- To become even more self-sufficient. I like growing my own veggies, but I wish I had space to raise cattle for beef. And pigs. And maybe a goat for milk, if I could just milk her in the morning. I want to make my own soaps, herbal remedies, and cleaning supplies.
- To finish our house. I'm sick unto death of living in a construction zone. I'm sick of our ugly bathroom and kitchen. And if the dining room had plaster walls and a pine floor instead of paneling and pergo, I think I'd swoon.
- To be comfortable financially. I don't need much, really. I lived in my first apartment on $800 a month, and the rent was $400. I can be frugal, and I'm a homebody. But our car will eventually need to be replaced, and things go wrong. So "comfortable" means having enough to save a bit every month.
- To homeschool my kids. I'm not sure how long I want to do this for, but I already hate the idea of sending Ethan off to kindergarten. I hate how education has become so centered on standardized testing that it's more a matter of how much you can memorize instead of how much you actually learn. I'm also not too keen on exposing him to all of the sex/drugs/profanity that it seems like even the littlest kids now know about. I was sheltered, with the added bonus that I was completely oblivious to pop culture. I didn't have a clue what all the other kids were talking about, and I didn't care. I was perfectly happy to read my books about magic and dragons and ignore the world. But I'm not sure that is completely normal, and I don't expect my kids to be the same way. So, I want to give them a good foundation at home before allowing the rest of the world in. I also want them to have the freedom to explore topics in greater depth than what happens in most schools, to really learn about topics instead of just skimming over them.
- To buy a house and land further away from town. I want to have room to roam away from pavement, cars, and other people. We've toyed with the idea of building our own home, possibly from strawbales, and I think that would be the ultimate accomplishment.
- To stay home from work to raise my kids. I'm fortunate enough to have family who can watch Ethan, so I don't worry about leaving him. And I have a job that I love. But I don't want to do this forever. Being home feels like something I'm being called to do.
- To have another child, so that the "kids" and "children" I've mentioned in the past two posts are real instead of imagined.
- To take an exotic vacation. Just one would be fine. I'm happy going to the Smoky Mountains and to Sleeping Bear Dunes for vacation. But I think it would be awesome to go to Scotland. Or Italy. Or Egypt.
What I Want
In no particular order...