Tenting and Travelling
I have just come back from a survivors trip to Nashville. It was am amazing time meeting up with other survival sisters and I have so much to unpack emotionally and physically from that trip. I will do a post on that trip very soon. I did however come home very sick. It’s the sickest I have been in a long time. On the way home I was coughing up blood and really just looking to get back home to my family, however in those last couple of days in the hotel room while I was too sick to go out I spent some time watching tv. There was a show that was just starting that inspires me, called “Risking it all” on TLC.
here is a promo of that show.
Funny thing is that I was too sick to stay awake and watch it, but now I’m kind of obsessed with it. LOL
So coming home as sick as I have, my house has been a complete mess and I haven’t had the energy to get it back in order. The last time things where like this was after Marcella’s birth.
Now I have a massive desire to pack up everything and everyone and run away camping again.
We did this once before with our children. We were deciding to move back from QLD and wanted to spend some time getting to know our state, exploring it and having a holiday with our children. I was 7 months pregnant at the time with baby number 5, which made living in a tent a bit more challenging because I wasn’t feeling well most of the time and the bulk of the work was on Ben’s shoulders. We finally found a house and moved back into normal life before Isaac arrived.
One of the things that I loved and still get drawn back to in that lifestyle was the how simple things were, in that we didn’t have mountains of washing like we do now, because you are limited on the amount of clothes that you have and we also didn’t have mountains of dishes because we only had the plates and pots that we needed- there wasn’t extra. We also didn’t have a heap of junk that we spent more time cleaning and packing away than we do using. It’s simple in that way. That idea and lifestyle really appeals to me.
I also really like the idea of exploring and learning about our world with my children, instead of spending so much time cleaning and taking care of everything. I want to be a part of their lives before it’s all over red rover. My time with them is very short.
My girls are just having their birthdays at the moment, which always reminds me how quickly it is all over and then it’s their turn, if I don’t make the most of that now, I will miss it, and I spend some much of my time feeling annoyed because things are so messy, or we have so many jobs that need doing, mostly for things we don’t actually NEED!
Honestly, we have clothes in our wardrobes that we only wear for half the year, then for the rest of the time they take up space, we have books in our shelves that we only read once or twice, but pick up all the time because little ones pull them out over and over. The more I look at my house the more I see how much of our time, energy and happiness is wasted with things we don’t need.
While I was in hospital recovering from percreta I really struggled. So much had been taken from me. We lost one of my babies (I always prayed for twins), I couldn’t have more children, I was on life support for the first 6 days of my babies life, I couldn’t breastfeed, I could barely hold my baby I was so weak. I was holding it together but dying on the inside. I suffered from anxiety and found it hard to sleep, so there where a few things that I focused on to help me get through. One was to plan my garden- how I would use the space and grow as much food as I could when I got home. Another was to plan a family trip around Australia camping and enjoying my time with my children, and thinking about how me might be able to do that.
Well I can say that I’m 17 months out of that experience and I can say that we haven’t done either.
That first growing year I was too unwell take the opportunity to fill up all my growing spots. I have started out this season better but I’m still a long way from growing as much as I can.
In the travelling department, I guess I have travelled half way a cross the world, but I haven’t travelled with my family. My husband has looked a bit into what it would take convert a bus into a home, but he isn’t a driver or mechanical, so most of that would be up to me.
Either way I’m starting to think about it again, and longing for a simpler life. I will of course keep you updated.