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How Our Skoolie Dream Came to Life

Is Your Dream to Live in a Converted School Bus?

Are you ready to hop aboard and travel the country but you just don’t know where to start? We had the dream to live in a converted school bus 7 years ago. For us, it wasn’t like a lifetime dream. It was the kinda dream that just landed in our  Jeff’s mind.

The Beginning

Let me tell you how it started for us.

Our dream, to live in a converted school bus, happened out of necessity. We received our last 4 children in February and summer was approaching. Every year in May, we take an annual beach vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC. I got on the phone, called our favorite hotel and was told, “Ma’am, your party is too large for one room. Would you like to reserve two rooms that adjoin?” Heck NO! was my response.

I was not paying for 2 vacations!

So, as Jeff and I sat outside thinking about what to do, Jeff, ever so calmly said, “Why don’t we get a school bus and I will convert it into a motor home? You know like the one I saw at the race.” I laughed. The next day, my fingers were busy on the computer searching for RV rentals. When that price tag was out of our budget, I searched for cabins near the beach.


Once again as we sat outside talking about NOT being able to go to the beach, Jeff mentioned his idea of converting a school bus. This time instead of laughing, I realized that he was right. Why not? Just as I agreed with Jeff a shooting star flew across the sky straight in front of me.

Coincidence? I think not!

A dream had begun!

That’s just the beginning!

The following weekend it was Mother’s Day. As we enjoyed a picnic lunch outside with some friends, Dan mentioned that his church was selling their school bus and we should get it just to haul around all of our kids. (Of course, he was joking.) At that moment, Jeff and I both burst out laughing and told them of the dream and plan we Jeff had of converting a school bus. By the end of that week, we were the proud owners of a Blue Bird International School Bus. If you are interested in checking out that bus, click here.

The Dream Evolved

Somewhere between plumbing the bus and the walls going up, Jeff and I decided why not travel the country and tell others about our love for Christ and how HE had put our family together. As we prayed, a ministry was born. We would stay in state parks and meet the needs of the people that God placed before us everyday.

For almost two years, we lived in our converted school bus and traveled the country helping people, sharing our love for Christ with them, and growing closer as a family. When you live in 235 square feet with 9 people, bonding is bound to happen!

Well, that’s enough about our dream coming true. If you want to know know more check out this video.


So, how did we go from a house in the suburbs to living on a bus?

Over the next few weeks, I will give you a glimpse into how we followed a plan that took us from the suburbs to our bus.

Dreaming of living in a converted school bus? Read here for Five Tips to Get Your Dream on the Reality Road

  • Maggie
    Posted at 11:01h, 26 September Reply

    What a great way to travel. Your trips must be so fun.

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 01:17h, 29 September Reply

      Hi Maggie, We love our bus! It makes traveling with a large family less stressful and fun. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  • Natasha
    Posted at 06:23h, 30 September Reply

    Wow, truly inspirational. You make me want to try it!

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 09:41h, 06 October Reply

      Natasha, thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving an encouraging comment. If you ever decide to make an Art Studio Bus let me know!

  • helene
    Posted at 07:08h, 01 November Reply

    Why did you stop living in the bus? I have friends who have been ministering for 15 yrs on the rd. Ive always wondered if they wud ever llive in one spot again. They ended up with a dozen kids so they werent long in just one rv. they started out in a skoolie too but gave it to sumone before finishing it. It rly wudda been too small for the then 9 kids. Theyve had at least ten main rvs over the yrs, besides the additional one they always have to have to sleep kids n haul ministry stuff. Their last two rvs have been Greyhound buses with slides. He converts all their buses himself.
    I wud love to live in a Greyhound. But I cud never drive that thing!!
    A short bus wud be my limit 😉

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 22:26h, 01 November Reply

      Helene, we stopped living full-time in our bus in 20012 due to our daughter having developed seizures. She fell out of the bus one day and my mama’s heart just broke. After purchasing a travel trailer we went back full-timing but her medical issues were too much. Interestingly enough, we bought our latest bus with Katie, our daughter, in mind. She is a Make-A-Wish kid and loves to travel. We want to take her to as many places in the time she has left. In the future, we will go back to full-time Skoolie living. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  • Destynne
    Posted at 20:41h, 22 December Reply

    My husband and I are just beginning our road to converting a bus and I was wondering how you turned travel into ministry. We would love to be traveling missionaries throughout the US, but I have no idea where to start! Any advice would be helpful thank you!

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 01:42h, 30 December Reply

      Destynne, Congratulation on beginning your journey! Honestly, our ministry was just laid out before us. Jeff and I just kept walking through each door God opened up. We were in campground ministry serving others and sharing the love of Jesus. Please email me and I will be happy to tell you more. [email protected]
      Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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