I was living in Mexico on a summer program for Spanish and I was having a weekly phone call with my (now) husband back home.
“I saw the new doctor today. He says he can help me. He says I should stop drinking milk,” he said, as if it was a perfectly normal conversation topic.
Somehow the word “milk” snapped me back to the conversation. I asked, “All milk? Like cheese, yogurt, everything? ICE CREAM?”
“Everything. But if it’ll make me better, I want to try it,” he said, a firmness to his voice.
“Then I want to support you. Tell me what you need me to help with and do, and I’m in. I don’t think it’ll be easy, but I’m in.”
And that short conversation started a journey we are still on – a journey of working with what we eat to help our bodies heal themselves.
Now I’m not telling you this because I want to argue any eating or food-driven lifestyle choices. As my husband would tell you, he’s the researcher on our journey and I’m the evangelist.
No, I’m sharing this because this is a HUGE part of my respect story. Little did I know that 6 years ago when I agreed to make dairy-free meals for the guy I was dating that it would mean that I would do all of the “crazy” hippy/pioneer things I do. Things that when I tell people almost always elicits a “Really? You actually DO that?”
So what are things that I do? This is not an exhaustive list by any means but off the top of my head:
- make yogurt
- make stock
- render lard
- freeze/can produce
- make alternative flours
- make personal care products
- cook almost everything from scratch
- make cleaning products
- wear 5 finger shoes
- and more
Please don’t see this list as bragging because I’m still a mess – still simultaneously a saint and a sinner. I don’t have a perfect marriage or family or house (and if you could see it right now you’d know I was exaggerating.)
I give you this list to let you know that what I do and who I am is bigger than a respect/marriage blogger. My journey encompasses alllllllllllll kinds of things.
And so does yours.
I can’t believe some days what that means I’m willing to do for my husband and family, especially some of the pioneer stuff. But I love it! I love love love doing this for my family.
And so I tell you this for two reasons:
1) You may be surprised what you start doing along your respect journey. And just because it’s “weird” or not like anyone else you know doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s your journey. Embrace it. And find things to love about it.
2) If any of you reading this are hippy/pioneer/crunchy/granola ladies, who doesn’t love talking shop a little? 😉
What I did for love? (for respect?) I learned how to use more time in the kitchen and make food in a different way.
Today, I just want to encourage you in your journey. Whatever that looks like today and 6 years from now.
Would you share something that you are surprised you are doing? Or where you are living? Or handling something? Because you decided to respect?
Would love to hear it!
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