About our name

I thought I would spend some time explaining the story behind the name of this blog: Wander Full and Free.

When I first started writing this blog, it was going to be a place to share about our travel experiences with tips and advice for other families to plan their own holidays and adventures. And I did post a bit over here but suddenly silence. 

Well as the saying goes, ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ or in this case when you have to stare down a pandemic. Needless to say I cannot solely blame that virus for my nonchalant manner of blogging, life in general just got in the way.

Clearly the idea of international travel has faded into the distant future, especially for us living here in Hong Kong. So that initial theme that got me going with this blog has to take a back seat for the time being. However what our family has been doing over the last few years is worth sharing as many families have found themselves suddenly spending more time together due to the lockdowns, parents have learnt how to homeschool and new hobbies and activities have been embraced to fill the vast amounts of time that were once used for travel. There has been some really key activities that I know have got us through in the last few years and since we end up sharing them to a lot of family and friends anyway, it makes sense to use this platform and post about them here as well.

It feels good to be back and I am looking forward to sharing more than just travel posts but also about life and happenings, our family’s favourite recipes, reads and activities, parenting advice and personal musings.

So back to our name. What does it mean to ‘wander full and free’? These three elements capture important aspects of our family and our ethos. 

Wander: We are travellers from Australia to Hong Kong and beyond. We endeavour to keep a sense of wonder as we explore the world around us. Even the little daily moments can be an adventure but we do love getting out and travelling locally or overseas too. 

Full: Something we are always working on is being more grateful for what we have and to curb the grumbling. To do so is to remember and reflect on the immense fullness we have in Christ’s love for us. How easily we forgot our blessings. 

Free: Being a parent has meant realising the ephemeral aspects of life can seem wasted on the young. It has been really a privilege to rediscover life a second time through the eyes of my children. Can you remember what it was like to one day suddenly realise a strawberry exists? Or the wonder that if you add 1 + 1 you get 2? All this fascination is what children receive every day although perhaps only we adults realise it. To them I imagine it is sometimes a bore (just let me go play thanks)

But I say why let adult life stop us from appreciating all the little things that perhaps they do not see? It’s been a valuable lesson to slow down and see the world from their eyes. I want to record some of the small things that we share with our kids so there is a place they can look back upon and know that we really created memories together, even if they don’t realise it at the time.

Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

– Galatian 4:7 NKJV

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