Hi all. We are considering up and moving our family. For 20 years, we have lived in (well 15kms out of) a small town. There are no other homeschooling families in our town, and no other large families. It's been tough, and we've been very isolated, but we stayed because I had (have) a responsibility to my ageing parents, and we have been blessed with a large farm house and very cheap rent.
However, both my parents are now in the Old Folks' Home, and so we are
now considering moving. As well, the children are now older, and
opportunities are scarce - there is no doubt that all the children will
eventually have to move far from home for any sort of employment
opportunities, or to study. As it is, we now have to do a 350km trip
(each way) once per fortnight, just so my daughter can have a clarinet
lesson - I am completely fed up with the isolation and all the
travelling, just for a basic thing such as a music teacher.
But where to go? That is the question!
Here's what we are looking for:
Somewhere with a small-to-medium population - around 20,000 would be ideal.
It'd be nice to have some other Catholic families around - ideally, a thriving Catholic Community would be ideal.
and it'd be nice to have some other homescholers around!
We'd also need a great post office and an office supplies store for our
Adnil Press business - and somewhere that services photocopiers.
We're not into sport, however, we are into art and music. Music
teachers, opportunities for concert band and / or ensembles, and a choir
would be wonderful.
Opportunities for art would be also wonderful - perhaps somewhere with a
local art gallery, and a few art and craft groups around the place.
One sport we do like, however, we do like ten-pin bowling - so a bowling alley would be good.
Some sort of higher-education opportunities. Not necessarily Uni, but TAFE or equivalent. Music again comes into consideration here, as my 16 year old wants to follow music as a career, so she'll be needing opportunities to study and follow her passion.
It'd be great to have a larger town or city within driving distance - up
to 300kms, so we can travel for any specialists or other services if
And most definitely, I want to go somewhere with trees and greenery! Rural SA is so brown and dry most of the year.
We'd most likely be looking at a rental property - preferrably a farm
house within 10-20kms of town. It'd need to be about 4 bedrooms, as we
still have 6 at home, plus the business. I'd like to think we could
purchase a property, but with dear hubby unemployed, that will not be
Now, after reading through that, if anyone knows of such a place, please
feel free to make suggestions! It's all wide open at this stage -
maybe northern NSW? Maybe closer to Adelaide? Maybe near Perth?
It'll be interesting to see where we end up!
Prayers for the Lord guide us in this decision would be appreciated. Thankyou!