(From packaging material, a marble run was assembled.)
As our family has taken a different path than most - home schooling, home business, large family, homesteading (growing and making), consuming less material/new "things", and working on caring for the earth - we sometimes feel like we are traveling alone.
But lately I have been thinking that really we don't need to find people "like" us, but instead just need to be around people that are authentic and real. Yes, it can be validating to be around people with similar ideals (like a family we were blessed to meet on Friday that we wished we lived closer to…) but it is also really fun to learn and listen to others that are passionate about how they are living their life. That is what I want our children to get.
As a family we enjoy watching You Tube videos of families that have chosen to live outside the box - converting a bus into a home or living in a tiny home, etc.. I like to have our children watch them not so much because they are examples of how I think we or they should live, but because I like them to see that there ARE other ways to live - and also so they don't think we are the only crazy ones and I guess that helps me to feel a little less alone as well.