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.

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13 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing your very personal story. I hope you are on the mend both physically and emotionally. I haven’t been camping since my son was born (he’s nearly 2) and this post has really made me realise just how much I miss it. Except not the washing pile on my return home! hahaha. Thanks for linking up – hope to see you again! #mum-bomonday #nannaswisdom

    • Christina says:

      Thank you for reading 🙂 growing up my Dad would take us camping every school holidays for most of the break, so I have really great memories camping, even when the weather was crap. So for me, when ever life gets full on that is what I want to do. It’funny, towards the end of every pregnancy I have a strong desire to go camping. LOL

  2. Wow, what a journey you have been on! Glad to see that you are on the road to recovery. My husband and I after finishing college sold everything and traveled the world for a year and a half. That was without kids. Now living in the Midwest of the USA, we have taken the kids to almost every state. We love to travel, and a couple of month ago we drove from Illinois to the West Coast and all the way up the West Coast and home through Colorado. We camped in 2012 at Yellowstone National Park, AMAZING. With the kids and it was the best time of our lives!!!! Visiting fromMum-Bo Monday Link…

    • Christina says:

      Oh that is awesome! I have just got back to Australia from visiting Nashville, it was really great. I would love to take my children travelling and exploring our country, there is so much to see and experience. I love the idea of us learning and venturing out in places we have never been before together. Thank for reading 🙂

  3. A great post! I’m still trying to convince T that we should go on a family camping trip but he is not keen. I’ve adding it to our list, so it will happen some time.

    • Christina says:

      Thanks, my husband and I seem to have this back and forth relationship with doing it. When I’m really keen, he isn’t as much and vice versa. LOL One day we will get it together. 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  4. Hello Christina so lovely to see you at the link up I co host with Kelly from mum-bo-jumbo. What a mission camping with kids, I have done it myself so can see it thru your eyes.

    • Christina says:

      Thank you so much for hosting, I’ve been enjoying reading all the great content and drooling over the awesome recipes.

  5. Christina says:

    Hopefully one day when his stomach is complete healed he will be able to drive.

  6. it will happen if it is meant to xx Can DH get his licence?

  7. Christina says:

    That is great news, thanks for hosting an awesome linky party 🙂

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