Monday, January 8, 2018

James Baldwin's Collision

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Weeds, Clutter, and Cultivating a BETTER 2018

So, the kids and I bought a last-minute birthday gift at Walmart yesterday, and the first thing I noticed when we walked in was the big display of work-out clothes.  It was the same at Costco last Sunday - all the weights and treadmills and healthy-smoothie-making blenders are front and center, ready for us to buy them with great intentions as New Year's Day rolls around again.

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?

Do you keep them?

Or have you ever said, "This is the year!" only to watch your enthusiasm shrink and shrink until it's completely gone by February?

You're not alone - studies show that while 77% of people can keep up their resolutions for a week, after two years, that number is down to 14% - and this is among people who know they are going to be interviewed by psychologists about their resolutions!

New Year's is a perfect time to step back for a moment so that we can see the broad scope of our lives - the trends and patterns, the successes and failures.

We can see what is flourishing and what needs to be weeded out.

There's this big idea among gardeners: if you are having trouble with weeds, there's a good chance it's because you're giving them too much opportunity to grow.

More specifically, if weeds are causing you trouble, you need to check and see what kind of conditions you've created that are allowing them to get so out of control.

Photo credit: Awkward Botany

Maybe you need to apply a nice, thick layer of bark mulch over the bare soil so the weeds won't have a chance to reach the sunlight.  Or maybe you need to plant something nice and big and shady in their place, like a ground cover.

The most important thing for you to do is to make sure you don't have any bare soil exposed - because that's just what weed seeds like to germinate in.  Get rid of that bare ground, and you'll likely get rid of your weed problem (and you might gain a lovely plant in its place!)

Photo Credit: Hawaii Horticulture

Now, if you're really into tedious, back-breaking work, you can ignore this advice.  You can carry on weeding the old fashioned way and spend time every day hunched over your garden, pulling those darn weeds.  It will make you tired, bored, and possibly sunburned, but it'll work.

Well, kind of.  It'll work well for as long as you can keep up with it.  And then a week will come when you are really busy with other things and you don't have time or energy to weed - and then all those pesty little weeds will come back with a vengeance, because you've done nothing to take care of their root cause.

Photo Credit: weirdcombinations

I read this pretty tragic article today in the Boston Globe.  It describes how our consumeristic culture has robbed the joy from peoples' lives - they are so busy accumulating possessions, stressing about their clutter, and running around from activity to activity that they don't have time or space to do simple things like have a family dinner together at the table or relax in their own backyards.

And my first thought was to blame the clutter, blame the commercials and marketers, and even to blame the people (myself included) that have let themselves become inundated by that clutter.  If all those frustrated parents could just get to work donating toys, clearing unnecessary activities from their calendars, turning off the television, they'd have some healthy margin in their lives!  They'd be able to enjoy life again if they could just get rid of all those pesky, pernicious weeds.  All it would take would be hard work and constant vigilance, embracing the daily grind of saying "no" to unhealthy convenience foods or junky toys or time-wasting activities.

But wait a second - maybe what we are seeing in our culture today is not a problem that just needs to be constantly weeded away.

All the willpower in the world will only provide us with temporary respite.

We need to take a step back so we can see what underlying conditions exist that are us to fill our lives up so, so full with clutter.

I don't know about you, but I've been noticing some definite trends in my own day-to-day life: those times when I'm most tempted to overindulge in unhealthy things are when my basic needs aren't being met in healthy ways.  It's when I'm running on fumes: when I haven't had a good night's sleep all week, when I haven't really connected with my spouse or a good friend in days, when I've been too busy to eat healthy, nourishing food.  That's when I am most likely to try to satisfy my needs with quick fixes.

But when I am intentional about filling the "bare soil" of my body and heart with good, good things, I find that those unhealthy quick fixes aren't even appealing anymore.

When I've set aside time to meet a friend for tea and a chat while our kids play, I don't feel any need to mindlessly scroll Facebook looking for connection.

When I come home after a busy day to the smell of a delicious dinner in the crockpot, I don't impulsively reach for the kids' Halloween candy.

When I'm in the middle of a delightful novel or an engaging miniseries, all the clickbait and cat videos in the world can't compete for my attention.

When my kids are totally absorbed in creating something with construction paper, glue, scissors, and googly eyes, asking to turn on a TV show is the farthest thing from their minds.

