1. The Basics: Wife, mother, Catholic, etc.. I’m 34, which sounds old to me but feels young. Every now and then I’m overwhelmed with the realization that eternity is just a day closer and I feel my immortality deeply. It’s a pretty beautiful age, really.
I’m a fan of Kierkegaard, Rilke, all of the Desert Fathers, most Russian writers, fairy tales, and Joss Whedon. I love night-time, black clothes, eyeliner, and trip-hop.
2. The Box: I totally fall under the ‘crunchy’ label, which is probably obvious: yurt-life, homeschooling, herbs, and homebaked bread. I am that parent who refuses all the shots, who gives elderberry oxymel for illnesses, who’s kids love cough medicine because it’s 90% honey, who gets a little too intense for small talk. I hope someday to grow into that long abandoned wise-woodland-woman role and give herbs and council from my little hermitage.
I believe strongly that we need to “surrender to the earth’s intelligence [and] rise up rooted like trees” instead of playing God with the world around us and that, I hope, informs everything I do.
3. The Family: One of the biggest delights in homesteading is the intimacy it brings to our family-life. This tiny house, homeschooling together, trees, garden, sky all bind us together in such an intense way. My family is the greatest joy in my life, and honestly the most natural thing I’ve ever done.
I mean, look at these people! They’re just so good to me!
4. The Introvert: In college, I had dreams of being a hermit. I still have hermitage-hopes, but in a family sense. It’s one of the aspects of The Benedict Option that I really appreciated. I’m blessed with amazing, inspiring friends and I love them, but solitude is essential to me. “I’d rather be with peopele who know secret things, or else alone,” as Rilke writes. Whenever I take those Meyer’s-Brigg’s tests online I come out about 90% ‘introverted’, but most of the ‘sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come’ attitude makes me . It comes across as more mean-spirited isolationist than introverted most of the time, at least to me. I prefer the hospitable-solitude of the hermit-saints, who welcomed each guest as if he or she were Christ and then sent them away again. The ability to offer a sincere welcome is, I think, one of the most delightful aspects of solitude.
5. The Intentions: Domestic Monastery – minimalist, sustainable, nurturing, holy. I have this lovely vision of a homestead inspired by the desert fathers and those gentle woodland saints like Macarios and Fiacre.
I want to make this little patch of earth something healing, something life-giving, a quiet place against the noise of the world. Its a big goal, but we’re dreamers here, so I think we can reach it.
6. The Distractions: I’m not the best at managing time. This year, I’m working toward intentionality and slowly over-coming those distractions, but at heart I’m self-indulgent and careless with my time. Even within the limitations of our lifestyle, technology consistently sucks time from true engagement. This month I’ve been taking steps to distance myself from unintentional social media: facebook groups, unhelpful discussions, and especially those corners that demand a lot of my time and focus. I’m learning that trying to speak to charity in these louder forums often leaves me feeling disappointed and lonely. So I’m carving out time to write here and on other, less casual forums instead. Hopefully it leaves me more time for the tangibles in life and more focused on growing toward Christ.
7. The Motivation: I’m Catholic. Pursuing sanctity. In love with Beauty, and repelled by mediocrity. Everything I do and am and long for is motivated by this end goal – to drown in the abundance of Christ, to wrap His wild world around me like a robe and the cast it off at the end of the day and step into His Night.
Long-winded, sure, but that’s me! Who are you? I’d love to know. Tell me about yourself if you have the time!
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