2 years ago, in a condo overlooking Lake Minnetonka, nestled west of the Twin Cities, in the state currently known as Minnesota, a young writer and his comedic wife made a choice that would shape their life and create a name that would circulate around the Midwest...
Working paycheck to paycheck for rent became monotonous with our passion to travel and perform at Renaissance Festivals. The success of our comedy show, Evengard Improv, provided enough to cover travel expenses, but not enough to quit our day jobs.
Following the budgeting advice of Dave Ramsey, we found the majority of our income going to living expenses with little remaining for savings, and rent was about to go up...again. A change was needed. A more minimal and mobile life where we could carry our home to create the scenes people had grown to love—where we could return that love and help our families and friends. God had an incredible journey for us which we followed each remarkable step!
We will go into that story in another article/video.
Fast forward to earlier in October 2017, that change became a reality when we purchased a fifth-wheel camper that fit in our small savings. This new life also made us rethink the name of Evengard and the limitations on where we performed. Thus Scenery Changes was born and we drove up to Minnesota to pick up our new tiny home:
The 4 day event started off without any problems while we drove to hook up the trailer to my father's truck (yes, we bought the cart before the horse... but did not have to take out a loan for it). We took it back to Iowa so we could get our mattress and move all of our pretty things inside. The wind and rain slowed us down but we made the 7 hour drive and slept one last time at the house in Iowa.
Once we finished loading, I realized we still had too many things even after all the attempted downsizing and minimalist-inspired videos. So on Sunday, my parents set off for Nebraska while we stayed to get the title and plates ready on Monday. But Sunday became one of the most stressful days...
My parents had just entered Des Moines when one of the tires decided it had gone far enough and committed seppuku. Thankfully, they were only minutes from an open tire shop that had one last tire that would fit the trailer. I dismissed it as a rogue nail or screw that could have been picked up between the jaunt. Until the second tire blew 15 minutes later down the road.
Once again, God provided a way around a tragedy by another nearby tire store open on a Sunday with one tire left of the size we needed. Although delayed, they were back on the road and made it another hour before the third tire blew out... I may have to write an article about those tires that were put on all sorts of trailers and campers about 10-12 years ago. My dad fixed cars for a living and imparted some of that wisdom to me which I hope to share with all of you. Basically, get new tires if they are 10 years old and not American made!
This time, they were near a Walmart that claimed to have at least two of the tires they needed. However, when they arrived the auto shop of the store had closed and no one else at the store had any idea about the tires we needed. Yet, right next to the store was a hotel and the sun had already faded over the horizon. They checked in and we prayed.
The next morning, we drove to get everything registered while my parents went back into the store—they didn't have the tires. But right up the road was another tire shop where they had the tires needed to replace the blown out one and even the last tire, about to expire as well. With new tires they continued the rest of the journey to their farm in Nebraska. We arrived only a couple hours behind them and set to work setting up our new home.
The cleaning and unpacking took us into the next weekend before we were finally able to move in. Although unused for quite some time, everything began to work with only a few restless nights:
With all that happened, we can only thank God and all of you who supported us in so many ways. We can't even begin to thank everyone who had a hand in getting us to where we are now. Each passing comment or tidbit of advice went a long way in our journey. And though it seems the hard part is mostly over, this is only the beginning of a new chapter in our lives.
We always have room in our small space for your thoughts and prayers in our endeavor. Please let us know how we can help you as well by messaging us or leaving us a comment below. I hope you continue to follow our journey and we can inspire you to follow yours, wherever that may take you.