We are lucky in so many big ways. We are remarkably lucky that between the two of us we have six healthy good-natured children. We are lucky that the stuff that makes us feel the most content also makes us look like overachieving parents. We love to be outside, garden, bake, sew, do crafts, create art, run science experiments, play and read books. We are lucky that we grew up in families that left us as hard-working, loyal, (reasonably) well-mannered, responsible adults. We are lucky to raise our kids in a safe and supportive suburban town with lots of accessible resources for families.
We met briefly a few days before Sarah’s middle child was born and were reunited on the sidelines of swim lessons. We found out we have similar interests, ideals and styles of parenting. Our ideas for unwinding at the end of the day generally include cutting felt, making Little Debbie Swiss Rolls from scratch, devising long armed mitten knitting patterns, organizing the pantry, or looking online for new ideas on what to do with the inevitable zucchini bumper crop.
Maybe you have the same passions, or maybe you think our natural tendency towards being domestic makes us annoying. But in the end we are all the same: we all want to appreciate this beautiful world in our own way, we all want what’s best for our kids, and we all fall short in pulling these off all of the time.
Jenny: I have a background in engineering, scientific research and summer camp. I really like to fix, learn, build and challenge. You can generally find at least one science experiment going on somewhere in my house on any given day. I love to have projects, and my projects generally have the goal to be for somewhat practical reasons and at the end of the day they haven’t made my house a mess.
Sarah: I declared I wanted to be an artist when I was 5 years old, and promised my mom I wouldn’t shave my head into a mohawk (the trend at art school at the time). Creating art has always been a central part of my life, whether in studio photography in art school, designing curriculum as a teacher, compiling research as a graduate student, knitting a sweater, running my own business, or making potato prints with my children.