As I sit here with just over 7 weeks until we leave on the trip of a lifetime, I am trying to coordinate get togethers and play dates with as many people as possible! But it seems near impossible! With two months left here before we climb aboard our home on wheels and live in a small space, it seems like the list of things to do, people to see, and shifts to work is slightly daunting. But then I think about it and realize that all that matters is we have each other. That is pretty much our family motto. No matter where in the world we are, as long as we have each other (and favorite green blankie and puppy of course) we are always home. Our family is our home.
Of course I want to see all our friends and spend endless hours chatting, laughing, having some wine, and making amazing memories. But in the end I know that no matter what, I will always have my bestie at my side. My lover, my partner in crime, my everything. And all we need is our family. Yes, yes I know we need money. We need to pay for our kids' RESP's, pay bills and have money to live and provide for our kiddos. That is a fact of life. But other than that, all the materialistic things (like our big TV, mountains of toys, and gadgets for the kitchen) are really inconsequential and unnecessary.
Our kids are happy finding a marble on the beach and playing with that marble for weeks on end. It teaches them sharing, imaginative play, and to be thankful for the small things in life and for all we have. Don't get me wrong, our kids are not hard done by. They have books, toys, electronics, etc but when it all comes down to it, none of that matters.
A simple spoon and cup on the beach are the best sand toys ever! They are multipurpose, great for sharing, don't matter if they are lost, stolen, broken, or given away and they are small to save space in our tiny home!
I know, I know I am rambling. But what it comes down to is that everyone needs to know that we are so thankful for the memories we have made together. No matter how insignificant they seem, these memories serve a purpose and shape us and our kids into the beings we are today! Because of all of our experiences in our lives, interactions with people from all walks of life, losing loved ones way too early, and having the amazing friends, family, and supporters around the world, we are excited to simplify our lives, downsize our materials, and live in a small motorhome to see how we change and grow as a family.
Our family ties are beyond strong. We are welded together with a bond that is inseparable. All because we have been shaped into the people we are by being around all of you. So, thank you to all of you and rest assured we will be back next spring with adventures and stories to be shared! We can't wait for all our future endeavors to see how our beautiful children will be shaped into humble, worldly, loving individuals ready to change the world!
I want everyone to take away two things from this. 1) Practice daily gratitude for all that you have in your life. And 2) cherish your loved ones at all times. En in the hardest of times stop and realize these moments have the potential to change and shape who you are. So, make a choice, even in those trying times to look for the positive and come out a stronger person. Life is about choices!