When I moved to a tiny island on the West Coast of Canada someone suggested that I start keeping a blog. At the time, we were quite interested in small communities, and we were leaning toward a more sustainable life-style, though we didn’t have the vocabulary for it then.
In the last 6+ years that my husband and I have lived on this island consisting of 2500 folks in the Winter, approximately 5000 in the Summer, our realm of learning has certainly expanded.
We had the privilege of care-taking a farm for a year and a half. We learned a little about vegetable gardening, chopping our own wood, processing 500 lbs of apples, picking an acres of blueberry bushes and herding the odd geriatric sheep.
Then we tried on a new adventure, living on a 47ft Sailboat. We moved onto the boat when I was 7 months pregnant and lived on her for 14 months. In that time, we brought home a newborn baby, and dealt with several medical complications. (see Here) We enjoyed our time on the boat for the most part, but after a fortuitous sale as we went into Winter, we moved on land in November 2011. This afforded us a little more space as our baby healed from her surgery and learned to walk.
Through all this, the primary reason for moving to this tiny island was to keep honeybees. This was a dream of mine when we lived in the “big city” but keeping bees is difficult in a basement suite. Currently I have several hives scattered over the island, and Summer of 2010 was the first that I collected honey. I absolutely love these little bugs!
In the process of all this learning, I became pregnant. We had our little daughter, Gabrielle Sofia, born on December 9th, 2010. We learned a few days before she was born that she has a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. We are learning what this means to our little lives, and how this will affect us as we stumble through the first years of parenthood.
Because of my positive experience birthing my baby (birth story Here) I decided to become a Doula. I am very excited to grow this business of providing non-medical labour support for women. Motherhood has been the biggest adventure of my life and I’m grateful for the opportunity to support beautiful powerful women as they begin their own journeys. I am a DONA-certified Doula. If you have any questions regarding this, please email me.
I have a private ambition to meet as many people as possible so I welcome any comments, emails, connections and friendships!
The purpose of this blog is to invoke curiousity, compassion and connect you with my tiny world. If you have any questions or further comments, feel free to email me at amandaasabee (at) gmail (dot) com