Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I started meeting with a group of women once a month to explore our spiritual journeys. We put our three younger children into the local Catholic school. My husband began attending Mass daily. then we started going to the Adoration Chapel twice a week.
The fruit of all this activity has been amazing. We discovered that a family that survives on $10,000 a year can afford to send children to the Catholic school. It is VERY hard and not because of the tuition. It is all the little add ons that really bite.
Our next discovery was that daily Mass attendance increases a thirst for knowledge of faith. y husband and I began to explore our faith more. We began reading different spiritual books by Saints. Then my husband journeyed into reading church documents. I went along with my group but kept my focus on the Catholic aspect of the questions being asked. I found this very entertaining. It made me realize that I had more solid answers in my own faith.
My children in the Catholic schools were defending their faith to others than truly learning more about their faith. This awareness came about in part due to my husband's journey in exploring church documents and heresies that have beset the church through her 2000 year history.
Our family was taken under the wing of a devote young priest. He began by meeting with my husband. I have met with him a few times and my second daughter and third son have begun meeting with him on occasion as well.
The result of all this exploring, searching, reading and discussion are the following. We are homeschooling our three younger children with a classical curriculum; we are saying a family rosary daily; we are saying evening prayers as a family; we are attending Adoration Chapel once a week as a family and once a week as a couple; we are attending daily Mass as a family. My two young boys are learning to serve at the Tridentine Mass. This has had a profound effect on my son #3. His faith, reverence and prayer life has changed noticeably.
I have not fully decided if I will continue with this blog or not. My work life is busier and I am trying to cut back on my online presence. I am not ready to make the decision yet. I will let you know.
We continue to live frugally as is necessary. We are growing food, knitting and sewing. My #2 daughter is spinning and I am currently making a shawl from something she spun.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I have lived a bell curve in my adult life. I moved from my family home into a home with friends and eventually to a home with my first husband. We teetered along a very bumpy path never really getting above the poverty line. We divorced after nine years and three children.
For a couple of years the children and I maintained a bumpy path but with more direction. Then I began dating a man of humble background but more financial stability. We married and for the first time in my life I was not living below the poverty line. We eventually became affluent, though it never felt rich. Money was no longer something I sweated bullets about every week. We had three more children and were doing gardening and chicken experiments. We, thankfully, didn’t have to rely on our efforts to survive at this stage. We owned 20 acres broken up into woods, two flat pasture-like areas and hill and field back to small woods. The land had been sucked dry by the previous owner. My husband bought the property about 5 years before we met. It had sat fallow for those 5 years recovering slowly from the abuse it had endured. We didn’t have knowledge or awareness of permaculture when we decided to build on this piece of land. So we made mistakes. We are working to make adjustments to those and move on. The first thing to learn is to forgive yourself for the ignorance. We had much forgiveness to slog through.
When you realize life is a journey and you are constantly moving to more knowledgeable place, you can more easily forgive the missteps and rest stops along the way.
We took rest stops when things didn’t work. Like when it felt like all we could grow was potatoes and squash – summer types. Nothing else lived or even came up. Some things were eaten by animals, some things just never sprouted and others died of drought or lack of care.
We started and stopped raising chickens several times. As a result we have many funny chicken stories. We learned what we did and did not want in a chicken. A very valuable thing to know. A good reason to encourage – just start – somewhere ! – it doesn’t matter where.
I am much more secure in my journey down the bell curve. What I hope we can do is teach enough people so that others can travel a smoother road down the world’s bell curve. My hope is that by telling our story we may ease you past or comfort you in those rest stops that happen along the way.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
He sat with the dh and I at lunch. I love shocking people with our story. It was no different on Saturday. Peter and the other lady at our table were both shocked when they learn what we have been doing for three years.
People tell us often that we have a story to tell. I would agree but I have been struggling with how to organize it so that I can tell it. After the classes and meeting Peter on Saturday, I finally hit on how to do it!
My adult life is a bell curve. I was poor for all of my 20's and then gradually moved up the ladder. Our fall back down was pretty quick not a slow gradual movement but I am about as poor financially as I was when I was in my 20's. The neat thing is that it doesn't feel the same. I am actually happy most of the time. Except for the stresses of the beginning of this year. This past week we have been blessed with the removal of that debt. Yes, God is very good!
So, I am very excited to see where he takes us next. Stay tuned and I'll try to keep you posted. :)
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Toasty bear with an entralac neck warmer.
These are a wrap I am working on using our own yarn that I dyed this summer.
This is naked bear to give you some perspective. Plus I had no one else to model for me. :)
Doesn't he look nice toasty? This is a hat and a kerchief scarf for a dear sister.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
So yesterday Dh and I went back to the emergency room. He was having some chest pains that wouldn't go away. Our lesson from last time was don't wait. So we didn't. We went in and they ran tests and because their protocol is a 24 hour watch with two more blood tests he spent the night.
Today is our youngest's birthday and Dh usually bakes the cakes. Not this time. He is not thrilled about this. Things are looking good so far. He just has to pass the stress test and he can come home.
Keep in your prayers please. He needs to remember that slow progress is okay.
I will check back soon...at some point I plan to post pics of all the stress-relief knitting I have been doing.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Eating is getting better. DH is still finding out what he can eat and what doesn't work so well. I shared with friends that each milestone he makes where he is doing something that he always used to do, I become exhausted. It is an interesting phenomena.
Last Saturday I was trying to do a little too much too quickly and burned my foot. So now I am a little gimpy. It is frustrating but will get better.
I was kidnapped this week by two wonderful lady friends in a true "sister" maneuver. They planned with the family and took me out to a movie and dinner. It was wonderful. It took me a while to stop thinking about what was going on at home and just enjoy myself in the moment. I did manage. It felt very nice to have someone taking care of me. :)
I will begin and finish work on an article for Permaculture Activist. Not sure if they will publish it but I want to try. I have been looking at taking some permaculture classes but don't know how we can save up for that.
I hope you all have a warm and cozy weekend!