On March 6, 2020, my husband and I with our kids who were 7, 6, 4, 2, and 5-months-in-utero — ditched our 2500 sq ft house to live in our 38-foot RV full-time. Unlike most RVers, however, we weren’t planning to travel much. We just wanted to simplify and be able to focus on what’s most important to us.

As it turned out, of course, we wouldn’t have been able to travel if we tried. Yet somehow, a year later, we are still living tiny and loving it. Here are five ways we’ve grown through these unusual circumstances:

  1. We don’t…

Well. We did it. Last month, we moved our family of almost seven — my husband and I and our kids, then ages 7, 6, 4, 2, and 25 weeks in-utero — from a 2450 square foot house to a fifth-wheel camper. The kids and I had already been spending a total of 12 weeks per year in the RV, staying with family in North Georgia and hopping around the southeast a little for a few weeks at a time in different seasons, so for us moving into the RV full-time didn’t feel like a big adjustment at all. In…


Life is crazy right now. Best-case scenario, you feel cooped up inside and you had to cancel plans you were excited about. For more people in the world, though, you’re going through something like the loss of a job or loved one, or the virus has infected your refugee camp, or your government is taking the opportunity to become more corrupt, or you’re hooked up to a ventilator and you’ve had a fever for weeks, or your domestic abuse situation has worsened, or you’re a weary doctor or nurse having to make horrifically tough ethical decisions. …


Hey, friend.

I just wanted to send you a note to tell you that, even though you’re probably quite isolated right now, you are seen and known in these weird, weird times. It feels like all the emails I’ve gotten in the past few days have started with “unfortunately.” And, ugh, who wants to read another “hot take” analysis when none of us have been through something like this before?

But I have seen some bright spots in all this that I wanted to share.

-There are some beautiful opportunities right now to love others well. Teaching your grandparents how…


As I write, the coronavirus has caused school shutdowns for weeks (months in some countries.) I can’t imagine the impact this is having on families in which all the caretakers work outside the home. Even if you were already a stay-at-home parent, this turn of events might feel completely overwhelming or you might be worried your kids will get behind.

I hope that the families in your life who have already been doing the educate-at-home thing are offering their support to you right now as you’re thrust into educating and caring for your child with only a weekend’s notice. If…


The kids and I have had some conversations lately that are a little awkward. The other day my 7-year-old wondered aloud what new innovations and technologies will be available when he’s an adult, and we had fun daydreaming about progress in that way.

But I couldn’t really deny the fact that someday, our national debt will catch up with us and someone is going to want their money. And I’m no Greta Thunberg, but before too long our reckless overuse of resources will visibly start affecting us, too. Our kids’ future probably won’t look like the Jetsons.

I was born…

Hope Henchey

Called, beloved, and kept by God. Mom of 5, wife of blue-collar entrepreneur. I like Coke Icees, Romans 8, and RVing.

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