October 03, 2005

Break Time

It's been a very busy couple of weeks, and I'm ready for a break. Hopefully this week we can slow things down. I don't have too much planned, just groceries today or tomorrow, Mothering Arts on Thursday, and then probably a couple of things on the weekend. It shouldn't require lots of driving, as we've done recently.

The family went to Alma for homecoming on Saturday, followed by a visit to my brother's in Carland (about 1/2 hour south-east of Alma). Then on Sunday it was down to Perrysburg and a going-away party for Keleigh's sister (she's moving to San Jose).

We had a great time everywhere, lots of fun, but with all the driving and lack of sleep we're now really run down. Hopefully this can be a restful day for us.

This fun picture is of Henry getting ready to pee in the wilderness. He's really doing well with the elimination communication, and we're excited about not having to do so many loads of diaper laundry.


At 2:50 PM, Anonymous said...

hey, jeremiah! it was so great to visit with you and your beautiful family on saturday. james andi decided it would be great if we all lived closer together. it is refreshing to share child/parent things with people who are similar minded. we seem to be the freks in alma. what? you don't feed your child chocolate cookies and kool aid?! :) it was a pleasure meeting henry and marion, and seeing you and keleigh so content and happy. hope to keep in better contact with you both. have a great week!

hallie bee.

At 4:45 PM, Keleigh said...

I'm going to second that, Hallie. It was great to see you both and to meet your fine little man. We love talking parenting with like-minded intelligent people who are clearly so passionate about being parents. We talked a lot on the drive home about how important parenting support is, and how we are very grateful to be living in the cultural environment we are. Please do stay in touch, and feel free to come down for a playdate any time!

What tickles me most about the parenting criticisms we get is that they seem to mostly stem from an assumption that we're being naive about the whole thing, as if our parenting is too idealistic to be really possible. It's ironic because we've educated ourselves so much to come to this mix of parenting decisions, and based them on research from around the world along with (of course) our own intuitive sense of what's right. In contrast, most of the nay-sayers seem to be parenting on auto-pilot, guided simply by whatever was done to them and whatever the cultural norms closest to them dictate (i.e. media).

Okay, not my blog. Sorry about that, Love! Rant over.


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