This journey began in September 2013, quite by accident and out of desperation. As we were searching for ways to get our financial acts together, my husband and I stumbled upon some serendipity. We were already parents of three children, already homeschooling, already trying to find a meaningful way to be in this world, but accustomed to putting our dreams aside believing that we were trapped in the whirlpool of achieving the “American dream” . Then a few things happened, not sure exactly what catapulted us in this different direction, but a kindred spirit shared her idea of building a “tiny home” (google it, they are adorable) and something magical was born in me. We talked about simplifying our lives, getting rid of the junk, holding onto things of real value. Two days later, on my birthday, I spent hours packing up 7 garbage bags of “stuff”. The next weekend I got a hold of the book “The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living” by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne and pieces of my heart and mind started to come together to create a new vision for my life. I was so passionate about this new validated feeling that my husband was drawn to the idea of joining me on this journey. I started making things, soap, paper, dinner, turning my back on my previous motto which was “why make something yourself if you can buy it” That idea just died immediately in my mind. I started focusing less on what I was wearing and how I looked and thought more about where my clothing came from. I didn’t want to support slave trade, child labor, unfair wages. I started day dreaming of a gift economy, of how my children could thrive in a world that wasn’t focused on how much money they made, what cars they drove what university they attended. I began imagining spending days taking care of our lives, not trying to measure up. I imagined growing our own food, rescuing farm animals, knowing exactly what we were eating. I imagined creating, building, reading, hiking, traveling, learning, living, where and how and what we wanted, the way that made my family feel whole.
Then the second half of the story (or maybe the first half) is that my middle child was diagnosed with Celiac disease. She had been on a gluten free diet for 2 ish years, but I knew this was different, so I started researching. I came across PaleoCon and listened/watched several interviews about gluten and gluten free living and eating. Because Paleo is (among other things) a gluten free diet, there was a lot of information. Information about gluten that I had not heard or understood before and information that changed my mind completely about how my family was going to eat in the future. I call us “not quite Paleo” because we don’t avoid all of the things that the Paleo diet suggests, but in our home we are clear of almost all refined sugar and all grain. There will be a lot of information about gluten free, grain free and refined sugar free living on this blog and a lot about managing the diet of a child with Celiac and the diets of her siblings who do not have it.
I hope that you will find a comfortable place here to get some new ideas, find some validation for old ideas, and be inspired to follow your heart.