Haunted doesn’t begin to describe how I feel after finishing Tribe by Sebastian Junger (finally! Thanks for the recommendation Julie Graham Benson). The book is primarily about PTSD, but it is also a great commentary on the disintegration of American culture and community and all the psychological impacts that has. One of the author’s observations was that mass shootings almost exclusively happen in upper white middle class suburban settings. I don’t want to start a huge debate but just to comment on how isolating modern American life can be. When we moved to Stony Point which is relatively rural five years ago, I saw there was a Ruritan, a market, and a school and I was overly optimistic/romantic that we would get plugged into a tight nit country community. It’s been a lot harder and taken a lot more intentional outreach than that. A couple weeks ago, I posted a lament about wanting a larger and stronger village and I was overwhelmed with the comments and direct messages of people offering to babysit my kids or have me stop by unannounced - LOVED that Jeanne💕🎉 and we will be popping in soon. Perhaps my village is bigger and stronger than I initially thought! But it’s probably a demonstration of what a type A extrovert I am that think I can do more/better. Two parting thoughts I wanted to share with you: 1) sometimes all you have to do is be brave enough to ask and 2) I want to be that kind of neighbor who welcomes people stopping by. SO please stop by! The kids and I are usually out and about each morning but am around most afternoons. I might be weeding, rescuing a goat from a fence, or cooking dinner, but I would always welcome the company and can offer you a cup of tea and an empathetic ear. 🎼Won’t you be my neighbor? 🎶
Yesterday, we drove up to our dear friends’ farm near Warrenton to help them process their second batch of broiler chickens. It was a great experience to see if we as a couple could handle all the steps to process a batch of 50 chickens over the course of a couple days because we would like to start doing that one to two times a year. I could manage all the steps except the first -killing the birds will have to be John’s duty. The twitching!!! 😳😫 There’s a reason for the phrase “running around like a chicken with its head cut off” 😝 There were a couple missteps - see bandaged thumbs in the photo- but the four of us processed 30 birds in about 5 hours despite a random downpour and our collective six kids vying for our attention (there was a sitter for a few hours but still!). It was a humbling experience to see the birds in the morning that we planned to eat that evening, and I’ve never been more grateful for a meal. #freerange #gmofree #broilerchickens #homesteading #freedomrangers
When Quincy was a baby, Lavender and Tea tree oils became my best friends for sleep support and for a safe, natural cleaner for my home. When I was pregnant with Teddy, I took a deep dive into the power of aromatherapy and had my easiest postpartum (despite juggling three kids!). Then a year ago, I canon balled into the world of Young Living to pursue my passion for healthy and happy mamas and families in honor of my late mama. I’m grateful for this trend setting company with the highest standards and largest natural, plant based product line to help me ditch and switch toxins out of every room in my home! 💪🏻❤️🌿 If you have been thinking of joining my oily, plant-based products crusade, now is a great time! Message me for all the deets or if you’re ready click the link in my Instagram profile. 👆🏼
It looks like Gabe has outgrown his egg allergy! It was never severe - just hives and loose bowels (sorry non parental units), but for a family who has chickens laying soy free, gmo free, free range eggs...it was a tragedy! 🤣. After a year avoiding eggs, he’s had eggs three days in a row without a problem! 🙌🏻💃🏻❤️🎉
Dropped this little guy off for Kindergarten Camp this morning at Stony Point Elementary! 😭😍😭 Gabe and I miss him dearly already.
Big summer adventure today! I drove the kids up to the Smithsonian Zoo during naptime (2 hours and 10min no stopping) and met up with @lanikailove and her adorable and well behaved male progeny - my boys might as well have been monkeys by comparison. Had lovely chats whilst among pandas and orangutans. I wish I had gotten more pictures but my hands were full/busy 😅. Then we met up with the always ebullient Anca - so good to see my old coworker and friend before her big German adventure! We shared a lovely meal at the Lebanese Taverna (I think my kids were tired and hungry enough not to fidget too badly) and then headed home at 7pm. We got home at 9:20, again no stopping despite protests from the peanut gallery - kids fell asleep around 8-8:30 - late but worth the adventure. Now: bed.
Can’t wait to do it again next summer!!! ❤️💃🏻❤️ #Repost @thegibbonses with @get_repost ・・・ First time hosts, Whitney & John, put on such a gorgeous homestead House Concert our first night in Charlottesville. ✨🏘❤️ Thanks you two! . Also—REALLY glad Mr. G talked me into this super colorful and wonderfully breezy @katespadeny dress👗♥️. -👗Mrs. G
So excited for this special calming evening we have planned for local cville mamas July 25th! Message me for more information and the registration link. #Repost @energy_archaeology with @get_repost ・・・ Two pounds of selenite to #cleanse and #program for the #cville mama workshop on July 25! . Just having these in my space in like a breath of fresh air - I can’t wait to share the magic with the #mamas who join @whitneyathayde and me.
They love each other so much! Teddy Laine will chase him down first thing in the morning for hugs 💕