“All good things are wild and free.”

“All good things are wild and free.” ― Henry David ThoreauDSC_0144 DSC_0163 DSC_0149 DSC_0154 DSC_0151 DSC_0170

I left these photos out of yesterday’s post because they weren’t really of anything.  I changed my mind and decided to share them today because I think they are of everything!  These photos sum up just how great our little trip was for our kids and I love them!

It is honestly – hand on heart – the best thing we have done for them as parents to date.  They had freedom, time to just play, time to be with us and each other.  No pressure.  So much fresh air and walking, and looking, and learning.  Time to talk with us.

These photos of the kids just ‘being kids’ at the campground in Normanton are a reminder to allow, and to make time for nothing.  For more climbing trees, digging in dirt, making games out of sticks, being outside with no set agenda, reading books, talking, drawing.  I’m not good at this.  I love routine and structure, filling the days with plans.  I need to pull back, to remember these photos and the moments they captured that are so important for our kids.

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8 thoughts on ““All good things are wild and free.”

  1. Liz

    Lovely Jess and a good reminder to everyone. This is something I am also actively working on. We have so much of our lives planned and managed and it’s important to have time for just ‘being’, time to hang out, even time for the kids to get bored. It’s good for them and for us.

  2. Carla

    Stop making me cry Jess!!! Beautiful photos of a beautiful family and memories to last a lifetime!! So proud of you guys!!!

  3. Beth

    How’s your hormones going Jess?? lol But couldn’t agree more and starting to think a trip around Oz may need to go on the list for a few years down the track…Maybe take the long way home one day??

  4. cat@thatbettiething

    I just wish we could bottle it. X

  5. Ahhh!!! THIS is what my two,years on the road ia all about. I may not being doing spectacular backflips or bomb dives into the pool. I am however, letting my inner creative spirit and my search for ‘the meaning of life / my life’ full reign. After 40 years of working, this time out on the road will set up the next 20-30 years. Well worth the time out, just as your travels have been and will be for your children and yourselves. Let the memories linger long and clear!!!!

  6. Denis OLeary.

    Hi Matt and Family,
    It’s lovely to see kids enjoying themselves by just being kids. Not with their heads stuck in some electronic game for hours on end. I’ve been following your exploits and it seems like a major adventure. All well on the teams down here in Queen Street. I envy you sometimes. All the best. Denis OLeary.

  7. stewart

    don’t you ever stop your planing lose that structure and organisation it’s a big part of why such a trip was possible—more more and more of same i say–

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