I’m Deb Evans.  I am a thirty-something mother and graphic artist.    I live in the beautiful wine region of the Oregon Coast and enjoy rolling green hills, vineyards, orchards and lush landscape…all on the way to the grocery store.  I have the good fortune of running my own online vector art business and working from home.  Though I was divorced about seven years ago, I have two delightful boys ages ten and eleven who fill my life with fun, laughter and a seemingly never ending array of activities.  On any given night of the week we have soccer, baseball, boy scouts and piano lessons. We have sports games on Saturdays and church on Sundays.  Like most people these days, it is not unusual for my whole week to be filled right to the brim before I’ve even had a say in what goes in it.

This past summer I left my online business in the very capable hands of my business partner (and sister) Michelle, and I put on an actual art exhibit in Shelley, Idaho. While there, I found myself at the home of my friend Mary Smith talking with another friend, Marlene, who had driven her Winnebago to the party.  She took me out and showed me her rig, told me of her adventures and planted a little seed in the back of my mind.

The first two weeks of our art show, I made the 30 minute trip to another sister’s house several times to use her internet and check in on business as usual.  About the start of the third week, I had read every book I’d brought with me, written out every scheme and dream I could think up, and generally had more time on my hands than I could remember… and, for the first time in 20 years, felt…bored.  The boredom sent me right out the door to Best Buy to purchase a laptop and wireless card.  Ahhh, I had internet again.  And with it, something I had never experienced before….I was mobile.

Upon returning to Newberg,  a fall full of soccer, scouts, and piano lessons found me wondering how life gets so busy.  With my new found internet mobility, I resurrected Marlene’s idea to “…just get a van and travel together…you will never regret the time you spend with your boys at this age…it goes so fast.”  The idea to travel in a little van turned into a bigger van…then a camper, and within six weeks, I had packed our belongings and put them in storage, bought a truck and a camper and prepared to step out of life for the following six months.

My boys took to the idea immediately.  I usually have a pretty good ability to think big, but as my children entered the equation, they came up with the idea to reach all 48 states over the next six months.  So off we go…with no prior RVing experience to see the magnificent United States of America, be reminded of the beauties of nature, and most importantly, to spend six months hiking, laughing, talking, dreaming, scheming, and being…together.

13 Responses to About

  1. Karen says:

    Let me know when you are coming to Tennessee! I have an 11 year old boy who would love to show your boys some cool places for great adventures!

    • Deb Evans says:

      Hi Karen….when we make it to your neck of the woods, we would love a tour for boys given by a boy! I’m not sure when Tennessee will factor in…it will depend on the weather. What city are you in so we can make note of it? Thanks!!

  2. Wendy says:

    Wow… how exciting! I hope you all have a fun and exciting expedition!!!

  3. Brandi says:

    This sounds amazing and I think it is a great idea if you are able to do something like taht with your family!! Oh, how I wish I had a job like that and could do that with my kids!!

    • Deb Evans says:

      Hi Brandi…
      I am very blessed to be able to take this chance…I hope you have something come your way that affords you the same opportunity….Blessings and big dreams to you!

  4. Becky Springer Seibert says:

    You are an amazing person! At 52 years old I stepped outside of my comfy little world and life that revolved around very small towns where my “travels” rarely exceeded 30 mile drives and moved 1500 miles away. It’s been 2 years now and most of the time I don’t regret it but some days I get terribly home sick.
    My plans were to dive in head first and get serious about going into business for myself (with your and Michelle’s help of course). But here I sit just still thinking about it all …. And waiting patiently for a new granddaughters march arrival 🙂
    Your story has re-inspired me! It’s time for me to stop thinking and get busy!

    • Deb Evans says:

      Hi Becky! You can do it! Pick your project and tackle it! Although, don’t be too busy tackling a project to enjoy that new granddaughter! Congratulations to you and your family!

  5. Deb Evans says:

    Thanks Lorri for your well wishes! What part of Utah do you live in? I would love your suggestions! Love the locals’ side of traveling!

  6. Charlotte C says:

    What a wonderful time you will have makIng memories with your boys! Safe travels and let us know when you reach the big state of Texas! Hope you find it friendly and full of history, good food and fun!

  7. Mark Beth Billie-jo says:

    Had a great time at the crystal mine with you and the boys,it’s more fun with someone to talk to.I am going back sunday.Had the truck checked out today it’s ok.We are sorry we missed you to say goodbuy.Have a great time and keep in touch.email is bobmaf2001@hotmail.com have fun Beth Mark and Billie-jo

  8. Beth Fellows says:

    Glad you are still having fun! If you are coming thru MI we would be glad to have you stay with us. We are located in White Cloud just above Grand Rapids. E-mai bethfellows02@hotmail.com
    Matk, Beth & Billie-Jo from the crystal mines

    • Deb Evans says:

      Thanks…I haven’t got to planning that leg of the trip yet, so I’m not sure which way we will go. If we are in the neighborhood, we’d love to swing by…Thanks!

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