Lee alumni convert school bus into traveling home
There are many variations of “The American Dream,” and for Lee alumni Brian and Sherry Hamons, their version takes on the form of a restored school bus. The couple, along with their four children, are leaving the familiar and comfortable behind to follow a dream of chasing new experiences—all while traveling the country in their new house bus.
“For us, we tried the American dream with the house, the two cars and the two jobs,” said Brian. “It drove us crazy doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Sherry states this is a now-or-never opportunity. If they did not take hold of the opportunity in the moment, life would pass by before they knew it.
“We realized that we couldn’t wait to do this when we were in our 60’s,” said Sherry. “We wanted to get radical about the experiences we were creating.”
For many, the idea of walking away from the mundane to chase such a journey may seem thrilling. However, the Hamons make it clear the risks made the venture a struggle.
“On paper, it sounds amazing,” said Brian. “But when it comes to reality, tears are involved. We sold a house that we loved. We are leaving a great area. We have to sell or give away family antiques to save money,” said Brian. “We have had to drastically downsize our wardrobe. Tears come with the minimalism and anxiety that comes with quitting a job.”
However, this adventurous family is not letting fear get in the way of such an incredible undertaking.
“It has all been accidentally perfect,” said Brian. “We know that we are doing what God wants us to be doing. Solutions have come before the problems, and our progress on fixing up the bus has been quite surprising, especially since I am ADD. We know the Lord is going to use this project somehow.”
The couple sees this as a possible business endeavor as well as a life experience. Through social media, they are hoping to reach a great audience that will support and encourage them during their time on the road.
“We hope to have a professional website up and running soon—one that can give our audience a chance to go on this journey with us and interact with us during our time traveling,” said Sherry. “We are thinking about this as a brand.”
To follow along the Hamons’s journey, find more information at Serenity Bus Project to see where they go as they pursue the unknown.