Almost a year

Almost… since I’ve stepped away from this place, since last I’ve opened my heart on these pages. The last year was one of redefinition, self-exploration, connection as a family and of finding out who and what we not only are, but who and what we want to be.

In my last post, I was conflicted. Lacking identity, I didn’t know how to relate not only to my blog, but to everyone else around me. I had questions that needed answered and the only way I could do that was to closely look inward and figure me out in the short and long term. And all though I feel as though I have a pretty firm grasp on it finally, I know I will always be searching a bit. But the difference is that I’m okay with that now.

Much has changed here. A series of attempts (not always successful) at a life that seemed ideal has lead us to a simple conclusion : that no life is ideal. More importantly, no model of life seen anywhere is ideal for anyone but the people living that life. The model needs to be your own, the only one walking in your shoes is you and the only reality is the one you make. It was a hard lesson, hard on the ego, hard on our dreams. But we’ve made new dreams and now, with a bit of time for reflecting, those dreams are better, because they are our own.

So another year begins. (Funny how the beginning of the school year has always felt more like “New Year” than January 1st to me.) We have decided to homeschool our Little Miss (not so little anymore) while our Little Man goes to preschool 3 days a week. His social environment therapy is going well and we felt that we should benefit of the early intervention while we still can. 2nd grade is upon us and our lives are calmer. Sitting here watching the kiddos in our neighborhood walk by, heavy backpacks on, heading into their first day while my kiddos happily play in the living room brings me peace. Our days are filled with much imagination and freedom now. Formal learning is spread out and minimal, leaving more room for exploration and discovery. Next year, when Little Man turns 5, we will be full time homeschoolers. Therapy will be a fraction of what it is right now and we will make our own way. I’m grateful for everything they have given us in these first years of adaptation and acceptance, but I feel it will soon be time to fly away from that “nest”.

As time moves forward, I hope to reconnect with people I’ve missed and meet new ones.

Stop in and say hello if you feel like it, I would love to know how you are.


About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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16 Responses to Almost a year

  1. It’s lovely to have you back in this space and it’s even lovelier to be able to welcome you to our world! Enjoy all that this lifestyle will offer and if you need anything or have any questions feel free to drop me a line! xo


  2. I’m so pleased to see you. I’ve thought of you often. There is no reason to regret the life that leads to changing course, as long as the new course is truer for you. And you can’t even know that except by looking in the rearview mirror. This morning I opened my “memories” from On This Day in facebook. One I wrote 6 years ago. It was meant for you: “LIVE enormously, vividly, actively, and joyfully. Pay attention. Have fun. Love.”

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  3. Something brought you to mind the other day, and here you are. Welcome back to whatever blogging will look like for you through this part of your life journey. There is something about September that feels like a new year, enjoy every moment, and enjoy teaching Little Miss. This will be beautiful for all of you.


  4. Appleshoe says:

    Beautifully put. For the millionth time I am so grateful to have met you. You share such similar lives. It’s nice to have someone walking the same path at the same speed. You shine my friend ❀


    • Yanic A. says:

      Same here my dear friend… you have become so close to me in so many ways. I don’t think I could have gotten through the last for years so gracefully if it wasn’t for your company on this sometimes rocky road. ❀


  5. Maurersealing says:

    πŸ’œ What a nice surprise to hear from you!


  6. Kim Corrigan says:

    Well hello there! So happy to see you back in your space. So much of what you say is where I have been….looking inward, making new dreams and plans, figuring out what is really best for me and my little man. It’s been an interesting process, but it’s been good. Glad you found some clarity. Have fun with little miss at home, so nice the two of you will have some mama/daughter time while little man is at preschool. Enjoy your weekend. xo


    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you my friend… Every time someone asks Little Miss what she likes best about the idea of homeschooling, she says it’s spending more time with me. When Little man was born, I still had it in my head I would go back to work, so we kept her in daycare to not loose her spot. Then I didn’t go back to work and she was happy with her friends so we left her there again. Then the diagnosis came and the appointments, the meetings, the craziness, the mourning, the dealing… so again, we left her in preschool cause there, she was shielded. And then school started… This is the first time we are alone for big chunks of time since she was a baby… I’m savoring every millisecond! ❀ Hope all your new dreams come true my friend, you deserve them!


  7. jenny says:

    such a good lesson! i’m glad that you discovered that for yourself yanic! what an exciting year that lays ahead of you. the beginning of the school year always feels like the true beginning for me too. πŸ™‚ funny how that works out. good to see you in this space. excited to hear about more of what your up to!


    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you Jenny… I have missed this space so much. I promise to stop by more often. I can’t promise at what frequency, but I won’t stay away so long again. ❀


  8. Mike says:

    It is good to hear you all are alive and healthy. Give everyone a hug for me πŸ™‚

    I am just enjoying some time off for a change. So many things have happened since we last spoke, I wouldn’t know where to begin. At the moment, I am just remodeling the master bathroom. We hope to get a bigger place with a bit of land to grow a few things in about a year and a half or so. Our next big trip will probably be to Thailand in either Feb or Nov next year so we are starting to plan for that.

    A more notable change was Bella passed away near the end of last year. It happened in her sleep and she still had a smile on her face when I found her so that was comforting. Oprah didn’t take it very well so we found her another friend. Her name is Emmy and she is a Maine Coon. She is very chatty and affectionate.

    I wish you all good fortune and will look forward to hearing of your further adventures in the far north.



    • Yanic A. says:

      What a nice surprise! I’m glad things are going so well for you. Sorry to hear about Bella. We lost our little Daisy last year (blood clot, passed during the night as well) so we know how hard it can be. Especially when it is so unexpected. A Maine Coon, WOW! Our 3rd, Fernand, was a mixed breed with some Coon in him and he is already huge, I can’t imagine a full breed one. I’M happy you found a good friend.

      You’ll have to tell me about your travels!


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