We never set out to be "different." When Mike and I married at 18, a couple of wide-eyed and naive kids, we weren't trying to prove a point or buck the system.... we just knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, and we wanted the rest of our lives to start as soon as possible. We'd never heard of attachment parenting or unschooling, let alone set out to practice either one of them. We never planned on having a big family. We never talked about moving across the country (at least in the beginning), and we never knew we'd be happiest when we were smack dab in the middle of the desert.
But here we are.
We followed our hearts, we did take the road less traveled, and we would take it again and again. The journey's been oh so much better than any we could have ever orchestrated ourselves, and while it's not always been an easy road, it's been a GREAT road ... an interesting road .... a happy road ... filled with love and laughter and adventure.
We live without school, but not without learning. We live without religion, but not without God. We live without rules, but not without principles. We advocate for unschooling, life-learning, free-thinking, mindful parenting, and living as simply and as joyfully as we can.
This blog is about our journey.
This blog is about us:
Paxton, who has shown us (among so many other things) the joy that comes from giving your
children true freedom. He is passionate and energetic. He shares our love for hiking and exploring, enjoyed a few season long stint in baseball, and is fascinated with fascinating facts. You're mostly likely to find him on the computer, playing Maple Story, listening to music, or browsing his favorites on YouTube. He has a head for games of all kinds, and is better at math than I am.
I'm a dichotomy. I would gladly strap on a parachute and hurl my body out of an airplane, but I'll scream like a little girl if a bird gets too close to me. I am a neat-freak trapped in the body of a person who makes a mess everywhere she goes. I am studying for a degree in natural health, but few things make me happier than whipping up a batch of homemade cupcakes. I am a self proclaimed tree-hugger, but I drive a gas-guzzling SUV. I am painfully shy, but have a nervous talking habit. Writing has always been my favorite outlet, but I also love to create just about anything. I love books, movies, and good TV. Good food, chocolate, and coffee in my striped mug make me happy. I love to learn, as long as it's on my terms. I believe that life should be about trying new things and experiencing new places. I believe in taking care of yourself ... in mind, body, and soul ... and to that end I am currently laying the foundation to one day open up a wellness center for natural health consulting and yoga. I try really hard to live in the moment and not sweat the small stuff, because I have a million and one little neuroses that make me perfectly imperfect. I also have 4 things that bring me total, unadulterated joy. My kids are my heart and my soul.
This is our life... our messy and crazy and beautiful life.