Matt and I both grew up on a farm when we were younger and since we have been together we have dreamed of moving out bush and raising our family. While this is not practical for us right now or in other words...I am scared of the amount of travelling I would be required to do with teenagers/sport/afterschool jobs/afterschool activities etc...we often grab the kids, take off out to a country area and dream of what it would be like to live there.
As soon as we get out of the city area, I start to relax, to automatically unwind and I feel right at home. I begin to dream and long to live with blue skies, wide open spaces and tall trees all around me. Every time we arrive in a country area, we start talking plans. We get all excited about building a home, about the kids riding motorbikes, about a massive vegetable garden, about planting fruit trees and of the fresh air and country atmosphere.
It requires a leap of faith that you can make it work, a committment to the amount of travel required and patience with the adjustment that needs to take place. As a family we have had many conversations about if we could make it work. Right now...we are still undecided.
P.S: Note to self - while these sunglasses are great at blocking the sun from your eyes...they make you look like a big blowfly!
P.P.S: Note to self - Take more pictures of Liahona. She needs more love and attention.
I do love that as some of our children are a little older now that we can have wonderful intelligent, inspiring conversations about making goals and achieving dreams as a family. The input and insight from our older children has motivated us to try a little harder, to plan a little better and to make more dreams happen in our home. We are so grateful for the incredible people they are and to have them in our family.
Sadly, the dream of going bush is on hold. We will keep travelling out to the country and making crazy plans of how we can make the move happen. We will continue talking about how much we love wide open spaces and this wonderful, peaceful country here in Australia that we live in. One day we hope to make the move happen. One day we will take that leap of faith and be a country family.
For now...we will continue with our normal city routine.
But our heart will always be with the country.