Thank you, dear friends, for your patience as I took a long break from this space. Those of who have kept in touch through social media or email (and in person) have truly been a blessing and encouragement through an incredible season of change.
The past year has been full, with completing my prerequisites for midwifery school, Calvin starting a new EMT job, and relocating our family to the city. While we miss the small rural community of friends, we are thankful to be closer to specialists for our children with some special needs, along with Calvin’s work and my school. I have been accepted to the Masters of Midwifery program at Bastyr University. My parents also recently relocated to the same area, so we have been able to enjoy some family time as well.
We are savoring a summer of quiet afternoons, with baking pies and browsing libraries, weekly gatherings with a local Missional Community, exploring local parks and playgrounds in the cool mornings, and hiking trails around mountain passes and coastal beaches on Calvin’s days off.
Homeschooling has consisted of many read-alouds, lots of field guides and animal encyclopedias, practicing our new address and phone numbers, and math calculations for groceries from local farms and thrift store treasures. We will be utilizing educational resources through the public school system this year as well.
I have enjoyed receiving our organic produce delivered by Terra Organics, and dairy from Smith Brothers (not raw dairy, but I mostly use the milk to make yogurt or bake with). We also have a small garden, which has given us some greens, radishes and peas, but it doesn’t meet all of our produce needs, so we are thrilled to support local farmers. We have enjoyed incredible apricots, cherries, mushrooms, and other fun summer treats. And the kids love greeting the milkman every week!
With the moving, I have appreciated the chance to unpack and declutter items that have been in storage for years. We have taken a few loads to the thrift store donation site, and finally hung up special family photos which had been in boxes.
I am enjoying utilizing Twice to clean out my closet and find some quality new clothes (now that I don’t need maternity sizes). That is my referral code link, so you & I can each earn a $10 credit with your purchase and/or sale. They also offer coupons/credits if you download their apps, get emails, etc. I was able to get $157 worth of clothes for $9!
I have been using plenty of our herbal remedies this summer on our adventures, namely the bee sting paste after yesterday’s scary discovery of a nest in the ground! Everyone is fine, and the paste quickly soothed all the stings. It is about time for me to restock supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs, and start preparing remedies for the winter ahead, I think.
What projects and fun have you been enjoying this summer? I’d love to hear!