I write this Spirit article on the cusp of my Long Service Leave with my family. My husband and I have been married 11.5 years and have three children: Oziah (9), Eva (“almost 7!”), and Mikaela (5). We are taking 8 weeks to travel, in our caravan, from Brisbane all the way up to Darwin, Kakadu, down to Ularu and the Olgas, and then into SA to see Coober Pedy. We are excited to experience “The Outback”, as camping and travel is something that is core to “who we are” as a family.
What I am hoping for my family while we are away: A time to connect with them heart-to-heart, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I am hopeful of a vast learning opportunity: to experience a “classroom” that has no walls, no screens, and where the only light comes from the sun (or campfire!). Above all I hope for a chance to discover and appreciate this great land that we live in, given to us by our God Almighty.
I encourage you to take the time this week to think about what is “core” to your family, and how you can grow it – every life experience is valuable, you just need to recognise it!
God’s blessings to you,
Chaplain Janice Pukallus