Finding Home…Ten Years Later

It’s been ten years that we’ve been on and off the road traveling with our Family looking for ourselves, creating our dreams, raising our kids with the intention of breaking Family cycles of divorce and mistrust, finding a place to call home, and setting forth a path that was foggy and unclear when we set out all those years ago.  A personal and private journey (believe it or not). Over the years people tried to fit us into some sort of box, justifying why we would shift gears like that leaving behind everything we had ever wanted. Some labeled us a traveling gypsy Family, vegetarians (yeah, right), band groupies, drug dealers, white trash, lost people, adventurers, stupid, hippie bastard (hilarious, we clearly do not fit the hippie persona nor have we ever had a desire), and brave. I get it, people need to connect it to something they are familiar with or understand. It took us a lot of years to get over the feelings those labels made us feel like. And we are still working on getting over some of the harsh things spoken by some of the closet people, our Family. Letting them go with all their thoughts and confusion on who we are has been one of the most freeing experiences and yet one of the saddest.

One of the biggest things we wanted more that anything out of our years on the road was to experience what real home feels like. Something we either never fit in within our past or had no idea how to create for our own Family. We had this sense that home was always out there ~ a place, a piece of land ~ and if we just found that place we could buy it, shape it, own it, plant trees on it, and make it ours and we’d be home. We spent countless years and thousands of gallons of gas to find that place. When we thought we had found it, we’d stay. Sometimes for months, sometimes for years. But, it never was. We continued to look for that place and then years ago it became clear that home has always been within us. Location free. We’re home where ever we are. We are homemade. We took that in proudly with all the emotional touchy feely things that come along with, but I’ll spare you in this blog post. But, as our kids got older and more independent we had one more place to try out. Maybe the magical combination of homemade with the ideal location just might be out there like some sort of jackpot. Someplace that Greg and I could be happy with even when they left us for the big world. Seattle. One year there. Not it. Happy and accomplished we tried.  And through some sort of clarity from that risk, we came right back to the very place we started everything we have ever loved and have achieved some of the grandest stunts of our lives. Texas. The launching pad for everything barenaked.

Here we are now. We’re happy. We’re content. We’re homemade. With an older and wiser Family. And just like when we started out to find home, we also started out to find our own business. With an opportunity to launch and replicate what we were looking for on those thousands of miles and great times out on the road, we are finding ourselves with a possibility of something we have dreamed about for years. A place that many will come and find that they are home too. Yep, we’re a lot of things. But we’re also BareNakedFamily.

American Pie in Thrift Store Groceries

As we were heading out on the road to Texas, we stopped for some road food and found a great local Family run grocery store. We interviewed the mom and son who have run it for years and even got behind the counter working for them. It’s a reminder of the good ol’ Family run businesses and community that thrives because of the American dream.

American Pie – Kids Eat Free

It’s been a few weeks since launching the American Pie project and we’ve now baked a whole pie and sold every slice and then some.  We’re slowing pulling out of the freelancer’s slow season, starting to secure some projects, and getting caught up on the high cost of living in such an expensive place.  We’ve been building some really cool stuff like e-commerce sites, starting some new social media campaigns in the motorcycle racing industry for a professional racer, and helping Austin’s photography come together with some new equipment and ideas.  He’s really appreciating seeing his photos making it out in the world and boy are they getting in some cool places!  Thanks to everyone who has bought a print!  This has been a great way for him to launch himself out there all while continuing to work with his Family.  Something that means so much to us.  Can’t thank you enough!

We’re hearing from people all over who have experienced the economy the way we have.  Here’s a little American Pie story that we really inspired us to share.  Heard from a Family whose kids who wanted to be a part of the project so much that they were trying hard to round up every penny they could even as their artist Family struggled in a similar way.  They’ve been friends here on the blog and over on the Facebook pages and immediately wanted to be a part of it and let us know the kids were working hard to do so. The fact that they are musicians and play their art for their living, we not only understand how valuable that is, but are grateful they are willing to share what they have with us.  With others who will get a slice of pie with their names on it.

Just  hearing of their selflessness, we were already committed to putting their names on a plate and sending them a print regardless of money.  Knowing kids who see the value of giving of themselves and celebrating other artists is unbelievably refreshing and a real gift in itself.  This is the stuff projects like this are made of.  Before we got to writing the names on the set of plates for the first pie, we received a PayPal notification with their purchase!  Oh…it’s so on for them now!  They done made us cry. We agreed that hard work like that deserves to be noticed and we’re working on putting a little something extra in their package.  These stories are golden and we’ll always be obliged to give it all away for the greater good of keeping the love going…

Our first homemade Pie!  And it’s sold out!  We’re making more pie, so make sure you get your slice!

We’re happy to make more pie.  We wanna make more pie.  We wanna share more pie.  If you feel like having pie with us, well you just order yourself up a slice right here