Friday, March 12, 2010

Transition to Simplicity...our story

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.



Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

I loved it! Thank-you for sharing Mia!
God Bless,
Your sister in Christ,

Lindsay said...

Oh, I really enjoyed that, Mia!
Thanks so much for posting it. :)

~ Much Love,
Lindsay <3

Kathy said...

You inspire me on my quest for simplicity. What a beautiful story.

Brittany said...

Oh Mia! I love it!!! You are such an encouragement to me as I am sure many others are encouraged by you and your words!
It makes me want to live "old fashioned".
I love it!
Love me,

Vanessa said...

Thanks for sharing your story! I love old-fashioned, simple living, too. I think the pictures on your blog are beautiful! I'll be back :)

Kat said...

Mia, What a beautiful story. What brought about your change of heart from following "the world" to being content with simplicity? I ask because my daughter is where you started out. Not content at home, can't wait to get away, etc. Blessings, Kat

AntfarmMom said...

MIa what a great essay! I love the story. May this next year yeild lots of growing in the way of simplicity!

Mrs. A.

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Oh, what a lovely story Mia!
Thank you for posting it:) The pictures you put with it are simply beautiful!!

Most people have thought my parents quite odd for how they have chosen to raise us. My momma's brother(whom we have not seen in years),upon receiving our Christmas news letter, told my Aunt that my mother was turning into Little House on the Prairie:)!!
We got a kick out of that one:)

Though living out is hard work with all the animals,gardens,etc.,it is so very rewarding!

Blessings to you my friend...

McKenzie E.

Rachel and Sarah said...

I love the old days!!! I remember the great satisfaction I took last year out of picking wild jewelweed from a swamp down the road, and making oil out of it, then turning that into a salve for poison ivy! Isn't God great for letting things grow in the wild? -Rachel

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I admire this pursuit. God is going to bless you as your continue to seek His will for your life.

kpaints said...

What a wonderful story of the changes you have made in your family! It is wonderful, it is hard not to wonder what your life would have been like had you stayed in Atlanta. Where you would be now. What a blessing.

Mrs.Rabe said...

What a wonderful story Mia.

I love the photo of you with your hat on...we are moving toward simplicity too...on our 4 acres in PA. We are doing a bigger garden this year and planting some fruit trees, and getting some chickens!

I enjoy your blog.

Brittany said...

Thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed that. I love old fashioned things, gardening, and working with animals! It is such a blessing to live out in the country and spend so much time with God's creation! Right now my husband and I are renting a house on a small corner of someones small farm so we can't do much, but I am really looking forward to growing a little garden and planting herbs and flowers around our house this spring. :-) You blog is beautiful and has been an encouragement to me. God Bless!

Anonymous said...


You're blog is just wonderful! I, like Kat, would like to hear more of what caused you to change and be content at home instead of looking forward to the day you turned 18.


Catherine said...

I loved this post. You write so well! However, now you've piqued my interest. I would be very eager to hear what changed your heart from being a "follow the crowd" kind of girl to what you are today. Perhaps in another post?...

Rhonda said...

Excellent Post Miss Mia!
Your photo with your hat on is one of my favorites! I love that dress with the apron!
Living simpley is the best! We are learning as we go, and it's been very interesting!
Many Blessing to you and your lovely family!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Wonderful story! I've so enjoyed following you through your homesteading process :)

Regan Family Farm said...

There is my favorite green dress again, Mia! This is personal :) but what are you wearing under your dress? It always seems to lay so nicely. Thanks for sharing your journey!
Mrs. Regan

mommyoffaith19 said...

What a wonderful story Mia, God bless.

Can't wait to see all the upcoming spring pictures of the farm.

Anonymous said...

And the journey continues dearest Mia. The transition to a simpler life did not cost much except a different attitude than the one you used to have.

Your parents knew that bringing you closer to the Lord, to the land, you will change...and you have :)

Blessings dear one,


Western NC Mountain Women said...

Mia, I love your blog, pictures and inspiration. Thank you for sharing
I can see myself in your "long dress with apron" picture!
Where do you get your beautiful clothing? Or is that what your soon to be business is?

Can't blame a girl for dreaming!

Thanks for letting me enjoy your life, Leslie

True Mountain Women
"No One can ruin your day without your permission"unknown

donna rae said...

Thank you for sharing your inspiring story... I, too, love the photo with the long dress with apron!

Anonymous said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your website. A website that I have found very helpful when it comes to homemaking tips and ideas is: You should check it out and see what you think.

I wish you lots of success, Mia.

Ginny said...

Miss Mia,
Just love your story and am thankful that your parents had the wisdom to bring the family out of the city and into the new life you all have. It is precious.
Keep it on, It will be worth it.
God is and will bless you.


Lucy said...

My dad's relatives still live like that.

Beverley O. said...

I lived in the city all my life. I even left England to spend a whole year in Atlanta. But I always loved driving through the southern country! Though I am British Nigerian, I have a dream to get married in a southern colonial home. Thanks for the birthday wishes also!

Anonymous said...

It is obvious that you have found what is good in life, where true happines is. May the Lord continue to lead and guide you.(Ps. 32:8)

Aunt B

Anonymous said...

Evening Mia, Let me know how you like the Apple Crisp Recipe :)

Jacob used your pumpkin recipe and froze several over the summer :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Mia,
Thanks for sharing. Our little family of three are seeking such life. We lack the money, and feel greatly "stuck" in the city. There's nothing much to do living in a one bedroom apartment, depending on the grocery store and the economy for food.

The Lord is good thought, he has answered many prayers, and is faithful. We trust he will lead us the way we must go and desire to go. We don't know where or when just yet, but the view is coming closer and then we'll see.

Thanks again for sharing.


Ms.Patricia said...

I really enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing. :)

Melissa M. said...

That's lovely!
And I really like all the pictures on your side-bar. May I use any of them? There was one that I remember being there before that I can't find. It had a woman holding a parasol, and a long, flowing skirt, light and airy, maybe taken sometime in the 30s. Do you still have that picture?

Anonymous said...

Just like so many others, I have been truly inspired. I would love to live like you do. I do love the things of home. I love your beautiful pictures. Blessings, Julianne

Jennifer said...

Loved your 'story'. Thanks for sharing! I plan to share this with my daughters!

Down the Lane said...

How precious to hear your heart and know many are inspired by your words. I know your joyful spirit is a blessing to many. I enjoyed hearing your sweet Mother's story a few weeks ago of how God led your family to your land and cottage. Looking forward to fellowship with all of you soon. In Him, Mrs. lane

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful life! Thank you for sharing.

Amy said...

Mia I love your blog and this post is wonderful. I am so impressed with how your family made this transition in such a short amount of time and how well they came together with a unified goal. Keep up the fantastic work and I love your photos!

ashita said...

Cool! I, too, am an aspiring homemaker. I yearn for a simpler life, but I tend to still get caught into some modern pleasures (ie. the internet :)) I Hope your site will be an inspiration to all of us!

Belén Lechuga said...

Hello Mia, i am from Spain. I am very encouraged after reading your blog (you have to come back!)You live i dream of mine, maybe one day it will be a reality in my life too. God knows the desire of my soul. Blessings Mia!