I was born in 1972 and am blessed to have grown up in then-rural areas of Northern Illinois, where I was able to spend many hours in unhindered exploration of the natural world. I have a sister and a brother, and come from a very large family (my father is one of 13 children!). Some of my aunts had their babies at home, which appealed to me as the right way to do things. Many of us in the next generation have chosen home birth when it came time to have our children.
I wanted to be a writer as a child, and have always been an avid reader. I still enjoy writing, mostly poetry and the occasional article for small publications. I also come from a very musical family, growing up with bluegrass all around me, and have been involved with my local music scene since I was a teenager, from punk rock to string bands and folk, and enjoy playing various instruments and singing when no one is listening.
I have a strong belief in living sustainably, which expands into my love for hiking and biking and spending time outdoors, as well as teaching my children a respect for the planet. My partner Eric and I have an Organic farm watered by a spring-fed creek and a solar powered well pump. Eric has a talent for growing food instinctively and is also an artist and landscape designer. Eric and I share the dubious distinction of being Art School "dropouts"- I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for one year, Eric attended Rhode Island School of Design, changing his major from painting to landscape.
I home schooled my older son for 8 years and plan to home school my daughter and younger son as well. I enjoyed the freedom homeschooling offered, as well as the ability for my son to speed ahead in his areas of interest. I think unschooling can be a valid schooling choice and it worked for us in many areas of study. I enjoy making things from scratch, whether it is by knitting or sewing, cooking, building, or growing food; I love the idea of getting back to the simplest way of doing things.
Most importantly, I am a mother, and my children are the greatest "things" I will ever accomplish; my most important task is always trying to help them to become the best world citizens they can be, through love and conscious parenting. I strongly believe in breastfeeding as a way to lay the groundwork for a healthy (emotionally and physically) human, as well as in attachment-style parenting, for the same reasons.