journey

I was never the person who waited 12 weeks to share my pregnancy. In fact, after I took my first (of many) positive pregnancy test in the bathroom at my work, I wrapped it in tissue and returned to my desk to work on a grant. It sat beside my keyboard as I typed away, glancing at the stick with two neon pink lines hidden beneath a veil.

I was just so surprised. It really seemed impossible so I thought maybe the test needed a few minutes to mellow out and fade to white. But, sure enough, when I checked seven minutes later (the amount of time I randomly decided upon), a big ol’ happy 11 stared back. I emailed my co-worker John, “I’m pregnant.” He arrived in my office like 45 seconds later with a open-mouthed, smiling, shocked grin.

Then my other colleague walked by not even making eye contact and I said, “Hey Renée. I’m pregnant.”

Somewhere in there I called my husband. I think I did that first but I really don’t remember. I do remember I asked him to come to the museum and he said he couldn’t, he was on his way to a job site and what is is babe? I am about to lose cell service. So I told him and then he said WOW and we got disconnected and couldn’t talk for several hours.

The reason I told people straight away is because it felt right and if something happened or whatever it would again feel right to talk about that too. I am just not a secretive person. I can totally keep another’s secret, that’s different. But when it comes to my news? I share, I talk. I sort it out through dialog and connection.

So, my news that isn’t 100% certain right now (really, what IS 100% certain?)? I am not pregs. Our move is happening. In a little over a month. In one perfectly beautiful string of events a home found us (literally), we decided to sell our beloved home, the house we were going for rented until June so we had time to sell, the most wonderful couple found our home and *poof* buy-sells, appraisals, home inspections. It always felt right so I knew it would happen but, yo, all of the sudden it is happening. And because we can’t move into our new home until June and are closing on our current home in January….we will be living in the small studio apartment (my future sewing/writing/art studio!) under/in the home we will soon occupy. That is seriously abbreviated and the big story is fabulously heartening and interesting so it will come.

So, that is what is happening right now. Actually, right now, Andy is taping drywall and I am drinking a glass of wine and googling plans for building bunk beds.

Oh life, in this holiday season of 2011, is rich, full and awesome. There are moments when I feel like I am not good at any of it and then, predictably, it shifts and awkwardly stumbles into place as part of this particular journey my family is on. A journey towards increased simplicity and access to nature.

So, now, here we are, enjoying this time. These last days in our home.

:: Margot is into making “M is for Margot with toes”

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:: And “writing thank you notes to everyone I love”
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:: A little behind-the-fridge gift for the folks about to move in:
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:: I am perhaps the most unaware tv-movie dork on the planet and I took Margot to see The Muppets, her first theater experience. Dang it was so so fun. I highly recommend this movie (and I am decidedly difficult to please when it comes to kid movies).


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she carefully selected her movie outfit
:: Bread making season. Still loving our machine seedy bread.
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:: We made a variation on this soup recipe and holy smokes, it was so fabulous. I subbed green onion for onion, used Thanksgiving turkey stock, no pepper, subbed hot sauce for red pepper flakes, no black pepper. Kids loved it too!

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:: Margot’s chore every morning is to bring the previous day’s food scraps to the chickens and let them out. Stuff like this makes me tear up knowing I won’t see this in this space much longer. 
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Lots of changes, lots of goodness. Makes me want to give something. How about a calendar? You know, to keep track of your wild ways in 2012. Leave a comment for a chance to win. If you want, share something that is changing or that you hope to change in your life.
xo,
dig

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all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com

116 Responses to journey

  1. Emily says:

    My baby is turning into a toddler and it’s almost time to start cooking him up a sibling :)

  2. Lexie says:

    Lovely post and photos, Nici! Congratulations on the exciting new changes in your life! I look forward to the documentation of your family living a studio apartment.

    I am terrible at keeping my own secrets, as well. Early on in breastfeeding, when I feared I was getting thrush, I explained to my friend’s husband’s cousin that “it’s like a yeast infection only in my nipple, I think”. Why, Lexie… why must you talk about such things with strangers?? Oh look. And now I just posted it on a popular blog. It’s like I can’t stop.

