We are hoping to raise the money to have a narrow boat built, which in time will become our home. In order to have a 'sailaway' boat built we need to raise £26000, this creates a craft that is ready to fit out as our home. Once we have the boat we will use every spare minute and penny we have fitting it out ready to move onto in a couple of years time.
I should tell you a little bit about who we are... I am Corinne and my husband is Gareth, we have 4 boys aged 16, 5, 3 & 18 months. I am currently expecting boy number 5 who is due in August! The plan is to live on the boat with our 4 youngest boys once our eldest has hopefully gone off to university and his own independent life.
Our 18 month old son has a rare brain condition called Agenesis of the Corpus Collosum (ACC), we were told in pregnancy that he would be severely disabled. We always knew that we would do anything we could to make his life as full as possible and knew that it could only help his brothers grow into caring young men. As it happens, aside from a difficult first 6 months our little boy is doing brilliantly well and is developing pretty much as he should. He amazes us every day and we want to offer him and his brothers all the opportunities in life that we can.
We currently live in a rented house in Sheffield and have moved often over the past few years. What we would really love is our own home to raise our boys but we are not in a financial position to do this, we're finding it hard to feel settled in a house that belongs to someone else.
We've both always been the type to move a lot so a narrow boat seems like the perfect option for us, we can have our own home but it will be one that moves with us. I know a lot of people will think we're crazy living on a boat with 4 small children and we fully expect it will have it's challenges at times, but we also think it could be a great adventure.
My husband teaches so work wise we can live just about anywhere, perhaps staying put in term time and then using the school holidays to travel the canals. We home educate our younger children and feel that the lifestyle living on the water could offer will really benefit them and us.
We love the idea of our children having the freedom to explore, the chance to meet lots of different interesting people, to learn new skills and to live in a low impact way.
I write a blog at www.motherhoodjourneys.com and will be writing about our adventure from the start and we would love it if the people who support us would follow our story and see what a life changing impact they've helped contribute to.