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Almost every couple faces a “now what?” moment as their last kid moves out of the house. There’s a big empty nest looming over this new and uncertain stage in their lives.
David and Veronica James chose to look at this next phase of life as a beginning instead of an ending. Rather than staying put and facing the constant reminders of empty bedrooms and backseats, a plan began to develop to sell the nest and hit the highway. But could a homebody helicopter mom learn to let go of her heartstrings and house keys all at once?
Filled with a sense of adventure and humor, Going Gypsy is the story of a life after raising kids that is a celebration of new experiences. Pulling the rip cord on the daily grind, David and Veronica throw caution to the wind, quit their jobs, sell their house, put on their vagabond shoes, and go gypsy in a beat-up old RV found on eBay.
On a journey of over ten thousand miles along the back roads of America (and a hysterical, error-infused side trip into Italy), they conquer old fears, see new sights, reestablish bonds with family and friends, and transform their relationships with their three grown children from parent-child to adult-to-adult. Most importantly, they rediscover in themselves the fun-loving youngsters who fell in love three decades prior.
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About the Author
David James was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up on the prairie and in the mountains of Colorado. He made his way in the music business as a performer, recording artist, songwriter, and radio personality in Nashville, Tennessee, and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. After parenting and sending three kids out into the big wide world, he currently lives with his bride of thirty years, Veronica, in a state of perpetual motion. The couple writes about their travels since becoming empty nesters on their popular website, GypsyNester.com.
Veronica James was born and raised in Southern California and was like, totally, a Valley Girl. Against any sane person’s better judgment, she ran off with a musician at age eighteen. After procreating, she became Earth Mama, then Helicopter Mom, hovering over every detail of her children’s lives. She and her husband are the creators of the popular website GypsyNester.com. Veronica has held approximately thirty-three different jobs including writer. She is never bored.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lots of fun to read. Already a big travel fan but their adventures makes me want to find a "BAMF" of my own and hit the road.
I started this book the day we left in a road trip in our RV for a two week vacation. I enjoyed it all while trying to imagine if I could live in our RV.
If you ever wanted to know how to sell everything and live your life without a home...just read this book. They are both really honest about what it took to do this journey. Love their humor and honesty. After reading the book you will either want to hit the road to adventure or enjoy their journey through their eyes from your comfortable couch at home. Either way, it is a great read into a couple's life to do something daring and free fall into the great unknown territory of 'empty nest'.
As you read the trials and tribulations of David and Veronica you feel as if you are saddled up in BAMF going along for the ride. Peppered into their antidotes are words of wisdoms for beginner, nand experienced parents and couples alike. It's a fun read that I highly recommend even if you have never had kids.