There was a "Simple Living" competition a few months ago, and I wrote our personal story as an entry. (No, I didn't win, lol!) Quite honestly, I'm so glad I wrote this out anyway, I found it lovely to remember "how it all started". It doesn't cover all the details, but I thought y'all might like to read it :)
ps) I know it's been a while--I'll be posting again on Monday!
I'm the eldest daughter of three children, happily living out in the country with my family. Only five years ago, I would never have guessed we'd be where we are today. As I sit here listening to the restless rain pounding on our cottage roof, I reminisce back to my previous goals just those few years ago...
Independant and determined, I wasn't content to be at home; I basically followed the crowd, and anticipated the year I'd turn 18. To be out of the house, on my own & in college--that was it. I didn't care to be an 'example' to younger girls, or a good daughter/sister, and I certainly didn't focus on homemaking or gardening.(which my parents were already doing at the time)
A year later my Fathers job moved us south (from the big city of Atlanta) and we began a new chapter in our lives.
Moving to a quiet neighborhood, we established our own little "homestead" on only 1/4 acre! My Mother had a clothesline for all of our clothes, we did "square-foot organic gardening" and reaped varieties of tomatoes, peas, peppers, lettuces, sweet potatoes, greens, and even peaches!
Because of the lack of distraction, together we learned the value of family. We went through many power-outages, so we experienced how to live without electricity temporarily. Our water heater shut down and we went without hot water for months, and went the entire winter without central heat!
All these things seemed to prepare us for a simplified way of living. And we loved it!
The last month of 2008, through an amazing turn of events, we were able to purchase a small, abandoned cottage out in the country! To the neighbors it was an eye-sore, but we saw the potential. It came on an over-grown 4 acres, without central heating/air conditioning, & with well water. We've now been here for (almost) a year...and can now live our dream for simple living! We've canned wild dewberries, started a garden, raised and processed chickens, and I try to dress old-fashioned as often as I can! By next year we hope to have more farm animals, a home-based business, and continue to meet other kindred spirits who pursue this way of life.
My heart is at home. It is here that I'm able to rest and enjoy every day, as together we continue to grow and learn on this Transition to Simplicity.