Friday, April 25, 2008

Simple Life

The morning fresh and sweet with its kiss of moisture in the air, the beautiful sunrise and the song of the birds…. God is good!  Today I want to talk with you about my journey to Simple Living, Rhonda Jean, asked us to share and I want to tell my story. 
We have not always had a simple life, in fact we ran and ran for the longest time and still do occasionally.  But Shannon and I know that there is a greater life out there to be had.  We are still very much a work in progress, sometimes we think we need or want to do ‘more’ and then the sweetness of our homestead, watching our children grow up and loving time with each other gives us a reminder.  
We choose not to have lots of new clothes, we choose for me to be a stay at home wife and mother, we choose to homeschool our children so we can keep them close and learn alongside each other.  
We are learning the art of planting, growing, harvesting and canning our own food…
We love knowing these foods are healthy, they have not been tampered with, nothing artificial has been added, they are pure, and simply good for you.
I cook from scratch, we don’t buy prepackaged foods, or convenience items… rarely do we go out to eat.  I try to buy our food in bulk when money allows and I look for special values on meat and fruit that I can’t or have yet to grow around here. I work very hard to give our family a very healthy lifestyle we limit white sugar, white flour and additives and fillers. We grind our grain and bake our own breads.  By cutting back on ‘junk’ foods we can afford to replace them with much healthier alternatives.
I can sew and make things.  I crochet dishcloths and blankets.  I have learned to quilt and I can make skirts and dresses for the girls and myself.  I find these types of ‘old fashioned’ skills soothing.  I enjoy them greatly and am teaching my children and sharing that love with them.  
We are on a journey, we are learning every day how to live more simply.
Our lives are far from glamorous, but I relish our moments, I enjoy our togetherness and I wouldn’t trade our Simple Life for any other life out there…
My Cup Runneth Over…Chas


Monday, April 21, 2008

Learning can happen Anywhere!

Good Morning!  As you all know we homeschool our children.  And one thing I love about homeschooling is that you can learn anywhere!  Friday we had accomplished a lot early and the children were wanting to do something else… so I said alright, help me gather some things together.  We got some sandwiches, napkins, a camera (of course), and this and that and we were off… 
And what a lovely spot for inspiration.  We had our lunch and then got out our sketch books and everyone went to drawing something God had designed in nature.

If you notice all my children thus far are lefties, Abram had just swapped hands before I took the picture, so we are not sure what he is going to be just yet.  And it was so interesting to see what the kids came up with to draw.  Eli drew a large pile of brush that was gathered in the middle of the creek, Carlie drew us at the creek, Cameo drew a wildflower and Abram drew triangles   That kid with his love of triangles. 
We played, we talked about different types of rocks and butterflies we saw, we talked about the history of the creek, there used to be a mill there. 
It was a great time had by all and we hope to do it again soon.  It just goes to show you, we don’t have to be here at home in our desk, we can be out in God’s creation learning more about Him and what He has made, because learning is a natural process if we look at things the right way!
Have a beautiful day!

My Cup Runneth Over…Chas