The Mace Family – Simplifying Their Lives To Recapture Joy

mace2The Mace Family – Simplifying Their Lives To Recapture Joy

The Mace Family Blog is the first of a series of articles about featured families that Jewels Muller meets while traveling.

The big “Why”

The primary reason that we feel led to live this lifestyle comes from our desire to simplify our lives. Our previous lives were full of activities and events, and even though each one of those things had a good “purpose”, their collective dominance left us exhausted and stressed. We realized that we needed to take a break and reconnect as a family, while we still had time. We want to recapture the joy of being a family.


Josh and Sarah Mace
Savannah (14) and Eli (10)
Launched from Columbia, South Carolina, United States


It was challenging to make this transition, both logistically and emotionally. We wanted to be sure that this was the right path for our family. We did about a year of research. We looked at hundreds of RVs, different kinds of trucks, and even communicating with other people living this lifestyle. We sold the house that we loved and went from 2,800 sq ft to less than 300 sq ft of living space. We also had to learn how to use, maintain, and transport our new home on wheels. Then, I lost my job the same week we closed on the house! Finally we had to travel to Texas to establish residency while I searched for a new job. Looking back it seems crazy to think about, but it was all worth it. mace6

Memorable Stories

My favorite memories are small things, like sitting at our picnic table playing a board game… and meeting up with our friends from Nomadic Homeschoolers and all the memories that those experiences create are what sustain us in this lifestyle. However, not every memorable story is from a fun experience… three words: Black Water Tank. 🙁

mace7How we make money on the road

Our income comes from my job as an Interface Designer, which is way more fun than it sounds. As long as I have internet access, I can work.

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