Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The beginning of the adventure

We have taken the first step into a wider world. We bought a truck.

Not just any truck but a turbo diesel dually capable, we hope, of pulling around our home and all of our belongings. We call her Flo. She is a 2007 Chevy Duramax diesel with an Allison transmission. I went through a lot of research before deciding on that particular truck. Perhaps someday I will get into it.

For now I will just stick to the basics. I am an ER nurse, currently in Houston TX. My wife and I are packing up some belongings and either selling or storing the rest, selling our house and buying a fifth wheel trailer to take of on the road full time for a while. I will be a travel nurse and she will be a stay at trailer mom. We will be bringing along our two kids and the dog. The cat is staying with the house. (Don't get mad, we know the buyers and they will take care of her.)

In this blog we hope to share some of our experiences and maybe help share some information for others who might want to do something similar. WE have committed to at least one year of this because there are probably going to be many times we will want to up and quit. WE figure we have to give it a good solid try before passing any judgment.

So, wish us luck and read along as we try to figure all this out.


  1. Sweet! My Dad is a Traveling PA and he really enjoys it. Works for Whitaker(sp).

    James Knight

  2. Cool. I know a traveling PA or two as well.

  3. My wife, 10 year old son and I are about to embark on our first traveling nurse adventure. She is the traveling nurse and I am the stay at (motor) home dad. Last night I read with great interest a number of your blogs. Jamies first assignment is an orthopedics floor in Sanford Florida. Our goals for now are to travel twice a year and be home Easter to Memorial day and in the fall thanksgiving through Christmas. As the stay at home parent I am interested in what an average day for your wife and sons is like. Thank you so much for your blog.

    1. Sorry, for the late reply, I'm just now seeing this.

      I don't think there is a typical day. That is the beauty of travel. Much also depends on my work schedule. I don't do nights, but can do 3p-3a. If I have to sleep, she usually takes the kids out to explore the surroundings until a later wakeup. As homeschoolers, we set our own schedule. The day is what you make it.