Life is never one, happy, straight journey, it is a series of bumps in the road, curves that turn you around, and traffic jams that find you stuck on your path. Our life has definitely had its fair share of setbacks and struggles, tough days, that when we were stuck in them, we didn't quite know how we would get through. But we did. Looking back now, I realize that although those days are far behind us, they have played a very significant role in the life we lead today. You see had we not experienced the bumps, curves, and traffic jams in the days past, life would be very different right now, so very different.
Justin, Reece, and I spend our days here, on our small bit of earth. We homeschool, we tend chickens, we grow food, we make medicine, we create, we dream, we do things that make us happy. We wake when we want, we eat three meals a day around our table, together, and we enjoy quiet evenings at home, unfazed by the rush of the world outside our front door. It's a good life, a simple life, a life we have chosen, and crafted over the years because of things that happened 16 years ago. None of it has come without struggle and sacrifice, but what I realize now is that the struggle and sacrifice was worth it. Every setback, every moment that I asked "why us", all of those moments have brought us here.
If you told me 16 years ago, when our little world the way we knew it changed, that I would look back on those days with gratitude, I would not have believed it. But now, I do believe, and I am ever so grateful for the bumps along our path, they have been part of creating a life we are so very happy and content to be living.