Staying home with the kids

The other day, my mother emailed me and sent me a link to a post I made about a year & half ago to here.  It was interesting to read that.  The last two years were difficult for me in many ways but there are always bright spots.  As a result of being in daycare for the last few year, the girls have stronger immune systems and are socialized well.  We were blessed with a wonderful daycare that taught Godly principles and so my girls came home with few bad habits.

But quite simply, there is nothing like me being home with them.  This morning I got up and made a lunch for my husband, sent him off, and then grabbed a cup of coffee to sit down and blog with.  The peacefulness of living this way is astounding, and even just in the little ways.  I could tell you about how much easier it is to do dishes as they get dirty instead of 2 or 3 times a week, and it is a very un-daunting task to do laundry when you do it as you go instead of waiting 2 weeks.  And this morning I realized that I was almost positive I’ve lost a few pounds (but I don’t own a scale). We can sit and linger over lunch, and they get to nap as long as they need to, not as is scheduled.  And if one of them is feeling particularly clingy or unwell, we have all the time we need to cuddle.  And the conversations we have over breakfast are hilarious.

In a few weeks we’ll be in our new home.  We found a home that is so perfect for us.  Our new landlord seems like a wonderful guy and even showed us how to forage for chanterel mushrooms when we were there.  The house is on some acreage and there are some fruit trees and brambles in the backyard.  Huge mossy cedars surround the home, and it is right off a very small town.  Trips to the grocery store right now involve about a 3 minute drive, and once we move it will be 30 minutes.  However, I can’t wait because once we move I can truly settle in.  A morning like this could only be made better when sitting by a woodstove in a house in the woods.

In other news, we’re going to head up to the property this week.  Another advantage of not working is that I can just up and leave when I want!  So the girls and I are heading up there tomorrow and we’ll be back on Sunday.  Mr. Hot Stuff and his brother will join us for the weekend.  I am going to plant garlic up there just in case I don’t get any in at the new house this year.  I am also thinking about bringing over some manure to put in my parents garden.  I had already brought up one truck load of manure and mixed it in with misc paper and leaves that I’d saved for composting when we moved out of the Spokane house.  So I have a pretty good pile up at our place, but my parents are going to till up their garden for next year on Friday so I might as well bring them some!  This will probably be our last trip up for the year.  I will miss my mom but this was definitely the right thing for us.

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