Sunday, November 18, 2018

Big changes in our lives. And good news!

Exhale with me, will ya? I got some good news, and two other breathe-worthy reports on the horizon.

First things first. Many of you have been sending me your love, energy, prayers and light. It worked, people!

I saw the cardiologist on Wednesday to follow up on my diagnosis of Bigeminy (irregular heartbeat), and she said it's nothing dangerous, just a nuisance.  A nuisance!!!  

My heart is fine, and whatever I've been doing to regulate my heartbeat has worked. (Stress reduction, supplements like Coenzyme Q10, Hawthorne, Lemon Balm and Nettle tea, Gaba).  

Also, I gave up all chocolate, coffee and alcohol.  I'm the most boring wholesome person on the planet.  Kill me now. No, seriously, I'm happy that I'm fine.


What a wakeup call! I have realized that I'm not 20 years old any more, and that I need to let go of some things.  The goats went first, and although I miss them, I feel freer, less stressed about having to deal with all the milk.

Steve and I have been talking more about what directions to take with Marblemount Homestead.  I'll tell you more about that in the following weeks.

Now the other news.  You know how our homeschooled kids went to public school one and a half years ago?  It's a small country school in a rural setting, with lots of teachers and administrators who care, but also a place with severe problems.  

Many kids don't have mothers at all.  There are lots of drugs, too much trauma and abuse.  There's not enough money for the resources these kids need, and many kids are out of control and act out in the classroom.

It's heartbreaking for the kids, and it's incredibly tough for the teachers.  I've heard reports of out-of-control classrooms, kids jumping on their desks, throwing shoes, disrespecting the adults.

My son Luke is in a middle school class that's especially wild.  He is doing well socially and academically, but he's bored and annoyed.  There are no AP classes.  He's tired of wasting time at school in an environment that's so crazy-making.

So we will homeschool him again.  He will still spend time with friends and play sports at school, but we're taking over the academics, so he can learn properly.  He won't have to ride the school bus for three hours a day, leave the house at dark and return at dark.

He'll be able to focus on school work, and then build mountain bike trails and play music for the rest of the day.

I have so much respect for the teachers at our little school.  Many of them care tremendously.  We received emails from Luke's teachers and other leaders at the school, imploring us to re-consider pulling our son out of school.  But Luke's mind is made up.

So starting in the middle of January, I'll have a kid at home again.

Kai will continue the semester, and then do "Running Start" at the community college.

Eva will continue as well.  She's doing great in the elementary school.  Our superintendent cares about the kids and programs, and he's implementing a lot of great things, which hopefully will make things better for the kids further down the line.

Another huge shift in our lives is my new job.  Yes, a job!  I'll work from home as a professional programs specialist for Feminine Power, the organization where I received my coaching and leadership training.  

I will make my own hours while empowering, coaching and sponsoring women to step up their leadership.  Because I tell ya, this world needs us women to uplevel.  

Cool, right?  I'm excited and feel honored that I was handpicked for this job by some of the women I admire most in this world!

So there you have it.  Lots of news, lots of movement, lots of change.

Let me finish this post with pictures of the past couple of weeks.

~~ A visit to Bellingham:

~~~ First frost and last harvest:

~~~ Record rain fall (we had 3.75 inches in one single day!!!), but also some gorgeous sunny days, and walks with friends:

~~~ Snuggles with dogs:

~~~ And spinning and knitting:

How are you all doing?


  1. Love reading your news and seeing photos! Congrats on the job! Love you guys!

  2. How relieved to hear. You are so blessed in life - wonderful family and friends, beautiful surroundings and lifestyle. Hugs!
    After reading your blog and seeing the pictures I have one question: What type of spinning wheel do you have? Thanks.

    1. Thanks! Hugs back at you!
      I'm using an Ashford Traveller. I retro fitted it with a double pedal. Love this thing!

  3. I am so excited for you and relieved that your heart is just fine. (I knew it! You're STRONG German stock!) I am really loving what you're doing with your life and this metamorphosis is going to be so good. Wonderful! PS how are you going to make your cheese now? Where will you get your milk? Or are you all "cheesed" out? I can relate BTW my old horse of 34 years just wanted The Big Sleep. He wasn't eating and drinking so the vet humanely helped him over the rainbow bridge. I have so much less to do with animals now and I cry but it's also a relief.

    1. Awwww, I'm so sorry to hear about your horse. These sweet animals sure find their way into our hearts... Holding you and sending you love in your grief....

  4. I am so happy for you guys it's so grateful to hear your heart is okay. And I'm honored to be one of your friends and follow you on this journey. Way to go hun

  5. I'm sure you miss your goats. Do you have access to goat milk and will you still be making cheese? Love your posts and pictures. May you & your family continue to be blessed with good health. Brenda

    1. Yes, I will continue to make cheese and goat milk soap. When I teach my courses I teach that you can make cheese with store bought milk, so I will buy Cal milk at the store and make cheese whenever I feel loved like it.

  6. Corina. ‘Glad all is well. How wonderful you will have more time with your son Luke these special years. What a great decision and win for all!

    1. I am really looking forward to having more time with my kiddo!

  7. So glad to hear it is just a nuisance. And congrats on the new job! School.....there are pros and so many cons. I wish all parents had the luxury of being able to weigh them and act accordingly. Exciting changes! Love your blog and your photos are breathtaking.

  8. Good to see you going strong and things working out for the better, despite scaling down.
    Smart kid you have btw.

    1. Yeah, I wonder where they got their brains from...

  9. Love hearing about all the updates ! So very happy about your heart and glad your are good that way. I am excited about the changes in your life. All of it sounds so good and you are such a hard working, sweet and loving person. Congrats Corina !!!

  10. Wow, those are sure big changes! Love reading about your family and your homestead.

  11. Love following your journey ever since FP, Corina! You continually inspire me with your strength, determination, talents, family life, and leadership abilities. They knew what they were doing when they hired you, that's for sure! So deserved! Blessings always, Joanne

    1. Thank you, Joanne! I love your enthusiastic support!


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