Ardent Eden

Ardent Eden is a place to explore my thoughts about the interdependence of life - humanity and nature - and to engage with others for collective problem-solving.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Making It Happen

Planning for life changes is never enough. You just can't predict the soul-turmoil that accompanies spending hard-earned savings for your dreams. Moving away from comfortable surroundings is bound to be difficult even when it's been planned for years. As I've mentioned before, we're starting to put the wheels in motion to buy a little (tiny? microscopic?) homestead where we can grow some food, watch the Bean chase fireflies on summer evenings, and cozy up next to a warm fire in the winter. Real estate costs have us groaning and feeling as if we have to be hyper-vigilant and extraordinarily smart. We know we can't afford much land, but we want something to get started with. Add a search for a new job in a different state to the mix, and let's just say that there are a lot of long talks and furrowed brows around here.

Through it all, my husband has been like a mountain stream on an August afternoon: cool and refreshing. He takes care of our daughter with amazing attention and inspiring love. He calls the pediatrician's office to discuss the questions of first time parents. He volunteers to go suit shopping with me for the interviews that I hope to have over the coming months. He meticulously tracks our finances and suggests adjustments when necessary. He never fails to take our dog out morning and night so that I don't have to. He sets up the coffee maker before bed so that I can have a fresh cup when I wake up early to nurse the Bean. He gently chides me out the door to admire the songbirds and tree trunks with him and forget about the stresses of the day. And he makes a delicious batch of enchiladas each Friday evening for dinner. With all of the stresses and strains, with the budget crunching and weighing of numbers, he's there -- making so much happen for our family. I'm so grateful.


  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger spiral said…

    Yeah for you! Ah, things to look forward to in my life . . .

  • At 12:56 PM, Blogger breadchick said…

    While I will miss having you across the river, I'm looking forward to hearing all about your new adventures as well. (not to mention having an inside source for great organic veggies!) The men in our lives are quite fantastic aren't they.

  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger SockknittingMama said…

    Dream your life and live your dream
    Go Lauren, you obviously have the emotional support you need to make it happen.
    My motto is - how to eat an elephant -one bite at a time, so make plans and do what you can do today to make it happen.
    I am rooting for you.

  • At 6:05 PM, Blogger Katie said…

    I'm rooting for you too!

    What a wonderful testimony of love you've shared with us.

    Thanks for the kind words on my rant post.

  • At 3:21 AM, Blogger Norene said…

    the dreaming is easy--it's the getting started that's hard. congratulations on getting the wheels rolling.

    (and give that man a medal!)

  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger Roger, Gone Green said…

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  • At 3:02 AM, Blogger TDharma said…

    go for it, girl! Your entire family will flourish from this exciting move forward. What a lucky husband and child you have. Your love shines. Thanks for this inspiring post.


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