Some say that spending every moment together kills the romance. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that. Not for us.
Mike’s never been a flowers-and-chocolate kinda guy, and he’s still not. Instead, he’s a subtle sweet talker. He woos me with simple words that show his love more than a pretty bauble ever could. Constant togetherness equals more wooing. It means every day can be Valentine’s Day.
words by mike daniels | photo by elisabeth daniels | photo editing by picmonkey
Hi, Everyone! Today I’m guest posting over at God Life Happy Wife for the CELEBRATE LOVE series. Just in time for Valentine’s Day (which also happens to be Mike’s birthday!), I’m sharing my love story. I talk about how giving it all up to move into an RV with Mike got me more than I’d ever dreamed. It hasn’t always been easy, so I offer some tips on making our relationship work in such close quarters.
Seven months ago, I did something crazy. I gave up my high-paying job, my house and the community I’d lived in for 12 years to move into a 300-square-foot RV with my husband, two dogs and a cat. Permanently.
Mike has been traveling nearly every week for his business as a technical trainer since we began dating. Before the motorhome, he was gone during the week, back on the weekends, while I worked at my day job, took care of the household, and did freelance writing and taught painting classes on the side. The lifestyle got old, so we decided to buy an RV and travel as a family to Mike’s gigs.
It sounds romantic: two lovebirds and their fur babies traveling the country, working side-by-side during the day and walking hand-in-hand at night. Despite that rosy image, it wasn’t easy for me to make the leap. Part of me felt like I was giving it all up. Giving up everything I’d worked for, my friends, my beloved community.
Would it be worth it? Would Mike and I survive being together all the time when we’d hardly spent more than a week together for our entire relationship? And doing it all in a hallway on wheels??
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