Being grateful in the age of housebussing

Kitchen storage

Yesterday we celebrated midwinter Christmas. A collection of all kinds of comfort food and punch filled our table, accompanied by Bing Crosby Christmas songs. Hannah brought up the idea of everyone sharing why they’re grateful for the other people in our family, and also for themselves. Elliott declined to comment.

The hardest part of course is to be grateful to yourself for something. In any case, I said that I was grateful for having built the home we live in now, and for having all this time with the family.

I noticed that children need to be told once in a while that you are grateful for them being around and that you will always be there for them. This may seem obvious to an adult, but kids need to hear it and it calms them down. I realized that to them at times their world seems like a big, wide, wild ocean. I, as a parent, am their rock and anchor point. Besides, being cherished makes you feel good at any stage in your life.

Our bus I certainly cherish, for all its crannies and spaces it provides for us. Here is a record of some final features of our home that hadn’t made it into previous posts yet.


Lounge lamp
This was the very first thing we got for the bus, even before we had the bus: A metal casing of some rotting electric switchboard from the farm – restored as a lampshade.
Open shelves
Thanks, Nina and Martin from Hamburg for this cute picture.
True north – Heidi and Arne gave us this compass upon our departure from Hamburg
Even in calm waters
Rimu boards finish on the ceiling edge. “Even in calm waters waves will rise.”
Sofa – folds up against the wall if more playing or yoga space is needed
Seating and eating. The table is made out of two old bedheads and some original bus pole, and lifts off for driving.


Play area
Play area. Frame folds down into table.
Null and Thomas
Null, the dog and Thomas, the sock.

Open ceiling shelf

Kitchen storage
Bottled storage in kitchen.
Kitchen and hallway
Kitchen and hallway
Otis' bed
Otis’ bed
Elliott's bed
Elliott’s bed
Bunk beds
Bunk beds with ladder
Vancouver Island art in hallway
Cupboards and strings
My grandfather’s Waldzither. He’d be happy to see its continued use.
Hallway and back
Open kitchen shelf
Open kitchen shelf
Kitchen and bunks
Kitchen and bunks
Kitchen and back
Our kitchen and the back

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