It's not that the weeds aren't there, it's just that there's not really any room left for them to take hold.  The soil of our lives has been filled up with things that are more beautiful, more desirable, and more productive.

So that's my challenge for you as you think about this coming year - if you can see that there are some things in your life that need to go, maybe go about it in a gentler, more intentional way.  What needs are you trying to fill, and what is a healthier way to meet those needs?

I can't wait to see what beautiful things will flourish in my family's life this year.  What new habits or routines do you hope to grow in your life or home?

Friday, January 5, 2018

For When You Need A Little Refresh

Is January kind of hard for anybody else?

All the beautiful lights and decorations came down at my house two days ago, and things are looking a little bare.  

If you're anything like me, I bet you spent the holiday season planning.  And anticipating.  And sometimes having a huge adrenaline rush when you realized that those last minute Christmas presents WEREN'T ACTUALLY WRAPPED YET! 

In fact, it's possible you hustled so much during the holiday season that you're not even sure how you felt about it, because you were too busy to stop and wonder.  I've been there.

But each year, as the children grow older, I'm gaining the courage to say "no" to the holiday traditions that don't bring us joy.  And that gives us time to slow down and delight in the things we love - the candles, the lights, the carols and smells of the season.

Even the most ordinary moments seem guilded with a warm glow of firelight.  

For just a few short weeks, all those special traditions we've been anticipating for 12 months are front and center in our lives.  I find myself saying "yes, let's!" so much more often than normal, instead of "not right now," or "I'm too busy."

And then, in the blink of an eye, all the fun is over, the party guests have gone home, and you're left with piles and piles of clean-up.  And maybe a stomach ache from all those treats.

No wonder January can feel a little blue.  A little cold.  A little dreary.

But in this season of endings and new beginnings, can you feel the forward motion toward spring?  The days are lengthening, the sun is showing its bright face (sometimes), and putting away Christmas decorations and obligations gives us a fresh start, a kind of blank canvas in our homes that we can either fill or leave blissfully empty.

And after several years of quiet, I'm quite excited to give this blog a fresh start.

In the coming months, I'm excited to share with you the things that I'm learning and the things that are inspiring me.  It would be a sad thing indeed if I were the same person I was three years ago, and I think the blog needs to reflect that.  I'm looking forward to sharing more inspiration, more encouragement, and a little bit less "eat only real food or you're a pathetic schmuck"-type judginess.  

Now, what about you?

What are you looking forward to this year?  What are you struggling with?  What is getting you excited?  And what would you like to see more of here on ye ole blog?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Overthinker's Early Potty Training Manifesto

Six years ago, I shared with you Why 3 Day Potty Training Didn't Work for Us.  I felt so frustrated and defeated at the time, with no hope in sight.  My mom and mother in law both lived hours away, I had two kids under 2, I was hearing conflicting ideas from different sources, I'd been chasing a peeing speed demon toddler around the house for days, and I was just so overwhelmed!

And, apparently, I spent a lot of time trying to keep the kids from eating dog food.  I don't actually remember this.  It's all a blur now.  But the overarching emotional memory from those years was being OVERWHELMED!

Maybe you feel the same way - and if you do, I want you to know, you are NOT alone!

I've encountered so many mamas who are smart, strong, and capable, but SO intimidated by potty training, and have NO IDEA where to start.  That was totally me 6 years ago!

But now I'm a wizened old hag, so indulge me as I share my old lady wisdom with you  so I think it would be SO helpful for you to know:

Here is what DID work to potty train my 3 children, and what I would change if I could go back and do it over.

So, for this to make sense, I want to first share with you WHY I would do things this particular way.  This is the part where you get fired up and motivated to begin.

If you are already motivated (or exhausted) and want to jump right in and get started, you can skip this part and go right to How to Get Started with Early Potty Training.

But if you're needing someone to light a fire under you and get you mentally ready for this challenge, then read on!

Okay, ready?  Buckle your seatbelt, because this is not for the faint of heart.

Here is the most important stuff that I DIDN'T learn from those popular baby/parenting websites (you know, the ones that are sponsored by diaper companies):

1. Diaper companies need to make a profit.  From you.

People around the world spent 47.3 billion dollars on diapers in 2015.  To put that number in perspective, it is more than the Gross Domestic Product of 107 different world nations in 2015.

