Adventure awaits…

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

Three years ago, this is what we were doing.

Oh it was such an adventure. So much fun. Such amazing memories.

Memories that wouldn’t have been created if I had listened to all those articles that say “Never travel with kids under 5.” “It’s all too hard.” “They won’t remember it anyway.”

But then again, when have I ever listened to anything except my own heart?

The last five years have certainly been adventerous! We have come against things we never expected and we have reached unimagined heights of joy. We have travelled along this journey always being sure that what we felt in our hearts was right was usually the correct choice. We thought our next adventure would be to add another child into our family. After over 12 months of trying, we decided last month that if we did not concieve, we would join my family on their trip to Europe in Summer next year. We let fate decide.

It seems as though our #3 is still waiting in the wings, wating for that perfect time to show us their presence. So we have to make a choice and we choose to follow fate and look into the future with bright eyes. For our future contains an overseas trip with our two beautiful children.

The adventure continues.

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We will take our 2 children under 5 on a plane (or in fact, many!);

we will take long road trips in unknown countries;

we will visit places most people have never heard of;

we will make sure our children spend quality time with relatives;

we will show our children their Croatian heritage;

we will sleep in unfamiliar beds;

we will make friends with strangers;

we will make memories;

we will laugh;

we will swim;

we will take a million photographs;

and, we will be grateful for our gifts.

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12 responses »

  1. Wow – I am so happy for you (and a teensy bit jealous too!). I’m sorry things haven’t worked out in terms of #3, but what an amazing experience for you and the kids – especially to share and make family history. Hope you’re planning on some blog updates while you’re away!

  2. They may not remember totally but they will remember snippets. The first trip i remember was a plane trip to PNG at 4yrs (I got peanuts in a packet and lemonade! My mum was a no junk food mum) I also remember getting off a plane and the heat of PNG hitting you in the face, the smells and holding my dads hand as I saw a whole new culture for the first time. These experiences taught me things at such a young age that no book or movie ever could. Keep travelling I say ( maybe even make bub three over there)

  3. Wow, it sounds like an amazing adventure awaits you. I really love your approach to travel with children. You aren’t afraid to get out there and see new places and provide exciting and varied experiences for Hannah and Blake.
    I can’t wait to read all about it in 2013 🙂

  4. Awesome! Great idea to follow your heart and go on an adventure with your cherubs. How exciting. And maybe bub #3 will be conceived in some exotic destination 😉 Can’t wait to hear your travel stories xx

  5. I love your ” rebellious” side to go against the “norm”. What an amazing opportunity for you and your beautiful family xx

  6. What an exciting adventure Andrea! Travelling with little kids is the best, it sure isn’t easy at times but they teach us so much. And you will all be forming memories to treasure for a lifetime. Enjoy xx

  7. How exciting and awesome! We did a four week trip to Europe when Indigo was 4 and Elijah was 2 and although it was a bit stressful at times, was had an absolute blast. Can’t wait to see the photos of your adventures 🙂

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