Saturday, October 18

Our family

I'm Hannah and I'm thankful you're here.
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I hate writing these things about myself but feel obligated. Perhaps that should be number one.

1.) I sometimes do things just because I feel obligated, and I don't want to let anyone down. I trembled saying "no" to baking bread for a chili sale at church. But I said it. Progress.
2.) I have conflict-avoidance issues God is working out of me.
3.) I see beauty everywhere. I notice the light and line and color in everything.
4.) We are a gluten free family and have been so for over a year since discovering my husband is severely allergic to gluten.
5.) We homeschool our kids and think it is an awesome way of life. However, as much as I like to categorize things, we don't fit into any homeschool peg-holes. We're somewhere out in the field of eclectic, I believe, with a dash of classic and a pinch of unschooling thrown in for good measure. See, I tried to categorize the uncategorizable....
6.) I love God and have a love/hate relationship with His workings in my life lately.
I love that He has the best in mind for me; I hate the discomfort that often comes hand-in-hand as He gets rid of my junk.
7.) I am aiming for honest and transparent in my bloggy words, hoping to add in grace and encouragement too.
8.) My husband holds office/position in our church and so anything I say/do/write that is stupid or controversial is not a reflection of his work with the church.
9.) I love list making.
10.) We live in a 230 yr old farmhouse on two acres and traumatize our nice neighbors with our mini farming ventures.
11.) We are praying for a real farm.
With a barn.
Where the pig won't stare down the neighbors through their glass door as they eat dinner.
And we won't be the house where cars slow down and fingers point.
And the dog warden won't be called on our chickens.
12.) I like just about anything crafty. And books - we all love books.
13.) I'm retired from nursing to be a mama, my husband Sean is a local business owner. My nursing background and experiences make me anti-conventional medicine in many ways. I am very thankful for conventional medicine intervening and saving our son Aiden's life and his wonky kidneys. Our kids are selectively vaccinated, we use natural remedies/preventative care to keep our family healthy, and I have been blessed to be able to birth our last two babies at home. I am very thankful for life and know it is so much more than I deserve.
14.) I get sick of making lists sometimes, which is why I squished a lot into number thirteen.

Any questions, just ask away. And have fun browsing!

53 comments:

Catherine Holman said...

Your blog is very refreshing in today's world. I love your new blog header too!
Catherine

Katrina said...

BEAUTIFUL...
SO BLESSED.

mandi said...

well it's nice to meet you! i'm mandi over from herban homestead. seems like we have many of the same values and interests. i have been enjoying your blog for about 2 weeks now!

Tonya said...

That was great, and so interesting! I have a child that was slow to read as well. She is nine and didn't learn to read until she was almost eight. She is also a whiz at math! I also thank God that she wasn't in a conventional school, because she would have most definitely been labeled learning disabled.

Carmine said...

My sister pointed me to your blog, which I love reading. Your life seems bucolic, but with all those kids, I know you have your hands full (better full than empty!)

Thank you for the inspiration you give us converted retail happy people that life can be better.

Chinamama4 said...

What a great post idea! So nice to learn more specifics about your family (though I've been reading your blog for quite some time and have aready come to know and like you all!).

As an aside, would you consider posting some of the books your Kaelin has enjoyed reading? We, too, have trouble finding good, age appropriate reading material for our 9-year-old, and I can see it's going to be enven trickier for our 6-year-old, whose reading is quickly catching up with her older sister's! I'm always looking for recommendations!

Nanny Y. said...

A lovely post, it's so nice to be introduce to you "cast of characters." Your blog has such a nice homey feel to it that makes for a relaxing visit :)

Christa said...

Hannah, I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog for some time now. I enjoy it because of your biblical-mindedness, your choice of words (you write the way I think), and just your family life in general...oh, and the photographs... just the way I take mine..haha..it's just scary, sometimes. :) I am almost 30 also...and my youngest of four is a month younger than Chase. We home educate our children (well, only one is of "school" age. It was nice to read a little about each member of your family. If you ever come out west (NV) we must meet!

Kostman Family said...

We seem to have so much in common. I will be turning 30 this year and have also been attempting to knit. I just check out a couple of books from the library to see if they could help me improve. Your family looks so lovely and I so enjoy reading your blog.

Renee

Jennie Chachenian said...

Hi Hanna!
I love your photography and the way you capture your beautiful family. You are very talented!!!
XoXo

Jaime G said...

I've been popping by your blog for quite awhile now... perhaps a year or so? I was trying to remember. Regardless, I just thought I'd tell you today what an inspiration you are to me. It may sound silly, but reading your blog and peeking inside your life via photos helps me be a better wife and mom. I'm more mindful of what I do, and I'm doing much more of our own cooking and baking now. Even considered getting a few chickens awhile back =) We are lay ministers as well...

