When I started this blog, our daughter Juniper was just 3 months old and my husband and I were saving frantically, hoping to fund a life-long Australia-wide nomadic adventure. Over 3 years have passed since that first blog post and in the silence of this blog, a lot about our lives has changed.
In 2011, we moved from our little ‘white house on the hill’ in Queenstown, New Zealand, into a hotel room in Hervey Bay – where we spent the better part of a year.
We lived in that hotel room while Juniper learned to crawl, and later to walk. We lived there as she formed sentences, squirreling away words and memorising them at an alarming rate.
When she was 2 and a half, we moved again, this time heading further south to the Sunshine Coast – with a few weeks of nomadic transition as we road-tripped around Queensland and caught up with old friends on a beach in Bali.
In June of last year, Juniper was diagnosed with a high-functioning form of Autism. The journey to get her diagnosed was long but not too painful, and though that might seem like sad news to some, we’re ridiculously proud to be the parents of such a beautiful and intelligent little girl.
Juniper’s diagnosis means one huge lifestyle change for us, and that is no more travelling. No more planning of our next big relocation or saving to fund our latest dream itinerary. The biggest symptom of Juniper’s autism is the need for stability, so that’s our focus: instead of saving for a life with the nomads, we are focusing on building a stable home life for her so that she can flourish.
So, we’re still on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. This is the longest we’ve lived in one town in over 11 years! We’re currently saving to move into a house sized house, and out of the tiny little furnished resort apartment where we currently live.
We live a quiet life, filled with small joys and family love.
In the first post on this blog, I said that I didn’t know where life was going to take us, but that I would take you (dear imaginary blog reader) with us.
And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.