  3. Lexie, your comment made me laugh quite hard. Thanks.

  4. Melina says:

    Hey Dig, you certainly asked the right question. What is changing for me is that I am focusing for the first time. I’ve been traveling and whooping it up and running around and exploring for 26 years. Now I sit at a desk and bang on a keyboard. My life is measured in very, very, very (extremely) slow increments. My life is changing and the cool thing is that I am the catalyst for the change, I am the one control of the change, and I am the one being effected by the change. It’s all mine. For now…I savor that.
    I REALLY want that calendar!
    Love you lady
    xo
    Melina

  5. Katie says:

    Ooooh a fab calendar! I will say that I am done with change for just a little while. But I’m lying bc I’m knee deep in starting my own lil business. Life, ever changing!

  6. Morgan says:

    Good luck with the move! We’re in a similar situation, camping out in a small rental until May after selling our house. Unfortunately, we’re still looking for our new dream house.

  7. I just have to say how great your girls new haircuts are, Margot’s is so cool, my daughter had her hair cut a little like that at about 2 – now I am wondering if she should try short again. Calender looks great as well.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations on the sale of your home! It will be exciting to plan for your next home for 6 months.

    I have had too many changes. Well all three of us! In the last 1 1/2 years. I am ready for calm and peace. Stil recovering from major foot surgery 4 months ago. My brother’s death 2 months ago has me grieving. It just all takes time to heal. Just been so hard. My husband and 13 year old daughter are my comfort.

  9. It all works out doesn’t it? I would be really sad to leave my home too. I invest so much into my space. If I had to move from my current house, I would have a meltdown. It’s where one of my children was born, right there in front of the fireplace.

    Good luck with everything! I can’t wait to see your new place!

    Hey, and I’d love one of your calendars!!

  10. Congratulations on your move! I can’t wait to see and hear more about it. As for myself, big changes are on the horizon. I’ve been going through the most difficult time of my life but I’m confident that in the end it will lead to a much happier me and that 2012 will be a clean slate for me to start my life over in and I am thankful for that :)

    P.S. Freakin’ love Margot’s hair cut.

  11. Hazel says:

    Yeah. Big changes here too in 2012. Well I hope. This last year we moved into our little hut, just got to fence the garden to stop the friendly wallabies from eating all our fruit trees and veggies. We love a slower, simpler life. But then I’ve finally decided it will be ok to increase our family by 1. So that may counteract that! Exciting times, I hope, a first child for me (not including furry ones!)

  12. Montana Mama says:

    Beautiful post! Congratulations on the sale of your home and wishing you all the best as you make a new homespace in a beautiful new location! Totally understand missing the old home. When we moved from Missoula to Bozeman we sold our tiny house on Phillips . . . the house where my husband and I met and fell in love, the house where our first son was born. Still miss that little place (and always will – I’m a sentimental fool!) but I’m also excited to see where life takes me and my family in the coming years. Husband is working in PhD and we just added b/g twins to the mix. Two moves in two years, three babies in two years – change is my middle name! :-D As my step-mom always says: “Bloom where you are planted!”

  13. My Tootsie is changing. She was a baby yesterday and all of a sudden she is a walking, jabbering, “I’m in charge around here”, toddler. Baby days in our house are over and I am so sad.

  14. Wait! Where are your hens going?

  15. catie says:

    Love the behind the fridge surprise for the new owners!
    Not sure if I’ve ever commented on here before, but it is high time I did. I am a huge fan of your blog and am so grateful you allow all of us a tiny glimpse in to the lovely life you and your family are creating in Montana. It is inspiring!
    Big changes are happening in my corner of the world too. Have decided to switch my studies from allopathic medicine (MD) to naturopathic medicine (ND) and midwifery. If all goes as planned (does it ever?), I should be heading west this coming fall to begin my studies. Right now change feels good, feels right.
    All my best to you and your family as you soak up your last few days in your home and prepare to move!

  16. Donna says:

    I can’t imagine everyone is not changing right now. Its such a big part of life, isn’t it?
    I’d love to be able to take my 2 year old to the muppets but I’m sure we’d make it about 30 mins! Maybe next year. We are expecting a new baby around Christmas time so we figured now is a good time to try potty training and putting our guy in a toddler bed! Brilliant, huh? Nope, not much going on around here!
    Would love one of those calendars-your blog inspires and I’m sure the calendar would too!

