What would you like to know about me? I’m a 30 something single mom, a little bit country and a little bit rock’n’roll. I want to be crunchy, but at the end of the day, I just don’t have the discipline. I love cowboy boots, Texas drawls, and heavy metal. Maybe I should have named my blog “the Eccentric Texan”. There is nothing better in my world than making something out of nothing, whether it is refashioned clothing from something old, baking from scratch, or fooling around on Photoshop, I just like to make things. A DIY-er at heart, I hate to buy something that I know I could make, and I am pretty sure I can make just about anything. I’m a walking contradiction: a veteran and a pacifist, a feminist and a homemaker, loud and outgoing, but protective of my quiet. I am the proud owner, ahem I mean mother, to the world’s 3 most amazing kiddos.
Bear is the mini-hippie. She looks like me, talks like me, and some days even wants to be me when she grows up. She is my constant reminder to be my best self, she is always watching, always learning. She’s crazy smart, insanely inventive, and loves all things creative. The only person who has an imagination equal to her is me. She is always inventing stories, making crazy videos, and writing or illustrating stories. Usually they involve a butt. She fancies herself a “fashionista” and loves to dress up, in stark contrast to my laid-back t-shirt and jeans. It’s the biggest difference between us and she is constantly trying to “make me prettier”, and I let her because I just can’t resist badly painted nails and blue eye shadow, not with her big brown eyes at least.
Sunny is my Rae of sunshine, she makes me happy when skies are gray. She is so full to bursting with life, she almost can’t contain herself. She alone is half the reason we homeschool: she learns best when jumping up and down or standing on her head! She’s the most empathetic child I have ever met, she cares fully and deeply for all of God’s creatures and is my only child to fully embrace my no-kill, catch and release bug program. We went to the zoo when she was 18 months old and I have never seen a baby so excited. Her love for animals has not faded with age and goes well beyond fascination. When she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian, and I have no doubt that whatever she puts her mind to, she can do. 5 years with her has taught me more about patience than my other 28 years combined, but she also shows me how to love fully and completely embrace each moment.
And Buggy, the most loved little boy in the world. It’s impossible to look into those big brown eyes and not fall head over heels. He has yet to meet a person or dog he didn’t like. He hates to go anywhere without his sisters, and they love him right back, with a fierceness that never ceases to astonish me. He displays a slight prejudice against non-John Deere tractors but is quickly over it if you’ll let him hitch a ride. He thinks choo-choos are the bees knees, and even sleeps with one of those little wooden ones. He even makes me kiss it goodnight and tuck it in with him. He is clever and intuitive, from very early on you could tell that he was paying attention to how things work. He has me completely wrapped around his little finger, plays me like a fiddle. He’s the happiest kid you’ll ever meet, and he melts my heart every day. From him, I have learned just how full my heart and life can be.
We lived for a little while on a ranch but find ourselves back in the city. Now we are living the country life suburban style. We believe in God and sustainable living, and do our best to live out the hippie manifesto, one day at a time.
We ain’t very fancy, and that’s just the way we like it.
Did I get it all? Still have questions? Give me a holler, cause I’m a holla back girl (b-a-n-a-n-a-s).