7/22/2013 11:31:36 AM
I live that life! . . . or aspiring to . . . but, even a simple life can get hectic and stressful.
My husband and were married almost 37 years ago and on our first meeting we discussed our dreams about living simply. Shortly after we were married and moved to a beautiful old Victorian farmhouse we began creating our life of simplicity. We got an old wood stove that perfectly complimented the house and collected old fence posts and debris to burn. Soon neighbors were calling us to help them clean out their fence rows and such for the wood. We shopped at thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales. We grew our own food, organically. We bought our wheat and meat (on the hoof) from local farmers and ground our own flour and cornmeal. We subscribed to Organic Gardening and Mother Earth News magazines for inspiration and bought books supporting our goals. My husband became a woodworker and built our first home . . . using recycled materials. (A farmer was clearing a field and we were able to salvage wood for framing and a garage from his pile of trees he was soon to set fire to.) We took it and kiln dried it and built our home along with other salvaged construction materials. He has supported our family for 25 years on his carpentry skills and cabinetmaking profession and has become a handyman extraordinaire. lol He works from our home location so there is always a sense of 'life' here.
I was a homemaker for the first 10 years and home schooled my kids for 3 years before I had to go to work for extra income and to expand my horizons. I went to school and got an assoc. degree in commercial art and went to work for the next 25 years developing career skills along the way. During this time our family adjusted to living in the fast lane--a working mom and busy extracurricular events with the family. Our simple life became a little more compromised than our original vision, but we were able to maintain our small farmstead and still grow much of our food and, most of all, maintain our values.
Now that the kids are grown we have time to enjoy our little paradise in style. lol My husband and I still work, but we are comfortable, slowing our pace, and easing back
out of the fast lane. Yea!
Through our marital journey, I also learned about the spiritual side of my life. In my quiet time, I reflected on life and took into account what was of value, what my goals were, how I wanted to live and what I would leave behind. I learned how to develop a better spirit. I learned to forgive myself. I learned how to relate to and love others in a positive way and how to be a good steward of my resources.
I am still learning . . .
Thanks for such and
INSPIRING ARTICLE and allowing me to share!