  17. mistene says:

    Change can be so beautiful. Im loving my growing belly and the idea that my baby-rapidly-turning-toddler is turning into a big sister soon. It does make me want to wallow in the snuggles and sometimes still sleepless nights a little longer though… knowing it wont be the same much longer.

  18. J Scheppl says:

    Congratulations to you and your family! What an exciting time. Enjoy every moment!

  19. Stef says:

    I just discovered your blog and am loving the stories about your life. When my husband and I first started dating, he lived in Missoula and I lived in Columbus, Ohio. I have great memories of visiting beautiful, wonderful Montana.

    My life has been full of change over the past 5 years as I moved to a new state, changed careers and then jobs, and had 4 children. There is no change right now although I am getting antsy and can feel another change bubbling under the surface.

  20. Kristi C. says:

    Such wonderful and exciting changes are in the air for you!

    I feel like the next year is going to bring change, I am just not quite sure what form it will take yet.

  21. ashley says:

    I could do with a calendar/wallspiration, next year brings a new job, my hubs graduating, hopefully a wee bump and possibly a big move. All in the early stages, but like you said, what is 100% for sure?! Lucky you, what an adventure lies ahead. X.

  22. Jessie says:

    I cannot wait to see all that is to come in your life in 2012! Sounds so exciting! We are expecting our 3rd baby in March… Definitely a big, wonderful change around here :)

  23. memomuse says:

    My body is changing. I am getting older. I can feel it. I need to start being more aware of what I eat and how many cups of coffee I have, as opposed to water. My toddler is changing. He no longer is a baby — in the way he cries, sleeps, demands nursing, plays, interacts, talks, etc. He is lovely. I will receive my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing in December. And defend my thesis on motherhood in January. And I think the most important change, is I see myself as a writer and artist now. It was always the secondary job if I had enough time (as I used to be a teacher). Now I am a SAHM and hope to pursue my creative goals in 2012. Thanks Dig. Can’t wait to hear about this land — it seems to be magical!

  24. memomuse says:

    My body is changing. I am getting older. I can feel it. I need to start being more aware of what I eat and how many cups of coffee I have, as opposed to water. My toddler is changing. He no longer is a baby — in the way he cries, sleeps, demands nursing, plays, interacts, talks, etc. He is lovely. I will receive my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing in December. And defend my thesis on motherhood in January. And I think the most important change, is I see myself as a writer and artist now. It was always the secondary job if I had enough time (as I used to be a teacher). Now I am a SAHM and hope to pursue my creative goals in 2012. Thanks Dig. Can’t wait to hear about this land — it seems to be magical!

  25. The Watzeks' says:

    I am also not one to hold in pregnancy news- it’s way too much excitement not to share instantly.
    My body is changing. For a baby.. I think. It’s where you’re stuck between the known and unknown. Not late enough to test, but early enough that something is going on in there. I can feel it. And oh how I hope so. It would be amazing.

  26. TRB Holt says:

    Good things happen to good people! So happy for you Burb…You know I will be there to help.

    I really think my granddaughters get cuter everyday…how is that possible?!

    xoxo, Mom

    ps…..24 days to go!

  27. HAS says:

    Big changes for you and your family! In November we moved from the Bay Area to upstate New York. My head is still spinning. And we still have a ton of unpacking to do!
    Good luck, I know that you’ll handle everything great. I can’t wait to follow along!
    xo

  28. Tara Jeles says:

    My oldest is 9 and is changing into on his way to be a man :( still wants hugs and kisses, but definitely on his own a lot. thankfully my 7 year old will never change..she will always be my baby. I however need to desperately change. I hold onto everything, live in a constant state of procrastinate and it is driving me (and especially the husband ) crazy. My goal is to change and declutter, simplify and get it done! I also am in love with your girls haircuts. the movie outfit shot she looks very glam. My little girls hair does not grow, seriously in 7 years she has one haircut, still above her shoulders…weird. I think i will get it cut like your little ones.

  29. Annie says:

    It’s all crazy in my world – insecure, but flexible jobs and kids who wake up each day with a new outlook on how we should proceed with the day. Sometimes, I wish for some more stability, but then I know that that gets boring, too. Change is always imminent, even when you aren’t aware of it.