Let's be honest, no company has a business plan of "Help consumers stop using our products as quickly as possible."  

I'm not saying they are bad people, or it's some kind of vast conspiracy, but facts are facts.  Businesses need to move their products.  They need you to buy diapers, and they'd prefer you to continue to buy those diapers for as long as possible.  

So if you get your potty-training information from a diaper company, or from a site that is sponsored by a diaper company, just keep that in mind.  It is possible, just possible, that their information is biased, because they NEED you to buy their product for as long as possible.  

It is also possible that they don't have your best interests in mind.  In fact, if your goal is to stop spending money on diapers as soon as possible, your interests automatically conflict with theirs, 100%.  

2. This sucks, because Disposable Diapers are an Environmental Nightmare. 

It's appalling.

Diapers make up from 1% to 3% of all the trash in the United States.  That translates into up to 8.8 million tons of diapers per year going into landfills, just in the U.S.!

So that means, just theoretically, if every parent in the US managed to have their child out of diapers by 2 years old instead of 3 years old, we could keep almost 3 million TONS of diapers out of landfills every single year.  This is especially significant since once the diapers are in the landfill, they don't decompose.  They just sit there, leaking potentially toxic and virulent goo year after year.  And even the best landfills are expected to leak some of this goo into the groundwater [1].  Yum.

Because of the expense and waste of diapers, many parents conclude that they'd like to get their kids out of diapers as fast as possible.  But is this realistic?  Happily, thousands of years of traditional culture have taught us that it is.

3. Most children are ready to give up diapers much sooner than they show all the "Signs of Readiness" with which diaper companies have propagandized our culture. 

FACT: none of Freud's work about being "damaged by potty training" is given any serious consideration by modern psychologists.

FACT: the "Signs of Readiness" weren't even invented until Dr. Brazelton came up with them in the 1960's, and he has been sponsored by Pampers since at least 1983.  Conflict of interest, anyone?

FACT: in many non-Western nations (and in the US, in families that practice "elimination communication"), babies actually NEVER wear diapers, or they only do occasionally for about the first 6 months of life.  Instead, their parents anticipate their elimination needs and learn to read their body language and verbal cues, with the whole training process mostly complete by age 1.

Contrast this with what you'll read if you Google "Potty Training Signs of Readiness" right now.  Try it.  Not a single "expert" suggests that children can POSSIBLY even control their elimination until at least 18 months. Apparently babies in other countries have super-baby powers that we mere mortals lack?

Or maybe, because our culture has lost touch with its traditional roots, we are left relying on whatever the corporate-sponsored "experts" tell us, and we just don't recognize the opportunities for early training when they are staring us in the face.

 4. Every experience is "training."

If you remember nothing else from this entire manifesto, remember this:

Every time your child eliminates, he or she is learning.   

So in essence, you can either choose to "potty train" your child, or you can choose to "diaper train" your child, or a combination of the two.

Whichever you choose, potty or diaper, you are training your child, with multiple experiences every single day, for their entire babyhood.

"Toilet training" is not a magical set time when you start doling out M&M's for successful trips to the plastic potty seat.  It is the cumulative set of experiences that your child will have about eliminating.

So what you need to decide is this: for your family, right now, how are you going to train your child?

There is no one pattern or method that fits every family.  There doesn't need to be any guilt, or pressure, or fear about this decision.  Every family is in a different situation, and what works for one family doesn't work for another.  But just do remember: every time your toddler runs to the corner and poops in a diaper, she is learning that that's the place to go.  Or every time your child urinates while playing, and it is absorbed in a disposable diaper so that she feels nothing, she learns that peeing right where she is, any old time, is easy and comfortable.  Please know that I'm not saying this in judgement, or with a snarky attitude.  I've been there!  And I wish someone had explained all this to me back then!

Disposable diapers can be a blessing.  Our culture does not smile on toddlers relieving themselves in public, nor are we accustomed to the smell of urine in our carpets.  Diapers are very convenient for preventing these kinds of "messy" incidents, and many caregivers are only comfortable with disposables.  But they can also keep your child from understanding his bodily processes at an early age.  They are a tool, but they can also be a crutch.  But guess what - crutches serve a purpose for a time.  Maybe you're at a point in your life where you need to be super chill about diapers, and that's ok!  But if you're ready to give them up forever, this is where your thinking needs to change.

