Welcome to the Scharrer family's real life story! Most of our story is written for, and about, our four kids and the spice they add to our lives. It's our story of happiness, craziness, and sometimes ridiculousness. We've journaled through childbirth, the terrible two's, private school (and our public school experience), an autism diagnosis, medical school, residency, and long-term mission work in Africa.

Now we're following a new adventure, which involves a 45 foot motorcoach, homeschool, and as many ski slopes as we can go down in one year.

For posts from while we were living in Zimbabwe and updates about our future plans in Zimbabwe, please see our mission blog...


20 January 2018

Park City, Utah

We're constantly learning new things about the Skimobile. Traveling from Breckenridge to Park City provided another great learning opportunity: how to put chains on tires!

After we passed into Utah by the next morning, all the snow was gone and we were welcomed by beautiful views of the mountains and super warm temps!

Our first Utah stop was Park City. Park City has always been one of our favorite ski towns and we were looking forward to spending some quality time on the slopes and in the city! Not only did we plan to celebrate Skogen's birthday there, but our residency friends from all over the States were coming for a weekend!

Skogen's birthday dinner...

Skogen's birthday morning and a ski day with friends...

14 January 2018

Skimobile Tour

Someone recently asked if we were feeling cramped in our small space. It inspired me to make a video walk through of our beast so you can all see the space!  Truth is, we haven't felt cramped one bit. Maida still does her dance shows and gymnastics, the kids all have their own place to sleep, and we even have a place for guests to sleep over. We absolutely love our home and would love to share it with you now....

12 January 2018

Sense of Belonging

It's always good to find others like you.  Am I right?! We have been so blessed to have met several other ski bums on our first trip to Colorado in the Skimobile! Creating a sense of belonging was just what we needed as we pulled in for our very first Skimobile ski day! First, parking in the Breakenridge parking lot beside other ski bum campers. Then, finding a winter camp ground full of good people and kind hearts with the perfect camping spot for our big rig. Also, sitting and chatting for hours in the hot tub with people who share the same dream of adventure and passion for skiing as we do!

We've spent the last four days skiing Breckenridge and Keystone. We've made many memories on and off the mountain, including attending the Ullr Fest downtown Breckenridge! 

Next up, Utah!

10 January 2018

Chasing Adventure

I'm currently sitting at my new dining room table.  My new dining room table is very different than a typical dining room table.  It's collapsable and mobile because unlike most, we have chosen to chase our adventure in a 45 foot RV motorcoach. Despite our ignorance of driving and living in a motorhome, we confidently jumpmed into our dream and there's no turning back!

Just over two months ago, we returned from a six-month-long mission trip to Zimbabwe, Africa.  So many people generously supported us on the life-changing journey as we dedicated almost every waking minute to the people of Nhowe Mission (and many waking minutes when you aren't supposed to be awake!).  As our family dove into the African culture, we saw things in a new light, and discovered what's really important in life.  First, and most importantly, is our relationship with Jesus Christ.  Second, is our relationship with our family.  Third, our relationships with others. And forth, to live life everyday with a sense of belonging, a spice of adventure, and with no regrets.  What we discovered is that many Zimbabweans live one day at a time and don't plan for the distant future because there is so much uncertainty and instability in their lives, economy, politics, even life or death of family members or themselves.  It does provoke a much more God-reliant outlook on life!

So when we entered back onto American soil, we had a new perspective and a new set of priorities.  Maybe it was the poverty and corruption we witnessed - and the compassion we developed for the Zimbabwean people as they lived without complaint, full of love and happiness.  Perhaps it was the love of new friends we made at Nhowe Mission and their importance to our survival in a country and culture we had never lived in before.  Was it the days and days we went without electricity and water that gave us time to reflect on life and on the necessities of daily living?  Maybe it was all the times we couldn't do things by our own power, but through calling on God and His immediate, immaculate answers to prayer.  Whatever the source of our inspiration, and it is definitely a combination of numerous experiences, this new perspective has had a big impact on our immediate life decisions.

Moving into this small living space with four kids is only the beginning (unfortunately, we left the dogs at home).  Everything from here on out is a blank slate.  Writing our own journey, living purposefully, fully relying on God, making memories, seeing old friends and making new ones.  Our adventure around the United States in our "Skimobile" - and down as many ski runs as possible - is awaiting.  Please join us!

We write to taste life twice, once in the moment and in retrospection.”
~Anais Nin