    I just keep remembering some quote that I believe to be true (only kind of remember the quote): behind this, some great happiness is hiding. O.k. So totally butchered the quote but you get it – easy to get when things feel good. Harder to remember it’s just as true when things feels less good.

  30. Karen says:

    OMG…I am so excited for you guys (and curious how the studio living will go :). With the new year may come some drastic changes in my life, albeit not so wonderful. But you do what you need to do and press on!

  31. Big changes! Have to admit I’m so jealous your house sold :) Still waiting for ours to “go”. Soon, we hope!!

  32. Catherine says:

    This is so exciting, Nici! So are you moving to a smaller house so you can travel? I know you dream of traveling in a Westfalia… We are doing it next year for 10 months with our kids (Canada and the States). We are currently traveling accross Costa Rica for 5 months, unschooling and translating (we have the best job for traveling!). If you want to follow our adventures, check my blog: http://catherine-et-les-fees.blogspot.com

  33. Annie says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing about how this craziness is all falling into place, must be you family’s optimism : )

    Change for us…We are pregnant with our third (and planned final : ) child and we are due in June. We are enjoying this winter with our son and daughter and looking forward to summer with another wonderful being. My son is so excited to be a “big brother times 2!” and for his little sister to be a big sister. So sweet, swells my heart.

  34. Kelsie says:

    I love your calenders! Can’t wait to see photos of the new place. Enjoy this christmas at “the old house”.

  35. jenniwaka says:

    Hope your chickens will have a graffiti fence to enjoy in your next home–I’m sure you’ll make it wonderful!

  36. melody says:

    friend. regarding bunk beds: what you need is a pinterest account. pinterest.com will change yo life. for serious. i’m a bit obsessed.

    also, i am already laughing while thinking of the fabulous studio-residing adventures you will be having.

    ..and am loving the painting gift your girls left behind the fridge. too great.

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  38. QuietClimb says:

    We’re a year into the process of finding a piece of land where we can begin to homestead. I hope that the perfect spot will find us, kind of like your future home found you. Congratulations and I love the calendar!

  39. Abs says:

    Can’t wait to see your next adorable home. I am contemplating downsizing ours….but my husband needs convinced:)

  40. ctb says:

    dear dig: i will warn you… closing the door on the home your babes were born is painful. heavy.

    but soon you will drive by that little house that seemed your whole word and smile that little smile that confirms that, with everything in life, all good things must come to an end…

    to make room for more GOOD THINGS!!

  41. Woot! So excited for you guys. Can’t wait to follow along on the newest Cline adventure!

    And that pic of Margo on her way to the movie…um, when did she become so grown up?! She rocks!

  42. Elliott says:

    Man. I was hoping you were pregnant, but I’ll take a well-suited move.

    Excited to see the new digs and excited to see how you make the studio apartment work. We’re currently squeezed into a “new” house while waiting for renovations. I need some serious organizational skills!

  43. Unknown says:

    Congrats on the many changes coming your way and how they are all lining up.

    I have had some hard news recently that changes everything. And yet. Yet, as so often is the case, all sorts of gifts and beauty have come on the coattails of grief and change.

  44. Kelly says:

    Wow, I don’t have any changes as big as yours going on, but our life is full of change everyday. I can’t wait to hear the girls take on the move and see the fabulous bunk beds you build!

  45. Lauren says:

    I always look forward to your blog posts each week. I actually like that you aren’t a post-every-day kind of girl. It makes me appreciate and dive into each post you write!

    We are hoping to move out of our apartment of 5.5 years (yikes!!) and rent a house with space for our dogs…and maybe add a little human to the family!

  46. Moving… we just did it in May and with great mixed emotions… Congrats to you with the new house!

  47. Judybusy says:

    Oh, wow, this is so exciting! Someone upstream commented they can’t wait to hear about living in the studio–the idea of that got me smiling. June will be here before you know it. I hope you will be able to get in a garden at the new house even if you’e not closing till June! If I win the calendar, it will be added to all the stuff I have in my beige cube @ work!

  48. Amy says:

    Dude I so thought you were going to say you are prego!!
    I know I will shed a tear when you leave that house, I can only imagine how you will feel. BUT I suck at change, so don’t mind the stranger sobbing in the corner over you moving. Ha.

