Saturday, 1 September 2012
(Day 273) New house
Today we went to look at our new house - our first ever house that is going to be 'ours'
This is a pic of us taken almost by accident as we walked through excitedly taking photographs of all of the little nuances and things that might need to be looked at and fixed before and after we move in.
It is nothing short of miraculous to me, the life changes that have happened since you have come in to our lives...and more so, the changes that have happened between our first child and our last child.
Whereas our children have all known us through different stages; as teenage parents struggling, living in a caravan and busking in different places, travelling around in a 1970's kombi van and frequenting folk music festivals
and then as young parents, struggling to gain a degree and an apprenticeship, raising chickens, joining bands, taking on two or three jobs at a time, working holidays, nights and weekends to get an education, send children to school and get enough money for our own vehicles, accomodation and family stability
We have been through poverty and business development, years of study, and travel, work and sacrifice
And yet the world of our family that you, Layla, have been born in to is profoundly different. The year that you were born (and in the months proceeding), your parents have been together for over 15 years.
Your brother and sisters are well into their primary and secondary schooling, and your home is nothing if not stable, secure and perfect for all of your needs.
Your parents are both qualified. Your brother and sister are homeschooling and always here whenever you need them. Three months after you were born, your mama got her car license, and graduated from university - so you will never know a life where you are stuck at home with one parent without transport.
And very soon, you will live in a house that belongs to our family, which you will be able to forever call your own.