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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Keys! Where are The Keys???

Oh, yeah. They're hung up. Yes, after nine years of full-time RV living, we are hanging up the keys. We've decided it's time to get an apartment and live a “normal” life. HA! Actually, we've got a couple more months of living in our RV because the apartment won't be available until the first of September. Our new apartment!So, we'll spend the summer at Cedar Lake Campground in Dover, PA as usual. But, we'll be doing a lot of shopping – not my favorite thing! Our daughter, Lindsay, will be in charge of that. LOL


So, what brought about this big change, you ask? A couple of things. I have been feeling the pull of settling down for about a year now, but figured I had a couple more full-timing years in me. And then, my mom and dad had some health issues this past winter that made me begin to rethink our lifestyle.

I have fabulous parents. They have loved me, my sister, and our families without reservation and unconditionally. I have thanked God regularly for giving me the parents He did. And now I need to give back to them. For the past nine years my sister, Paula, has gone the extra mile when one of our parents has been ill. She's taken off work; gone to doctors' appointments; you know, just been there. And never, never has she made me feel that I wasn't doing “my part.” So now? It's time for me to do my part.

My parents will be 85 and 80 this year. I am fortunate to have them still with me. And I want to take advantage of the time I have left. I want to be able to jump in the car and be with them in a moment's notice. Yes, I know I can always fly home from wherever I am, but that isn't the same. I don't want to have to think, “should I go”? I want to be able to just go.

And that's the reason. I am grateful to have a husband who loves me and my parents enough to put aside his first choice and support me in this decision. Randy would RV 'til he dropped dead. Seriously, he would. But, he loves my parents and knows how important they are to me. So, he's fully on board.

God gave me a huge gift when He gave me Randy as my husband.

We aren't giving up the RV. As a matter of fact, we already have a trip to Disney World scheduled for October! But, we don't anticipate traveling over the next year because we want to see what this living in a stix and brix is gonna cost us. 'Cause it's gonna be different. But, we do plan to travel as we can. We still haven't gotten to the Northwest and we want to do a big Northeast trip as well. So, that's in the future plans.

Keeping in touch with our RVing buddies as well as those friends we've made along the way will be a priority. I'm grateful for Facebook, blogs, and email.

Speaking of blogs, ours will go dormant with this last post. There's no reason to continue with “Guiler Travels” when the Guilers aren't traveling any more! :) So, please check in with us via email or Facebook.

Until we meet again, enjoy the journey!


  1. Yeah! I have to admit I am a little bit (okay a lot) jealous that Linds will have you so close by. But I am so happy for you! Glad you made the decision that is right for you!

    Oh and don't let this go dormant. You should still continue to blog about your "travels" as full time grandma and grandpa! Just my opinion!


  2. You are so blessed to still have your parents with you and your time together is precious!! I know this decision came via much prayer and you have followed what God would have you do. You have a precious and wonderful family and Mike and I wish you lots of happy memory making times with them. Full-timing brought you and Randy into our lives and for that we will forever be grateful. Our friendship will continue whether full-timing, part-timing or no-timing!!
    We wish you and Randy the very best in this new adventure and chapter in your lives!! Love you guys!!

  3. I've been following you for awhile and will miss your blog. How do we contact you on Facebook?

  4. I'm with Cher. Don't stop writing on here just because your not traveling. In a way you are. God just has you on a different path right not. My blog is not updated very much but I still have one. :-)

  5. Anonymous1:44 PM

    I'm gonna miss you! Have been following along forever! Gonna see if I can find you on facebook!


  6. Best of luck settling down and getting used to your new lifestyle! I have never been to Disney and would LOVE to go. Todd and I have talked about borrowing his parents RV and camping out down there. Have you done that before?

    Also, it's sad that you will not be continuing with this blog anymore! I am sure you can continue to update it, even if you aren't traveling around the country. :)