My heart has been so, so full of thoughts on simplicity, contentment and gratitude. I finished the book, Almost Amish, and am almost finished now with The Dirty Life. I have a post coming later this week discussing both. 🙂 But these books, as well as my word of the year have stirred up these topics in my heart and mind. I enjoyed both books very much, though they were very different.
Living a more simple life ~ in this day and age ~ takes work. It’s not easy to live simply. Contrary to the picture we have in our heads, simple does NOT equal easy. That is one thing I’m learning. But, as I learn to do new thing around my home, as I strive to stick to a more strict budget, as I tweak recipes…I’m content and thankful for the opportunity to bless my family AND to live a more simple lifestyle. We’ll see how long these happy feelings last. 🙂
I’m continuing to start my days with a thankful heart…and feel so blessed to be in a place in life where I can spend a few leisurely moments with my coffee, my Bible and my gratitude list.
To my friends with SMALL children: the day will come when your children can wake up, fix their own breakfast and you can be sitting in your comfy chair just reading along. None of us are really talkers in the morning (or huge talkers at any time! ha!) but in the mornings, I say good morning and then they just quietly eat and roam around for a bit…Of course not every morning is perfect, but I realize how blessed I am to be at this state and not waking at all crazy times of the night to feed children. 🙂 And don’t get in your heads that just because we aren’t talkers means our home is quiet. My kids fight like cats and dogs. Pretty constant around here…drives David and me nuts. But as far as getting up in the mornings and having big meaningful conversations, usually doesn’t happen. 🙂
For today, I’m thankful…
small group discussions on Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate
worship with my church family
finding better grocery prices at Aldi in Knoxville as well as Azure Standard!! (check it out if you aren’t familiar!) SO excited to have better prices to work with on our budget.
a birthday date for my hubby and I
walking around a beautiful lake/park together
yummy dinner and dessert – with a coupon! ha!
shelves above my washer and dryer!! yay!
seeing things in myself that need to change, God is gracious to gently show us these things
slow January days ~ I’m realizing that all these things I’m wanting to do around the house aren’t going to be possible with a crazy schedule!! Lord, help me say NO!
working on baby gifts ~ so, so fun!!! I’m “expecting” a new nephew in April!! I LOVE BABY THINGS!! 🙂
lessons in humility
a good week of school last week, despite the rough re-entry to our routine, we got a lot of school stuff done.
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