Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A time to work...

So is my life right now... A blessing it is, too.
 I don't work outside of the home.  I don't bring home a paycheck. That is something our family decided a long time ago. If the time comes and there is no other choice, I have no problem with going to work... it's just the needs around here are many and they are demanding. 
Some see my not having a 'job' as a laziness thing. 
It's not that, I can promise you.
 Come to my house and stay with us for a few days... 
you will see that our days are full-to-overflowing with work. 

You see, with our decision for me to be at home with our family, I am the teacher. 
That may be history, art, math, reading, writing, grammar, science, gardening, putting food up for winter, homesteading, driving, processing meat birds, algebra, milking a cow/goat, mucking out the chicken coop/barn, writing a book report, cooking, how to shuck corn and can beets, cleaning, how to wash clothes, how to mend a shirt, how to grow a garden, how to use herbs in medicine...
 whatever the case may be. 
We are learning. 
Every. Single. Day.

We don't live the high life, our lives are simple.

In living this kind of lifestyle we decide what is important. We examine and decide what we can't do without and we see what is needless and we can live without. 
Sometimes we get our wants. 
Sometimes we scrape to make our needs.
But through every single bit of this life, we live with gratitude. 
We appreciate the food on our table. The work done with our hands. The rain sent down from heaven this morning. The rest of a Sunday afternoon. The time we have with one another.
 These things are blessings, and for them we are Grateful!

Our lives were made to work, so with that, we can look to the One who gave us life
 and be thankful for the work we have. 
You may punch a clock or run your own business and make your paycheck. That is your work. 
I am sure you are thankful for that...

Shannon works away from home, brings home a paycheck and we are very grateful for that.

My work is at home. I don't get a paycheck, but I do reap dividends. And those benefits are far greater to our family than the paycheck that could be had. 
Our pantry lined with food that we grew with our hands. Our children educated under our own roof. Learning beside them and teaching and training them in the ways of the Lord. 
Seeing them become fantastic men and women... Being the ones they come to talk to with a problem. These things, no money will buy and we never get a do-over, because like a vapor, they will be grown much sooner than we like, and there is no going back to spend that time over again. 
Those are our choices, and we are happy with them. 


  1. Just stumbled upon your blog. Lovely! Sounds like you are making some very good choices!

  2. I found your blog and I am in love! Thank you for writing from the heart and sharing your life and experiences. I recently left a job of 13 years outside the home to be home with my children and develop our urban homestead. Your blog gave me some great inspiration for starting my own! I will be back often to keep up wit your posts. God Bless!

  3. I could not agree more
    Have a wonderful day