5. "Ready to train" does NOT mean "Ready for total independence."

Okay, imagine this ridiculous hypothetical scenario: would you tell a mother not to bother giving little pieces of baby-safe food to her 9-month-old, just because the baby is not yet capable of climbing up to the table precisely at 5:30 pm, folding her napkin in her lap, and eating politely with spoon and fork?  Of course not.  It's unrealistic.  The "learning to eat" process happens gradually, as skills are developed, and waiting to give a child table food until he/she can dine independently would deprive the child of valuable learning experiences.

But wait a minute!  That seems to be almost what people expect from their potty-training children.  We know that children can "go potty in the potty" at a remarkably young age, often with total reliability well before 2 years old.

But here is what we as a culture expect children to be able to do before we consider them "Potty trained:

-stop whatever fun thing they're doing,
-run independently to a restroom,
-open a door,
-lift a lid,
-simultaneously manipulate at least 2 layers of clothing,
-maneuver onto a slippery seat that's entirely the wrong size,
-hover over cold water at an unnatural angle, and
-clean everything up
-re-dress in multiple layers of clothing.

This is a very long, intimidating list of behaviors that could take months or years for a child to perfect.  Sure, a 4 year old can probably do all these things, but it's completely unrealistic to expect an infant or very young toddler to.  So the solution that the diaper industry seems to have come up with is "Just wait until your kid is old enough to do all of this himself, and then he's ready to potty train.  It'll be so much easier on you."  (Can you imagine some fat cat caricature of a CEO snickering behind his hand while he says this?  While sitting in a pile of cash in his penthouse suite?  He looks like the guy from "Monopoly" in my imagination.  Or maybe he looks like the CEOs of Kimberly-Clark or P&G, who get paid $13 million and $18 million a year, respectively.  But I digress.)

I have a question: what if total "Potty Independence" is not ACTUALLY your goal right now?  Who's making your life decisions: you or a diaper company?

If your goal is really "have kid out of diapers at an early age," then you need to change your expectations.  You will need to be much more involved in the training process with a young child than with an older one.  And that's not a bad thing!

Just because a child cannot potty "independently," there is no reason they shouldn't begin the learning process.  They will just need some extra help for a while.

More specifically, there is no reason YOU should not experience freedom from dirty diapers, just because your child is not yet capable of total "Potty Independence."  I promise you that, in my experience, the inconvenience of helping a young child potty train is far less hassle than cleaning poop out of diapers until your child is 4.  The extra work you put in up front can pay off handsomely down the road.

Okay, so now we're all on the same page.  We know this: we want to kick the diaper habit, and as soon as possible.  For the sake of our pocketbooks, our planet, and our sanity.

So let's get started!  I'll walk you through the process in How to Get Started Potty Training.

[1] G. Fred Lee and Anne R. Jones, MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LINED, "DRY TOMB" LANDFILLS: A TECHNOLOGICALLY FLAWED APPROACH FOR PROTECTION OF GROUNDWATER QUALITY (El Macero, Calif.: G. Fred Lee & Associates, March, 1992). Available from: G. Fred Lee & Associates, 27298 East El Macero Drive, El Macero, CA 95618-1005. Phone (916) 753-9630. 67 pgs.; free.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Flash Freeze Fruits and Vegetables

Everybody knows real food is a great idea, but one of the biggest obstacles most people face is that processed food is SO convenient - it's always there, no matter the season, predictable and never-changing.  But real food comes in seasons.  You can't (or maybe shouldn't) eat fresh strawberries in December.

That's why I love my freezer!  If you opened my freezer right now (it's October), you would find containers full of strawberries and blueberries that I picked this summer.  They are obviously not as fun as fresh, but there's something decadent about a strawberry in the middle of the winter.  *

But you can't just throw a bowl of strawberries in the freezer and hope for good results!

To freeze fruits and veggies quickly and easily, do these 4 things:

1. Find a cookie sheet or quarter sheet-pan that will fit in your freezer.

2. Line the cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper

3. Spread fruit or vegetable in a SINGLE LAYER on the waxed paper.

4. Place in freezer for a few hours.

Yes.  It really is that easy.  But it's magical: the SINGLE LAYER of fruit or veggie means when it's time to transfer your produce to more permanent freezer storage, each berry or grape or carrot slice will come off the pan without sticking to all the others!  This way, you don't end up with a giant boulder of frozen fruit that you have to break before using!

