Taking care of a toddler isn’t easy. Adorable, joyful moments are flanked by tantrums, creating a roller coaster of frustration for parents. Community blogger Elise Hofer Derstine shares the story of her 1-year-old moving into a challenging phase, as well as her appreciation for spring.

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The relationship between grief and joy is complex – one can’t exist without the other. This year, community blogger Elise Hofer Derstine is giving thanks for those bittersweet moments that bring the two into focus.

Posted on Nov. 25, 2014 at 10:48 a.m.

Elise Hofer Derstine reflects on “real life” versus what appears on social media, and describes moments — both good and bad — that can’t be captured in a photograph.  

Posted on Aug. 24, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
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Elise Hofer Derstine Community Blogger
Elise Hofer Derstine
Elise is co-owner of Blue Heron Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm that raises chicken, sheep, pigs and cattle. She is also a freelance writer and the co-author of two children's books, Music Everywhere! and What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World. She lives in Goshen with her husband and son.

In Hoof and Wing, Elise writes about pursuing life's most elusive goals – balance and meaning – while learning to be a farmer and a mom.