How Living in a Van Prepared Us to be Parents

Before we built out our custom van and hit the road, we honestly didn’t know if we wanted kids or not. We enjoyed our ultimate freedom, time to work on our business or personal projects and the ability to pick up and travel with ease.

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We got married after 2 years of knowing each other but waited another 9 years to have our baby. Many people wait until they have steady jobs/income and a house and the security that comes with it, we did things a little differently. The saying is: “there is no perfect time to have a baby”, because there will always be questions and challenges, and doubting your abilities as parents. So why wait until we were nomadic to start a family?

We had good jobs - left them.

We had a newly renovated home - sold it.

We lived close to family - became nomadic.

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The answer is that if felt right . We trusted ourselves and our instincts which led us to the decision to start a family. When we told our family and friends that we were pregnant, they were shocked. Frankly, they had given up on the idea we would be parents!

Our baby was conceived in one of the most beautiful places in the entire world, Arches National Park in Southern Utah. We found out we were pregnant while camping in an almond orchard after spending the day, with friends hiking to lower Yosemite Falls and doing photography at Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park. This experience would have never happened had we not committed to our vision.

We are lucky to be bringing out baby into a world where we are less stressed about money, work, and hectic schedules. We have the ability to spend more time together as a family, and a space that allows us all to learn, grow and adventure together.

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Our van is a physical object made of metal, moving machinery and mechanical engineering’ bit it has given us the experience and perspective to see that we are ready to be parents. So there may not be a perfect time to have a baby… but we feel that we’re the exception to the rule.