Easter 1999 was like any other Easter with my family, except for one thing. I saw a glimpse of my future when I saw the church’s new bass player for the first time. Man is he hot! I thought, but little did I know that was the beginning of a lifetime love.
Several months later our (Papa and Mama’s) friendship began and in November 2004 we had the most fun and joyful wedding. After our honeymoon to Ireland we settled into our home under construction.
Our first baby (“Buddy”) came into the world in the fall of 2006, our second (“Girlie”) arrived in the summer of 2008, our third (“Pal”) followed in the early spring of 2010, and our fourth (“Chap” or “Chickie”) is due to arrive in March 2012.
2011 was a year of adventure: Papa was unemployed for 11 months, we began the foreclosure process on our house, moved off-grid into our camper, officially started our home school, and otherwise experimented in homesteading projects. The word we used to describe our impending adventures was interesting, but now that we have settled in and Papa has a new job, “interesting” just doesn’t quite do it.
For the coming year of 2012, we see ourselves becoming established and growing roots. We will be expanding our garden, finishing our addition to the camper, and working the land to prepare for the building of our forever home. We have been working hard to play our cards right and move toward meeting our long term goals of off-grid and self-sufficient living, and not depending on a weekly paycheck to survive. As I said last year, how we get there is yet to be seen, but with creativity and drive it will happen.
On a more basic level, what do we value? We are very passionate about a number of things, as you’ll quickly discover if you read our blog, but some things are especially close to our heart -
- Our family is a unit. We are anti-daycare, pro-homeschooling, pro-child training, our kids don’t live at their grandparents’, and we do almost everything together. A family that lives together, stays together.
- We want to know what we believe and why. We are both Christians, but coming from a charismatic background we did not have very strong theological beliefs. In the past couple years we have been learning a lot and are now leaning toward a Calvanist perspective.
- Consitutional liberty. We are die-hard libertarians. The government is corrupt and the slate needs to be wiped clean. Freedom and justice is where it’s at, not a two party system. And let me get this one thing straight, America is no longer home of the free.
- We can trust ourselves. One of our pet peeves is that everyone wants to put the responsibility for their choices on everyone else. If the kids fail it’s the teacher’s fault, if they turn from God it’s the pastor’s fault, if we don’t have money it’s the employer’s fault, if our health fails it’s the doctor’s fault, and so on. Live boldly and decidedly. Trust your gut, learn where you have little understanding, make choices, and take responsiblity for them!
- Birth: every home should have one. As a doula and student midwife, the state of birth in America is very important to me. Two of our three children were born at home, partly because we trust birth and partly because maternity care is a mess. Hospitals cannot provide women with a healthy, safe, empowering birth when their focus is on fear, pride, and greed. For most women, home is the best place to give birth.
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