We are Jim and Angela Johnson and are enjoying the third year of this adventure.
We began this journey in November 2014; both Angela and I are in our mid 50s. I don’t want to give you my resume, but I am a consultant who puts computer systems in hospitals (I deal mainly with the financials), and Angela taught high school English. She has a Master’s in Education (M.A.Ed.), and I have a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). We met in the spring of 2005 and married in the summer 2006. At the time she had three children, and I had three children (two married) and 1 grandchild. Now, we have added to that two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law and nine more grandchildren (total of 10). Our youngest child recently graduated from college, is engaged to be married, and, as she calls it, has “a big girl job,” so all of our kids have their own lives. That leaves us as emptynesters desiring the ability to be mobile for two main reasons: to travel, something we both love doing, and to visit family without having to schedule a plane trip. As we began, our main family units were in Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi. The same is true now except the son and daughter-in-law who were in Georgia are now in Alabama, and the daughter and son-in-law who were in Virginia are now in Okinawa, Japan until the end of 2019. (Yes, it is going to be hard to visit the ones in Japan without a plane trip, but we’re hoping to make that trip in the Spring of 2018.)
We move to my client site and stay until the project is complete, and we travel when we have time off or are between clients. So far, this plan is working well, so we plan to continue this format. Of course, I always say that if you want to hear God laugh the loudest, tell him what YOU plan to do. One thing Angela and I know for sure is that we will be together. In the past, I flew out on Sunday and, pretty much, only saw her on the weekends and vacations. This lifestyle certainly allows us to spend most of our time together, and that is worth a great deal.