Ghana for the summer

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I am getting many questions as to “mavis what is next for you?” well I wish I know for certain but I don’t. Being in Ghana right after a stressful few weeks of driving across north America this rest is well needed and deserved.

Our family have made a decision to move and settle in Richmond Virginia. This is because our two older girls will be in VCU and also family is all around in Richmond. I love Richmond because it offers a busy city but I can choose to be around it or in it.

I am excited to have a home back and have some form of routine especially for my kids. One thing I know for sure is that I can always get in my car and drive away to another state while still homeschooling our kids. Our son is excited to join soccer teams and swim teams. And I am excited to start making new memories and establishing strong friendships.

We are currently in Ghana and with our two older kids working at the office and am just being the supportive mother who will be there if and when my kids needs me.

The kids and I are getting to explore Ghana in ways we did not 5yrs ago, reason being the girls were too young to do anything partying with them. But now we are able to go to concerts and late dinners.  And watching the girls surprise with a lot of things around here in Ghana and so willing to try all the foods they have missed for the past years.

Well as of today June 18th 2019 sitting here listening to the audio book called sex at dawn given to me by my husband to listen too. I have no idea for my future plans are and I must say I am perfectly fine with that. as the first realization of a warrior is not knowing. and since my next second is not promised I intend to make each moment count. So thats is it….what next? I DON’T KNOW

 

Happy summer to everyone

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They graduated

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Our whole 5yrs of travels was around the graduation day of our two older kids Destiny and Aasha Manns. The day arrived just when we completed and drove across the United States. May 18th the day they walked the stage in Pensacola Christian academy with 508 other homeschool kids around the globe. I must say it was a proud moment for Marcus and I as we sat in the back and heard our kids names called and saw them walk the stage. I actually cried. Could not believe I have been able to homeschool them up till that very moment.

Oh and don’t get me started on the college process. Super stressful and definitely not the norm for our kids as we could not even share our story in the forms used for college.

But after many college visits and careful thoughts we came to the conclusion that it’s best they go to VCU at least for the first 4yrs and after they can move to any school or state they choose for graduate school.

We are excited to say they both got into vcu and are excited to start their new adventures which will not involve us much or airlines much. With pre-law track program now will see how their 4yrs unfolds.

Now what’s next for me and our 3 other girls. Am not sure what I want to do. I know I want to get some form of education probably something to do with tech… because I love playing and messing with tech stuff. Will keep homeschooling the other kids and will see how life will unfold for us.

Many have asked me to write a book. Well I have written 150 pages of my life but I don’t know how to unleash it. So am waiting to see how it unfolds throughout our the years to come. Am looking forward to one day share my challenges of being married to a unique man, homeschooled my kids without any college degree, the search of my biological parents, my bitter moments just desperate to end it all and my moments of loosing myself due to statements made by husband as being fat. How I was able to allow all to hit me hard and know that I am in charge of how I receive other people’s opinions about me. Oh and the moments I fell out of love ❤️ without even knowing. It will all make sense when my books comes out.

I am truly grateful that 5yrs have thought me so much… much of myself and what I desire. Now what next ?

After graduation the two older girls and I are currently in Ghana. They are interns at the Chiropractic and wellness center for the summer. With that they are exploring Ghana on a different level.

Happy summer everyone with love and light.

Last state… last long drive.. 5yrs of travel done

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Yes… 5yrs of living from country to country and 15months of Rv life touring North America.

I can not believe it that we started off traveling 5yrs ago when hubby said he was retired and from that moment life changed for us all. In the beginning I doubted how in the world can we do this with all these kids (we have 4 kids traveling with us but we have 5 beautiful kids).

God, our creator, Allah, Buddha or any other name you wish to give this magnificent being has protected us all this years. In tears 😭 moment of gratitude.

Well as I type this we are driving from our last state Denver Colorado driving back to Pensacola Florida where our two older kids will be graduating from high school… am sure you are wondering how that is possible they travel, how could they be able to graduate. Well thanks to Abeka academy which is what we have used for the past 10yrs and we love it 🥰. It’s an accredited program so keeping transcripts and all they take care of that. And they allow the kids to come and graduate with the other high schoolers (they have a private school in Pensacola Florida).

As we come to the close of these travels we are so grateful for all the people we met along the way… all the LLF’s we made and all the friends we had not seen for years. Profoundly grateful. It’s a bitter sweet moment for us but it is also exciting for us as we get to send off our two older girls to college and get back to some family traditions. Absolutely blessed and surely aware of it all.

As always we always love it when we meet up with friends and families we have not seen for years, at some point that’s what makes up our travels.

Here some some moments of amazing memories we created with our friends and families.

Our clothing modeling is by

Www.africoastpatterns.com

You think it and they create it. 🥰🥰

Rv Exploration coming to an end…

Now what next?????

Our Yellowstone adventures

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So Yellowstone in my opinion is one of the best national parks just because it offers unique natural adventures… seeing a Geyser erupt was awesome. And we entered through the West Point which makes it more exciting as we got to see lots of wild life… and our trip to mammoth hot spring and jump in that nice warm spring water makes it all our number 1 national park.