  49. slingsomeink says:

    we are getting ready (as in leaving tonight) to travel with my two kidlets, 3 and under. First stop New Zealand where a rented VW camper will be transporting us to the far Nortb of the North Island. Love that we can finally do some travel with kids!

  50. Maggie says:

    Beautiful things are happening in your life. I am a big fan of change and am really ready for some in my life…it may be coming with a job change for my husband. Unfortunately it means leaving Missoula so my heart is torn with this change…life will bring us where it may and I trust it with my full heart.

  51. Bikini By 30 says:

    After almost seven years in a day job I hate, I am finally doing the “what day do I end this” dance. It’s time, and every other minute I teeter back and forth with what to do. Ultimately I know that I need to stop being riddled with Sunday blues every week, and finally feel “Christmas-y” for the first time in a long time. Dig, your rallying/roll-with-the-punches attitude is very real and inspriational to this struggling artist, and I am so glad we get to read all about your adventures.

  52. Honey says:

    I am going back to school in January AND trying to get pregnant. Talk about bringing it all on at once.

    Much luck to you in your move, can’t wait to see the new space and hear of your next adventures.

  53. Sarah Jean says:

    Our moving back to MT from CO after 9+ years away this past summer just fell into place also. Now only if we could find a house to buy, that would be icing on the cake!

    Enjoy your transition to a new home!

  54. Jaymi says:

    I ran yesterday for the first time in a loooong time – talk about change – and I found myself thinking of you talking about your strong legs. So thanks for helping me through! And guess what, I’m gonna go again today. Would sport your calendar in my kitchen with such pride! Thanks for your writing….

  55. Tina says:

    Hi Nici! Just as I thought I might not have anything to share in the changes dept. Thanks for making me THINK! About my life. And the changes happening in it.. toward making-my-own everything, toward self sufficiency.

    That is what has been changing in my life, a slow and steady culminating journey. And I am very excited about all of it!

  56. Daniele says:

    Something that I desperately hope changes in this upcoming year is that I become an aunt. My sister and brother in law have been on a rollercoaster ride trying to become pregnant for too long now and I want this year to be the year for them. We all ache for it so badly.

    Very happy for all of your good house news, how exciting!! I have sometimes been one to feel like if I talk about something that I really want to happen I’ll jinx it. It’s so grade school-ish and I still carry it! :D

  57. Bennett Abel says:

    My toddler is changing. He’s having a hard time channeling his anger. Lots of head-butting. But I know this is temporary and we will get through this. Hopefully without a cracked head. I love your blog!
    -Amy P.

  58. Jenny says:

    Love the calender! and love your blog! My life is in a long phase of continuous change and it continues… Good luck with the big move!

  59. Zoe says:

    I’m so happy for your exciting life changes. And congrats on selling the house so quickly. We have done that one time and it was nervewracking.

    Changes in my world? My 7 year old son is maturing before my eyes and is a better big brother than I could have hoped for. My middle child is about to turn four (a few weeks after Margot), and like Margot, she is no longer a little girl. My 14 month has just started walking and is fastly moving into toddlerhood. And then there is my husband who plans to look for a new job next year, so we anticipate moving again. I only hope we have the same luck as before in selling our home quickly – send some of that Cline quick-selling juju our way, please.

  60. Michael says:

    I started reading your blog while I was pregnant last fall. Now my sweet bean is about to turn one. Thanks for the glimpse into Missoula (my hometown) and your lovely, creative family life.

  61. I am expanding my yoga teaching to two classes a week. I know, that doesn’t seem like much, but I have a full time job and I am a ski patroller (which hasn’t started yet) and yeah, my life is very full…getting fuller!

  62. Brandi says:

    My life will be changing when in approximately 6 weeks I push a little boy into the world. He will be the second son and will complete our family.

  63. Shelby says:

    What a beautiful calender and it sounds like a wonderful change for your family. Don’t you love when everything just falls into place? I am right there with you with big changes in the new year-new baby, new house, new job and new puppy. Maybe your calender will help me keep my head on strait.

  64. seashell says:

    I would love to win a calendar! I was just looking at it this morning and the photos you took are gorgeous! This next year will bring some new changes for me and my husband. I will be starting school again in January and then we are hoping to start a family as well! Good luck on your move!

