Photo credit to my mom for the last one!
Photo credit to my mom for the last one!
I never planned to stop blogging, I just got busy. Here’s a quick look at what we’ve been up to.
We welcomed two children to our family (I did write about David when I posted on my own domain, which I’ve since let go… so here we go!). Big brother Josh welcomed David in October 2012. He’s a happy, mischievous, spunky, smart little boy and he makes us laugh every day. Here he is yesterday after I asked him to put on shoes.
Anna Rose joined the family in April 2017. We are so happy to have a baby again, and I’m savoring every sleepless night since I know she’s my last baby. She’s in awe watching her big brothers, she loves to eat and pull up to stand. She’s all over the house! Here she is with Joshua. I think she looks just like he did as a baby.
Those are the big answers to “what’s new?” but there are smaller answers too. I moved jobs to a new school, where I teach more sections of physics. I love it there and I believe this is the best decision I’ve ever made for my career and my family. But that’s not what the blog is about of course! It’s about what happens at home.
What’s the same?
Ed and I are still happily married, we still spend a lot of time with extended family, and we still do a lot of the same things. He’s gearing up for maple syrup season and thinking about this year with the shellfish business, while I’m daydreaming about our garden and all the fun we will have as a family in 2018. I still cook and make things and enjoy canning and shopping at the farm market. We still have a freezer full of meat from animals Ed and his family raise, and I still cook dinner almost every night. We still live in the same house and plan to stay put forever. We had a great Christmas.
Why come back to blogging?
I’ve always thought of my blog as a digital scrapbook of our life. I missed writing it but I was busy. I do still look up recipes here, and I love having it as a resource. The Other night I was looking for my seared pork chop recipe and came here and thought… I wonder if I remember my password? I wonder if there’s an app now that would make it easy to post from my phone? Yes and yes! It was snowy so I thought go for it! And here I am.
Years, that is!
Cross-posted at Moms Clean Air Force
My family’s farm, Rose Orchards, is celebrating 365 years of continuous farming by the Rose family. We’re having a great big celebration on July 23, with lots of events and activities for family fun.
I love to think about what life was like in those early days, back in the mid-1600’s. Life was surely much harder, but families were much more self-sufficient and lived sustainably. I imagine that their biggest concerns were to grow, harvest and put by enough food, chop enough firewood, and make enough warm clothes to last throughout the long, cold New England winter. Growing crops, raising animals, canning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, other handcrafts, fermenting, drying food, cooking and baking were means of survival, not the spare-time hobbies of today.
Was it less or more stressful to live back then? I often wonder, as I can see both sides. On one hand, they didn’t have to worry about climate change, polluted air, polluted water, depletion of fossil fuels, endangered species, population control, and other contemporary environmental concerns. On the other hand, there was a constant need to provide for yourself and your family, prepare for cold weather, and the aspects of life beyond control: drought, or floods, illnesses, injuries, infection, never quite knowing if you’ve split enough wood or put away enough hay. Though my ancestors’ daily activities were much more strongly tied to their survival than my own, I think their lives were harder and maybe more stressful, in a different way, than my present-day experience.
As my family gears up to celebrate 365 years of Rose family farming, I find myself so thankful to have grown up in this place. I’m thankful to each of the thirteen generations for keeping the farm going, reinventing it so it can survive and be passed down. I love to listen to stories from my parents and grandparents, and I miss talking to my great-grandmother.
And so, when I think about what role I will play in keeping the farm alive for another generation, I know it’s different but still important. I no longer live on the farm, though it’s a few minutes away and we visit often. I don’t spend my days working on the farm or contribute to the family business in any measurable way. But yet, I love it. I am connected to that land in a way that many people can’t understand.
I fight for family farms with my dollars, my votes, and my blog. I know, admire, and support my local farmers. I frequent farmer’s markets. I contact my representatives when I see threats to family farms, and I vote accordingly. I am an environmental activist, in essence, because I love family farms and I see that they are hit particularly hard by environmental problems like pollution of our air, water and soil. If I stand up to polluters and demand that my representatives do the same, then I am standing up for family farms.
Please join the Moms Clean Air Force to help us fight for clean air for our kids. We need your voice! If you haven’t already, please email the EPA to show your support of the new Mercury and Air Toxics rule. Thank you!
How cool is this? My brother Jonathan shared this satellite image of our family’s corn maze. It was only our second year with a corn maze after many years of mazes with great big hay bales. The hay maze is smaller and fun for younger kids, but the corn maze was more difficult. It was common for families to spend up to an hour in it! Jonathan loves designing the maze and the weather this year was just perfect for it so everyone was really happy with how it turned out.
Josh and my mom in a field of sweet corn
Does your family visit a maze in the fall?
My husband has been amazingly supportive and wonderful during my transition back to work. I’ve always known he’s a keeper but I’m still surprised by how he’s always here for me when I need him.
My family’s farm, Rose Orchards, is putting on a Haunted Hayride tonight! After a 13 year hiatus, it’s back by popular demand! Please come on by if you’re in the area!