Chris and Shelby met in Bible School in the fall of 2010, where they became best friends and fell in love.
They married in October of 2013, and began renting a 490 sq. ft. 1940’s house in Shelby’s hometown of Grandville, Michigan. Their home was cozy and their rent was cheap (only $430 a month), but their favorite thing to do together was to get away from it all, by traveling and exploring new places any time they got the chance.
When they discovered, “vanlife,” on Youtube in December of 2015, their immediate response was, “Let’s do this!” They bought a 1989 Dodge B250 camper van the next month, and began to completely gut and remodel it from the inside out.
The whole process took 2 years and 9 months in their free time, and on a very small budget. Finally, in October of 2018, they moved into the van, which they named Luna, and began to travel full time with their bearded dragon, Hagrid.
Some of their favorite memories have been visiting Carlsbad Caverns, walking through the Redwoods, hiking Yosemite Falls, and swimming with manatees in Crystal River.
They mostly boondock, and rely on their solar set up to power their electricity. Chris and Shelby currently both work remotely 4 days a week for Women At Risk, International, a non-profit primarily known for their work with human trafficking victims. They use email and phone calls to book parties where people volunteer to sell survivor-made products in their own homes, to support Women At Risk’s partnering safe-houses.
There are so many more places they want to explore, and they hope to have a family someday.
So, their newest project is renovating a school bus, turning it into their future home on wheels. But, that project will take a long time! So, they will continue to live in Luna until then.
Chris and Shelby are both big fantasy nerds and love Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. They enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, watching movies, and eating delicious food together. You can follow their journey on their Instagram account, @happy_vagabonds, as well as their Youtube channel happy_vagabonds.
Chris & Shelby
I never would have thought of combining sweet potatoes and guacamole until I saw the idea on Pinterest! The flavors pair together really well, and we love this meal! It’s quick and easy to make on a week night after work. And it’s quite filling, especially with a salad. But, I will sometimes serve it with a side of quinoa, as well.
Wash and chop up the sweet potatoes into 1 inch chunks, or so. Place the sweet potatoes in a medium pan, cover them with water, and bring to a boil.
While the potatoes cook, make your guacamole. Chop up the onion and tomato, and mince the garlic. In a medium bowl, mash up the avocados. Mix in the onion, tomato, garlic, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
When the sweet potatoes are fully cooked, spoon them onto plates, adding salt and pepper if you’d like. Then, top the sweet potatoes with the guacamole and black beans. Garnish with cilantro, and voila! You’re ready to dig in!
Adapted with some changes from Food With Feeling