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Month: March 2016

To Live Simply, not Simply Live

To Live Simply, not Simply Live

For a while now, probably since Sam originally quit his job of 17 years at Midwest Ag back in February of 2013, we’ve been searching for “contentment” in our family.  Contentment in jobs, contentment in adoption/foster care/private adoption, contentment in our home and possessions… the list goes on.  We knew the direction we thought we wanted to go but it just never felt quite right.  We believe now that God was quietly working on our hearts to see a greater good.  In this past year, God has put some light to this in front of us, starting with me reading Jen Hatmaker’s book “7” (which talks about simplifying your life in 7 areas… super read!!! I’ve actually read it twice now).  Sam has had 4 jobs in 3 years, each one resulting in a pay cut; however, we have found that we aren’t hurting and we find more priority in his job being flexible and family-oriented, than in the amount of money he makes. Then, last month, while on a family day at Roaring River, we just so happened to meet an amazing family of 8 who had recently sold everything they owned, bought an RV and are traveling the U.S. to live a simple, contented lifestyle.  While I don’t want to go that extreme, we both agreed that SIMPLICITY is what we are craving.  We want to be completely debt free (even mortgage) so that we can live life and work, not work to live.  We want to live a life that is not so bogged down with clubs and commitments that we leave no time for spontaneous fellowship with friends, family and/or strangers.  I feel like we (and society in general) is missing out on so much by trying to have/do it all.

Therefore, we have started downsizing.  We are selling/giving away stuff we don’t need and the excess we are finding we still have makes us sick.  What we think we need to keep (for now) is being put in a storage unit, which is almost full already.  We sometimes think we don’t have enough, and yet, we have way too much.  This is the attitude in today’s society which we want to counteract in our children.  We want to show them, by example, that you don’t need materialism to make you happy.  In fact, some of the happiest people have the least stuff.

This is a journey which we do not have figured out yet, but I think it’s something that is going to make a HUGE and lasting impact on our family, our lives and our future.  We’re excited and nervous (ok, a little scared) but ready to see what is out there when we let go of our stuff long enough to give God control.

**to read about my new friend, Krista, and her family’s journey, go to http://www.simplelifefullhearts.com/

Sam’s thoughts about this “experience”

Sam’s thoughts about this “experience”

So there are sites that share knowledge, there are sites that show videos, this site is dedicated to sharing our “fun” experiences. It’s helpful for me to help people understand my affection with the outdoors lifestyle by explaining some things about me. I spent much of my youth in the woods behind our home. I also grew up believing in God and I know He created the world for us to live in and enjoy with him. While His home’s in heaven, His plan was to live here on Earth in the garden. “Filled with trees pleasing to see and good for food…” Gen 2:9  Then when He met with Moses in the wilderness, He met him in a bush. Exodus 3 : 1-2 He led the nation of Israel through the desert with a pillar of fire. Exodus 13:21 He met with Israel on a mountain and gave them plans for a tent of meeting Exodus 25:8-9 and 33:7 See God loves camping too!! God loves the outdoors and created us to love it too. I’m just so glad that I married a girl who loved this craziness enough to camp with me in so many different places and have so many “fun” experiences. Hopefully we can have so many more in the years to come. If you have a story, please feel free to share it with us.