We are a couple in our 40s (okay, one of us over 50 now) with over 30 years of marriage, two grown kids, and no obligations. We have embraced life living in various places and meeting new people.
I have many years working as a Director of Operations for Michigan public school systems managing all aspects of building maintenance, grounds and lawn maintenance, and employee management. Also, during my employment, we did a major commercial building renovation to two large school system academic centers with state of the art computer, communications, and HVAC systems.
After leaving there Amy and I started a business that included importing and marketing high efficiency alternative heating systems. Our business grew to the largest of its kind in the United States and, to this day, we maintain a reputation of integrity, quality, and service.
I still do some marketing, build some interactive data driven websites, and consulting; but that's become more of a hobby than a job.
We have been living full time in our converted motorcoach since May of 2013 and we are throughly enjoying a new kind of hard work. We no longer work for the paycheck, but we are traveling and working simply for the experience of meeting new people, enjoying our time together and enjoying the second half of our lives. Yes, we require compensation for our labor, but it's no longer about the income, the 'things' or the position; It's about building quality relationships, mentoring young people, and leaving behind a better world.
The summer of 2013, while I took on a temporary marketing position for a company in lower Michigan, Amy started helping with the small family-owned campground we were staying in. The campground didn't have the staff to maintain the grounds, often nobody was in the office, and most of the locals didn't even know it existed. By end of summer the place was groomed, visitors were greeted and assigned sites, and the campground became profitable. Summer of 2014 we were recruited to co-host a 100 site campground in northern Michigan. We staffed the front desk, maintained the camp store, cleaned facilities, maintained lawns, beaches, and roads, disposed of trash, etc. The campers were wonderful, the location over the Straits of Mackinaw was breathtaking, and the work was pleasurable. What more could we ask?
By fall/winter of 2014, we were working for Amazon.com pulling products to be shipped during the pre-Christmas rush. Physically we stretched our abilities and our muscles in the huge warehouse in Coffeyville, KS. But Amazon provided a great short-term job and they treat their workcampers very well.
From there we moved into some short term projects, remodeling, etc. Then up to Grayling, MI for the summer of 2015 to remodel and sell Dave's parents home. The house needed major work, and all the legal things still needed to be settled. It was nice to have that whole project behind us when we headed south again to meet our new grand daughter in Ohio, and another grand daughter in Tennessee. Wow! Two in one winter!
Spring/summer of 2016 has been amazing. God has moved us, used us, and show Himself in amazing ways. I worked with a fabrication company working on a new product launch and even helping in the shop (shop work is not my speciality, but I did pretty well).
We're are always keeping an eye open for our next adventure. We love to travel, but we really enjoy short-term profitable projects. We currently maintain ourselves with some data-entry work but that's very flexible and doesn't prevent us from seeking other opportunities. If you have any ideas, or know where there is a need, let us know. We could be parked in your driveway next :)
I'm good with the big-picture, understanding complex building systems, automation controls, security systems, electrical, communications, and structural design. Amy is the nuts-and-bolt perfectionist with an eye for detail. I often say that Amy is a dog-to-a-bone. She will work to make it right, no matter if it’s a penny in the checkbook or a mechanical flaw.
We both tend to be good in sales or relationship building type scenarios, even though our approach is very different. Our differences seem to work nicely when working with the public. Our ideal would be a long term project that keeps our wheels rolling a little, but promotes lasting relationships. Is that possible? Our primary goal, is to spend time with the people we love, and to build new and lasting relationships. Projects that generate financial gain are simply a tool, and often a spice added to our weeks. When this life is over and I stand before my creator, I don't want to say I spent a lifetime working for a paycheck, I want to say that we valued every relationship, long or short, that crossed our path.
I love to mentor kids and teens, especially making the truth of the Bible exciting, relevant, and challenging. Amy plays the piano and has a full size piano in the bus. Amy loves to make things better than she found it; including maintaining lawns, front desk, or cleaning. Amy is attentive to details, with experience as a bank teller and in retail. She strives to make people happy and people often comment on her sweet personality. We often find ourselves to be somewhat opposite the stereo-typical gender rolls. She loves working outdoors and lots of physical activity, where I am comfortable on phones and computers. However, we both are capable and enjoy either.
Through the years we've had a number of challenging people in our home. Some with various addictions, others with dysfunctional families, or just simply homeless. Although not professional counselors, we have spent countless hours teaching, counseling or simply providing a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. As elders in our local church I regularly taught or encouraged, and often preached. Amy was a music leader and very active with the ladies, hosting Bible studies in our home, teaching, and mentoring. We both miss our friends and the interaction with the people within the church the most. We would love to find seasonal work, ideally with youth, pregnancy related teens, or church ministry teaching / mentoring. However, we will consider all offers. I love sales, but also love doing other things. We will be happy helping at another campground or RV park, or something that stretches our abilities and imagination. Give us a call, maybe we could be an asset to your endeavors.
Lastly, Dave has a CDL for bus or straight truck and experience driving both school buses and tour buses.