I know the challenges of new adventures and going against the social norms AND IT CAN BE HARD. Whether life in general, family, education, being a stay at home mom, diet, hobbies…it is totally worth following and fighting for your dreams!
Live Your Dream!
As the mom of a large family – 10 children (only 6 are still at home) – God has blessed this rebel heart beyond my wildest dreams.
By “rebel” I mean that I do not like following the social norms just because everyone else does. Doing life “just because” for me would mean settling for less than the best. I want more out of life – don’t you?
This means that everything I do is because my dreams are worth fighting for and I will not accept anything else! My recipes are a result of the joy I have in serving my family. They also insure that I am giving my family the best nutrition for their health. Home education goes against the cultural norms but the benefits to our family relationships have been well worth the sacrifice. Leaving the cushy corporate job to start a vineyard made the dream of working together as a family reality – and it is a good one!
In fact, it is a dream of a reality!
The Journey Begins
I began home-educating when our oldest was pre-kindergarten and have continued ever since. My husband, John, worked as a chemist for over 20 years, during most of which time, we lived near Mobile, AL. We were fortunate enough to have enjoyed a 4 year transfer (aka vacation) to Europe because of his job.
Lifestyle Change – Corporate to Grape Farming!
In 2008 we have made a major life change – moving from Alabama to the high plains of Texas to start Oswald Vineyard. We planted 5 acres of grape vines in the Spring of 2008 and have continued expansion to 37 1/3 acres. We grow a French white variety, Roussanne, two Italian reds, Montepulciano and Aglianico, as well as, Petit Verdo, Muscato Giallo and Albarino.
Leaving the “secure” corporate world to begin a vineyard has been challenging to say the least! Funded by all our savings, cashing in our retirement fund, good hard work and even a paper route to make ends meet, the rewards have been endless. Working together as a family has built a good work ethic, as well as, great family relationships.
1. having or showing good education, tastes, and manner
2. artificially nurtured or grown: “cultured bacteria”
In 2011, I was introduced to the GAPS diet as sort of a last ditch effort to combat rheumatoid arthritis. Surprisingly, not only did my pain cease within a couple of weeks of beginning the diet, I was also able to begin eating meats after 30+ years as a vegetarian due to severe stomach issues.
The GAPS diet focuses on replacing the harmful, toxin producing bacteria in your gut with the CULTURED or probiotic bacteria that is beneficial to your gut! This CULTURED bacteria is often in the form of fermented foods or foods that have been inoculated with beneficial bacteria that is nurtured and grown like yogurt, kefir and sourdough breads!
The GAPS diet was my introduction into traditional food preparation which continues to dictate my philosophy in cooking. After doing GAPS as a family, everyone has transitioned to a traditional diet – with occasional splurges and treats!
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