Yes, We Still Long for It

A homestead that is.

Land in the country.

 

A house, smaller than the house we currently inhabit.

Animals.  Farm animals that serve many purposes for our family.

A view.  I want land with a view.  Not a view of flat lands and prairies where I can see for miles and miles, but hills.  Mountains.  Obstructed views that allow me to imagine what’s on the other side.

 

The dream hasn’t changed.  The dream continues.  The longing remains.

What hasn’t changed are circumstances.  Circumstances that keep us rooted where we are.

I have accepted that we have a purpose where we are now.  We have two little boys who are relying on us.  Two little boys who want to feel safe, secure and loved in their new environment.  And I see new signs everyday that they do feel safe, secure and loved.

But while we were here, I still long to be there.  To be on that homestead that for the time being, only exists in my dreams.

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Friends

Not the show, although Friends was certainly one of my favorite sitcoms.

I’m talking about friends – a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.

I am fortunate to have some very good friends in my life.  Unfortunately, I don’t get to see them as often as I would like.  However, this afternoon I received a text from one of those people I’m attached to by feelings of affection or personal regard.  She said they were not too far from our house and wondered if they might stop by for a short visit.  Without hesitation I invited my friend and her 4 children to stop by and was thrilled to have them.

My friend had not met FS1 or FS2 yet and FS1 was thrilled to have a couple other boys in the house, even if it was only for a short visit.  I was ecstatic to have my friend over.  Another adult to talk to in the middle of my day.  A moment to catch up a little.  It was such a rare treat.

As a pre-teen and teenager, I was always with a friend and when we weren’t together, we were on the phone with each other.  Somehow, those days just slipped away.  Our adult life has a way of taking over.  No longer do we have hours upon hours to spend with our friends in person or on the phone.  Still, I would like to more regularly be able to sit down with a friend and chat.  Kids playing while we talk about whatever is on our minds that day.

I know for me and pretty much all of my friends, our lives have gotten busy and I’m guilty of not taking the time to even schedule regular visits with my friends.  Before I know it, weeks or even months have slipped by.  We haven’t seen each other or even chatted on the phone, yet I know they are always there.

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Interesting and Fun

Someone in our homeschool group suggested that we all take this personality test to see how similar homeschoolers really are.

I took the test and while I’m not convinced the description of my personality type fits me completely, I do agree that it is a good description of me.

Here are my results.

INFP personality

INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the INFP personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

Being a part of the Diplomat (NF) personality group, INFPs are guided by their principles, rather than by logic (Analysts), excitement (Explorers), or practicality (Sentinels). When deciding how to move forward, they will look to honor, beauty, morality and virtue – INFPs are led by the purity of their intent, not rewards and punishments. People who share the INFP personality type are proud of this quality, and rightly so, but not everyone understands the drive behind these feelings, and it can lead to isolation.

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J. R. R. Tolkien

We Know What We Are, But Know Not What We May Be

At their best, these qualities enable INFPs to communicate deeply with others, easily speaking in metaphors and parables, and understanding and creating symbols to share their ideas. The strength of this intuitive communication style lends itself well to creative works, and it comes as no surprise that many famous INFPs are poets, writers and actors. Understanding themselves and their place in the world is important to INFPs, and they explore these ideas by projecting themselves into their work.

INFPs’ ability with language doesn’t stop with their native tongue, either – as with most people who share the Diplomat personality types, they are considered gifted when it comes to learning a second (or third!) language. Their gift for communication also lends itself well to INFPs’ desire for harmony, a recurring theme with Diplomats, and helps them to move forward as they find their calling.

Listen to Many People, But Talk to Few

Unlike their Extraverted cousins though, INFPs will focus their attention on just a few people, a single worthy cause – spread too thinly, they’ll run out of energy, and even become dejected and overwhelmed by all the bad in the world that they can’t fix. This is a sad sight for INFPs’ friends, who will come to depend on their rosy outlook.

If they are not careful, INFPs can lose themselves in their quest for good and neglect the day-to-day upkeep that life demands. INFPs often drift into deep thought, enjoying contemplating the hypothetical and the philosophical more than any other personality type. Left unchecked, INFPs may start to lose touch, withdrawing into “hermit mode”, and it can take a great deal of energy from their friends or partner to bring them back to the real world.

Luckily, like the flowers in spring, INFP’s affection, creativity, altruism and idealism will always come back, rewarding them and those they love perhaps not with logic and utility, but with a world view that inspires compassion, kindness and beauty wherever they go.

Famous INFPs:

William Shakespeare
J.R.R. Tolkien
Björk
Johnny Depp
Julia Roberts
Lisa Kudrow
Tom Hiddleston
Homer

Now I’m curious to know how my friends in blog land compare.  Click here to take the Personality Test and post your results in the comments.

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Seriously Folks!

I have tons of stuff I could post, but somehow the words just aren’t coming to me.

Maybe it’s adding two additional children to our household?

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m rarely home anymore to write?

Maybe it’s the fact that when I’m home I’m trying to figure out where to start – laundry, kitchen, bathrooms, etc.?  They all need cleaning, some on a daily basis and I just don’t seem to have enough hours in the day.

Of course that makes me wonder how in the world I would ever keep our homestead up and running?  :-)

I would definitely need a smaller house so there aren’t as many rooms to clean.

And we would need to downsize our personal property because there is no way it would all fit in a smaller house.

I think more outdoor living space would be nice though, so maybe a smaller house inside, but bigger outside?  Maybe out outdoor kitchen?

I really wouldn’t want to give up storage space though because one day I will have a large successfully producing garden and I’ll need shelf space for all my canned goods.  Then there are the animals we’ll be raising for food.  Some of that will be going into freezers, so I’ll need space for freezers.

Speaking of canning, I’m liking the outdoor kitchen even more or possibly a canning kitchen in a garage.

But two kitchens means I’ll have two kitchens to clean.

See, I have all kinds of thoughts running thru my head, but obviously don’t have all the answers.

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Autumn

There is something I enjoy about every season, but I feel something extra special when autumn arrives.  I like the sights, smells, sounds, feel of autumn.

What about you?

 

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I’m Going to Try

I found out that, although it’s just a little later than recommended, September is a good time to plant some fall vegetables.  Root vegetables do very well in the fall and this weekend hubby spent some time cleaning up the garden and since I have packages of seeds, I’m going to try planting them.

On the planting list are beets, parsnips, rutabaga, turnips and carrots.  I think I may have some lettuce and onion seeds.  I might just put a few of them in the ground as well.   Next month I’ll plant garlic.

For me, gardening is more than just producing food (although that is certainly the ultimate goal).  It’s also about experimenting and learning.  I’m now going to experiment and learn all about fall gardening.

What are some of your favorite fall vegetables?

 

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They Arrived!

My copies of Letters for my Little Sister.  My words, along with the words of other women, about their journey thru menopause in black and white.  Printed on pages in a book.  A book that I can hold in my hands.

I’ve started reading thru my copy.  Those words from other women who share similar stories to mine about a subject, while not as taboo as it once was, is still not something often discussed.

As an older mom, it is highly doubtful that I’ll be around when my daughters begin their own journeys thru menopause.  I have a copy for each of them as well.  My experience and other women’s experiences that they can read about.  Experiences that will hopefully give them a better understanding of life in their older years and a sense of normalcy.

This book is available for purchase thru Amazon and you can get your copy here.  A book for yourself, a loved one or your own daughters.

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