(Our family at Nolan and Rachel's wedding)
Blogging has really been the last thing on my mind lately. But I miss sharing with many of you and also writing something half way intelligible from time to time as well keeping up with a photo journal of sorts of our family's life.
I often feel like I don't have much to share as the cycle of the seasons keep repeating themselves and what I do from day-to-day rarely varies much from year to year, now that we have been on our small homestead for five years.
But there are changes, just more subtle. For example, the gardens are producing more than ever and we are getting so much in such a small area. All I have done is add our composted manure after each year of planting to the walking rows and around the plants and then to new garden areas the year or two before I plan to plant. So rewarding!
Oh and we are down to just five children living at home (from 7). Right now there are two away with grandparents so with just 3 children, the house seems so empty and quiet. I am catching glimpses of how our life will gradually be changing as each child goes off on their own.
Working to balance family, community, business, homestead and handwork means for me that I don't often notice big changes and instead need to keep a record each day of what happens. That is primarily what this blog is about. It helps remind me of all the subtle changes, small and large accomplishments, the baby steps and big steps, attempts and failures, and of the beauty that can be found in the daily repetitiveness of our simple life.