Friday, March 19, 2010

These are the Days I Love

Lately, it seems like our life is so hectic. That this simple living thing is far from simple. That something has to give, but I can't seem to figure out what. It has been exhausting. And then a day like today comes along and everything feels alright again.

Could I ask for a more perfect day? The weather is simply gorgeous. The sun is shining. The birds are signing, and things are turning green.

Tim stayed home this morning, and we worked together on the farm. I know it sounds a little strange, but those are some of my favorite times. So, often we are working apart, at our respective places of employment, and working apart on farm jobs while he and Papaw tend to the heavier jobs, and I tend to the garden, the kids, and the care of the smaller animals.

It wasn't a monumental task. We simply walked up to the barn to walk the ewes and lambs from the nursery pen back to the shed here. Something about being in the sunshine, working with the animals along side my man just feels right.

Then the kids disappeared; for hours. Kellen helped Papaw with fencing and hauling manure, and the other three packed a backpack for "adventures in the woods." You know what that means right? Alone time for mom. Hours of alone time.

Don't get me wrong. I love my kids. I love spending time with them, but alone time is an extremely rare and precious thing for this slightly introverted, full time homesteading/homeschooling, part time working mom. Being alone is thoroughly refreshing.

What did I do with all that glorious time alone? I worked in the garden a little. I baked a little. Cleaned a little. Basked in the sunshine while working on laundry a little. Dabbled on the computer a bit. Really does it matter?! I did it alone, and it was all wonderful!

And the icing on the cake? Tonight is the Faculty Lounge, a time for homeschooling moms to get together. A blissful day I tell you! 

These are the kind of days I love. These are the kind of days I need more of.


  1. With a full house I understand this completely. Yay for alone time!!!

  2. I adore my kids too, but a little alone time is wonderful for momma's sanity!!

  3. I love days like that, too! Glad to know I'm not the only one that needs a little "being all alone" time to recharge. Holly

  4. Farms!
    How lovely...I am from Singapore and Singapore is such a BZ state we do not have farms nor do we have mountains and endless roads that we can see nature while driving. How I wish I was living in another place with more nature to see...farms? Definately will welcome it! It really is humbling to be able to work with farm animals - the simplest things in life is the happiest things in life! ;)


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  6. I know exactly how you feel--I am also an introverted homeschooling mom with kids around me all day! Those rare times I get to myself are blissful indeed.

    I just found your blog today through another blog listing farm blogs (wow I just used "blog" three times in one sentence!), and I really like it. We are hoping to move to a farm in the next few years and live the not-so-simple "simple life" you're talking about. Anyway--take care! :)