A CHANGE IS IN THE AIR

Moving

Sometimes in life you have to take an opportunity to see where it leads you. Over the past couple of weeks our humble house hold have gone through rolling emotions. Finally I am writing this post still a little shaken but at least on the horizon I see great things.

Ever since Isla has come into our life Roy and I have put a stronger value on the word family. Needless to say being a FIFO (Fly in fly out) dad is challenging, missing out on what your kids are doing and watching them grow up so fast. Isla turns one on Thursday!

Roy has applied for jobs randomly around the world so we can all live together like a normal family Monday to Friday 9-5. To us the novelty of being a regular family has always been a bit of a joke. I think the last time Roy had a normal job was when we lived in Brisbane and he still flew away at times for work.

After searching for jobs and applying for many, Roy has been given an offer. Which means we are moving. Our little farm is going to have to be transported to Northern New South Wales. We have a few months before the big move to get things organised. EEK.

Roy’s new job is looking after a power station in the northern rivers, a place he has always wanted to see inside of. He will be turning sugarcane waste into electricity. Growing up in the area it was a building he had always wanted to see what was inside and two weeks ago he got a very close inspection and now he will get to work there. Sometimes things are meant to be.

With Roy growing up in the Northern Rivers he has family and many friends down there so we will have a larger support network around us. We will have my sister and Roy’s folks around for babysitting duties. Who knows we might be able to go out for a night just the two of us for something special.

The sad news is leaving the farm. I have poured a lot of energy in to this place, planting trees, fruit trees and of course our deluxe chicken mansion along with our market garden. We still have a few weeks to reap the harvests from the garden but then I will have to hand it over to others or let it go. Just when the soil was getting better.

My heart is also sad as I will be further from my parents, which makes visiting hard, the move will put 5 hours between us instead of 2.5 hours. At the moment travelling with Isla for long distances can only be done at night time and that is exhausting at times.

Wow, I am still a little overwhelmed by the situation but in my heart I know it is a great move and I am happy that it is not Botswana.

Big changes ahead. Stay tuned. . .

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15 Comments

  1. Good luck with it all Lizzie!!! It will be nice for you all to be together. Take care xxoo

  2. Good for you! FIFO is tough on families. As a FIFO worker I see it all the time. I believe it is a stronger person/family that can make the decision to put each other first. I am sure you will achieve new things wherever you go! I hope you keep up the blog 🙂

    • The blog will live on, just less farmy I think for awhile as I will have to say goodbye to my market garden and chickens. I think family should come first and these first few years of life for Isla I think we need to all be together, maybe when she is older we can do FIFO again but until then we can all sit down for dinner together. My hat goes off to all FIFO families.

  3. That is a big change. Good luck with everything.

  4. oh Lizzie, I understand your mixed feelings. I didn’t realise Roy was FIFO – that must have been very difficult. I love northern NSW so you can expect me to visit! Happy packing xx

  5. Wow, big changes, but the important thing is that you’re all together as a family 🙂

  6. It will be hard for you to leave the farm, but it will be so good to be together as a family. Good luck with the move.

  7. oh lizzie how exciting, congrats to you both. Very sad to be leaving your wonderful farm, but just think about the amazing things you will do with your next place 🙂

  8. Hi Lizzie, wow that must have been hard to write 🙁 Sad to hear this is happening, but at least you’re staying positive and open to your exciting new horizons. Alas it will be difficult to leave what you have put your heart in soul into these last couple of years, but think of Northern Rivers as a new playground for you to explore and enrich with your beautiful soul. Keep us all posted xx

  9. Good luck with the move! It sounds like a terrific opportunity for Roy. And it’ll be so nice for both of you — and Isla! — to spend more time together. It is too bad about the farm — you’ve worked wonders with it. But I suspect you’ll find something even better.

  10. WOW, big changes but I totally agree that family is very important and this way you can be altogether and it looks like you can get to spend time with other relatives and new friends. Going to a place where you know no one would be hard but look upon it as an adventure. What I think you should do is gather your best 200-300 photos of the farm and put them into a photo book so they are off your hard drive and Isla and other family members can enjoy the memories of your farm too. For some reason your link on my side bar never updates so I have been missing these posts other wise I would have commented earlier…I was going through your facebook and found the news. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  11. life does that sometimes, and you are young and adventurous, and off to start a new chapter in your life. I have really enjoyed hearing about your market garden and seeing you involving Isla in your everyday life. She is a lucky little girl, and I think it is now awesome that you will be albe to spend time together as a family. I really dont know how young families survive doing FIFO. I do hope you carry on with the garden collective as I have really enjoyed that.

  12. Exciting and daunting all at the same time. But it will be lovely to be together more as a family. I’m wishing happiness and success to you both.