Thursday, July 16, 2009

Transition to the Simple Life

{Entrance to our urban garden}
Our suburbian home has SOLD! So now we've *officially* moved :)
It's neat that we moved so gradually..without a moving truck/boxes, we just brought our things here a little at a time until the house was vacant!
Wow, what a journey! While we lived in our old house, we used the most of our limited space by doing "square-foot organic gardening". We planted a variety of vegetables, potatoes, & fruit vines/trees.
Oh, how we miss that was perfect!!!

I've had quite a few emails and comments from my dear readers, asking if (or assuming) we've always "been this way" (desiring the country life, stay at home wife/daughters, simple living, homeschooling etc.) So I thought I'd share a little about my family :)

My sister and I went to public school until I was in 4th, she in 2nd. Then my Mother decided to homeschool us, and it was a great transition. While in school, we all had our own seperate "things to do", and "running around" to different extra curricular activities (in Atlanta suburb traffic) added to the madness :) So when we were pulled out of school, we were able to slow down, learn at our own pace, and study in depth what we were really interested in. Although we experimented with different curriculums, Mom kept the "Charlotte Mason" method and our love for the library/books started there.
Our first move:
When we moved from Atlanta, that's when our family really did a "360". I wasn't a Christian, & didn't have conviction on modest dress/staying at home/courtship vs dating/etc.
That's exactly what started changing. After I became a Christian at 13, away (somewhat) from the "old friends", rebellion and distractions, we started discovering beneficial material and resources (and scriptures!) that really helped to change our views on a few things :)
Our last year in our home was spent enjoying "country life" in the midst of suburbia! We had our clothesline, garden, (and everything else we could fit in), but dreamed of a cottage in the country.
It's finally happened.
It's only been a little over 6 months, but it was truly a blessing to find this little cottage. I feel like we've grown so much as a family, just in the last year. I've met some of you, and it surprises us how often we're approached in public places...but what a priveledge! Others are seeing the light of Christ, and that warms my heart :)
Please continue to ask questions and I hope I answered a few :)
Y'all are like family, and I really appreciate you!
Before & After
Front Porch {January 09}
After {June 09}
Our Cottage porch...
~ It sounds like a tropical forest out here..the birds are amazing.
Mr. Camouflage
~ We try to eat outside as often as possible :)
Jesse decided to join us at the picnic....
she thought it was a common mistake to forget her plate
*"You expect me to believe that you can't POSSIBLY spare a crumb?!"*

Sorry Darlin'!
~ Our antique Conover has finally been moved to the cottage! My sister and I are really enjoying playing music again :)

Little Boy Blue come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow the cow's in the corn.
But where's the boy who looks after the sheep?

He's under a haystack fast asleep.

Will you wake him? No, not I - for if I do, he's sure to cry

Hope you're having a delightful Summer!


Rachel said...

Thank you Mia for sharing your story with us! =:) It's amazing how God can work in families isn't it?! I am glad you all are enjoying your slower-paced country living! Your house is lovely now! =:D

God Bless!

p.s. - Congratulations on selling your old house! =;)

Paulina said...

What a great story! It is my dream to live in a cottage one day out in the country. What a wonderful way to live! I look forward to each of your posts.

Kate said...

I loved your story and the pictures. I'm so glad your family removed those fake shutters...I'm a fan of none or real shutters.

Jenna said...

Dear Mia,
I wish that we lived closer:) We have been so very blessed to live on a farm as well...all that we learn - (especially hands on) has been amazing!
I can put into practice what I love most!!!

Blessings Sister:)

Keeper of our Home said...

Mia ~

I am so happy that your previous homestead sold and now the focus for the family can be directed to the new adventures ahead.

I just adore reading your blog and looking at the photos. You have such a sweet spirit and it shows through your words.

I have to admit I am a cat fan so that last photo just cracked me up! She looks as if that quote is actually what she was thinking. Cats...they're so wonderful.

~Mrs. M

Mia said...

Miss Rachel,
You're welcome, and you're certainly right!
Dear Paulina,
Thank you for your sweet comment!!
Dear Ms. Kate,
LOL! You're right about the shutters--we really didn't like them either!
Miss Jenna,
As do I! We seem to have alot in common, and you're such an experienced farmgirl yourself! Maybe someday our paths will cross :)
Mrs. M,
I'm so blessed by your comment--and I'm delighted that you enjoy reading my blog! LOL I'm glad you enjoyed the cat photo's! Cat's are so expressive :)

Kendra Logan said...