  65. Kerry says:

    2012 is going to be a big year for our family, come March we’ll be welcoming our first baby! I am sure that the entire year will be FULL and NEW!

  66. Heatheroo says:

    Congrats on your new home…it’s amazing that it all worked out perfectly for you! I can’t wait to read the whole story and see what your new place looks like=) I would love to have one of your new calenders…I love the shot of the mason jars full of hard work and summer’s goodness! You inspire me to do more in my garden next year!! Have a good week!

    PS…you will never forget that The Muppets was her first movie…I took my oldest son to see the Polar Express at Christmas time when he was 2…it holds a special place in my heart=)

  67. That is fantastic news and so huge! It must be very exciting and yet so hard to leave your happy home with so many good memories behind.

    For me, 2011 started off with great joy and turned to tragedy as we finally, finally got pregnant – with twins – and then lost them in the second trimester in August. The rest of this year has felt like an ugly, jumbled mess, with the holidays a very scary event to get through.

    For 2012, we hope to conceive again and have a boring, uneventful pregnancy that results in take-home baby/ies in the end.

  68. Emily says:

    I love your blog, I would love the calendar, and something that is changing: the place I name as home. :-)

  69. Cat says:

    Good luck with your move Nici! I can’t wait to see pics of the new place.
    I enjoyed your post because I am the opposite – keeping my news quiet – usually.
    Changes… well now that it’s out in the open, my stomach and (more importantly) my disposition/perspective is having some big changes.
    I even have been listening to the xmas station (shhh).

  70. Monica says:

    I can’t wait to try the soup recipe!
    Your girls are so adorable too :)

  71. Oh, aren’t changes fun? Even when they are a little heartbreaking. As for me, I have a sore bottom and am now a mother of two (hopefully, posting the birth story TODAY). So excited for you and your new house and your OWN studio apartment, yippee!

  72. ~ jessica says:

    I am so excited for you!
    My change is that I’m on the verge of starting my own little hand-made business! Wow!

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  74. Ozzy says:

    2011 was about big changes happening to me and I envision 2012 to be about what I do with those changes. My mother (and last surviving parent) passed away in June, and my husband and I packed up the life we had been building for 10 years in Oregon to move back to my hometown in Montana. These past six months have been INTENSE! Now that some of the dust is settling and I have emerged from the rock I’ve been under I am getting more excited each day about what I am going to do in 2012 with the opportunities I have inherited. I love being home: in the house I grew up in; in the city I grew up in; in the state I love most, beautiful, blessed Montana. I have lost a lot in the last year, true. But I have also gained much and I am so excited about how I can share what I have to offer to my old/new community. There’s been a whole lot of cultivating going on in my soul, I’m ready to plant some goodness and haul in a bumper crop next fall!

  75. Heather says:

    Like I said earlier, you are one brave lady and I admire that so much. Gah. Change, oddly, is on my mind a lot these days. Another baby? A new endeavor? Back to school? Not sure. I think it all mostly means I need more time for myself. So to that end, here’s to more walks alone in the woods.

    xo

    Heats

  76. Louise says:

    This next time next year we hope to be moving from Long Island, NY to Charleston, SC and rent for a year to see if it is ‘our place’. I do love an adventure!

    Good luck with your move, I feel it is written in the stars for you :)

  77. Jenn Long says:

    I am really looking forward to a year of less busyness in 2012…something to look forward to and definitely a change.

  78. sue says:

    I am so excited for your family and the big change of getting to move into a new home.
    My change is my daughter moving away to go to college at Sonoma State. She moved in August but I am still adjusting. Thank God for facebook chatting.

  79. Noelani P says:

    Change is so hard. You really are the embodiment of grace in the face of it all. I hope to tap into some of that as I constantly seek out change and challenges and then hurriedly curse and kick and fight my way through it. ;)

  80. Nic says:

    I am looking forward to welcoming new life… after trying for 2.5 years to fall pregnant, the anticipation is just about doing my head in.

    Oh, and we’re sneaking in a family holiday to introduce my step daughters to a Winter Christmas.

    Happy days!

