It has been over 10 months since we have had a place to call our own. We have had our own room for a few months at a time, but not a place that was just ours. And you know what……that’s ok! It’s been an adventure for sure, but we have learned that there are more important things than having your own “stuff.”
We started a discipleship training school last September and that’s when this journey began. We were living in a dorm-style building where we had our own room and bathroom, but shared everything else. Then at the end of December, we went to Nepal, where for most of the time we had our own room and everything else was shared, including the bathroom. In May we returned to the States and have been traveling around staying with different friends and family for different amounts of time. It has been great! We will continue with this style of living for a few more months because we will be returning to Nepal in January! (If everything goes according to plan) So right now we are in the process of meeting with friends and family and getting things squared away to move back to Nepal.
People have asked, “Is it weird to not have a place of your own?” My answer to them is, “Yeah, it’s a little strange, but it’s also great and eye-opening.” We have learned how to live on a lot less and how to live out of a suitcase. We have gotten to spend a lot of quality time with friends and family and share the love of Jesus. Those are the things that matter. God. People. “Stuff” doesn’t last and it doesn’t make you truly happy.
So, while I wouldn’t suggest being homeless for a long time, (because you don’t want to take advantage of others and you should want to take care of yourself) it does open your eyes to what’s important and what really matters.