Welcome to Modern Alternative Mama!
I’m Kate, and I’m 29. I’m married to my wonderful husband Ben, who is 29. We’ve been married since 2006 (9 years now)! In January 2008, we welcomed our daughter, Rebekah, who is now 6! In July 2009, we welcomed our son, Daniel, who was born at home, and is now 4. Then, in August 2011, we welcomed our second son, Jacob, 2, also born at home. Nathan joined us in March 2013, now 1. It’s pretty busy around here now!
We are Christians and strive to teach our children about the Lord. It must be going at least decently well, despite my many failings — my daughter said not too long ago (fall 2012) “I don’t care about anything anymore! Except Jesus and painting.” She’s quite the creative one. We also homeschool our children and are beginning with a loose unschooling pre-K type education in the fall of 2012. I occasionally post about the projects we’ve been doing, including our homeschool coop (which I run).
I love to cook and there’s nearly always something going in my kitchen. I’ve taken up traditional cooking over the last several years (due, in a large part, to my daughter’s allergies) and have loved it. I’ve always enjoyed cooking so this was a new and exciting challenge for me. I also love natural health and I’m constantly coming up with new home remedies for my family. I currently have a book called A Practical Guide to Children’s Health out, and I’m working on another, which will be published by a traditional publisher sometime in spring/summer 2015.
Our goal over the next several months is to move to a farm property in Central Ohio. We’re looking for around 10 acres of land. We hope to plant a large garden and raise chickens in our first year, and slowly add in beef and milk cows as well as an orchard. We’d ultimately like to be completely self-sustainable, including producing our own green energy. As of fall 2012 we’re cleaning out our current home and preparing to sell, as well as checking out properties around the city to find the right one for us. We’re sharing our journey as we unfolds!
In addition to this site, you can also find me at Keeper of the Home and Food…Your Way, where I used to contribute monthly. I have guest posts at sites around the web, including Kitchen Stewardship, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Passionate Homemaking, Simple Mom, and more.
Through this blog you’ll get to know us even more, so jump right in!
Living the non-mainstream life: Jesus-loving, debt-free living, home birthing, extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, non-vaccinating, organic gardening and real-food cooking mama!
Read more about us!:
Our Story, part 1 (how Ben and I met)