  81. —Visiting via “The Sweet Life”..

    and it’s all true. You are quite “Diggable.” x

  82. Melissa says:

    Avi loved the muppet movie, too! Leeor took him and he has been singing the songs ever since . . .

    We had so much change this year that i hope the changes in 2012 are just continued evolutions of what we started . . .like to turn our garage into an office/yoga/creative space and finally dig up the garden and plant new stuff. settle in a little more. getting a few more private clients and reducing my time at the hospital wouldn’t be a bad change either (:

    Excited and happy for you!

  83. elizabeth says:

    I make a lot of sourdough loaves in a dutch oven, but have never used a bread machine. Really want to try your seedy bread recipe! Can you tell me what kind of bread machine you’re using?

  84. Valerie says:

    My life is so stationary right now that it’s almost sick. I’d love to change my relationship status, thought!

  85. Crazy mommy says:

    Great post, love reading! We will be moving to North Dakota for a fanastic job. It’s scary and kinda sad. I never wanted my kids to have to move, I wante them to go to the same school district all through school but we really need this. Financially speaking. I am trying to think of it as an adventure and change is good right???

  86. Kelly Cach says:

    Margot could NOT be any cuter in her movie outfit! And her hair-do!!! She should model for a kid catalog…boots on the wrong feet and all :)

    Change: I spoke about it just today with a group of ladies, and have been discussing it with my husband for several months now. Our boys are growing up :(. We find ourselves saying, “Remember when they were little?” “Remember when they used to do this?” Ugh…it hurts. No more head to toe fleece costumes in July, no more, “Mommy, I need a hode you” requests, no more fascinations with the moon or squirrels. And although we do have our Nora Girl (just 16 months who we adore completely), it is and will be forever different. Experiencing her childhood will be different. Period. In so many ways.

    It still seems surreal. You just don’t think about it ever happening–these shifts, these changes with your kids. Until you’re in it. And “boy” are we in it. I accept that this is the natural progression of life; I’m just lamenting my boys being “not so little anymore.”

    So excited to hear all about your move, but I have to admit, my first reaction several posts ago, was sadness about not seeing your back yard scenes anymore. You’ll create new ones that are just as beautiful though, I’m sure.

    :) :(
    Kelly

  87. I love your capacity for being true to yourself.

    We are dealing with change now that will take a few years – Ben left his job in the finance industry to go back to school for nursing. It still throws me for a loop. Wow. I think part of him wants to prove to himself that anyone can drastically transform even in their 40’s. I’m sure our little one has a lot to do with lighting his fire.

    I can’t wait to see how your adventure unfolds. And I can’t wait to see “THe Muppets” soon. It was a favorite of mine growing up, so every cell in my body is begging to go.

    Peace and Joy,

    Jennifer

  88. Jen says:

    Check out Ana white’s site for some bunk bed plans …good luck with your move, we are in the process of designing a home and will break ground in may! My (little) 15 mos daughter is changing every day…can’t believe how fast she is growing…
    I look forward to reading about your adventures

  89. Congratulations on the big move! We made our own big move from a townhouse with a postage stamp sized yard to a home on 14 acres this spring. It was completely unplanned and yet perfect in every way. My big changes are in the form of making life simpler and more organic. I’m slowing down on my business, planning my first garden and learning how to can. I have big plans for raising my girl in a small farm town way : )

  90. Allison says:

    The only constant in life is change right?…
    My favorite change is watching my 18-month-old son grow and learn every day. What a beautiful and fascinating endeavor it is!! Thanks!

  91. Jamie says:

    I”m hoping for many changes next year… seems everyone in my family is going through a trying time right now, so I’m hoping good things for all!

  92. mandijo says:

    my hub just quit his job, left for asia for a 2 week trip doing research, and is going to come back and…be a writer. i would not change any part of it, but i would be ok with no other changes for now!

    best of luck on the move, what an exciting/nostalgic/exciting time!

  93. Theresa says:

    Beautiful! I love reading your stories and the fun you have!

    Changes are coming to our house. We’re hoping to adopt sometime in 2012. Praying that that will happen and goes well!

    Thank you!

  94. Britta says:

    Congratulations on the upcoming move!

    New changes: Baby girl #2 arrives soon. SOON. Toddler Girl #1 will be a big sister. Oh! So much change just wrapped up in those two things.