As usual, Mia, you inspire me. You've had a big impact on how I view things since I found your blog a few months ago.

You inspired me to plant a garden, and today I harvested some huge zucchini and squash and some green peppers!

Keep on posting, and God bless you and your family!

His Beauty said...

Dear Mia,

You are a very special young woman, and I am sure all of these young girls appreciate your thoughts. God is so good to all of us. We had to move and God has blessed us with a beautiful house on 7 acres! Your pictures are just amazing! I still cannot get my pictures right, but I am trying!


Sloan <><

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Thank-you for sharing all of this!
Where you personally convicted to change around the same time as your parents, or did it take you a while before you accepted it?
Thank-you for this blog! It's one of my favorites!
God Bless you and your family,
In Christ,

Sam said...

Your cat is SOO cute!!
That is SO like a cat!!

Aunt B said...


How special to get a picture of your brother under the haystack fast asleep, that is priceless.

God is definitely leading in your life.

Your front porch is picture perfect and I can imagine how wonderful it must be eating your meals outside, on the picnic table with your family.

Thank you for sharing.

Aunt B

Marissa and Andrea said...

Hi Mia-
I am so happy for your family. Your new cottage looks beautiful! Great pictures!

Mia said...

Thank you for the delightful comments!! You ladies bless my heart so much :)

Dear Kelsey,
When my parents introdroduced the subject of courship to me, I basically recieved it "kicking and screaming". It was really the book 'I kissed dating goodbye' that helped me realize the victory in courtship.
My mom and sister started wearing skirts, and I "tried it out" for a while, going back n forth between jeans and skirts. It's just been the last 3 years that I've worn long skirts.
Thank you again~!

aemi said...

What a beautiful property! I'm glad to hear that you're officially moved in. The cat picture was funny. I've gotten that look from a cat plenty of times.
When did you decide you like old fashioned things? Have you always liked them? Does it get really hot where you live? I live in North Texas, and it's been 100 degrees for most of July.
I hope to hear from you again soon! Happy blogging! <><

Sara said...

Thank you for sharing some of the details of your life's journey! I so enjoy reading your blog and looking at the beautiful pictures. I'm glad your old home sold. As yours was, my family is trying to live as much of the country life as we can in the suburbs, and we dream of someday living in our own cottage in the country. But God has blessed us so much already.

Mia, you are truly a lovely young lady and I get wistful when I think of my own baby daughter growing into a woman herself. I pray that God will give me the strength and grace to nurture her half as well as your family seems to have done for you.

Kia said...

What a fabulous story! It's amazing how God can work in our lives with such magnitude. I have been blessed to have come to some truths and have been convicted in such a way that my views have changed 360 since we were married almost two years ago, and it's been an extra special blessing for my husband to be "right on board," and see the glory of God through living more according to the Word and enjoying a simpler life. It has been a journey, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I love my little blog world where I can find other women whose hearts are like mine, and you in particular are an inspiration to me. You have such a warm heart and you've undoubtedly been blessed beyond comparison. I love reading your blog and looking at your pictures. Keep up the good work!

Amber said...

Thanks for being real and sharing your story!

This post is so sweet and inspiring! Love your new cottage! The porch is so cute!

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Dear Mia,
Your story is so neat. Thank you for sharing.

Once again I have extremely enjoyed your pictures! I loved the ones of your brother sleeping in the hay!:)

Love you,
~McKenzie Elizabeth~

Julian said...

lovely my friend! Beautiful photos. Thankyou for telling us your story, Ive always wanted to know.:) We live the country life in suburbia. Beautiful weekend blessings to you

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful to see how God can bless someone who is not a Christian to become a very strong one. I was wondering if you could do a post on how you became Christian and how it changed absolultly everything you did?

lady m's lavender cottage said...

Thank you Mia, for sharing your "new (old) way of life".

It is truly amazing what the Word of God can do once it takes a hold of you!

The porch, the chickens, the piano, the aprons, it all speaks so clearly of simplicity and peace and most of all contentment of where the Lord has placed your family.

God bless,

lady m

dukygurl said...

It is beautiful how the grace of God can take us from one place to another...just like a gradual move from a busy life to a place of rest and peace. Salvation is truly a wonderful thing. Thank you for sharing about your past, and showing how lovely a contrast your present and future. :)

Trish (in NY state)

Baby Blessings said...

