Home is really what it’s all about, isn’t it? It’s the place where you know you’ll find love. Created by love and filled with love, home is where we run after a bad day. After you enter and close the door behind you, you can sigh–you’re in the place where you know you’re loved and accepted. It’s where we find healing and comfort, where we find strength for the next big hurdle, and where we can let our hair down and play, or sing, or dance. Home is our jumping off place for facing the world; it’s a foundation upon which we can build a healthy family life.
My name is Diana and I’ll be posting about how I make my house a home and about things I love doing in Upstate New York: buying vintage, crafting, photography, traveling, practicing my faith, and more. This is not my first time blogging, although you should still consider me a “newbie.” In the past, I blogged for very specific purposes, for a very specific audience. We lived in England for two years (2009-11), and I blogged about our adventures there. You can read about it here. Last year, I taught middle school art at my daughter’s parochial school and I blogged about that experience here.
I grew up in the small town of Peru, New York, just on the northern edge of the Adirondack Mountains. Hence, the name “Adirondack Girl.” I love all things creative and outdoorsy and fun. When I drive into the mountains, my body visibly relaxes; I feel like I’m home and I can’t wait to jump out of the car, get out into the woods, and hear the crunch of leaves and smell the aroma the pine. But I digress…
I “retired” from my job seventeen years ago when I started having children. Dan and Gracie are 16 and 14, and I’m still home and loving it after all these years. Xander our sweet Beagle is almost 10. I’ve worked a number part-time jobs through the years, all of which helped retain my sanity, especially when the kids were young. I sold antiques through a rented space at a local antique center for over a decade. I gave up my space when we moved to England, but now that we are home, I sell them through my Etsy shop.
I’ve also taught art for many years, usually one day a week, both at a home school coop and at my kid’s parochial elementary school. For a couple of years I gave up teaching art and taught middle and high school English Composition instead, at the coop. I’ve loved it all! This year, I’m taking a break and am focusing more on our family and on our kids who are both in critical teen years.
Saturday Spotlight series.