Hi there! My name is Alena. Sunshine and Bunny Rabbits is a
family and lifestyle blog, and a story of growing up.
I have a little family of four- myself, my husband Nick, our five year old daughter, Serenity, and our infant son, Arlo (my daughter would say we are a family of five, as she would include Leo the Cat). We live in a small farming community in the greater Chicago area of northern Illinois.
I was born and raised in the majestic mountains of Montana. I sometimes miss the craggy, pine-covered heights of my home state, but I have learned to love the golden Illinois landscape, with its many rivers and marching bands. Nick is originally from Oregon, but his family moved to Montana when he was six years old. Serenity and Arlo were born here in Illinois, and we are content to call our little community “home” for as long as God has us here.
Nick and I have been happily married for ten years.
Our kids light up our life.
Serenity, born in April of 2012, is our miracle baby! After two miscarriages in our first year of marriage, and four years of fertility issues related to my hypothyroidism, we had given up on ever having a baby biologically. Imagine our shock when we found out we were pregnant!! Serenity is a bright ball of sunshine and personality, and we can’t imagine life without her. Sadly, we lost our fourth baby to another miscarriage in 2013, and our fifth in 2015, but we were beyond thrilled to be welcome another little miracle, our son, Arlo, in September of 2016! He is a remarkably happy little guy, and absolutely adores his sister.
I have been blogging for more than a decade.
I opened my first blog when I was fifteen – a password-protected Livejournal – after my father was removed from our home, as a way to work through the fallout of nine years of child abuse, and life as an awkward teenager with PTSD, depression, and a highly dysfunctional and often abusive home life. I shared my journal with a close friend, and eventually found a lot of comfort and healing in sharing my thoughts and memories publicly. I have always found writing to be very therapeutic, and writing in a “public” place has helped break the chains of silence imposed on me as a child and teenager. I write about my journey as an abuse survivor in order to help myself heal, but also as a way to hopefully help other survivors find their way out of darkness, to Hope.
Over the years I have authored several blogs, each a little different from the last as I have gone through various stages of healing and life. Until a few years ago, I wrote only for myself, a few select friends, and whoever might stumble across it through search results. Today, I use this space to write intentionally and transparently, in the hope that my experiences and journey may encourage and help someone else, and as a way to share our family’s life and adventures. Sunshine & Bunny Rabbits is my new family and lifestyle blog – a story of growing up.
Sunshine & Bunny Rabbits is a place for me to talk about my life, the things that came before, the things that changed me, the things that grew me into the woman I am today, and the things I dream of for the future. It’s also a place to explore our lives as natural attachment parents, Waldorf-inspired homeschoolers, future homesteaders, readers, crafters, musicians, artists, gamers, and uber-nerds. Welcome!
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