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Our Adventure

Imagine if you sold most of your possessions, adapted your life for travel, and went on a road trip of discovery and adventure.

Where would you go?
What activities would be important to you?
Would your priorities and outlook on life change?
What dreams would you fulfill?
How would you choose to spend your precious time everyday?

We are striving to answer those questions every day because in 2020 we’ll be traveling clockwise with our family of six around North America in an RV. Follow our progress and become a part of our story by connecting on social media. We’ll be visiting cool places, learning as a family, and having an epic adventure.

Our life has been spent taking steps along a path we thought we needed to follow to achieve a typical suburban American dream, but our perspective has changed. You could call it a mid-life retirement, call it a life transition, call it taking the red pill and waking up in a new reality. We are calling our new path The Good Dawg Life.

What is The Good Dawg Life? You might have a good dog in your life and know exactly what we are talking about! A good dog is happy and excited to have adventures. A good dog behaves authentically and isn’t afraid to be themselves. A good dog plays and exercises enthusiastically every day. A good dog also recognizes the importance of rest with its pack every night.

Join us in the shenanigans.

Be Happy.   Be Yourself.   Exercise Daily.   Rest Often.

Our Family

The Bearded Dad

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Confident beard faced human, rock for his 4 kids, maker of Dad jokes, wizard in the kitchen, and deliverer of fresh hot coffee he makes just right every time.

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Meet Joel (The Bearded Dad)
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My first date with Julie was December 23, 1995 when we went to see the original Toy Story a few months before our highschool graduation. Our life began together as college students and we got married a few months after earning our degrees and getting jobs in our field of study.

The Jeep Mom

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Enthusiast for magical experiences, appreciator of all things outdoors, consumer of Doritos (her spirit food), scrapbooker of everything, and "glass half full" kind of person.

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Meet Julie (The Jeep Mom)
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I still remember sitting on our couch in our first home. We would talk about what we should do with our free time. We had SO MUCH free time. What is that even like? I totally forget. Anywho, one day three years into our wedded life, Joel said, “If we had a kid we would never be bored, again.”

The Film Magician

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Researcher of all things, actor and maker of films, disdainer of jokes, musician of beautiful words & musical chords, and giver of time towards good deeds.

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Meet Elena (The Film Magician)
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Four years after our dance party wedding, our family grew by one with some unexpected twists. Our first born E, Elena, was very sick at birth, needed multiple surgeries, and was diagnosed with a life shortening genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis. We knew we wanted a larger family, but this genetic surprise made us rethink our plans. Elena struggled for that first year. We had to get a handle on her health before we could venture forth into growing our family.

Elena has always had a flair for entertainment. She was two when she announced she was going to be on TV. Entertainment has been her thing whether she is on a theater stage, TV show, or a local open mic night. Elena and her teen friends created, organized, and ran an amazing fundraiser concert called Salt Fest to help showcase the musical talent in her homeschool community while also giving back to the Cystic Fibrosis community.

Elena's album, empty & overflowing, is out now! Click here to listen and purchase!

The Stylist Manager

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Magician of awesome hairdos , creator of super cool styles despite being color blind, perfectionist of athletic moves, and winner of gaming.

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Meet Ethan (The Stylist Manager)
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Elena was thriving at the age of three when we decided it was time to grow our family a little more. Research and numerous conversations led us towards adoption. We chose to pursue adoption in December of 2007 and in less than three months, on March 2nd, 2008, we were holding our second E, Ethan.

Ethan is the easiest to startle, first to flash a dashing smile, and quick to laugh at just about anything. He has not met a sport he can’t handle. He can sew like a boss. His fashion sense is off...the...chain. Ethan is quick to help anyone in need of clothing choices and his choices are always dead on.

The Helping Hand

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Helper of all living things, consumer of "Catching Monsters", lover of cool cloudy weather, and questioner of "the norm".

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Meet Emily (The Helping Hand)
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When Ethan turned one we decided to adopt again and expand our family more. Just over one month later, on April 21, 2009, we were holding our third E, Emily.

Emily is our smiling, dimple faced, shiney red haired, lending hand. The day Emily learned to walk is the day she would move to get whatever someone was looking for. Crafting is her jam. She covers any flat surface available with her next project. Help us all when she discovers Pinterest.

The Sports Broadcaster

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Affectionate human, enthusiast of all things sports related (especially football), consumer of wi-fi, and appreciator of all things about humans.

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Meet Everett (The Sports Broadcaster)
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The universe knew there was another E in our life. September 2010, four months after Emily turned one, we learned we were pregnant with our 4th E.On June 1st, 2011 Everett was born. Elena's biggest complaint was that it took WAY too long to get this 4th E baby home. The concept of baby gestation was a new thing for her. Each of our family expansion stories is a story in itself and we will be adding these to our social media links as we venture forth in this life to help you learn more about our family.

Everett is quick to hug and show affection to his people. His knowledge of college football is scary. He was 5 when we first realized how much college football information his brain held. Saturdays in the fall you will find him watching ALL the football games and Sunday he is up super early to take in the College Game Day talking points. The kid LOVES football...like REALLY loves it.

The Good Dawg

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Thief of all attention available in any room at any given time, lover of all things living, consumer of sticks and pinecones, and inspiration for our families life goals.

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Meet Milford (The Good Dawg)
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We've learned a lot from our dog, Milford. He continues to remind us how joyful life can be if you follow these four simple guides: Be Happy, Be Yourself, Exercise Daily, and Rest Often. The Good Dawgs are working hard to raise 4 GREAT Dawgs that show compassion, give generously, nurture their body and mind, inspire others to be authentic, and establish real and meaningful relationships!

