Campervan Confessions

You might have notice that Mitchell and I have been avoiding posting like it was the plague. Well- you are correct! We have been laying low for the past 3 months for good reason. As it turns out, we ended up bring home a little ‘souvenir’ with us from New Zealand and have spent the last few months incubating it until we were ready to share our news!

Presenting …. Baby Kendrach-Rutkowski … due January 21st

In the meantime, Mitchell has been applying for jobs all over the United States in hopes that we won’t have to live in my sister’s basement forever. Once he finds a position, I will be able to apply for teaching jobs in that area.

If all of that happens to take place in the very near future, and we somehow end up living on the east coast, we will be able to keep good old Sea Major. But knowing that probably won’t be the case, last week Mitchell and two friends moved the boat from Vero Beach, FL to New Bern, NC. Mitch then flew to Columbus to accompany me to our first ultrasound appointment.

This Thursday, Mitchell, his mom and I are flying back to NC to move the boat up to Annapolis, MD. Once we make Mitchell’s mom paint the decks and scrub Sea Major from top to bottom (while we drink lemonade in the dinghy) we will reluctantly put her (Sea Major– not Mitchell’s mom) up on the market.

In hopes that you will forgive us for our lack of updates, here are a few pictures from the past 3 months!

A recap of Mitchell’s last few days in New Zealand without me (since I flew home early b/c of morning all-day sickness).

After ditching the anchors at the airport and finding myself all alone on the North Island, I decided to make the best of it and backtrack the 200 miles to hike the Tongariro Northern Circuit (another one of the NZ Great Walks).  I had great weather and was even able to hike to the summit of Mount Doom to dispose of a certain golden ring I found in a cave at Hatchet Bay. (

Mt. Doom (in Lord of the Rings)


It was the most changeling of the 7 Great Walks



Back on the boat …
3 days/2 nights at sea – followed by 2 nights of girly drinks in Charleston, SC to ease the memories of the numerous storms we (Mitch, Dan and Andrew) encountered – then another 2 days/1 night at sea  [more details and pictures to follow- on another blog post].

We took the niece and nephew hiking once back in Columbus…

Eli loved holding the frog we found. Annie was not impressed enough to touch it!

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18 thoughts on “Campervan Confessions

  1. Oh the joy to come! You two will make beautiful babies!! Oops I mean a beautiful baby!! Hehehe
    Congrats! Love you.

    • I’ve been nervous (up until the ultrasound) that there was more than one in there. Thank goodness the ultrasound confirmed it – only one!!

    • Yikes! PS- When I mentioned that there will be a future post about that portion – I meant b/c you and Dan get to write it since my lovely husband didn’t even take one picture. SURPRISE! Get on it asap!

  2. YAY!!!!!!!! Been thinking of you a lot. Congratulations! So excited for you guys. You will be an amazing mom.

    Love and Hugs,

  3. Ohhhh how exciting for the entire family. Am certain your momma is thrilled to pieces, Natalie! Perhaps our paths will cross some day again. I met you eons ago at the Newman Center. Blessings & Congratulations!!!!

  4. Wow! What great news. We often wonder where “you kids” were .so nice to hear from you . Thanks for keeping us in the loop .
    You guys will be awesome parents . EXCITING ! ! We are back home in Alberta since mid April . Counting the time before we drive back to Florida as we left Mariners Dream in Indiantown . We plan on driving through Montana to Salt Lake city then to L.A. To visit 2 of our kids and our grandson . We then shall motor from California to Florida .
    Keep in touch . Good luck to Mitchell finding a new job and both of you as you begin a new chapter in your lives .
    Hugs , Cathy & Derek

    • Thanks so much Cathy and Derek! It sounds like you have quite an adventure ahead of you. Enjoy every moment!

  5. What a precious addition to your wonderful journey. We wish you both much happiness, good health, good fortune and every blessing for every chapter of your journey. We’re so happy for you.
    Love you both,
    Mom & Tim

  6. Oh Nat and Mitch congratulations, what a blessing! I remember when your mom was pregnant with you. Good ole Dr. Guistini! This is a very special time in your lives enjoy every moment! Love and blessings, cousin Carolyn

  7. Great news Natalie and Mitch! If you thought sailing around the world was an adventure just wait until you experience being a parent! Every day is an awesome adventure! Congratulations!

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