I'm back!! We just spent 4 wonderful weeks staying in a little cabin-like, one room place. Two of those weeks the Papa had off work. It was relaxing and so lovely. We are now moved into a fabulous house that we are falling in love with more every day. It has been a wonderful place for me in the past, since it was my friend's house before we moved in. I witnessed and photograhed her gorgeous baby's journey Earthside here in this home, and have spent a lot of fun hours chatting and enjoying her company here (and lots of kissing of chubby baby cheeks!!). Now it is our home, and we're getting settled in and enjoying a new space. We have one more bedroom here than our last home, and this is proving to be very, very nice.
We are 25 miles (or so) from our town, which is a bit of a drive everyday for Papa, but it is so worth it. We're in a little country, dirt road community of log cabins, off the grid homes, and people who just like wide open spaces. There is a small lake that has just melted, and yesterday the little ones and I wandered over there and found that the ducks have returned! Which means Spring has sprung. We are right up against the mountains with acres of land (and plenty of national forest) to wander and enjoy. It's not my coveted New England, but it's as close as it gets in the desert. And it is so, so pretty out here!
Moving out here has been a journey of wondering where we would live (and not wanting to swallow our values and live somewhere where we would not be happy as a family). But the house-hunting journey has ended so, so sweetly. I have never felt terribly domestic in my career as Mama, but this house and country inspires such magic in me that I've found myself dreaming up all sorts of domestic projects with a whole lot of excitement. I knew we weren't finding The House (for such a long while) for a reason, and I was more than pleasantly surprised.
Since we are now country folk, and we finally get to live out our dream of having free-range kids (human ones), huge gardens, and animals - we just had to get started. So we went out and got 12 baby chicks (Buff Orpingtons, for you chicken saavy folks)! They are so, so sweet. Stinky, but sweet.
So, for now, we are dreaming of knitting, rug-making, thrifting, garden-planting, chicken coop-building, and wandering this beautiful paradise in the desert.
We are very, very happy.