The Bearded Dad

Red decorative pillar.

Confident beard faced human, rock for his 4 kids, maker of Dad jokes, wizard in the kitchen, and deliverer of fresh hot coffee he makes just right every time.

Meet Joel

My first date with Julie was December 23, 1995 when we went to see the original Toy Story a few months before our highschool graduation. Our life began together as college students and we got married a few months after earning our degrees and getting jobs in our field of study.

The Jeep Mom

Red decorative pillar.

Enthusiast for magical experiences, appreciator of all things outdoors, consumer of Doritos (her spirit food), scrapbooker of everything, and "glass half full" kind of person.

Meet Julie

I still remember sitting on our couch in our first home. We would talk about what we should do with our free time. We had SO MUCH free time. What is that even like? I totally forget. Anywho, one day three years into our wedded life, Joel said, “If we had a kid we would never be bored, again.”

The Film Magician

Red decorative pillar.

Researcher of all things, actor and maker of films, disdainer of jokes, musician of beautiful words & musical chords, and giver of time towards good deeds.

Meet Elena

Four years after our dance party wedding, our family grew by one with some unexpected twists. Our first born E, Elena, was very sick at birth, needed multiple surgeries, and was diagnosed with a life shortening genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis. We knew we wanted a larger family, but this genetic surprise made us rethink our plans. Elena struggled for that first year. We had to get a handle on her health before we could venture forth into growing our family.

Elena has always had a flair for entertainment. She was two when she announced she was going to be on TV. Entertainment has been her thing whether she is on a theater stage, TV show, or a local open mic night. Elena and her teen friends created, organized, and ran an amazing fundraiser concert called Salt Fest to help showcase the musical talent in her homeschool community while also giving back to the Cystic Fibrosis community.

Elena's album, empty & overflowing, is out now! Click here to listen and purchase!

The Stylist Manager

Red decorative pillar.

Magician of awesome hairdos , creator of super cool styles despite being color blind, perfectionist of athletic moves, and winner of gaming.

Meet Ethan

Elena was thriving at the age of three when we decided it was time to grow our family a little more. Research and numerous conversations led us towards adoption. We chose to pursue adoption in December of 2007 and in less than three months, on March 2nd, 2008, we were holding our second E, Ethan.

Ethan is the easiest to startle, first to flash a dashing smile, and quick to laugh at just about anything. He has not met a sport he can’t handle. He can sew like a boss. His fashion sense is off...the...chain. Ethan is quick to help anyone in need of clothing choices and his choices are always dead on.

The Helping Hand

Red decorative pillar.

Helper of all living things, consumer of "Catching Monsters", lover of cool cloudy weather, and questioner of "the norm".

Meet Emily

When Ethan turned one we decided to adopt again and expand our family more. Just over one month later, on April 21, 2009, we were holding our third E, Emily.

Emily is our smiling, dimple faced, shiney red haired, lending hand. The day Emily learned to walk is the day she would move to get whatever someone was looking for. Crafting is her jam. She covers any flat surface available with her next project. Help us all when she discovers Pinterest.

The Sports Broadcaster

Red decorative pillar.

Affectionate human, enthusiast of all things sports related (especially football), consumer of wi-fi, and appreciator of all things about humans.

Meet Joel

The universe knew there was another E in our life. September 2010, four months after Emily turned one, we learned we were pregnant with our 4th E.On June 1st, 2011 Everett was born. Elena's biggest complaint was that it took WAY too long to get this 4th E baby home. The concept of baby gestation was a new thing for her. Each of our family expansion stories is a story in itself and we will be adding these to our social media links as we venture forth in this life to help you learn more about our family.

Everett is quick to hug and show affection to his people. His knowledge of college football is scary. He was 5 when we first realized how much college football information his brain held. Saturdays in the fall you will find him watching ALL the football games and Sunday he is up super early to take in the College Game Day talking points. The kid LOVES football...like REALLY loves it.

The Good Dawg

Red decorative pillar.

Thief of all attention available in any room at any given time, lover of all things living, consumer of sticks and pinecones, and inspiration for our families life goals.

Meet Joel

We've learned a lot from our dog, Milford. He continues to remind us how joyful life can be if you follow these four simple guides: Be Happy, Be Yourself, Exercise Daily, and Rest Often. The Good Dawgs are working hard to raise 4 GREAT Dawgs that show compassion, give generously, nurture their body and mind, inspire others to be authentic, and establish real and meaningful relationships!


Our Home on Wheels

We’ve been working for months to downsize our stuff, renovate our fifth wheel, and prepare ourselves for a year of travel. Stay tuned as we share the joy, challenges, lessons, and process of fulltime RV living. We are learning to live with less and experience so much more because life is about experiences and not stuff. Bring it Universe, we are ready for The Good Dawg Life!

Julie and the kids in front of the For Sale sign.
Saying goodbye to the home all 4 kids grew up in...
Julie and Joel with the new rig.
And hello to this monstrosity of a rig! She is really not a monstrosity at all, but rather quite robust and beautiful. She is just what we wanted to experience our family adventure!

The Good Dawg Life...Adventure, here we come!

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Elena's album, empty & overflowing, is out now!  Click here to listen and purchase!

Questions? Suggestions? We love to connect with humans! Contact us via social media messenger.