Welcome to Dave and Laura’s Dream

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Were a Metro Detroit, Michigan, couple – second marriages for both of us – and we dream of retiring early to Travel the World. Follow us while we try and figure out to raise our kids, and save to retire.

We are now both 51, and we both have a passion for travel and a honestly after 30 years of exhaustive work hours, raising kids – often alone while divorced and really thrifty lifestyles, we really want to to retire early.   We both started over – unexpectedly in the prime of our lives. Opened our hearts to new opportunities and met at an online dating site, and now with our 3 year marriage & a merging our two families into one with five kids, we are stronger and happier than we have ever been. 

We have a plan for January 1st, 2021 retirement, we will be 52years old, we have the commitment and we have the dream, now we are trying to figure it out how!

Follow us as we work toward the goal of an early retirement date and whatever adventures we experience along the way.


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73 Replies to “Welcome to Dave and Laura’s Dream”

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  2. Hi and nice to meet you!
    It’s nice to hear your plan and I wish you well, my hubby and I have been trying to come up with an exact date for that ourselves (we are 57 and 58) but sometimes I think its never going to happen, that he will work til he drops!!
    We are in Texas, where were you thinking of retiring to?

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      1. I think I’ve been everywhere in Michigan I spend an enormous amount of time on the west side of State because I do Consulting and I have a large client out that way so I’m out there at least one day per week been to the U P love it would go back again as soon as I get to retire and travel like my goal with Dave is

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    1. You have to dream … right, and we have the details, so that makes it a plan, and I work on that plan every single day. So I guess we will see on Jan 1, 2021 if we can do it and keep it up. Until then I am going to keep working on it. Thanks for the good wishes.


  3. I love this idea! (Both of you starting this blog to document your journey and early retirement!) I am a firm believer that we should enjoy as much of this short life as we can. There is so much to experience.

    I hope and pray that your dreams will come true, that you find the perfect plan to make retirement in 2021 happen and that you will enjoy many years with your newfound family ♥

    Blessings to each of you. 💕 ~ Holly

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    1. Thanks Holly G will be telling you along as well we have two kitties both rescues our favorite kind when is super spicy his name is Henry, I think he is my favorite cat ever, but it’s a close tie, because over my life, we have had so many wonderful cats. David would say without a doubt his favorite cat was blackout his mane coon, who he had many years ago.

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      1. Aww! They each sound adorable! I agree, rescues are the best. They never forget your kindness! God bless you for taking them in!

        I’m glad you shared that with me! I hope to hear more about your stories 🙂 And thank you for the blessings as well. My prayers are with you & your family. 🙏🏼

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  4. Hi Dave & Laura, my husband, Peter Martel, is a Neutron Physicist. You can google him to see some of his work. I post parts of his memoirs everyday in the summer (one paragraph at a time). He wrote a book Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist a few years ago. Now I’m back to art and music with a few reblogs from our younger daughter about Yoga.

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    1. Hi Leslie, I just got home and cooking up some dinner, but checked out your husband Peter Martel. Awesome, I checked out his work, and impressive for sure. I am a diagnostic medical Physicist (laura) David is a robot programmer, so we are geeky about physics, both of us. I will check out his memoirs on your site over the next week. Thanks for that Share, I love it!

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  5. Bravo, Dave and Laura! Good luck on your goal to retire early. My wife Janet and I, retired at 62 years old. We have never been sorry. Although, I have to admit we still take some jobs here and there to supplement income.
    We will be visiting your city next July. Is there anything you would recommend seeing?

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    1. Ok, Mystic Dee – check you out, we have a similar belief system, positive and faith based. So what areas are you going to be in Detroit? There is the Henry Ford Museum, we have been there ALOT. The entire Greektown area with restaurants and casinos and fun. If you are in the outskirts – then there is Grosse Pointe – they have streets with restaurants to walk to – and little shopping areas, a blues club. Fill me in more on what you like.

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  6. Such a great plan. My hubby and I (we are 60 and 52) are thinking about it too. Our kids are getting older now (24 and 16), so we will soon be able to travel more. Good luck on your goal to retire early. Looking forward to reading about your journey. Hugs from cold Montreal —Dominique

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    1. Thanks 3c, were in Detroit in the low 40s today, dry but brisk today. We just real how short life is and how we have given away so much to the kids and work life and while it will be tough with the early retirement finances, we are willing to try it. Only about 1year to go. I think we can do it…..hope you will try it too

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      1. We really get where you are at. Our lifestyle tricks are eat at home, buy at garage sales anything we need, buy in bulk and work super hard, even then we still fall behind on savings, but never stop. So daughter with a masters?, what in????

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      2. You lifestyle tricks are cleaver. I do buy stuff sometimes at garage sales and estate sales and I use a slow cooker. Lol It is perhaps the best deal on earth for reducing cooking costs. I can just dump in the ingredients before work, put the crock pot on simmer, and dinner is done when we get home. I also buy clothes that mix and match well so I don’t need that many clothes –I just mix and remix what I wear by using timeless, simple pieces that go well together. And I take good care of my clothing, and repair them instead of tossing them. My hubby also installed a programmable thermostat to cut down on energy usage while we are not at home…. Even then we still fall behind on savings too. My daughter is doing her master in economic and my son wants to study either in chemistry or programming. The entire family has an interest in science -hubby (aka the lab rat) is a neuroscientist and I’m a scientific journalist.

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