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Hi, I'm Bibi and I'm a wife and mom of 4. The past several months I have developed a deep interest in permaculture, and I'm interested in getting to know some permies. I have a few friends who are interested in permaculture, here where I live in Kansas City, Missouri...well in a suburb actually. I have always lived a pretty natural life (by normal US standards anyway). I feel like my eyes have been opened up to the fact that I was just scratching the surface since discovering permaculture. Anyway, I'm a busy mom, like so many others. I feel like I'd like to connect with some other people like me. Wanting to jump in with both feet, but are in the trenches of caring for babies, and can't necessarily start a homestead at this exact moment.

So, here is a little about me. I am a stay at home mom of a seven year old girl, a four year old girl, and eight month old twin boys. We live on a little less than a quarter of an acre in the burbs. My husband is a teacher. We cloth diaper and are involved with our local attachment parenting community. I am a lactation consultant by profession. By the way, I haven't heard any permies mention this yet, but I think that breastfeeding is a very permaculture thing to do...and I'm always happy to help with that if any mama's need some resources.

Like I said, I do have a garden, and I bought and devoured Gaia's Garden this summer. I've also been watching tons of Paul's videos, and listening to his podcasts (I find his stuff highly entertaining...and I actually am getting my husband to watch the 2.5 hour long video of his talk is Southern California...I will convert him yet). I'm a total newb to this stuff, so I'm happy for people to recommend resources.

I don't know if there is a section about family life. If there is, maybe this post would have been best placed there. Anyway, I'm super interested in how to redesign our lawn into a playable garden space for our children, how to reduce the amount of energy that we are using (both the type that we purchase, and the human variety), and anything that would be relevant to folks. I'm happy to chime in on things that I actually know about. I know lots about breastfeeding, child birth, cooking (vegetarian), parenting (young kids), getting and staying out of debt, and some other things that I'm not thinking of at the moment. Happy to be here.
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Hi Bibi,

I am a mom raising a 5-year-old and a 15 month old. I keep trying to bite off more than I can chew when it comes to trying to set up permaculture systems on my property. I am definitely in the trenches raising my kids! We have more acreage as we live in a more rural area but I think you might like Northwest Edible Life's blog to see what they have done with their yard.

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Hi Bibi
I'm a SAHM to - unschooler, permie, homesteader etc. I keep trying to study to become a La Leche League Leader, but I just can't find the time, and as youngest is weaning... It just doesn't take up that much of my life any more... (Permaculture and unschooling is taking over where breastfeeding and AP used to be). I do spend quite some time helping out on a LLLs Danish website, but just never get around to reading the freaking book ;-) breastfeeding is very permie to me.

We have a homestead in Southern Spain, and want to eventually live off of that and that alone. We will be debt free in two years (yay!) - including not having a mortgage (YAY!).
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