Featured Blog: Rub Some Dirt on It!

I love writing, but until I began blogging, I would never have considered myself a "writer."  I kept diaries, wrote poetry and stories, but those were all just for me.  To put my thoughts out there and send my ideas out into the universe was scary and created fears of rejection.  I didn't tell people I was a writer.  I kept my ideas to myself.

I fell in love with husband when I was twenty and living in Boston, but the timing wasn't right.  He moved to San Diego.  I lived in Connecticut.  Four years went by before we reconnected and I packed up my Jetta and moved cross-country (not for him, I asserted.  For myself).  We lived and loved in California, but then decided to move back to New England, to Vermont of all places, to raise a family.  And now I am a city mouse, living in the country, writing to keep the rust off what used to be a pretty useful brain.
When I had kids (Jax, two and a half and Em, 10 months), suddenly it became okay to write, as long as it was about them.  I accumulated so many new titles.  I was already a teacher but now I was a mother, a blogger, a documenter, a photographer, and finally, a writer.  Every day, shaking the cobwebs off, trying to create a day for my kids that more substance than fluff, more learning than lounging.  Two beautiful babies who make the fact that we live in the middle of nowhere exciting because I have to make something of each day, instead of having it hand-delivered.  We have acres and acres to explore and I am lucky enough to stay home.  I get to take photos and edit them and write.  I get to be home with my babies and teach them instead of teaching other people's kids and wondering how my children's early education is going.  So although I complain that we live in rural Vermont, I try to make the best out of what really is a great situation.
My blog, like myself, has grown and transformed since Jax has been born, and exponentially since Em came along.  I do more crafts and make an effort to get outside with them, even in the winter.  We read endless amounts of books and I love to share them.  I have woven a great network of mommy girlfriends who helped shape the person I am now, from being there for coffee to being my personal lactation consultants.  Being a mom has forced me out of my comfort zone, but in such a fulfilling way.  I love living this life.  I love photographing it.  I love writing about it.  And I love sharing all of those things, with you.

I welcome you into our lives and hope you enjoy growing with us.  We try to make the most of every day and I hope it shows.


melody-mae said…
oh hello!!! Congrats on the feature too! I will be making my way over to your blog asap. I love, love, love the title to your blog...how awesome!

again welcome and congrats!
Slidecutter said…
Congrats on being featured! Love your story, especially the "city mouse" reference; boy, I've felt like that for the last 24 years since we moved to upstate N.Y.

Can't wait to read more of your blog!

Anonymous said…
Love her blog! I've been a follower of hers! Congrats lady :)
Cherie said…
Love this wonderful blog! One of my favorites!

Have a wonderful week!

Chrissy said…
Congrats on the feature! Lovely family!
bethani said…
congrats on the feature!!

i must say that blog button is by far one the cutest I have ever seen! Being able to catch a face like that is always priceless and makes people smile everytime ♥
very nice feature! :) have a great day!
Kelsey said…
That's the San Clemente pier! I grew up only a few blocks away from there & that's where my family's house is - crazy! Congrats on the feature :)
Anonymous said…
I loved reading this feature about you so much, I'm so excited to read more at your blog ... beautiful little family, looking forward to getting to know you.

Maegan :)
I loved reading about you and look forward to seeing you life on your blog.

On a side note, I have a jax as well.


Liz said…
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog! She is an amazing writer and just knows what to say and when to say it....so elequently too! Plus, I really like the name of her blog. you two look so happy...*sigh*
Sarah E. said…
Beautiful family! Can't wait to get to know you better :) I love the name of your blog!
Becky said…
Oh my gosh, ladies. I cannot even get over your comments. I am so humbled, happy, flattered, and overwhelmed by your wonderful words. This is the best thing that has happened to me and my blog ever. I am going to take a screen shot of your comments and save them for a blah day. I'm going to come visit you all!
Debbie said…
That little face makes me smile every time I see it. Congrats on being featured. I'm already a follower of your blog.
Anonymous said…
This is one of my absolute FAVORITE blogs. She really is a wonderful writer, she takes beautiful photographs and she shares my misery about living in northern New England :)

Congrats on your feature!!
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