What a neat story your family has. I know you must be so thankful that your parents decided to homeschool. Isn't it amazing how the Lord changed your heart? You are a great example for other young girls.

The last picture of your chickens... Are they red sex link? We just ordered some and they look like the same kind. We have never had any of that kind. They are supposed to be excellent layers. We'll see.........

Mrs. M

Miss Jen said...

How lovely, Mia! :)
What delightful pictures!!
Your little brother under the
haystack is my favorite! SO cute!!

With Much Love Your
Sister in Christ~ Miss Jen

...they call me mommy... said...

I'm new to your blog and I LOVE IT! :-) Your story was so neat and I love your cottage, porch, and especially love the table outdoors set up so lovely!

I would love to trade in all my furniture etc for old fashioned items! Not practical at this stage of my life, but one can dream right!? ;-)

I love visiting historic villages...a while back I visited Old World Wisconsin near Eagle, was so neat!

Blessings from the valley!

The Sisters said...

Hello Mia-
I love your cottage! It looks wonderful! I love reading your blog.... it is very beautiful!



Anonymous said...

So happy to hear your other house sold in this not-so-good-housing market!
I live in a cottage too. I love living in the 900 sq.ft. cottage. One must be creative! I have gotten so many wonderful ideas fro your blog!
Thank-you Mia.
I love peeking into your wonderful life, and thank-you for allowing us to do so by your lovely blog!
I am also happy that you told a little more about your life and becoming a christian and how you became home schooled. Now I have some research to do on Charlotte Mason. I am going to home school my daughter , who will be four in Oct.
Many blessings to you and your lovely family Mia.
Rhonda from Northern Minnesota

sarah in the woods said...

Beautiful post. Right now, we're in suburbia longing for the country. We just bought some chickens and have been trying to garden, but this soil is not delightful. It `at least grows tomatoes and my wisteria has finally taken off. You have a beautiful life.

A Joyful Chaos said...

I just happened to find your delightful blog and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed reading back through your posts and will be back to read more when I have more time.

Sarah said...

Hi Mia, I just popped over from Pleasant View Schoolhouse and love your beautiful blog. The life you live is very inspiring.
Sarah in New Zealand.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,

I so appreciate your blog. I do subscribe to several and when I see a post from you I always savor it. Your photographs and musings are relaxing and well as Christ-honoring.

I was thankful that you chose to share a bit about your family and the transition you made. My family is working in that direction as well. We have recently been exploring and inquiring about some land for a future (modest) home.

It is a blessing to see that the transition CAN be made. Our hearts also want to glorify God and live in a way that is more self-sufficient.

I am excited to hear that you have a sewing machine now too. Please let us see your great projects. I have that pattern too and may try something off of it as soon as I complete a current quilt I'm working on.

We do have much in common....only I have many more years. Please tell your mother what a blessing you are to all of us and that we thank her for raising such a precious and godly daughter.

Jan said...

Mia, I just noticed that my dd9 was signed into my computer so "Jenna" is really "Jan" today. Sorry, only thought you might really like to know who you were hearing from.

jAne said...

What a lovely, welcoming and otherwise winsome 'online cottage' you have here. The stories, pictures are wonderful and your heart shines through.

How sweet that a young woman of 18 and a mature woman of 51 find things in common, hm? :o)

In answer to your question from my blog, the copyright of my Stepping Heavenward volume is 1890.

Blessings in Him,
jAne at

jAne said...

By the way, the picture of your outside table, all set for a feast, is beautiful. And the kitty looks very much like my own kitty known on my blog as "tHat cAt" . :o)

Amy said...

Oh Mia! What a wonderful post and a wonderful life your family is living now.

Our family is in the process of transforming into a simple, country life, as well.

Love your blog!

Deanna said...

Mia, I don't know if I've shared this before but my visits here have always been such a blessing, and an encouragement. In raising my own daughters to have those simple graces from a by-gone era, my goal has always been to see them develop a heart for it. Your mother has done a wonderful job laying out the foundation for you all to build on. I am never disappointed in a visit here -- music, photo's and memories. A true sense of peace only a love of god can bring to your lives.

Anonymous said...

Your website is beautiful!! Your cottage is lovely. I enjoyed reading about your life. What a lovely young lady you are. :) I hope that I can raise my daughters to be as God loving as you are. I have thought many times about homeschooling my children and this site is really starting to convince me that it is a wonderful thing. By the way, you are a very talented photographer... I thought those were professional photographs.