16 June 2015

An introduction

Hi there!  My name is Jenny. Welcome to {hands full of happiness}!  I'm glad you stopped by.

This is not a craft blog. It is not a mommy blog. It is not a homeschool blog or a any other sort of blog. It is just a random assortments of things that are me.

I am a crafter, mostly interested in fiber arts, and by that I mean I knit All. The. Time.

I am a mommy. I have 6 amazing children, 1 daughter who came to us through public adoption and 4 incredible boys.

I homeschool. It's challenging, rewarding and exhausting all at once, but I love it.

I am defined by my children in almost every way, and I'm totally okay with that.  Of all the spectacular things that I've done in my life, being a momma to my little flock is by far the best. 

Daily I dream of living on a farm.  I want chickens and horses and goats.  I want my kids to know what it is to work hard.  I want wake up in the morning and drink my tea on my porch and not see another house anywhere near.  I want to spend my day teaching my children wonderful things, making beautiful crafts with them.  I want to have a nutritious dinner on the table for my family every day, a dinner I make from scratch from the stuff I grew and raised on my farm.  After the littles are asleep I want to leisurely spend the evening creating beautiful things. 

However, in the real world I live in a house too small for the seven people who live here, a tiny yard from which I can see into the kitchens of no less than 12 neighboring houses, and most days I am just trying to survive.  

I try to live my life very deliberately.  While it is sometimes exhausting, I feel that we shouldn't just do the little things we can, but everything we can to protect our children, ourselves and our earth from all the crap out there.  I believe in a whole lot of things, and I try very hard to walk the talk.

I believe in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I believe in natural birth, that it's safe and in most cases the best option.
I believe in breastfeeding beyond infancy.
I believe in making informed decisions about vaccinations and healthcare.
I believe that baby boys are perfect and should be able to make their own choice about circumcision.
I believe in co-sleeping and baby wearing.
I believe our children should be treated with kindness, love and respect, always, not threatened with separation, coercion or harsh punishments. 
I believe in learning at home and allowing my children to learn at their own pace and according to their own interests.
I believe in apologizing when I make mistakes ALL. THE. TIME.

I don't have many secrets, so if you have a question about me and the way I do things, feel free to ask.

Welcome to {hands full of happiness}, and please enjoy. 

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