Thanks.

I feel a little sheepish sometimes. I wonder why it is I blog and why I feel the need to share my ventures in such a public way and then I remember. When I first started writing I took a lot of heat from a certain person about putting myself out here as if I needed the feedback and the accolades to feel better about myself. The truth is I do feel better about myself now than I ever did before. I think it's lonely to be a woman. My toddler is not much into patting me on the back to show her appreciation, and sometimes everyone hates dinner but me. There are days when I see only small people, whether it be in my classrooms or here at home, and they need me to be their cheerleader not the other way around. When I come here and share my triumphs and struggles I get instant feedback. Big horas and shouts of support abound, and it matters to me that I am connected to you in this way.

I am emboldened by your support and ever so thankful for the time you take to share your ideas and feedback with me. It makes a big difference. I am certainly guilty of drive-by blogging lately, but whenever I receive your comments I am empowered by them, so thanks. A girl couldn't ask for a more supportive community to share her dreams with.

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  1. This community is awesome. Hugs to you!

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  2. Hugs! And another complete agreement from me!

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  3. love over you Heather. I really getting to see little glimpses of you through your inspirations.

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  4. I for one am SO glad you're here, sharing your life with us. I agree – accolades are few and far between, but they are much deserved. Especially in your case. You're an amazing woman and a fantastic mom and I'm grateful to know you!

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  5. Replace small people in the classroom with teengers (who are really just small people in disguise!) & I could have written that whole first paragraph myself! Yes, absolutely, yes!

    And... it's good to know dinner is a hit or miss affair at your house, too.

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  6. I agree. I think our lives are so different now as mothers. I don't have another neighbor I can just go chat over the fence with. My friends are all at least a mile away so it's not even a five minutes walk. Sometimes it's that online connection that helps the most! :-)

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  7. far away relatives love knowing you a little through your blogging. I think you are an amazing inspiration -keep it up!! love you, Laure

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  8. Oh...I love this. Thanks so much for validating what so many of us feel!

    Happy Summer!

    PS. Planted my first garden yesterday. The marriage is still intact and neither spouse ended up with a sharp metal tool to the back of the head, so even if it doesn't grow, I figure, it is still successful...and much cheaper and surprisingly more rewarding than therapy!

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  9. This was beautiful.
    When I decided to unschool my son I instantly went online to find like-minded mamas. They are a huge support to me in something that is not supported by the mainstream.
    And then there are the gardening-mamas and knitting-mamas and cooking/baking-everything-from-scratch mamas. There are the nature-loving mamas and the enviromentally/sustainably-aware mamas. It is an amazing to be able to connect with so many inspiring mamas. I tell myself I blog for nobody but myself...but it certainly is encouraging to have lovely, like-minded people pop by and comment that what I am doing is important. I'm so glad you are here.

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  10. I love your blog. It helps me feel closer to you!!! I went to the farmer's market this week and bought some lamb sausage that I am going to put in pasta and some beets. Not sure what to do with them, I guess I better find a recipe. If it wasn't for your blog I would probably never have gone to the farmer's market. Thanks!!

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  11. Heather,
    Your blog is so inspiring. I love reading it. Also I just watched Natalie Merchant on TedTV audio podcast on iTunes-- you should check it out. Thanks for everything you share. You bring tears to my eyes and joy to my soul.

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