Storage Tip: in the past I've used Zip-type bags, but since I'm trying to move away from so much disposable plastic, I now use inexpensive lidded plastic pitchers.

Long Term Storage Tip: Some veggies contain enzymes that may make the produce mushy or discolored if it is going to be frozen for a long time.  For example, if you flash freeze corn as described above, after a few weeks, they will become softer.  But I have never had this problem with berries!  If you are planning on keeping frozen vegetables in the freezer for many months, you may want to steam blanch them first to deactivate those pesky enzymes.  Then you can use this single-layer flash-freezing method just as described!

* I know some hard-core preppers or even permaculturists might call me out on this: "Freezers use so much energy."  "If you can those strawberries, you can keep them at room temperature."  "If the SHTF, your frozen strawberries won't last long," sniggering behind their hands as they stockpile fake dried cheese.

And you know what?  They're right.  People have been living happily without frozen strawberries for thousands of years.  But I'm a big proponent of Jack Spirko's "Law of Prepping:" Everything you do to prepare for the future should benefit you in the future, but it should also benefit you RIGHT NOW!

And right now, I want to pick lots of local organic strawberries in June, and I want to have some to give to my kids in October when the skies are gray and cloudy and we all need a little Vitamin C.  Our current lifestyle provides us with a freezer, so I'm going to darn well use it.  A full freezer is an efficient freezer anyway.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

7 Homesteading Mistakes I Made So You Don't Have To

You know you've thought about it - you see pictures of these gorgeous, sun-dappled country properties, with barefoot, white-organic-cotton-clad children dancing through fields of flowers, holding baskets of fresh eggs, and you're like,

"Yes.  I can do that.  It will be all sunsets and harvests, I know it!  Very little manure or sweat.  NO spiders."

Well, you're not alone.  It seems that homesteading is the Millenial generation's version of the American Dream.  Everywhere I look, people under 30 are getting dirt under their fingernails, making compost bins, and hightailing it to their own little patch of heaven outside of town.

Maybe we're interested in providing fresh, organic food for our children.  Maybe we're fed up with a long commute and sitting in traffic.  Or maybe we are just super enticed by the gorgeous pictures on Pinterest of all things made with reclaimed barn wood (guilty!).

I mean, look at it: is this not the place to raise a family?

 Well, I have a confession to make: I'm a suburb kid.  I grew up in a neighborhood with paved sidewalks, dogs on leashes, and a 7-Eleven within walking distance.  When we moved to the country and started our little homestead, I had NOT a FREAKING CLUE about what it took to make it out here.

I have a feeling I'm not the only one from my generation who thought that homestead would be a little easier, a little cushier, and a little rosier than it really turned out to be.

So I started making mistakes quickly, and trust me, the axiom that Failure is the Best Teacher is 100% true.

So here are a few of the things I learned those first few years, when the learning curve was steepest.  I'd love for you to learn from my mistakes!

1. If you don't know how old your eggs are, crack them into a separate bowl first.

 Homegrown food is an adventure all by itself, isn't it?  Most of us grew up having the luxury of a produce manager inspecting our apples and an assembly-line worker candling our eggs, but this is not the case when you grow your own!

I finally understood where the idea for Easter egg hunts came from the first year we let our chickens free-range...they laid in the strangest, most hidden places, and sometimes we'd find a huge cache of eggs that had been out in the weather for several weeks!  There's nothing worse than making an omelette and realizing that the egg you've just added to the pan has been sitting out in the rain for days and is totally bad.

This tip could also include: Check your peach pits for earwigs.  Check your apples for worms.  Check your babies for ticks.  And always, always check your feet before you walk in the front door (right??  I know, gross!).

2. If you leave the hose trickling all night, on well water, in the dry season, there won't be water for showers in the morning.

On city water, the worst this would do is spike your water bill for the month.  Sure, that's a pain.  But when it's only 6 a.m., the dishes are in the sink, there are no clean diapers left, and the well's already run dry?  This is not a recipe for a happy day.

3. The outside will come indoors if you don't have a place to leave it.

This was a huge, HUGE struggle for me!  I grew up in a fairly pristine home that we cleaned, top to bottom, once a week.  As soon as I moved to the country, I realized that once a week cleaning would NEVER cut it if people (ahem, husband!) tracked their muddy work boots around the house!

