Filling in the Gap, Part 1

| 11/17/2010 1:21:00 PM

I have found myself with the rare opportunity to blog during the middle of the day. Andy is watching the kids so I can spend time at the office (farm office) and get some accounting/customer relations taken care of.

In the meantime, I am sitting in a warm, wood-paneled office with a window view of Dawn's fall garden and the fog slowly misting by. It's just above freezing today and a leather office chair, soft lighting and free time is making for a pleasant combination.

After posting about a week ago about our renewed interest in blogging, I have gotten an amazing response from folks I never even knew were reading about our family. It's been heartening, edifying and a direct confirmation that this is what I need to be doing. If you haven't noticed, I am already starting to blog with more intention and the more I write, the less I have to catch up on. You know, like when you haven't talked to a friend in a few months, you are often left with little to say because the small details in life are lost and the major ones don't take up that much space. So it is with you all, my friends from all over. I haven't written in so long, I don't know how to catch up with you all! But if I do this blogging intentionally, and give you daily/weekly updates and thoughts...well, the whole idea of writing isn't nearly as intimidating as it was.

So today, with my precious afternoon "off," I will catch you up on what's happened to us since we parted ways with Foxwood Farm.


When we drove out of that gravel driveway for the last time, it was a moment I'll never forget. Next to our hand-built patio, we left a small crowd of friends/farm patrons who had helped us pack up the moving truck or just came over to say goodbye. I looked out the rear view mirror, even after Andy told me not to. I saw them all waving, melancholy yet strong, and I found myself welling up in tears. I was driving our mini-van, packed to the gills with breakable items, our friends Kat and Cortnie (who helped us immensely on our farm), and Elly. Andy was driving the moving truck with Ethan and our friend Ben. My parents followed, Dad in his pickup with outdoor items and Bret (Cortnie's older brother) and Mom drove separate with yet more items in her SUV.

Becky and Andy
12/1/2010 5:33:55 PM

We'll be sure to keep you all informed of the homebirth journey. It's just a natural step forward from our first two births...medication free and with midwives in the hospital. Caleb, if you are interested, watch the documentary "The Business of Being Born." It will help dispell myths about midwives and hospital births. My mom is equally nervous, but she came from the era of hospitals shutting the woman off in a cold room, strapped down for hours. I don't know how she can think that is better than what I'll be doing! Neb. Dave, once again, thank you for your insightful words.

12/1/2010 9:18:57 AM

Another great post, Becky. I enjoy your writing every time. My soon-to-be wife, Gwen, has her heart set on the home-birth with midwife, and I'm a little uneasy, especially with plans to be a little ways away from any hospital. We'll see what the future holds, though, and I can't wait to share in your experience. Thanks for the post. Tell the family hello and we're rooting for you, as always.

DeDe Jacques
11/24/2010 4:30:35 PM

I am thoroughly loving your blog. You now have the lifestyle my husband and I loooong to live someday. I congratulate you on your homebirth journey. My 2 children who were born to me were born at home. It's a journey I've always loved having taken. Keep it up.

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