Primarily plant-based, homeschooling, animal loving, adoption loving, country living family
I am a wife to my wonderful husband and the mama to two beautiful girls adopted from China. We have turned what was once a animal production farm into an animal sanctuary where animals are allowed to live out their lives in peace. We are striving for a simple life. We want to be able to provide ourselves with most of the items we need to survive; only buying things when absolutely necessary. We now strive to provide a portion of our family's food through organic gardening. I cook from scratch, make my own vegan cheese and nut milks, and make my own non-toxic cleaning products. Please join us as we transition from a Nourishing Tradition-style kitchen to a plant-based kitchen and from a sheep farm to a farm sanctuary.
So Canyon’s birthday turned out to be under different circumstances than Aspen’s. Although they are only 5 weeks apart…a lot can change in 5 weeks. Canyon had chosen to go bowling and lunch at a Mexican restaurant for her birthday. Since we were under quarantine by this point we had to make other plans.
Fortunately for us, Canyon is so sweet and easy-going. She totally understood and was up for whatever.
And then a great idea from my mom and the contribution of my brother…
We don’t have video games in our home, so this was a big deal. Both the girls loved it and Canyon thought it was the best birthday ever. We couldn’t take her bowling, so with the help of my family, we brought bowling to her.
Reading is important to our family not only for entertainment, but also for learning. I would not be able to homestead and care for the animals we have if I didn’t have the books to help me along the way. I wouldn’t be able to bake from scratch, ferment food, preserve food, etc. if not for all the wonderful books to teach me along the way.
I have tried, and not always successfully, to not only instill a love of reading in our children, but also the importance of being able to teach yourself using books.
I tend to read multiple books at one time so I can have them strategically placed throughout the house to pick up easily wherever I land.
While reading is a struggle for Aspen, not that she isn’t a great reader, just that she doesn’t enjoy it. Heidi has proved no different. I am hoping to order some books, that I feel are a bit below her reading level, but at this point any volunteer reading would be great and she loves these stories.
We had to put our little dog, Ruby to sleep today. This has been coming for awhile, but was still sad. She had gone completely blind, couldn’t hear, and then woke up sick this morning. We just couldn’t put her through any more.
We decided to forgo gifts from us this year for the girls and in exchange they chose what we did and where we at that day. Aspen chose a hands-on children’s museum and Beyond Burgers from a restaurant some friends of our’s own. Mom went with us, so it was a fun girl’s day out!
For her birthday party we always just have mom, dad, and my brother over for lunch, gifts, and of course dessert. We let them choose the meal and dessert. She chose tacos and chocolate cake.
I think she enjoyed her birthday even without tangible gifts from us. We hoped this would make memories as opposed to more clutter. It seemed to work and she was not disappointed in anyway.
Now granted it was really a work trip for Randy, but with all the scariness of traveling to China and the adoption of our little boy under question because of travel bans and safety concerns, it was truly the vacation and reprieve I needed.
We spent a few days with my aunt in Vero Beach, Florida. The weather was beautiful, the location was beautiful, and we just really had an incredibly relaxing stay.
We were so blessed to have such a beautiful place to stay and enjoyed spending time with family. Next up…Daytona Beach!