The Past 20 Months

I’ve been trying to figure out what the “next chapter” of this blog would be, while I also figure out how to balance all of the aspects of our lives with a child in it. I realized it will be what it always is, a mix of homesteading and humor, just with a kid involved now. The truth is I don’t post his face a whole lot on Instagram, so it probably won’t be posted on here full-out much either. It’s a personal choice and absolutely no judgement on individuals who choose differently.

Here’s where we are now, 20 months after welcoming an incredible, super fun, sweet, intelligent and energetic boy into our world.

  • We have a child who will be referenced as “E” here on the blog. So, that’s huge.
  • The dogs are now seniors. Winnie is ten years old and Rosie will be ten in April. While it’s difficult watching them age, they are still up to the same antics they’ve always been up to, and it both makes me mad and warms my heart.
  • We still homestead as much as we can. We’re getting back into the swing of things now that E is a bit older.
  • I still have a full-time career in the communications field. As always, I save the writing/grammar police for my job and don’t worry about it too much on here.
  • I still run Green Barn Soaps on a primarily seasonal (October-December) basis. The website is up year-round, and I do ship year-round, but at this time I very rarely make product before August.
  • To decompress I do yoga and run; though I’m just getting back into running. Yoga has been my saving grace for years at this point and I love it. I particularly love going to studios because I do what they tell me, relax, retain nothing, and go home and forget how to do any of it. Just how I want it.
  • Also, to decompress, I sew kids clothing for friends/family and the occasional custom order when I have time.
  • I’m in my final year of graduate school and expect to graduate December 2018. You have no idea (or maybe you do) just how relieving this is.
  • The other big change since I left writing here is that while we dabbled in it before, we now eat a primarily whole-foods, plant-based diet. This has meant removing oils from our house, reducing salt, reducing intake of highly processed foods, and no animal products with the exception of a very rare occasion and even then it’s a super minimal amount. That might sound restrictive, but it leaves a bountiful amount of food left in the world to enjoy including grains, flours, egg-free pastas, roots, squashes, beans, lentils, peas, fruits, veggies, etc. Yes, our child is raised this way, we aren’t nutrient deficient, and friends and family leave our house full with warm bellies. We feel, for our family, a WFPB diet is best for us and our needs. Recipe posts in the past that contain animal product will stay up, but new recipes will not contain animal products. I think it is important for me to genuinely say with respect that our choice to do a WFPB diet is not an attack on other food choices of other individuals and their families. This is just our journey. If you’d like to learn more about a WFPB diet, www.nutritionfacts.org is a great place to start.

xo,

Heather

Photo courtesy of Lucharelle Photography

Settling In

My son has been in the world for over three months, and the love I feel is beyond description. I’m still not ready to be back writing on a regular basis yet with my negative free available time, but I am truly loving being a mother.

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Heather

Chirp Chirp

The birds are not chirping, but I’m sticking my head out from my little hibernation hole and chirping, hence the title of this post.

This break has been wonderful, and has been much needed. I’ve had some time to think about things, and realized my renewal of “Like A Cup of Tea” was coming up. That’s when it hit me – this blog is staying put. Here’s what I’m toying with right now:

  • Writing? Your guess is as good as mine for frequency. I’m still very busy and all the same reasons in the last post still hold. Time is simply limited.
  • Instagram? I post as I see fit. It’s fairly regular, except when it’s not.
  • Comments? HEYO. THEY ARE BACK. I don’t think it was fair to write my last post and then completely shut down comments. As well, I’ve been receiving emails about certain posts and how-to’s. I think it would be a lot more fair for these to be comments where everyone could access them, versus emails directly to me that don’t help the general population. So, comments are back on. Plus, if I do end up writing sporadically again I’d like them to be available. I’ll do my best to respond to comments in a timely manner and hopefully this will be a good thing for everyone.

I hope you’re all having a nice New Year and the holidays were kind to you. 

Until next time,

Heather

P.S. We no longer have the third dog mentioned this post from the autumn. Bella went to her forever home at the beginning of the year, but is close enough that we might get to watch her when her owner travels, etc. Three dogs ended up not being for us, and Bella has an (awesome) new owner and a buddy she gets to hang out with. We’re very very happy how it turned out. No more fosters though (famous last words).

A Quiet Winter

Hey guys. I haven’t written in a month which is far less than I ever hoped for this blog. It’s time, at least for a long while, for me to walk away from writing. I don’t have much time I’m willing to dedicate to the blog anymore between work, family, regular life, taking time for myself, graduate school and managing other aspects of my life which need focus right now. I’m working on not needing certainty in life on things, and so I can’t give any certainty on the future of this blog. I’ve decided to disengage from social media as much as possible except for managing accounts I need for my professional career. This means I am no longer, at this time, posting to Instagram or Facebook. I need to step away from the barrage of posts about my life, live my life and spend the time I would normally spend posting photos about my life, checking what everyone else is up to all the time, seeing if I “connected” with people through likes, etc. and refocus on what really matters – my relationship with God and those around me in a very real way.

I’ve mentioned this once before, but rarely discussed it because I refused to let it lead my life. That said, for anyone who is dealing with anxiety, OCD or any other disorder like I do – please just remember to turn to God. It’s hard to trust intuition and your heart, which everyone says to, when the disorder you have makes you doubt everything. That said, please remember to pray your way through. Worrying and compulsions only makes everything worst. Get help. It works. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6. And remember, your thoughts are not God’s thoughts. Your ways are not God’s ways. God loves you and cares about you. Worry hinders our relationship and is a great way to doubt to sneak in and ruin it.

Open your hearts. Find your peace and work on letting go of uncertainty and not needing to “fix” things. For those of us with OCD, uncertainty about situations is the hardest pill to swallow. Remember to laugh at life including the ridiculousness that is OCD. 

That said, I’m leaving this blog up so people can continue to read the past, and so I can have an archive of items. I will however be shutting down comments. Thank you for your comments and reading over the last few years.

I feel like I should put a joke in here to lighten things up, but instead I’ll encourage you to log off your computer, your social media, all of it – and go find a real laugh with a real human in real life. Get that belly hurting from laughing and share a moment.