Seeking Adventures

Adventure can take you to some pretty crazy places. Crazy big, crazy beautiful, crazy far from home.

Our latest adventure has brought us to Kansas. Now, you might be thinking…. How is Kansas an adventurous spot?

It’s true, there may not be a ton of typical adventurous things to do. The adventure that drew Brandon and I here is prepping for the adventures that come out of financial freedom and the eager wish to start a family in the next couple of years.

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We like to move it, move it! 

Its funny how a year prior when we decided to go to California, I was adamant that we would only be there a year and then return straight back to Wisconsin. While we were in California, working at camp and exploring the beautiful coast, God began to change my heart and allowed me to truly consider staying in California for longer.

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Wandering for the Win!

Brandon and I have a love of wandering. Before we even started dating, we would go for long night drives around southeast Wisconsin. We would get in the car, pick a direction and just start driving. Growing up in Milwaukee, I knew a lot of the areas around, but Brandon made it a goal to end up somewhere neither of us had even been. I can remember one night, I shrieked at Brandon to stop the truck. It had just started snowing so I jumped out of the car and made a snowball and threw it at him in the truck. We often laugh about that because it was so unexpected and fun!

 

While living in California, we often did the same thing– got in the car, picked a direction and just started driving. San Francisco was one of our favorite places to go, but we also wanted to find the hidden treasures around us.

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Unconditional and Unfailing Love

In starting a blog, one of my missions is for you all to know me a little bit better. Being truly known is something that I really strive for in my relationships (as many of us do I’m sure) and I hope to let you all in a little bit more and more with each blog post.

 

One of the things I think is important for you all to know about me is how and when I became a Christian.

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Be Courageous, Take Heart

“And further and further, my heart moves away from the shore. Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am yours.” Bethel Music “In Over My Head (Crash Over Me)”

 

This was pretty much my anthem for 2016. I was moving away from the only place I had ever called home, leaving all of my close friends and family behind and setting sail on a new adventure with my husband. The beginning of 2016 was probably one of the most challenging times of my life. I had a homesickness that I had never experienced so intensely before. We were starting new jobs (which can be difficult on it own), in a new state (added difficulty), learning an entire science curriculum of classes to teach students (the difficulty continues), and training to become challenge course facilitators (for my first time ever).

 

I was so nervous and anxious about the challenge course portion for a couple reasons. 1. The only time I had ever personally participated in a challenge course was in grade school when my school went to camp Whitcomb-Mason and I think I refused to do the high ropes stuff. 2. The amount of responsibility placed on you to ensure safety made me so sick to think about. There were so many times that I wanted to back out– to call the camp and say that we wouldn’t be taking the positions after all, to stay with my family and friends and unpack all our stuff, to turn back during our move when everything was going wrong. I was so tempted to ask that I only teach the science courses so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the challenge courses at all.

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Six Things We Learned While Spending a Year in a Trailer

 

If you are like me and watched the Tiny Houses documentary, you started a pinterest board immediately after and thought through all the things you had that you could live without.

In 2016, my husband and I accepted jobs in the christian camping field and as part of our contract housing would be provided. However, in order to accommodate us (being married and living together) the camp asked if we would be willing to live in a trailer. Being excited about our work opportunities, we gladly accepted.

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God’s Provisions Over Difficult Travels (Part 2)

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with the surging.” Psalm 46:1-3

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January 1st, 2016– Day three we awoke to below zero temperatures (-16 to be exact) and a delicious continental breakfast. While I finished my food, Brandon headed out to crank the car up so that it would be nice and warm when we started driving again. THE CAR WOULDN’T START! Jumping it didn’t work, the fuses looked fine. We were stuck. Thankfully, we were able to get a tow truck fairly quickly but, we knew that no garages would be open since it was New Years Day. All we needed was a warm garage for the car to be in, in case lines were frozen (which was our hope.) After a tow to Walmart, a new battery, our car being pushed back out into the parking lot, & still un-repaired; we checked the fuses again and found that one that had given us trouble before, had blown. A quick drive down to the car shop and a $4 piece, we were back on the road…for now. Feeling relieved to be done with this ridiculous issue, we were ready to finish our final day of driving.

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God’s Provisions Over Difficult Travels (Part 1)

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without boarders, let me walk upon the water wherever you would call me.Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” Oceans- Hillsong United

Brandon and I were about to embark on the longest road trip of our life together as we moved from Wisconsin to California. In true Chappell fashion, we had less than a month to pack up our apartment and hit the road to California. (This quick decision, quick action scenario has played out a number of times for us.) Moving outside of Wisconsin was a huge challenge for me personally, as I had never lived outside of Milwaukee county in my 22 years of life. For my honest account of the emotions of making a big move for the first time in my life, click HERE.

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