Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Traveling



For years Mike and I traveled...alot. Separately before we were married and together after we were married. We've been to the far reaches of Mongolia, deep in the tribal jungles of Papua New Guinea, the jade factories in China, the wild rivers of western Africa, the steps of the Sydney Opera House, and the streets of Casablanca.



Yesterday I woke up early to a beautiful pink sky. My immediate internal response was, "I wish I was on a beach somewhere this morning."
This thought has not been a first in recent months. I have often found myself going about my day and then suddenly wishing I was transported to a distant land. I long to travel again with Mike and the boys. I long for our children to experience other cultures, sights, smells, and experiences.
I guess it is the routine of daily living that gives me this longing for adventure again. We have a beautiful life here at The Smith Homestead (as I like to call it.) We are blessed beyond belief with health, happiness and a good life. This post is by no means complaining but I guess rather a chance to express my desire to one day pack our Lowe Alpine backpacks, lace up our hiking boots, grab our passports, and head on another great adventure.




For now I will savor each day to crunch my boots in the snow as I go feed the chickens and collect eggs, enjoy a morning cup of coffee with Mike, watch Canaan bounce off to another day of school, make lunch for Ezra and tuck him in for an afternoon nap, welcome the family back home with a warm evening meal, and say our prayers each night together as a family~ truly thanking God for this blessed life we live.

11 lovely notes:

Cheryl Arkison said...

Lucky you for those experiences. Where are you in the bottom photos?

HipHome said...

I guess I was the one behind the lens in those last photos Cheryl :)
Those were taken in New Guinea when Canaan was 5 months old. We spent 6 weeks there. Amazing times.

pippapatchwork said...

Ah, I know just how you feel. I pine for Mexico, where I spent New Years, and for the beach in particular. I think what I miss most about travel is the time in nature: the ocean, the forest... so good for the soul!

senorita-amandita said...

I know, the routine of life can be tiresome at times. You have inspired me to look through some albums: adventures in Mexico, Fiji, Europe and all over the country await me. Adventures *I* lived! Thanks for the reminder.

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Kristen said...

If you get the urge again at this time next year, you guys are always welcome to come visit us wherever in the world that we'll be posted! We find out on February 19th where our first 2 year post will be. Crazy. My gut is telling me Africa, but we'll see :) We miss you guys!

Kristi said...

When we were moving overseas people would tell us, "Once an expat always an expat." I think I am just beginning to understand what this really means. It is such a gift to travel to other countries and breathe them in. It is something that never leaves you.

HipHome said...

Kristen- you MUST let us know what they say on Feb. 19th. We'll give you guys a call soon to see how DC is. I am sure you guys are adjusting wonderfully.
Krist~ I told my hubby about you and your family in Australia and he was ultra jealous. Oh how we love Australia. Although most of our time has been spent in Sydney...but we loved Sydney... both times :)

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

I know this feeling, but more for myself and my boyfriend (since we don't have kids). I yearn to go out and see the world but feel stuck in this routine that keeps me safe, healthy, happy and comfortable. Lovely photographs.

heart charlie said...

wow, it is so amazing that you have been to such far reaches of the planet! What an inspiration!! Cheers to the future and all the adventures you will have with the entire family ;)

Mrs. Needham said...

We desperately want to travel with the kids as well. I want them to have no preconcieved notions of the world, but to discover it. We've talked about trying to find M a teaching job abroad for a few years when the kids are in their teens.....maybe we could start a commune :-)

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