Having a mud room or a big, washable rug with a bench nearby or a covered front porch is your First Line of Defense to keep all things dirty, stinky, and oozy from making it into your home.  There are no sidewalks here.  Dog paws can be toweled, shoes can be kicked off, and jackets can be corralled immediately upon entering, and if they aren't, you will pay later!

4. The fox will come on the night you forget to close up the chicken coop.

It's true.  It happens, and it sucks.  But living with many little beings (plant or animal) under your care provides so, so many opportunities for small heartbreaks.  There is no "I'll get to it tomorrow" when a helpless creature is depending on you.

That may mean you're going to be bringing baby chicks into the bathroom at 11:30 at night to clean up their pasty-butt (by the way, warm running water is the way to go, followed by a quick dry-off with a hair dryer).  Or it might mean you're slogging out in the pouring rain to fix a fence, close a gate, or drag a water tank when you'd SO much rather cozy up by the fire.

But the standard we live by is this: We must provide our animals with a BETTER life than they would have in the wild.

5. Growing food doesn't do you any good if you don't eat what you grow.

Is there anything sadder than a beautiful, home-grown tomato getting chucked in the compost because you didn't have time to eat it before it went bad?

My first year of gardening, the only thing that grew well for me was radishes.  Seriously, that's it.  And I hate radishes.  So I figured out a way to make them palatable, and we chowed down, sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for lunch, and sometimes for dinner!

It's so much easier to just run to Costco and buy all the familiar things to make all the comfortable meals that everybody definitely likes.

But that's not what we signed up for; we signed up to change our own little corners of the world.

That means being creative, finding ways to help your kids  (or husband) actually like veggies.

It means eating weird assortments and combinations of things at times, things that you would NOT find in a fancy restaurant or on the pages of your favorite food magazine.

It means getting used to cutting up itty bitty potatoes or weird-shaped carrots or super bitter lettuce, and just making do and making it work!

It means not caring if the other kids get a fruit-roll-up and a Go-gurt while your kids are eating dehydrated apple slices and homemade muffins, because you are committing to helping your kids appreciate the way they eat instead of coveting their neighbors' snacks!

Yeah, I'm still looking, but I have yet to find the Goldfish Cracker seeds at the feed store...

6. Running into town for take-out is no longer an option.

I was so used to a life of convenient food that it took me a while to realize that, well, that's not the way it works in the country.

Wasting all your gas money to dash in to Taco Bell or the quick mart makes zero sense...wouldn't you rather spend that money on a new perennial?

You've got to have a plan.  It might not mean every single meal is scheduled on a color-coded calendar, but it means you have to know what is in your pantry, what you can make with it, and what you need to get when you're in town anyway.

And really, isn't it kind of fun finding creative ways to use up, make do, and improvise in the kitchen?

7. There will always be a "next year."

I think this was my hardest lesson.  I learned it when the fox came, when I didn't water and all my seedlings died, when my dog dug up the garden (again!), and most recently (and most tragically), when I forgot to take the cap off the chicken waterer, and I lost 3 new hens on one horrible hot day.

We are taught in our culture to avoid failure, to aim for perfection, and to limit our room for error, and all of those sentiments can come in useful on a homestead.

But there has to be a huge, huge reserve of grace and self-forgiveness if you're going to stick with this kind of lifestyle.  That day when I took a bowl of table scraps down to the chicken coop and spotted 3 of my 4 new chicks laying dead in the grass, then realized that my own dumb mistake had caused their deaths was a giving up kind of day.

I cried.  I blamed myself and my flighty, distracted brain.  I was pretty sure I should throw in the towel and hang up my boots, because I clearly wasn't responsible enough, compassionate enough, or clear-minded enough to care for small, helpless creatures.

But that's not what we do on a homestead.

We are tough.  We are brave.  We dry our tears, get down in the mud and mess, set things straight, and try again.

We know why we're out here, and we know why it's worth it.  There is no promise of success, but there is always the promise that tomorrow, the sun will rise, and we will work hard at work worth doing.

We're old school and love blog link-ups.  This post has appeared at Giving Up On PerfectThe Charm of Home, and Mitten State Sheep and Wool.  

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