Our family decided to spend a few months living in the south eastern part of the Missouri Ozarks, outside of Doniphan. My husband had met a father and two boys years earlier at a homeschool group in St. Louis. Their family eventually invited us to come visit them at their new woodland home... five years later we made it!
|Their family of four lives in this one room cabin (with a loft for sleeping), next to a pond.|
|We built a sweat lodge out of River Cane. We had a sweat every full and new moon... sending love up and out to our tipi family back in Oregon.|
|Watched the pond change with the weather|
|Our family lodge was pitched, but the ground froze before we could finish our mound...the inevitable flooding moved us into our bus for the remainder of our stay.|
|The Flowering Dogwood was the choice wood for our open fire.|
|We welcomed the snow and the kids played on the frozen pond daily.|
|Our closest neighbor was Mr. Dickson. We walk the path over to his house almost everyday. Both his family and his wife's had been in the area for four generations and he shared a lot of his knowledge about plants and Ozark living.|
It was both sad and exciting to leave the Ozarks and start on our journey back home to Oregon. The librarians at the Doniphan library were great. Fair joined a teen writing class, facilitated by Katie Jane, and it sparked her to write a book. So far it is AMAZING and I will post the first chapter. I will keep posting more on our Ozark time, including: Sassafras harvesting and tree identifications.