Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.
Meet Sabrina! She is a homeschooling mom of four beautiful and rambunctious children with another one on the way. The wife of a soldier. A natural living enthusiast and birth doula. And, most importantly, a follower of Jesus. If there is any time left over she loves to read and craft. She blogs about faith, life with kids, and natural living.
What New Year’s resolution you made in the past were you actually able to keep?
Well, I generally avoid the term “resolutions” and use goals instead. Basically the same thing but I feel like the term ‘goals’ is less intimidating, plus it reminds me to make SMART goals with actual steps and timelines. The other thing setting goals allows is for me to adjust them as needed-I generally try to revisit my goals during the summer and make adjustments as needed based on what I have accomplished so far.
This year was not a great year for my goals. I set some pretty ambitious goals at the beginning of the year not anticipating some surprises life brought along the way (the beauty of goals is they are flexible when that happens). I moved TOWARD all my goals but did not necessarily get to the point I wanted to. That is ok, I will simply re-assess and set my next goals accordingly. One thing I did do this year was complete a homeschool course I volunteered to write.
Do you think military families have it better or worse today compared to families in the past?
That is a hard question. I think things have changed drastically throughout the years but I don’t know that I could say things are better or worse overall. Then again I’ve only actually lived the 15+ years my husband has been in. I will say even in that time I’ve seen some pretty dramatic changes. For example, his first deployment to Iraq was in 2003. There was very little communication back then. I got a phone call once about every 2 weeks. Those calls were choppy and delayed and often got cut off in the middle. I got a handful of emails the entire 15 months. We didn’t video chat the entire time. Now couples and families are generally able to Skype or FaceTime almost daily! I think this improvement is both good and bad-great that couples, parents, and children are able to stay connected during these times but I also see it causing a lot more stress when, for some reason, the soldier isn’t able to get online one day or when a spouse needs to make a quick decision but is not used to having to make those decisions alone because of their frequent conversations.
What is something you do daily to improve the world around you?
I raise my kids. Seriously, my goal is to raise them to be world changers, to care about others and help where they can. So right now raising them well is my primary task. That said our family is very service oriented, we are always looking for service projects and volunteer opportunities-preferably that we can do together as a family. What this looks like varies from day to day.
What is the craziest or funniest story about your kids?
Well….I have 4 kids and another on the way, which means I get very little sleep and my memory is shot!! It also means there are too many stories to select just one. The things my kids SAY tend to be funnier than the things they do. For example one day one of my sons-4 at the time-says “are people in Chili chilly? Do they eat chili to warm up??” Another time one daughter was talking about the “Egyptians in Tokyo” (I don’t remember the whole conversation).
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?
Thankfulness. As a Christian I believe all of the good things in my life are from God and that the ultimate good thing he has provided is a way to salvation through Jesus. Therefore the first and main thing I feel is thankful.
Is Organic / GMO free important to you? Why or Why not?
Well I consider myself a “crunchy mom” and the title of my blog includes “crunch” so yes it is important to me. I believe that we cannot improve upon what God created and in trying to do so we are causing additional problems. I am concerned about the effects of heavy pesticide use on both our bodies and our environment. I am also concerned that over-planting, the rapid decline of the bees, and focusing on a limited variety of crops and livestock could land us in a massive famine in the not too far off future.
I try to feed my family organic/natural/non-gmo options for all of these reasons and when I begin raising my own garden and livestock will raise heritage breeds/varieties using natural/organic methods.
If it isn’t too personal, can you talk a little about your parenting philosophy?
Ummm….Eclectic. I’m still figuring it out. We homeschool and believe in keeping our kids close and being involved in all aspects of their lives. We believe in kids learning primarily through life experiences, doing chores and contributing to the family, but also having lots of free time to pursue interests and use their imaginations. We more or less attachment parent the babies. We classically educate in our homeschool but we also incorporate lots of learning through life and delight directed learning. I do not stick to any specific parenting philosophy 100%, I believe that if someone tells you they have figured out the best/right/only way to raise a kid they are full of it. Kids and parents are all different, you have to find what works for each unique combination.
What is one dish that your family loves but you can’t stand to eat?
I don’t cook foods that I don’t like so if there is something I don’t make it anyway 🙂 My oldest and my husband both love sushi and Chinese food and I don’t like either so they generally choose one of those for their birthday meal and I just have to go along and find something I don’t mind (hello spring rolls). They also like pumpkin dishes and I don’t love pumpkin- I make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas to be nice.
How are you like your mom? Your dad?
I’m pretty much my mom’s clone. As for my dad, well he is a farmer and I want to be a farmer (although raising different things).
Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
Raising Arrows (www.raisingarrows.net) – She shares a lot of the same values as me but is farther along in both her motherhood and blogging journeys. One of my goals is to build a successful blog and home industry while keeping my family the first priority. I think she has done this well!
Michael Hyatt (www.michaelhyatt.com)- He is basically a social media/blogging genius and gives away a TON of great tips and advice on his blog. He has a membership course which is awesome too but really you can glean so much great advice just from his blog.
Amy Lynn Andrews (www.amylynnandrews.com) – Similar to Michael Hyatt she is a successful blogger giving away her best secrets to help others but she comes at it from the woman/mom blogger angle which is helpful.
The Elliot Homestead (www.theelliothomestead.com) – She is basically doing what I want to do with her homesteading adventures and sharing it with all of us! Inspiring and helpful.
The Paleo Mama (www.thepaleomama.com) – Jackie is actually a real life friend of mine (although I haven’t seen her in a few years since we both moved). She is an amazing woman who has been through some tough things and has persevered. She is living her dream (and mine to be quite honest) and sharing it on her blog. She is a very authentic person-I can tell you the Jackie that comes through her writing and social media is who she is in real life.
Satisfying Eats (www.satisfyingeats.com) – Melissa is another friend of mine. My kids are gluten free out of necessity and Melissa’s recipes have been a life saver. I can cook if I have a recipe but I’m not good at coming up with my own ideas. Her recipes are gluten, sugar and grain free and really do taste good (seriously her sausage balls and Red Lobster Biscuits are a staple in my house!). She has built her blog, created and written her recipes and compiled 2 cookbooks all while raising a busy family.
Thank you so much Sabrina! If you ever venture up to Alaska I think we’d have a few fun stories to swap over coffee!
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