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So glad you have found us. We are a nomadic family of 9 travelling Australia with our six daughters, and our one son and forever missing our precious daughter Serenity who went to be with Jesus at 13 hours old on 12 March 2011. Her short life has changed our lives forever! As we travel we perform at shows, festivals and fundraisers with our dogs, help out on farms and also sell handmade woodcraft, dog collars, leads and capes. We are also doTERRA wellness advocates. Follow our joys and trials here.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Dragons and Devil Traps

I love to watch our children develop their own interests.  As they grow and develop so do their interests.  They seem to go through stages: three years ago it was MacGyver!  We bought the whole set and watched it over and over till we could quote it!  Our then 1 year old would hum along to the theme music!

Next they went through a stage of Stargate: SG1 and Atlantis.  We got good at quoting that one too!
Now we have two themes as the older ones move on past the “baby stuff”.  Current favourites are Supernatural and Dragons (How to train a dragon etc.).  I have been interested to see how these “fads” develop into their own educational activities.

The older girls have music videos they have made of Stargate,Supernatural and others, they have fan fiction, and computer artwork.

The younger guys have been drawing dragons (and getting quite good at it too), writing out instruction manuals of How to train a dragon after researching on the internet or just remembering it from the movie.


Gabrielle writes what she remembers from the movie


Jessica designs a book about the Boulder type of dragon


Chantel researches dragons on the computer

Below is some fan art, some by Jasmine and some by Jessica.




So are they learning?  YES! 

In the last week we have covered: reading, writing, researching, math, fitness (P.E.), geography, religion, languages other than English (LOTE), art and more. 

Another thing the youngest three wanted to do was to play Thawfest games.  So together we set up an obstacle course, a “barrel” race, a “sheep” lugging, and a “arrow” throw.  They had a blast!


“It’s a good day for lugging dog biscuits!”


Jireh navigates the “barrel” race.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Rescue on the High Seas

We have been following the journey of Eric and Charlotte for a while now.  They have been preparing their boat SV Rebel Heart for a circumnavigation of the globe for several years.  Two weeks ago, they left the US heading eventually for New Zealand. 

Now, 1000 miles off the Mexican coast, with their boat suffering storm damage their little girl gets sick, critically sick.  They radioed for help and four members of the 129th Rescue Wing parachuted into the ocean, inflated a motorized boat and reached the 36-foot sailboat.  They administered first aid and the baby is now in a stable condition.  They are now awaiting the arrival of a navy frigate to rescue them.

This boat is the families home.  They will have to tag it and abandon it where it is, which is better than the other option of sinking it!

Before any of you naysayers post negative comments and crucify this family … the media have already done so.  What is life if we don’t take risks?  We can bubble wrap our children then they learn to fear the world.  We can take our children on seemingly reckless adventures (but with enough planning are not really reckless) and our children learn that whatever they dare to dream can be accomplished.

Another friend who “recklessly” took her two young sons from Alaska to Argentina by bike over a three year period wrote a blog about how life is a gamble and it doesn’t always go our way.  She articulates it much better than I can.  Read her blog here.

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