This week marks 5 years since I first pressed publish on my first post here at Townsend House. I have blogged off and on since 2001, but Townsend House is where I really found my voice, and knew what I wanted to write about.
Townsend House has always been a lifestyle blog albeit a somewhat different lifestyle than the norm. Figuring out self-sufficiency, or not; trying to reduce the amount of resources we use, figuring out how to live in a consumer culture as a producer instead of a consumer, reducing chemical exposure. It is all there in the past five years. Being able to find products that fit in with what we have learned about chemicals has been a challenge, but it has been a learning process.
Trying to make the best choices for my family.
It is funny to think about all the changes. When I started Townsend House, Emma was 2 and Jack was just 6 months old. Things have definitely changed!
Through this time we have expanded our garden, converted our two family home into a single family (which is still a work in process!), started homeschooling, and added another little one to the mix with Lucy.
We got chickens for the first time, and then realized we had no place to house them, so Matt built a chicken coop. We processed those chickens two winters ago and now I am anxious to have new chicks in the spring (we will see if Matt agrees!).
I purged my house of stuff, became quite minimalist, and then started to allow all the junk back in. Adding a third little one seemed to double all of our belongings, I have no idea how that happened. Now I am on a journey to pare everything down again.
I have worked through so many emotions over the past several years. Realizing that it is up to me to control my happiness, and at the same time releasing the guilt I felt for not making everyone else around me happy. Knowing that I needed to concentrate on myself more, and really take the time for self-care so that I can be the best wife and mom for my family; setting up routines, figuring out chore schedules, returning to my love of reading and knitting.
It is amazing to look back on all that I have accomplished in the past five years. I think that is what I love most about blogging. I obviously want to be an encouragement to others, and share what I love, but also it is a way to document life, to know what we have been up to over the years.
I am incredibly grateful for this space, and the friends that I have made, and the community that I have through this little online world. It has been supportive and informative to me through the years.
I want to say thank you for reading, and supporting me in this endeavor. It has been so much fun, and I look forward to continuing well into the future!