Welcome! We are so glad you are here! Here is our story:
If you want to find out EXACTLY OUR STORY & how WE HAVE A VAN!!!!! – Then click here read this – it explains it all, and it’s the most heartfelt post you will ever read from us – it’s all about how we came to have a van, how we had Faith Over Fear! and our adventure! But now….on to who we are!
I’m Annette, the dramatic and over-enthusiastic mom/wife/writer/traveler (and comedian) behind Van Adieu. I love traveling in the U.S. and Europe, and when we decided to take on the task of converting a van from scratch, I was able to put all my interests in one (van) basket! I love a challenge, and I love to create even more! Working on the van allows me to show my readers step by step how to do something outside their comfort zone. Also, it allows me to ham it up on our you tube tutorials, and provide some comic relief for you. (Seriously, I can’t promise the world, but I CAN PROMISE you will laugh.).
And that’s Todd, the practical and down to earth husband/step-father/McGyver behind Van Adieu. He is a legit, serious mountain biker and who loves to get out in nature and jump off things really fast on a bike. (I can’t look!!!) Van Adieu allows Todd to use all his superhero mechanic skills in a way that will create something for our whole family to enjoy, and Van it up! He is super excited for all of our projects and adventures! (Ok, mostly the adventures!)
Finally, there is MLC, our daughter, the cute/smart/clever/talented…… (ok mom, stop writing) LOL! She is super excited to help work on the van, on all of the crafts and go on adventures! She will have her own section on the blog, for kids, to show step by step how to make projects, and also how to live in a van for a while and travel!
Van Adieu – STOP WASTING WEEKENDS!
Van Adieu was meant as a place to find the inspiration and resources to allow my readers to Stop Wasting Weekends, and explore the beautiful world God created. Adieu not only means Farewell, but it also means “To God.” Please think of Van Adieu as your go-to place for understanding van conversions, finding amazing craft projects, information regarding van life, and as an excellent resource for National and State parks!
You may not be able to transform your life today, change everything and every negative emotion or bad habit, but you can START by just looking around and making a decision to Stop Wasting Weekends. Just start with one weekend! YOU CAN DO IT. We can help. We want you to start looking for the adventure that is all around you, even if that is walking a trail for a half an hour near your home! Whatever your dream, we want you to start with the little steps to try to achieve it!
Sprinter Van Conversion
We Have a Van! You can read all about our journey and our story (which is pretty emotional!) on our We Have a Van! post.
Travel Resources (Really, super good ones for map-ically challenged people like me!)
And while I love traveling, I am a hot mess when it comes to reading a map. I’m totally map-ically challenged! So, I decided to create detailed instructions for those out there like me. My hiking posts show exactly where you should go (depending on expertise), and real life instructions (like left and right – because east and west don’t always cut it!) I’m hoping that these maps and detailed hikes really help our readers. And get this – the maps are in 2D and 3D – and can be downloaded to your phone!
The hikes also all connect in a way that I’ve never seen, and no one else offers. Each hike is linked to other hikes, so you can EASILY fit them together like a puzzle, to help you sort out which hikes you should do, when, and most importantly, how!!!
Van Crafts/Van Life
We aren’t going to be selling everything and living in a van down by the river. Most people aren’t. We have real lives and real responsibilities. But there are some of us who still want adventure and fun with our families! Also, I’ll be honest, the crafts are totally my comfort zone, and super fun for me. I’ve always gone over the top on projects and crafts, so why would this be any different? You’ll learn tons of fun ways I made our van look super cute, and also amazing road trip ideas for your family vacations. A happy family is an awesome family. I’ll help you get to happy with these ideas! I’ll also show you tips and tricks to make life on the road easier, like recipes and unique ideas for your family!
I can’t wait to hear about your projects and your passions! Jump in, and join us the Adieu Crew and get our Adieu Crew News (our weekly newsletter with even more resources, tips, inspiration and extra goodies!).
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Thanks so much for reading, we can’t WAIT to get to know you. But for reals. I’ve always liked you. 🙂