Life is different now.
Every day, I make a list. At the end of every day, I find myself frustrated by all the things left on it.
Work is piling up. Mail is piling up. Emails need to be answered.
And the vegetables don’t wait. As I stand by my sink, snipping the ends off purple beans so I can blanch and freeze them for winter, I can see one of the two drainage streams in our yard. They stretch as far as I can see from my window, and they’re so overgrown with weeds that you can’t see the water in them. This is a problem, because rainy season is coming and if they’re blocked, we’re just asking for our property to flood.
Homesteading requires a ton of maintenance. There is no downtime, and we haven’t even turned our property into a homestead yet. It’s just a really big lot with a garden on it. But with my new business, the kids at 3 years and 6 months old, my husband’s overtime…it’s taking all we have to just barely keep up. And the things that need to be done? They don’t care about how hard we try. Whether we’re worn out, tired, or not in the mood, they still need to be done just the same.
The ditches are on the list. They need to be taken care of soon, and it will take an entire weekend to clear them out. But for now, I look down at my daughter with her brand new tooth, trying to perfect her downdog pose on the floor (she is so determined to crawl any minute) and I keep on snipping, trying not to look at the clock.
Because one thing at a time, mama. One thing, one day, one week at a time. You’re doing a good job, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.
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If so, you probably saw a few pics from MommyCon last Sunday. If not, well head over there and do it now! (I’m wendykate99 and I’ll follow you back!)
So, MommyCon. How fun, right? There really was no question that I’d love the event. Babywearing, cloth diapering, my online idols all in one place. It was even pretty close to me – just a few hours away in Philly. Easy day trip.
And I didn’t have to go alone! For a minute I thought it would just be me and my baby girl making the trek to Philly, but then Emily from Mama Days got her hands on a ticket and we picked her up on the way. I’m so glad because I think it was much more fun as a trio! Continue reading
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To recap the weekend: My birthday, uneventful. Our yard sale, a bust. The weather? HOT.
Yes, we’ve had quite the heatwave this week. My mom and I practically melted during our 2-day yard sale. And I’ll bet the local pizza joints were hopping, because it was way too hot to cook.
But even in the middle of the summer heat, my thoughts are zeroing in on winter. This will be our first winter living on 1/3 of our old household income, and I can’t say I’m not a little concerned. So, in the spirit of preparedness, I’m spending the summer months stocking our freezer with every fresh fruit and veggie I can get my hands on. Continue reading
It’s one of the most overused phrases in the world of parenthood: Where does the time go?
Really, though. How is it possible that my baby girl is teething? Wasn’t she just born? Nope…believe it or not, she’s closing in on 6 months old. My son had teeth at 4 months, but she’s taking a little longer. They’re on their way, though, as evidenced by her puddles of drool and and tendency to frantically bite everything she can get her tiny fingers on. Continue reading