I don't have a picture of this moment, I couldn't have captured it even if I tried. Steve, Griffin and I walked out of his school, after our parent-teacher interview. Griffin had just finished blowing us away by his intellect, and his intuitiveness, and his vocabulary, and his holy-shit-has-this-kid-ever-grown-up-ness. He gave us a tour of his school. All 8 rooms of it, spread over three floors. We walked out into a perfect early winter day. It was chilly, but the sun was shining, and there was the smell of a freshly-stoked wood burning fireplace, coming from a home close by.
And I spun around, and thought "Wow."
Wow. This is our life now. It's SO different than any life that we've either lived before, but we are so in the right place for us. I feel so lucky, so fortunate to be right here, right now. I feel like I might have had to cash in a lifetime full of karma, in order to pay for this place.
There is not a lot of money in the bank these days, but we are still so rich.
I might stop gushing about the perfection of this place some day, but I kind of hope not. I kind of hope that we never take this place for granted, and never stop noticing it's beauty, and it's richness, and never stop being thankful for this place and the people in it.
And what I'm realizing now, is that where we are right now wouldn't be right for everyone. But it's right for us, right now.
We had a family motto for years - "Make it Happen." You want something in your life? Stop talking about it. Make it Happen.
And we did. We made stuff happen, left right and centre.
And now, we've decided that we're all done making things happen for now. Big things anyway. We're tired, and we need a bit of time to chill, and enjoy it all, and figure out our place in it all.
We're a couple of wanna-be hippies (me, more so than Steve) with a six year old kid (with Aspergers,) and a nearly three year old tornado-on-feet. We live in a barn, that is older than everyone in this house put together (including the dog.) We live next to a river, in a valley, in the coolest place on earth (that I've ever seen.) We like to watch big movies, and make soap, and eat good food. We love being happy.
That's pretty much the basics. Us in a nutshell.
So now, new family moto, since we've spent the past 8 years making all that happen?
Wanna be a semi-hippie, who lives on the river and makes soap?
Fine. Own it.
Don't mind if I do!