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Hello! We’re the Smeenk Family.
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We are a Canadian family of 6 who sold our home to travel the world. We love to learn and experience new places and cultures together. The world is a magnificent place, and we want to celebrate it! We realize that this nomadic lifestyle will only last for a season of our lives, so we want to make the most of it. We invite you to share in our adventure!
Jenn and Brian were students at the U of A when they met under curious circumstances, discovering that they were co-workers at St Joseph’s College at the University. Within the first five minutes of meeting each other, he managed to call her a Jesus freak, leaving her with a shocking first impression of him. She said to herself, “good luck to the one who gets that one!” Little did she know then that he was destined to be her best friend and partner in life. As co-workers, they struck up an unlikely friendship, which eventually blossomed into love. After dating for one year and graduating from university together, they took a road trip on the Alaska Highway to drop Jenn off at her first nursing job as a grad nurse in the Yukon, stopping first to hike the 5 day Chilkoot trail (which started in Alaska and ended in the Yukon). It was at the summit, on top of the Golden Staircase where Brian dropped down on one knee and proposed to Jenn in one of the most spectacular mountain views they have ever witnessed. Now, after 10 years of marriage and 4 delightful children , they are ready to embark on another long-term journey as a family of 6.
Children of the Magic Wardrobe
For safety reasons, and just plain fun, we decided to give our children Pseudonyms. Being fans of The Chronicles of Narnia, it was natural for us to dub our Fantastic Four with CS Lewis’ beloved central characters –our little Kings and Queens of Narnia.
Our 4 little ones keep our lives joyful and family centered. Our adventurous foursome keeps us continually growing and challenges us to become better people and parents. Their presence in our lives makes it necessary to travel safely, but at the same time, take the right kinds of necessary risks. We are not afraid of change. In fact, we believe that change is good for the brain by bringing on new challenges and is a vehicle to escape falsely-perceived comfort and complacency.
Susan of Wardrobe first travelled as a little fetus in her mother’s womb during her first gestational trimester throughout South East Asia. In Singapore, she waved to her parents for the first time at 10 weeks old during her photo shoot with the ultrasound doppler. Ever since then, she has had a proclivity for travel. At
nine ten years old, Susan is a voracious reader and a natural writer. She is a quick learner and loves to learn new things. Susan loves to make beaded jewelry and design clothes with her Harumika fashion set. She is a friendly and compassionate little helper. The country she would love to visit one day is Japan.
Peter of Wardrobe first travelled at 14 months to San Francisco, where his mother pushed him up and down the city’s hills in his stroller. Like his father, he shares a love for airplanes, and wishes to fly a blackbird one day. He has a tenacity for building things. Whether it is spending hours creating things out of lego, paper, puzzles, or wood. He has a budding mechanically inquisitive mind. At the age of
eight nine, Peter currently has a fascination for weapons and war (something he also shares with his dad). He likes to read about Medieval Knights, Gladiators, and World War II battles, and often wonders what it would be like to be a soldier. The country he would like to visit one day is France, particularly Paris and the beach of Normandy.
Lucy of Wardrobe was 9 months old when she first boarded a plane to Orlando Florida, USA to visit some famous mice and princesses living in Disney World. At
six seven years of age, Lucy is a quiet, contemplative creature, who has a surprisingly admirable tenacity for creativity. She absolutely LOVES to draw and paint pictures. Many mornings she is found asking for a piece of paper and something to draw and colour with instead of breakfast, which really puts a new meaning to the words “starving artist”! At times, she would rather draw and create than eat. Her natural melancholic traits are beautifully expressed through her heartfelt singing and dancing. Lucy would like to revisit Mexico one day.
Edmund of Wardrobe first travelled at the age of 9 months to Mexico, where he ate copious amounts of white sand from the Mayan Riviera. He is the irresistibly adorable sanguine in the family, once charming a waitress for free chocolate milk with his cutesy winks and eyebrow lifting looks, and clicking sounds (which substitutes for his yet unmastered skill of whistling). At the active age of four five, Edmund is a very affectionate mama’s boy, who, very much like his sister Lucy, loves to put on the music and dance his heart out. Presently, his interests lie in crafts and guns (nerf guns and water guns to be exact). Occasionally he merges the two interests by creating paper ‘guys’ with guns. The country he would like to revisit is Spain.