If someone had told me before we began this project, how hard it would be, I wouldn't have believed them. So all you people out there that have converted a school bus into a tiny home.... you're off the hook.
Post the introduction of a 43 foot yellow monstrosity into our lives, I find myself deeply exhausted every day. It's not the same type of tired as I have felt in the past doing normal projects like mowing the lawn or cleaning out the garage.. it's very different. I find myself on Sunday (the day I take off for myself) recognizing that the week of working every day, laboring on the bus most evenings, and all day bus laboring on Saturdays has left me seriously depleted and sore... and as of yet my body still hasn't fully adjusted to the toll it takes on me physically week in and week out.
This blog post is in no way intended to be a sounding board for my whining. Actually quite the opposite. Although my Sundays are spent tallying the bumps, bruises, and sore achy muscles I have most recently accumulated.... It's also the first opportunity I have to reflect on the week's accomplishments. There is something deeply satisfying about a hard weeks work. A sense of accomplishment that sets in as you mentally acknowledge a large project's progression. A twinge of pride when you stop to think "I did that"...... None of that compares, however, to the memories we have been making, doing this Serenity Bus thing as a family. My wife, kids, and I have had moments of deep frustration with the bus and one another at times, but even as the bus sits there beside our house it reminds us of bonding that has taken place as we co-labor.
Who would have thought that a 20 year old school bus could do so much to tie our family together? It couldn't have happened at a better time in our lives. Life has a way of grinding you down and stealing your joy. However, 43 feet of yellow steel, glass, and awesomeness has given the Hamons household a renewed sense of adventure.... A zest for life... an excitement for tomorrow.
-What will be the catalyst that brings your family closer?
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