How a Trip to Pennsylvania Rekindled my Fire

| 9/25/2012 4:14:00 PM

Tags: writing, Mother Earth News Fair, blogging, urban homesteading, Becky and Andy,

Hello dear friends,

I have been absent from this blog since before our vacation to the great West for a number of reasons. Besides my utter exhaustion at the end of the day from kids and pregnancy, the busy-ness of summer and gardening, homeschooling (we don't really stop learning once June hits) and working with Gourmet Grassfed has eaten a lot of my creative energy.

Finally, and probably the most important reason I have been absent is the fact that I had lost direction for this blog. You see, for the first three years it was pretty obvious that I was recording our efforts to make a farm into our lives. Then we moved to St. Brigid's and while I was not nearly as involved in day-to-day farm life, there were still plenty of interesting stories to share. But when we left that farm, began living in suburbia and living a much more "consumer" sort of life, I lost things to talk about.

Honestly, how many posts about my kids do you really want to read? Other than for immediate family and friends, there really was no point to me posting anything about what we were doing. So my motivation to write utterly dried up. I thought about blogging many times this past summer and each time my creativity shriveled with the thought..."but who really cares?"


Enter an opportunity to go to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA last week. Imagine my surprise when our acquaintance from Misty Moraine Creamery, Ms. Elizabeth Rich, needed some graphic design and social networking done for her budding cheese-making business. In the course of conversations about what sort of logo and Facebook site she wanted, she mentioned that she had an extra seat in her car and a free ticket to the Fair, as she was an invited presenter for the three day long conference. Andy and I, along with the much appreciated help of my parents, were able to swing it so that I might go and absorb all the homesteading, farming, sustainable goodness that the Mother Earth News Fair was bound to offer! (plus a chance to meet up with any of the fine folks from GRIT!)

Rebekah Sell
10/3/2012 10:12:47 PM

Oh, Nebraska Dave, you totally got me all choked up! Thank you again for your kind words. You have been a wonderful encouragement throughout our "public" lives here in the trenches. We couldn't have the sort of pluck you speak of without our faith. It really carries us through. Thank you again! Becky

9/29/2012 3:00:48 AM

Becky and Andy, I have read about the journey you gone through over the years you have blogged at GRIT. Many have come and gone but you seem to always reappear with new life and dreams. I am amazed at how you both have been knocked down but continue to get back up and continue on with new dreams and desires. Nothing seems to break you down for the count. It's true homesteading spirit that lives within you both. By the way there's no such thing and boring blogging from you. Inspiration just oozes off the screen every time you put up a post. You guys are the epitome of real honest to goodness life in the trenches. I always enjoy reading about real life. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Have a great urban foraging day.

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