Well after a month of living in a van I have to say that the coolest thing about it is outdoor yoga. Being as that there isn’t much room inside I have been forced to take my daily yoga practice outdoors and while it was challenging and odd at first, mostly for the fact that I felt like I was always being stared at, I have grown to deeply enjoy becoming rooted where I can feel the wind on my face and the earth under my feet. That said sun salutations were not meant to be done on gravel!
We just got back from spending a week at a friends hobby farm where they have a few laying hens and a garden. They also have a Jersey cow but she lives off the property. The kids enjoyed being sent up the hill to feed the chickens the compost because they went ravenously crazy for it. Giggles of excitement (and maybe a little terror) could be heard from the other side of the property. The folks we stayed with are two of my most favorite people, their passion is contagious and their desire for better food some very common ground.
The live largely on the GAPS diet which has served them innumerable health benefits in the short amount of time they have taken it on. She is a Weston A Price chapter leader and he is quite possibly the handiest and nicest person I have ever met. They graciously invited us into their home for a week where we shared their space and carved out a little bit of our own.
They work on-site which means that each day was spent bouncing between the offices and the house while the kids roamed the property and wandered inside when they got hungry or bored. They’ve opted for home-schooling for a variety of reasons many of which I share. During our time spent there I looked through a window of what our life might be like should I adopt a similar living arrangement. What I saw was what is lacking most in our society in a big way. Time.
Time with our families. Time to share, laugh, do and play. There is all the time in the world and not enough hours in the day. One of the most valuable lessons that my kids have taught me is the value of a minute. It is such a gift to look a child who is demanding your attention in the eyes and give it to them 100%. Sometimes that I think we as parents sometimes forget just how important that attention is. Or how rewarding.