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“And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: Tradition!”

~Reb Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof


If you’ve ever had a serious conversation with my husband, you will surely have heard him say “It’s a balance!” a phrase which seems to always land him the last word in any discussion. As is evident by our silence these past few months, I have obviously struggled to find the balance of maintaining our home while learning how to be a new mom and keep up with our blog!

(As of this week, our thriving little 7 month old is a joy and has us absolutely transfixed, in a good way! I promise to update more on her later!)

What’s on my mind now is this matter of balance and its relation to tradition. I think Tevye had it right when he said that balance is found in Tradition. Tradition is the foundation upon which we strive to build our lives and home and living. Tradition is what drives us to live off the land and have a balanced lifestyle. And while Traditions may seem old fashioned or stuffy, Ben and I have found great freedom in focusing on traditional ways of doing things; they aren’t always easier than conventional methods, but they are always more rewarding.

Henceforth, I will be embarking on a series of posts surrounding the idea of Tradition, where traditions came from, how they were passed down, and how we see traditions utilized today. I plan to ask questions such as “Where is the balance when practicing tradition in a modern society?” and “Is leading a life based on tradition too idyllic or is it actually possible?” Ideally I will focus on a new Tradition each week, but we shall see how that goes…

Stay tuned!


  1. Dad says:

    Always a fan . . . and I enjoy what both you and Ben write. Love to you all. Can’t wait to hear more of Eila Hope . . .Dad

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