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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.  As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

Henry David Thoreau



Good Riddance! Things I will no longer tell myself…

1. I should cover the gray. (Why don’t I brighten the gray?)

2. I should feel guilty for saying, “No.” (No, means more time for true priorities and less resentment.)

3. I should be worried about the longterm effects of homeschooling. (I am not against public schools. But, for us personally, I am way more worried about the long-term effects of not homeschooling.)

4. I should present a perfect house. (I’m a woman. I will be the best woman I can be. I will not be a superwoman. If my house is perfect life with my family is compromised. Livable is perfect for us. )

5. I should be using using my degrees to do something important. (Duh!…right now…a brilliant career!)

6. I should not question what I learned at church as a child. (I have spent years trying to reconcile the rules of religion with what I feel in my heart without a doubt. Some of it works. Some of it feels contrived. I am content in my beliefs now, and know that what is true is there inside to discover if I just listen.)

7. I should feel guilty for getting too wrapped up in my life to blog regulary. (Blog or tend to those who need me most? I want more time…but that will come too soon. I won’t look back on my life and wish I’d posted everyday.)

8. I should wear what is expected of me. (Makes my skin crawl to even type that one! Nah, I will wear what makes me feel beautiful.)

Plenty of room in my rubbish bin for a few of your things…

Namaste, Jeannie

I am working on my Power Stories with Magpie Girl

My Life Has Been The Poem

by Henry David Thoreau

My life has been the poem I would have writ,                                                                                                                                                                                     but I could not both live and utter it.

Oh! My Mama by Alela Diane

Spanish Pipedream by John Prine (go with it…it’s the lyrics…the chorus is our family motto!)

Feeling Good by Michael Buble

I Will Find You by Clannad

The Cave by Mumford and Sons

Shave Yo Legs by Keb’ Mo’  (Scroll down to the song title)

Trouble in the Fields by Nancy Griffith

I am working on my Power Stories with Magpie Girl…today’s assignment is a list of songs that bring me to a powerful place. Here’s my list.  No rhyme nor reason…and a short list out of many more I could’ve chosen.

I would LOVE to read YOUR LIST! Post it in the comments if you dare!

If you are a mother (or father)…please watch this.

(Thanks Mt. Hope Chronicles for sharing this with all of us!)

Namaste, Jeannie

1. Recognizing and honoring my need to be alone to recharge.

2. My husband, my partner, and the shared vision he and I have about how to live in this world, about how to parent and about our future together.

3. Parenting strong, creative, loving children.

4. Nia.

5. Writing and allowing myself to be open on my blog.

6. A small group of friends family who celebrate being together every time we are together.

7. Speaking up for myself and others.

8. Learning…always seeking knowledge.

What are *8Things that make you feel powerful? Check out Power Stories at Magpie Girl!

Don’t save all of your nurturing for your children.

Take yourself under your own wing…close to your heart.

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

by Wendell Berry

You found it! Welcome!

Look for posts beginning soon.


I have been blogging about my family’s adventures over at Taking the Backroad and have found more and more that I need a place to post my personal writing. I need a place where I can post more than pictures of my sweet babies…more than our homeschool lessons…more than our adventures on the road not taken. This is where I’ll post the gifts I have received in my lifetime, the misadventures I have stumbled upon…the lessons I have learned from the backroad. Welcome! I hope you will join in and share your own lessons with the rest of us!

Namaste, Jeannie

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