Hello, and welcome to our patch!
I’m the Nordic Wife, and this is my family: the Norseman, and our daughter, Prima. Little Secundus is on the way. We’ve chose to use pseudonyms for a little extra privacy, and for fun. While we believe transparency can be a really great thing, especially in building deeper relationships, we also believe that wisdom is called for when inviting the world into one’s home. In the future we may end up using names – it will just depend.
You’ll find a diverse range of topics related to family, including marriage, education (the Montessori method in particular,) and child raising.
The Little House in the City
Right now we live in a small townhouse designed by a local German architect. We share a backyard with our neighbors, and per our lease we can’t raise animals in it – which brings the Norseman no end of sadness. We do have a Jack Russell named Henry.
Our urban homesteading only extends to our container gardens and our experiments with fermenting, pickling, baking, and preserving. Although there is this really cool idea in the UK that involves community urban farming (and goats!), and I know that our local university offers plots of land to farm, so perhaps we will be able to expand what we do in the next few years.
It runs in my blood as well as my childhood. My great-great grandmother was Amish, until she ran away to marry a travelling carnival man :-O. And for part of my childhood, my family belonged to the Eastern Conservative Mennonite church. I grew up in a subculture where farming, preserving, cooking and baking were normal – as were hope chests, quilting, sewing one’s own clothing, and maintaining a simple, tidy home. Hospitality was a given and being a wife and mother was cherished. I’m not Mennonite any longer, and I didn’t even get married right away – but I’ve carried my childhood subculture with me. My goal is to preserve the old while making use of the wonderful technologies and knowledge that is available in the twenty-first century.
Lastly, I and the Norseman are Christ-followers, and that shapes our writing, everyday actions, beliefs, philosophies and practices. This blog is primarily written with the Christian homemaker in mind, but those of other faiths are more than welcome here. In the end our desire is to be a blessing to those around us, Christian or not. We hope that you will feel welcome, even if you disagree with us.