We stayed at the grizzly bear rv park which is two min drive to the entrance of the park. And it’s a little town that has lots of log cabins and shops. Really enjoyed our time here.

We had funny encounters with a group of bison which I have the video on my Facebook page you will laugh out… my Facebook name is mavismanns so you can check that video out.

In the little town there is a school bus restaurant and which is called Las Palmitas and basically the whole restaurant including their kitchen is inside a pimped up school bus. So cool and their Mexican food was yummy.

Here are a few of our adventures

1 more state to officially complete all 48 of the 50states (we did not explore Alaska and Hawaii)

Rv Exploration Continues

Vancouver BC was amazing

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I think Vancouver is one of the most beautiful city’s we have been too. The beautiful flowers and greenery is amazing. And the people are so nice.

We made great friend and also caught up with old friends we have not seen for a while.

The boarder crossing into Canada was super easy no problems and no traffic.

Now coming back to the states we stayed in traffic for 2 hours trying to cross the boarder into the states. But no issues with boarder control.

We got to drive to Squamish and went on the gondola 🚡 oh I was scared but still did it anyways. And went of the suspension bridge that is up on the mountain. We did not do the famous capilano suspension bridge because it was a big expensive for our whole crew. So we enjoyed the city and also got to walk around gas town area.

Will definitely be back in Vancouver BC

We also got to visit the island call Granville… so beautiful with boats and also got to have some good food.

Great experiences Vancouver BC

4 more states and we will be done with 48 states out of the 50states.

Rv Exploration Continues

Easter in Portland

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Making new LLf’s is really making the last 4weeks of our 5yrs of global tour more exciting and fun.

In Portland we got to make new friends who will always be part of our families lives forever.

So grateful to have met you Rudy and your lovely family. We had so much fun out just enjoying some night life (adults only) date night in Portland. And I think for me it felt like another 40th birthday celebration.

Our son got to spend some time with our friends kids and we all had a sleep over at their home. So grateful for hosting us and also making delicious breakfast for us all. We really had a great Easter morning with family and friends.

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Oregon Tulip Festival

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Nothing beats the excitement of seeing a field of beautiful vibrant tulips… that’s exactly how it was at the tulip festival in Portland.

But I must say the journey was not as pleasant as the reward we got from seeing all the beautiful flowers.

The tulip place and our rv park is exactly 52min drive. So you see that part was not a big deal. We drove and got to the are at 2.5miles to the tulip farm… that approximately 5min drive per our gps calculations. Until we saw the traffic and I am not joking on this one. It took us 3 hours and 45min from the time our gps say 5min to our destination. The traffic was so slow we had many discussions wether it was worth the drive. But we are a family that will not quit for anything so we stayed in that traffic and really I don’t think it’s worth the 4hours of slow traffic but hey we made it.

At the gate they charge $20 per vehicle or $5 per adult . So we parked our car and we just enjoyed the beautiful smells of tulips and the colors… and also got to see the hot air balloon. It was a beautiful afternoon to enjoy the tulip festival which happens every year around March.

Here are a few pictures of tulip exploration.

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Visit to Nike Headquaters Beaverton

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We as a family have always been aware and excited by the love around us. And in many ways it comes in the form that you least expect. As I post on our social media, I have come to realize that there are so many people who follow our life and are inspired by what we are doing and sharing. I had no idea Nike (our families favorite sports gear) actually have their headquarters just 20min drive from our rv place. Until I got a message from a friend who connected us to her amazing friend and the fun began from there. We got to visit the Nike campus (which is how they call this beautiful huge sports enthusiast place) it was on a Saturday so most of the places was closed, but it was so worth seeing the ones that was open. The passion for what Nike does is amazing. So grateful we got to see their campus and also did some sports outfit shopping. Thanks to our host For showing us around. Love it all.

Our Portland visit is sure to leave a great memory for our family.

Rv Exploration Continues…

Thank you California

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Thank you California for a great time… from the oldest tree at the sequoia national park to the tallest tree at The redwood forest national park… and from walking the streets in Beverly Hills and on redeo drive (with expensive stores that I need appointment before I can walk) to many many memories and oh the fisherman wharf in San Francisco we say thank you for allowing us explore your state.

Now time to move on to Portland Oregon..

here are some pictures of us in Cali

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A day in San Francisco

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Like I have always said our time in each state leaves a memory for us when we get to either meet our friends, family or make new friends. And San Francisco happens to be one of them.

Got to spend the day with a family whom we have known since he was young and now he is all grown into an amazing young man. Thank you Patrick for taking the time to show us the beautiful city of San Francisco and also our walk through Chinatown… which happens to be the first and oldest Chinatown in the USA.

We got to walk around the fisherman wharf and just enjoy walk from pier to pier. We also got to do the mirror maze which took me more minutes than the rest of my crew to find the exit. Pretty awesome activity for the whole family.

Over all we enjoyed our day in San Francisco.

Rv Exploration Continues