March 21, 2017

Emma Bates

Here’s My Journey:

My house is a museum of my family. I am the fifth generation to live here, my three children are the sixth. We are surrounded by strange items my grandfather collected: birth eggs, hammers, four foot wooden rulers and farm equipment. My uncles still farm the land growing corn and pumpkins, harvesting firewood and boiling maple syrup.

To say I have strong roots is an understatement. I am a part of this place like the brook in the field or the oak in the front yard. But I haven’t always appreciated it.

Growing up it seemed that everyone in town knew what I was doing before I did. I sometime felt smothered by the attention. I had health problems as a teenager and lived quite separately from my peers.

College was a short experience, I dropped out after eight weeks and came back home to my small town. I wanted to see the world so I booked a six week trip to Italy. Two weeks before I left, my best friend David asked me out. I went to Italy but cut my trip short to come home to him.

You might be seeing the pattern here, I always come home. I moved to Boston, twice, and came home. Moved to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, and came home.

I shifted my thinking now and love the feeling of being rooted in place. I have been able to challenge myself in ways I would have never dared to without the backup I have here at home.

Finding the security to take chances has changed my life for the better. I am not afraid to make mistakes because I have the support to fail.

I ended up marrying the man I left Italy for and we have three wonderful children now. I hope that I am raising them in this same community with roots deep enough to support them through anything life throws at them.

I have embraced this community wholeheartedly and work to make it a better place for all residents. When we are all supported, we can all take the risks need to make the world a better place.

Emma Bates - Messenger of Hope and Healing

11 Ways to Know Me Better

~ I love ice cream and could eat it every single day.Emma and David Bates

~ I have a degree in Hand Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston MA. 

~ I showed sheep in 4-H as a child and named all my sheep after states. My favorite sheep was named Mississippi.

~ The high school I attended was very small and my class consisted of only 20 people. Somehow one of those people ended up being my soul mate and we have been married for 13 years. 

~ One of my passions is baking and at one point I started a small gluten free and vegan granola company. 

~ With three children at home I do all my best work at the local coffee shop. 

~ I live in a farm house that has been in my family for over 100 years. I am the fourth generation of my family to live here. 

~ I gave birth to all three of my children at home. It was in those moments that I have felt the most powerful in my life. 

~ My most favorite place in the entire world is a house on the coast of Maine that I get to spend a week at each fall. 

~ My husband and I spent our honeymoon driving from NH to Price Edward Island, to Georgia and back to NH. 

~ I didn’t learn to drive a standard until my mid-twenties. 

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