Anyway, something you wrote in this post resonated with me yet again... you mentioned that you are almost 30 but feel older and look younger... I completely understand. I am 32 and have always felt like an "old soul" if that makes sense... But for most of my adult life I've looked much younger than I am. It's just started catching up with me these last couple years. I'm finally starting to look my age. Well, almost =)

Thanks for sharing your life with all of us... You are an inspiration!

Jen said...

Love your blog Hannah. (and so surprised to see you visited mine-I'm a lephty too:) Yes, I did phind that one key thing-just lazy.

Your blog is on my "strength team" it's the blog list that I phind encouragement in...What a blessing its been in this crazy world. Thanks--jen

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

Oh I love this introduction! Thank you so much for sharing. I love reading about your place in the world!

amy said...

Thank you for this look into your family. Your blog is lovely and it's so nice to get to know you all a bit more.

Amy

Mrs.KAOS said...

Lovely, thank you for sharing. I just started reading your journal, and this was a nice way to get to know you. Hi, I'm Kate, nice to meet you. :)

Lynn said...

Hannah, I think I knew most of this because I've been reading your blog for some time, but what a great post! So nice to get the details in order and know more about your family and your goals. We share many ideas.

Lynn

PS - I think you may start a trend with this one!

Hannah said...

Thank you, everyone for the kind words! Jennie, so nice to hear from you! We miss you guys!

Quinn said...

Thanks for the intro. I found your blog through Tammy's Recipes - we're doing meat chickens next year (trying to decide to butcher ourselves or pay the $1/chicken to have them processed)

It's interesting to see how much we have in common! I'm a homeschooling mother to 5 (only 1 lefty). My 5th was my 1st homebirth, my 3rd had kidney problems. In December, I'll celebrate my 10th anniversary, two months before my 30th b-day. Oh yeah, and when I was 17, a hot air ballon landed in my front yard.:)

Nice to meet you.

Cindy Brick said...

How in the WORLD did you get to have 3 lefties?? My mom was one of 8 kids who each had 5-8 kids of their own. (Except Mom, who had 2.)
Of my 60-plus first cousins, only 3 are left-handed. Including me.
And neither of my own kids are.
I just found your blog recently, and am looking forward to getting to know you better. Thanks so much for sharing about yourself and your family.

Michelle said...

I LOVE reading your blog... We share the same values about home and family... it's fun to read from someone like you. Your photos are beautiful. What kind of camera do you use? My husband and I would like to purchase one, and I love the quality of your photos. Although, it could just be because you have a talent!! Thanks so much

Shabbee Chick said...

What a beautiful post! I am always so interested to know more about peoples' families and you have given us a nice insight into your family and how it works! I think it is nice in today's world to meet people with varying beliefs and different families! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I will be back!

WendyandGabe said...

Thank you for the nice introduction. I have been reading your blog for about a month now and I really appreciate your thoughts and comments.

amy said...

Very beautiful!

Mrs. Guthrie said...

I've visited your blog before, and my sil just sent me the link to this post... She wasn't sure if I'd been here before and noticed that we both live in WNY. In reading this post, I noticed we are both at the brink of 30 *shudder* . I've enjoyed reading your blog... Gather inspiration from it, a little peace in a hectic world, and on the occaisional "WHAT AM I THINKING?!?!" day homescooling just two, think, hey, if she can do it, I can do it. :) Blessings!!

Jay -- Arlington Virginia Condos said...

Our kids are identical ages nearly. Reading about your family feels like an autobiography in some ways--haha

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Kelly said...

~Just discovered your blog and am enjoying it immensely. I share many of your family values and your posts are encouraging and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I am a new blogger and am enjoying the therapeutic affects of journaling my thoughts on my journey.

Donny said...

Hannah.. seriously.. just held back tears while reading you blog (due to the music playing in the backgroud! LOL) your family is beautiful and you are such a blessing. It builds me up and encourages me (and also scares me) to be all that I can be for my family now and in the future. Doesn't scare me in a bad way lol but to want to make sure I am investing in my children as much as possible! I aspire to do the same hopefully some day! =)

Donny said...

opps forgot to say hannah that this post was from Justina NOT Donny-- but its set up to his account LOL

Ginny said...

Hi Hannah, I just stumbled over your blog this morning and although I'm enjoying it there is one thing I find quite confusing: In some posts you refer to your four oldest children as Kaelin, Douglas, Christopher and Catherine, but in others (like this one) you say that their names are Annaliese, Andrew, Aiden and Eleanora. Would you mind clearing this up for me? I'm feeling a bit lost lol!

Hannah said...

Hi Ginny, So sorry for the confusion. When I first ebgan blogging, we were concerned with the safety issues for our family and conservative on divulging too much information so we used the children's middle names. Their first names are as you see them now. I'll work on changing that in tha archives. :)
Blessings,
Hannah

Ginny said...

Thanks so much Hannah! Beautiful names by the way :)

Hannah said...

Hello Hannah! I had to click over to your blog when I saw you left a comment on PW's homeschooling blog right above mine, saying something I would have said myself about no denim jumpers. :-) You have a lovely place here!
I'm a couple years older than you, but still a young (home educating) mother named Hannah. Just saying hello.

