I just noticed the other day that I began this blogging journey in March of 2010. How enjoyable and rewarding it's been for me to share my triumphs and struggles as we move towards a simpler life, with like-minded folks from all over the globe. I really have had fun, and met some wonderful friends along the way.
Since it's been a while since I began blogging, I thought maybe it would be a nice idea to do a sort of review post for those of my dear readers who are new. I myself find that sometimes when I find a new blog that I like, it's frustrating if I can't figure out what the blogger is talking about from time to time because I haven't been following all along and don't know the details of their lives.
So, for those readers who are relatively new to my little corner of cyberspace (be it ever so humble), hello and welcome! I'm happy to have you here. My name is Laura, but I often go by Laura Jeanne online to distinguish myself from the many other Lauras out there born in the 70s (I wonder if it has anything to do with Little House on the Prairie?). I live in a smallish city in Southern Ontario with my husband Chris, and our three children, Kira (12), Owen (6) and Jasper (2). We have another little one on the way at the end of March or beginning of April. I homeschool the children, which is something I truly love to do, not only because it gives me an excuse to fill the house with books (I am an extreme book geek), but because I really love having us together all the time, and being able to watch my children grow up before me so closely. It just feels right to me.
Although we live in a small townhouse with a tiny, shaded backyard, we're trying to live a simpler life right where we are, gardening, sewing, cooking from scratch, all that kind of stuff. We'd really, really love to live in the country someday on our own homestead, and have chickens and goats and a huge berry patch, but for now we are trying to be content where we are, and learn all the skills we can so that someday when we do make it to our country home, we won't be clueless. Right now I am focusing especially on sewing, which I have discovered I love. I'm especially excited to try sewing myself some clothes after my shape returns to normal, since I have never been able to find clothes in the stores that I like.
We run a small family business, called The Wood Garden, which offers natural wooden toys and dishes. Chris handcrafts our products in our small garage, and I take care of the business side of things. We enjoy this and hope we'll be able to do it for many years into the future.
The photo at the top of my blog, I just love and I don't think I'll ever be able to replace to my satisfaction. It's a photo I took of Owen 3 or 4 years ago (I can't remember) when we were renting a lovely little cottage just north of Barrie, Ontario. I love everything about the image, but especially how the bridge seems to be leading us into a place of glowing light - it feels representative to me of the brighter future we are hoping to make for our family by stepping off the beaten path, and living a more simple, deliberate, and family-centred life.
Well, there you have it. I hope I've cleared everything up for those lovely people who might stumble across my blog and wonder who we are. :)