Our bus faces out of our driveway which means we can see all of the vehicles coming down our road, including the UPS truck, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and now the new Amazon vans. We can identify which one it is by the sound of the engine. Yep, these are things that happen when converting a bus.
When packages arrive we get super excited. Sometimes we order a bunch of stuff around the same time. It makes it harder to determine what is actually coming off the truck on a particular day. We could opt to receive notifications, but we don't anymore. We like the element of surprise. On the days when we find another leak or cut the wrong wire, the arrival of a package can make everything better.
Funny this post comes two days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Christmas is just around the corner too. Or wait, is it here already?! Don't worry, we LOVE Christmas and started listening to Christmas music like a month ago. I'm usually the holiday spark in the marriage. I'll put up the Christmas lights, convince Sarah to get the tree a few days earlier than the last year, and get the dogs their Christmas sweaters. Deep down though, Sarah enjoys those corny Hallmark movies.
What is a gift these days? What does it mean for all these packages arriving on our doorsteps? I'd be lying if I said I didn't like a gift. I mean, who doesn't like a present? That's like saying a $5 gift card isn't worth anything. And that's not true. They are great. Like I said earlier, it's the element of surprise. Sure, sometimes we don't particularly like the gift, but we look beyond that. What is a gift to you?
Our bus has been a gift to us. It was the huge brown box that showed up on our front porch: we weren't sure if it was going to be really heavy or jump out at us. That's a lie. We knew it was heavy. My point is that our bus wasn't a decision we made five years in advance. Or even a year. It happened to us because it was meant to be. That's what we believe.
It's fun and exciting to get new things, but some of the greatest gifts have been given to us through our conversion. It has changed us for the better. We have learned so much in just 3 months. We have new skills to show off and more importantly, a greater appreciation for each other. Even after 8 years together you still learn something new. With our bus build our love still grows. We are grateful for our love.
There are other precious gifts we've received in our lives. Too many to list, but they're probably similar to yours. Whatever you are grateful for this Thanksgiving, we hope packages of love, kindness, and joy arrive on your doorstep.
Love + Sol, S+S
You can learn more about our story and how we got here by reading our First Blog Post.