I went to visit my friend Jen as she is moving to southern Indiana this weekend. She's moving 4 hours away.
I've written before about The Farm.
Our first visit there, here
And then what became weekly visits, here, here, here, here and...well there are a lot and that's just from 2011 & 2012.
But this one, this is my favorite.
There have been a lot of changes around here with regards to homeschooling. Cody is in high school, Chris is not attending private school, so it's just Will and I.
All of my homeschooling friends are no longer a constant and that sucks.
Jen and her family moving really sucks.
My boys practiced shooting guns and bows at The Farm
Learned how to pole fish, drive an ATV and a tractor there
They learned how to make homemade mozzarella cheese there
How to blow out eggs to decorate
How to walk by bee hives so that you don't piss them off
How to spot wild edibles
The difference between store bought food and farm raised food - eggs, sweet potatoes, long beans, raspberries
How to properly start your own veggies
Wills first solid foods came from Jen's garden - sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin...
Jen and her family have helped us to be more sustainable in our efforts. How to do more for ourselves and how to seek out reliable sources of information on growing, preserving and preparing our own foods and crops.
Jen has specifically empowered me to be okay with being different...outside of the norm, and to know that I am capable of a whole lot of things. Growing my own food, preserving it, making my own food from scratch and seeing the beauty of a Ball Canning Jar. Plus, truly knowing what this mean
I am going to greatly miss them not being a short 40 minute drive from us.
Thank you, for everything.