Sandpiper said...

I have enjoyed visiting your blog this morning! Your family sounds a lot like mine. Blessings!

Treasures from a Shoebox said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Hannah! After reading about your family (which is a great introduction, btw), I am convinced that you and I should be very good friends! Beautiful family~ beautiful life! :)

Karen G. said...

Hi Hannah,
I'm at the computer (duh!) and decided to reread this section of your blog. Glad to see you've updated it and even though I've read through it before, I learned new things. How many lefties? My goodness - that is unique in its own way. I love the way you and Sean are raising your family and I'm privileged to be able to see it in action. I don't know how you do all you do -- I don't think I had your energy when I was your age and I certainly don't now! I agree with you about the fact that children aren't made in cookie cutter fashion. IN fact that was a prayer of my heart when I was pregnant with each of mine. Be blessed each day!

Anonymous said...

Hannah, just wanted to say I love your hair color. I have two little boys with the same red color so now I have a big soft spot for red heads.

Love your blog, your family is so neat :)

Keep writing!!!

Treena

sarah ballew said...

Hi Hanna....
A friend of mine turned me on to your blog as a resource for chicken slaughtering (a task I will be attempting next week with our seven hens). Turns out your family and ours share many similar qualities, like how much you love your husband, how making babies is an amazing, blessed experience, and that homesteading, gardening, knitting and feeding the family is a great way to spend your life. I've got three kids (4, 2 and new) and we live on a nine acre paradise in athens ohio. Your joy as a parent shines through in you blog and its an inspiring thing to read. thanks and keep up the amazing work!

Anne said...

I came across your blog while I was googling names for a blog I am thinking about writing. Glad to know that cultivating home is written by a like-minded individual! I'll just have to keep thinking and come up with something fitting. I've book marked your blog and will continue to enjoy your posts!

Rebekah said...

It is great reading about your family. I think I grew up near where you live. Either way, I have been married a little over a year and have a three month old. I was homeschooled. I can't wait to do it myself. Reading your blog was quite inspiring.

A Simple Life... said...

So happy to find your lovely blog and make your acquaintance ~ Kelsey

SJ said...

I am so happy to have found your blog. I am a mom who is very blessed to be able to stay at home and raise and educate my children. We left the city in 2008 to get away from the crazy gotta have everything stress. We are striving to live a simpler life. Happy to see someone else out here who lives the way I do.

Jenny said...

So nice to learn a little about your family. You have a beautiful blog, but more importantly, a beautiful family.

betty said...

¡Gracias por un blog tan hermoso!
Thanks for a so beautiful blog!
Bicos(kisses) from Spain. Betty

Anonymous said...

I love to read your blog and thoroughly enjoyed the post on you and your family. Your posts are encouraging and inspirational. I am a repeat reader!
Carrie

Joe and Heather said...

I really enjoy your blog! You have a beautiful family and it's great to see others with the same core and values in life. Thanks for all you share =)

Heather

Mrs.Rabe said...

Just found your blog today. I am happy about this - so wonderful to discover "kindred spirits" all over blogland.

Have a wonderful day.

Deanna

Dollwood Farms said...

Just found your blog today and I love it! I wish I had been a home school mom but it didn't work out that way. :( I can't wait to read more. Thanks!

Homeschool on the Croft said...

I've just found you, and loved this run-down on your family. What blessings! So many of your values would be ours too, though I fail to live up to them in too many ways :(

Looking forward to keeping up with your blog now.
Love, Anne - your latest follower :)
(From the Western Isles, Scotland x)

Erika Shupe said...

Hello Hannah! =) I am loving reading through your lovely blog - I think we're sisters! 'Course I'm not knitting or sewing right now, just too small of a house for sewing space, and so many precious people needing me all the time. I wish we could be neighbors! I just know I (we) would love being in your home and with your family. *hugs* I'm off to do more reading on your site!
Erika (of Large Families On Purpose)

Nacole said...

absolutely beautiful, and i love it! as i am taking on a new venture in homeschooling my 3 (youngest being in pre-school and then there is the baby), i need all the encouragement and support through sites like this that i can get! and yes, a very refreshing blog i have happened upon here...

Raising Mighty Arrows said...

Hannah, your family is beautiful. Our oldest daughter's middle name is Analiese and our son was born with Hydronephrosis! He also has reflux and a blocked ureter, but so far (at age 2) everything has been good....no infections or surgeries! I'm really enjoying your blog and excited to participate in the Titus 2 Series with you next week. :)

kate said...

Oh boy, the finger pointing and pig staring into the neighbor's windows sounds familiar. I am the oldest of nine, from a family with some similarities to yours. Your blog is beautiful! -kate

Mamahen said...

Seems like we have a lot in common! I look forward to following your blog. I have just started blogging myself and have a lot to learn in that department so it is nice to see another Christian mama who has been doing that successfully for a while!