    Plus of course my “nesting list” – if my husband doesn’t watch out, I may be painting and doing home improvement projects during labor like you.

  95. Kelly says:

    I am so happy for you! It sounds wonderful. I am itching for a big change of residence here. We desperately need it! I hope that just right place ‘finds’ me soon!

  96. Next week, my son turns one and we find out if the kid in my belly is a boy or a girl. Just typing that makes me all sorts of scared AND excited. Amazing.

  97. Babygirl says:

    Wow, that’s exciting.

    change…lots of change…i’m still a newlywed, we are hoping to move..it’s our families first Christmas without my Aunt…

    Have a great week!!

  98. Ahhh, Grand Adventures….they make life worth living, don’t they? May you enjoy every turbulent, chaotic, exciting, nostalgic, head-spinning, heart-warming moment.

  99. ... says:

    Something changing: I had an awesome conversation with a professor and decided to definitely pursue grad school. I’m excited. : )

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  101. After two years of looking and looking and looking at houses, my husband and I finally closed on our first home yesterday. So changes: going from 510 sq ft studio to 1800 sq ft home, going from no garden, or even grass strip to an acre yard, going from total emersion in neighbors business, to privacy…and more! Love it! Can’t wait!

  102. I have a Margot, too. And we’re totally on the cusp of some major major changes in our life, as well. So much is unknown, but you’re giving me the inspiration to try and handle it with grace and excitement. Thank you for that.

  103. Mary says:

    My husband has a 2nd job interview via Skype with a company in San Francisco… do you know how freaking excited I am? Even though I wish we could move back to my home state (Wisconsin, holla!) I would be so much happier in San Francisco then living here in Alafrickenbama. I’ve tried to be Pollyanna about it, but I’m struggling! I would LOVE living in a smaller space with my husband and 14 month old and experiencing a fabulous, fun liberal city! I’m sending out positive vibes!

    Can’t wait to see your new home :) Your current home is just darling, I love it! xx

  104. Mamax2 says:

    Baby #3 to arrive any day, move in less than 6 months….so exciting

  105. If you find patterns for bunk beds – please share! I haven’t been having much luck with my searches. Am hoping for some of our own house changes (mainly a new furnace) to work out for us soon.

  106. If you find patterns for bunk beds – please share! I haven’t been having much luck with my searches. Am hoping for some of our own house changes (mainly a new furnace) to work out for us soon.

  107. If you find patterns for bunk beds – please share! I haven’t been having much luck with my searches. Am hoping for some of our own house changes (mainly a new furnace) to work out for us soon.

  108. If you find patterns for bunk beds – please share! I haven’t been having much luck with my searches. Am hoping for some of our own house changes (mainly a new furnace) to work out for us soon.

  109. If you find patterns for bunk beds – please share! I haven’t been having much luck with my searches. Am hoping for some of our own house changes (mainly a new furnace) to work out for us soon.

  110. Alli says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and I would love a calendar to keep track of changing times as my sweet little 2 kids grow and explore!

  111. Melissa says:

    i could seriously handle writing all our special dates in that cool calendar!

  112. Lindsay says:

    Congrats… I love a great adventure! Lots changing and lots staying the same here. Just loving life with my little family. Cheers to your this holiday!

  113. Congrats on moving! I’ll miss seeing pics of your gorgeous place and your slice of the good life! Bet the next part of the journey is gonna be amazing too though! Part of me is changing now, I feel I’m accepting my way of doing things with my kids. I always feel I have to change certain things depending on who I’m around and I end up feeling lost and confused at what sort of mum(Australia) I’m trying to be. Not anymore! I am who I am, I love my kids and I might cuddle them too much, be too strict for some, too relaxed for others but hey this is me! I feel you’ve helped me in this journey as you are always so crazy in love with your kids and I want to be seen like that! Thank you!

  114. Alice Doyle says:

    Your line about sometimes not feeling good at any of it really touched me because for me your blog is about all of the ideals I would love to make real in my life. I love your photos and get ideas for angles and composition all the time.
    As for change in my own life…there’s always the possibility of a move back east, home. And a change I’d love is a another baby or two. We’ll see if that’s in the plan as we start 2012. Best of luck with your changes!

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