who am i?

Hello!  My name is Heather, welcome to my little space on the internet.

I am a stay at home mama of three lovely little ones, Emma, Jack and Lucy.  They are the greatest children any mama could ask for!  I am married to a wonderful guy whom I met right after I graduated from high school, we have been together now almost 17 years and married almost 11.  Where does the time go!

I love Jesus and have been trying hard to stay close with Him.  I spend my mornings waking up with sun and having quiet time.  It is a time of prayer and meditation that has really helped me through a lot in life.  Even though I often fall away, He is always there to pick me up when I come back to Him.

I love local foods, whole foods, cooking with fresh ingredients.  Really, I just love food.  Growing up I had an awesome teacher in my mom who is an amazing cook and baker.  After college I started cooking more, and learning more about nutrition.  And then after I got married I started expanding my menu and what I would try making.  I learned that I was able to recreate most of the meals that I loved with quality ingredients, and oftentimes better than when I originally had them.  Now I strive to cook mainly from scratch (although that is not to say that I don’t order take out some nights!).  I would love to eventually grow enough of our own fruits and vegetables to make up most of our diet.  I rarely eat meat, and have recently cut most dairy out of my diet (except cream in my coffee and the occasional Mexican food!) and have found that a large majority of my health issues disappeared.  It definitely isn't for everyone, but it works for me!

We are homeschoolers and so far love it.  It isn't something I really thought about until after I had my first child, and then I realized that I wanted to be able to give her an amazing love of learning.  I thought that being her mother, I would be the best person for that job.  Not that it is for everyone, but it is working well for us.  I am still trying to figure out what exactly my “style” of homeschooling is, and honestly it seems to be a bit of everything.  One of my biggest goals is to give my children the same love of reading that my mom gave to my brother and me.  I honestly believe that if you can read, you can learn anything. 

We are currently using the literature based Sonlight curriculum with Singapore Math and Handwriting Without Tears.  We school all year to give us the flexibility to take time off when we need it.  Although, I have found that even when we aren't necessarily working on “book learning” the kids are still learning through cooking with me in the kitchen, and playing together.  It is amazing what their little minds will learn if you just allow them the freedom to do so.

As stated above, I have a huge love of reading.  I honestly think that if I could read all day every day I would be happy.  There is so much information out there to absorb!  Whether it is quality literature – Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors – or a good non-fiction book telling me how to “homestead” a quarter of an acre, it is all wonderful.  I love reading to my kids, and try to read them a wide variety of books, yes that includes my ridiculously boring to them non-fiction how-to books.  I figure that if I am sitting reading a book, and they are playing near me, or cuddled with me on the couch, there is no reason that I shouldn’t also read it to them.  If they don’t want to listen, they are free to get up and go play.

I like to spend other moments of my day knitting.  It is extremely calming to me to sit and knit.  Even if it is row after row of garter stitch, it relaxes me.  I don’t get to do it nearly as much as I would like to, but I am starting to give myself permission to sit and do that during the day, instead of always running around doing one more thing in our home.  I actually enjoy all handicrafts; sewing, knitting, needlepoint, though I am not an expert at any of them.

I started Townsend House in 2011 after years (I started my first blog in 2001) of starting and deleting other blogs. I wish my former self wasn’t so quick to press that delete button!  This has really become my home away from home; a place where I can talk about anything.  I hope that you find good information here, and that I am able to encourage you in your life in some way.  I try to stay away from the negative, not because I am trying to hide something from you, but rather to encourage you and not rant.  That isn’t to say that I will never share anything negative, but hopefully my blog will bring fun and light to your life!

I love hearing from my readers.  I try to respond to your comments, not always successfully.  If you would like to e-mail me directly, you can reach me at hello@townsend-house.com

Thank you for reading Townsend House!