Photo by Ben Fredericson
I have been feeling a little under the weather this week, sorry for the lack of posting. I’m starting to feel better and hopefully this weekend will be a restful and relaxing one.
I wanted to share this post with you, I wrote it back on July 17, 2008, when I first started this blog. It is so amazing for me to look back and see the journey that I have been on over the past 2-3 years. If you had told me 5 years ago that this would be the path that my life would take, I probably would not have believed you. I don’t even think 2 years ago when I wrote this that I knew just how much I would change over the coming years. But, I am so thankful for the journey and the way that God has been working in my life and the life of my family.
Have you ever noticed how some things in life seem to have a snowball effect? You start doing one small thing, or make one small change in your life, and all of the sudden you’ve made a lot of big changes or your life is going in a different direction than you had planned.
I never really intended to “go green”. Honestly, I was not too concerned with global warming, and didn’t really think that I could make that big of an impact anyway. I liked doing things the way that I did them, and I liked the convenience of my “throw away” lifestyle.
I’m really not sure what the first decision I made was, or the first small change I made that pushed me in this direction. I think back and maybe it was my decision during pregnancy to go through labor and delivery without outside interventions. I had a mostly unmedicated labor, I did not receive an epidural, and Kaelyn came into this world in the most natural and beautiful way. I’ll have to write my birth story another time. 🙂 (Here’s Kaelyn’s birth story)
Maybe it was my decision to breastfeed from day one. There is not a more “green” activity then breastfeeding. No formula to be produced in factories, shipped across the country, shelved in grocery stores, purchased and brought home where you mix it with water and make it in a bottle (that may be made out of harmful plastics) and then the bottle has to be cleaned after each feeding. Breast milk requires no extra production and creates no extra waste.
Maybe it was my decision to use cloth diapers (that’s a whole different post too). Maybe it was when Jer lost his job and we had to be more “frugal” and resourceful. I don’t know, but somewhere along the way I changed, and I am finding myself more concerned with “going green” then I ever imagined I would be. I am continuing to make small changes that will add up to big changes in the long run, and I see my life going in a different direction than I had previously thought it would. I am continually thinking of, or seeking out new ways to change, either my actions or my thinking, and I am proud of the decisions I have made and the direction I, along with my family, am headed.