|(Photo taken by Kari Stubbert)|
I record bits of my life so that some day I can look back and laugh at my mistakes and be proud of my accomplishments. I invite you to laugh and learn with me.
I became a mother on May 29th of this year to a beautiful, healthy, vibrant baby girl. My husband and I chose the name Athena. Named after the goddess of Athens, her name represents strength, wisdom, power, knowledge, courage and any other virtue that Athens one time or another stood for or admired.
As the harbinger of wisdom, truth and light, the goddess Athena was closely associated with the owls-creatures of the night who can see through the darkness. In ancient tradition the goddess carried, perched on her shoulder or on her hand, a companion--a Little Owl (species: Athene noctua). These Little Owls would gather in swarms at the Acropolis to receive protection and to pay homage to their beloved. The Little Owl symbolizes the wisdom and veracity of the goddess.
I am a "Crunchy Momma" in the sense that my lifestyle and choices are alternative in many respects. It means I am not quite as radical as a "hippy momma" but more liberal than a "mainstream momma". As a Crunchy Mama my journey will be far from the ordinary experience of the modern suburban housewife. I am a home-birthing, non-vaccinating, baby-wearing, elimination communication-practicing, co-sleeping, Weston Price-following mom.
I enjoy sharing with you the reasons for the choices I have made so far, the choices I will make in the future, and my process of realizing my mistakes.
It is my hope and prayer that my journey as a mother--beginning with my Little Owl--will bring me wisdom, strength and courage.