My daughter made a loaf of banana bread yesterday. A loaf that would never have come to be if it weren’t for the community that is forming around us. However, this community would have never come to be if it wasn’t for the courage of two women.
Finding a Community
How often do we long for a community that shares our dreams and our goals? Likewise, how often do we hold back from seeking out that community for fear that we will be misunderstood or made fun of? These two women stepped through those fears, and reached out through our local homeschool group email list to see if anyone else was interested in learning how to live more sustainable lives.
The Friends of St. Isidore
Out of about 100 families, fifteen families responded – we call ourselves The Friends of St. Isidore. Think about it. We were each doing our own thing, and their courage in reaching out has brought us together. Each month or so we try to meet to discuss new topics on how to live more sustainably, encourage one another, and develop friendships. In the off weeks, we know that we can turn to, and learn from, and help one another with projects, recipes, or random questions.
If You Build It….
A couple of weeks ago, we hosted a gathering at our home. It was the third meeting of the Friends of St. Isidore. At the first meeting, 5 of us were able to make it, then 7 of us were able to make it along with 11 kids at the second meeting. At this third meeting we had 15 adults and close to 30 children! It was an amazing feeling to be surrounded by other families “like us.” We no longer just called ourselves a community, we felt like a community!
One of the women brought a loaf of banana bread to share. She then shared her recipe in our email loop. It was that recipe that my daughter followed when she made banana bread yesterday. A loaf that would never have come to be without the community that came about because of the courage of two women.