As I patiently wait for my third little one’s arrival, I especially miss my North Fork friends. In many ways, together, we came into our own as mothers, finding grounding and support with each other as we approached birthing and parenting in a gentler and more natural way. This amazing community of women helped me transition into the mother I am and work to be. I lean on them still.
I’m supported by such a different, yet amazing, group of women (and men) where we live now and I am just recently awakening to the depth of our connections. We have come together after our initial journey into parenthood and are now tackling new obstacles. Most of us share a natural and gentle way, but I think what really deeply connects us is our quest for health and healing. These friendships provide such resources, grounding and support.
Over the year and a half we have lived in the Pacific Northwest, we have slowly transformed the ways in which we sustain ourselves. Soon after we moved, we became gluten and dairy free, finding enormous benefits with this shift. From there, we moved onto soaking and/or spouting our beans, grains, nut and seeds. And most recently, we have focused on culturing fermented drinks in addition to reintroducing dairy, but raw dairy. I think we have culturing dairy and water kefir under our belts, but mastering yogurt making with raw milk still eludes us.
We are in transition yet again, as we have layered nutritional pursuits on top of personal and parenting goals. It’s amazing to witness the depth of all my friends as my two worlds meld and I journey through life.