Back in 2005 I struck up conversation with this guy I met online. Who knew in 2009 I would be getting married to him and preparing for the biggest move of my life! I started this blog to help me chronicle my journey & adjustments to my life “across the pond” in England. It’s now 2011 and I am a happy stay at home, diaper washing, baby food making Mommy of a gorgeous little boy named Elliot. John and I are enjoying life one day at a time. I miss Michigan, my family and friends dearly and still get homesick now and again but if I had not made the biggest jump of my life, I would have missed out on so much more.
Here’s some back story:
Originally from Maple Park, Sugar Grove, here and there around Kane County, Illinois (West of Chicago, when there were a lot more farms there). I moved to Lawrence Michigan (a very small town in the southwest part of the state) when I was 10 – so I basically consider myself having “grown up” in Michigan. And what an amazing place it was to grow up, too. My family had a small farm just north of town where we at some point or another had cows, goats, rabbits, sheep, chickens, ducks, Emu, Rhea, some cats & dogs and many years of really great memories. Now when I say we had rabbits, I don’t just mean a pet or two. At one point the total was around 200, and we had several kinds too! We raised the Mini Lops and Netherland Dwarfs, most were sold as pets – and the New Zeeland Whites which are primarily raised for meat. We. Ate. A. Lot. Of. Rabbit. I realized when I was in my early twenties, that I did not really even know that people regularly bought meat at the grocery store until I was a teenager. I don’t know why I never thought of this, I guess because so much of what we ate was produced at home. Maybe I was a little sheltered.
Anyways, I have a very deep love and appreciation for the state of Michigan – and am very thankful to my parents for moving us there. There is something about the trees, water, sand, sunshine & snow that just creates an intoxicating mix of really good feelings. Lawrence is part of Michigan’s “fruit belt” – basically Lake Michigan creates a milder climate with a bit of a longer growing season with soils well suited to growing fruit. Growing up with fresh blueberries, peaches, cherries, apples, plums, vegetables and everything else to keep you going all summer long was a real treat. I really can’t bring myself to eat Asparagus unless it is fresh from the farm, and I do think that Asparagus season is (next to blueberry season) my farovite produce season of them all. Not only is the asparagus you pick yourself, fresh from the farm – WAY better than the stuff you buy in the grocery store (grown in who-knows-where) but it signals the start of a bountiful summer. Asparagus being the first vegetable to come into season has a lot to say. To me it says the long winter is over, its time to open the windows – clean up the lawn and enjoy spring and summer!! But enough about Asparagus.