have an answer to the question, “So… where is home for you guys?”
You feel like “home” is wherever you sleep at night.
You have learned to sleep in a hundred different kinds of places… living rooms, hotels, weird mattresses, air mattresses, the floor, loud places… and you are thankful for every single space to sleep. every time.
You learn to do laundry at laundromats.
You save quarters for that purpose. and for tolls.
You aren’t sure where to have people send you snail mail. It takes some figuring, calendar checking and all around detail planning to figure it out.
Random post offices find things that people were trying to mail you, empty envelopes end up in funny places…
Friends call and say, “Uhm… did you have a package sent here?” because you forgot to notify the people who really live at the address you used.
The girls ask “where am I going to have my birthday?” and you name some other state than you are in right now.
You get really good at eating cheap at restaurants and using coupons and finding deals on food.
You get really good at recording miles, adding up receipts and keeping track of every single car repair. And there are a lot of them.
You aren’t afraid to dig out all your suitcases in a parking lot and repack or reorganize belongings for the world to see.
You are never sure what the day will bring.
You can quote your traveling schedule off the top of your head and know where you will be 3 months from now.
You go to sleep at odd hours and wake up while most people are well into their day.
You get up crazy early to drive hours for an early appointment.
You have a system for packing the car, for unpacking the car, for packing a luggage cart… everyone has a job.
You are a master at “moving in” to an unknown place very quickly.
Three days in the same bed feels like you have been somewhere a long time.
Your kids take turns sleeping on rollaway beds.
Sometimes you don’t get a rollaway and they fight over the floor so they don’t have to sleep with a sibling.
Your kids know hotel names really well.
You get to move in somewhere and move back out without cleaning or cooking a thing.
Your GPS works a fulltime job.
You have entered the wrong address in your GPS and learned to roll with it.
You have favorite driving and traveling songs.
You know where the coffee shops are in random places around quite a few states.
Ah, the life of a traveling family.
The things you learn, the experiences you have… life is exciting and exhausting.
Every day is a new experience and you master going with the flow of life, waiting to see what God has planned for today!