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Family of 14 Decides to Live on the Road in RV 'Dream House'

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The Kellogg family lives in their dream house ... but it isn’t what you’d expect a “typical” dream house to look like. There is no indoor swimming pool or theatre, no expansive dining room or impressive kitchen, and quarters are actually pretty tight. And there’s only one bathroom for the family of 14. Oh yeah, and it’s on wheels.

The Kellogg’s love adventure and the outdoors so much that they recently decided to sell their Colorado home and hit the road in a 36-foot RV. Mom Susie said, “We wanted to get rid of the mortgage … get rid of the car payments and breathe.”

She also says on her family’s blog:

I don’t wake up dreading Monday or Wednesday.   I never utter the words TGIF because every day is Friday.  I do not live for the weekends.  To be honest, this was my greatest fear, that we would become a family who only lived 2 days out of every week.  We live every day to it’s fullest.

How freaking cool is this family? I have so much respect and admiration for them living their dreams, and not allowing themselves to be confined by societal norms. 12 kids? Sure, why not? A life of adventure on the road? Bring it. Homeschooling? Well how else are you supposed to educate your kids if your family is too busy having fun to send them off to traditional schools?

So what if not everyone has their own bed? The family says that by the end the day, they’re usually too exhausted to do much other than fall down asleep. Besides, little kids can share, and the older ones camp when they can.

I think the biggest downside would be having one bathroom for 14 people -- but then again, when you’re busy having the greatest adventure of your life, you probably don’t need to preen too much.

Would you ever consider selling your house to hit the road in an RV?

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Woofi... WoofieMom

Anyone see the movie RV starring Robin Williams? These folks are like the Gornickes!

tuffy... tuffymama

DH and I fantasize about doing this. We already live pretty simply and homeschool the monkey boy. Our dogs are close to "college age," so we won't have to worry about taking them on the road soon... I don't know. It seems like a great way to avoid bogus property taxes, too. I would love to try it!

headi... headingsouth13

@woofiemom yes and i know that came to mind as soon as i started reading

Kim Hunn

I feel sorry for the children. They will never have any real friends or privacy. It's a dream for the parents, but the kids will suffer in the long run.

.LoVe... .LoVeMyBuG.

I think it's sad "the older one's camp out every chace they get" they shouldn't have too! 14 is WAY to many to be LIVING in an RV full time. If it was a smaller family than sure, not my idea of fun but sure. 14 is almost child neglect being in that small of a space with not enough beds etc. 

Coles... Coles_mom

I agree with some of the previous posters. It sounds fun for a bit, but if 12 kids were to be found living in a one-bedroom apartment, they'd be taken into custody by child services. I'm sure the family is a strong unit, but it sort of feels wrong in the bigger sense- it's not a 2 week memorable vacation.

the4m... the4mutts

Theres only 6 of us, 4 kids, 2 adults, and I would absolutely love to be able to do this! But 12 kids....? Wow. Theyre brave!

Katie Erickson

@ kim Hunn, who is to say these kids are not living their dream??? the oldest is 19 yrs old and she chose to stay with her family and do this. the episode on the today show gives me the impression that these children are living their dream and having a wonderful time. who are we to judge them? in the future they may decide to buy a new home for now they are making wonderful memories.


bleed... bleedingheart8D

No thank you! My kids are very different and need their own space. It's not something for everyone.

teddy... teddysmama09

It sounds cool on a surface level, but I think this kind of lifestyle is unfair to the children in the long run. If my father could, he would have lived like this with us. As it was, we moved every couple of years and I often joke that my childhood home was a U-Haul. I had some really, really great experiences living this way which I am grateful for, but at the end of the day I have nothing solid to look back on. I have no roots. I don't have history with people. I don't have a childhood home or neighborhood. I adapted pretty easily and made friends quickly, but one of my brothers really suffered from our nomadic lifestyle. He was etremely shy with a learning disability and had a very hard time making friends. No sooner would he finally make a friend then we were gone again; it destroyed him. I couldn't do that to my children. I think one of the most important things you can give yoour children is roots. I do, however, plan on doing a LOT of travelling with my kids.

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