I’m loving this little list of ours. It is constantly getting talked about, thought about, and added to. It has become a process that we are proud to be a part of at this moment in our lives. One thing I would like to say before you read on is that our world is very much made up of extremists. There seems to be very little balance in anything at all. We, as human beings, are constantly having to bring balance back into our already extreme ideas. So as you read our little list please know that we are always in motion, working to find a groove that works for us.
I am going to write about one at a time so that you don’t feel like your sitting down to read a novel. :0
Live a Simple Life. I was in the grocery store last night and I realized it takes me twice as long to get my shopping done as it used to. Most of my time is spent scanning the overloaded shelves for the simple calamine lotion, or soap, or borax etc. Did you know there are around 12 different brands of first aid cream?? Everyone is trying to come up with something “new” that you just cannot live without. Let’s not even talk about what all you have to have to bring a baby into the world. That alone could take up every square inch of our home. When we moved in the apartment last year was when we really got serious about what stuff was floating around in our home. Ever since then it’s been fun to see which ways we can cut corners to save money and live more simply.
For us, we make most of our own products (for laundry, dishes, cleaners, and toiletries) from natural items, we try not to buy packaged food (I buy from the farmers market once a week), we reuse and repurpose most of the cloth in our home, and we have recently converted from using paper towels, baby wipes, napkins, and tissues to using cloth alternatives. I am also in a constant purging process in our home. All four of us share the same closet and in it is a box for clothing that is done with it’s life as it is and needs to be made into something useful.
Note: Many people would call this “living green.” Joseph says, “We don’t live like this to live green we live like this to save our green.” And we do! We save a LOT of money every month by just going without the 12 different bottles of soap in our bathtub. The whole world is in an uproar because we are destroying mother nature and she is a sad, sad earth. We as christians understand that we are not here to save the planet and all the animals on it, but the ones who are living on the planet. The ones created in His image. The ones who are so busy saving the earth that they forget they need a Savior. And so… we live this way to be good stewards of what God did give to us. But our focus is not on earth but the people on the earth. Just to be clear. 😉
Honestly, we started this journey to a simple life in a very extreme way. (Like I mentioned above) We read books about being called to live poor and how God isn’t going to blessed you with more than you need…etc. Then we found the other extreme. God wants you to have ten houses and three convertibles and live your life just to have stuff on the earth. Then… we found the balance. We want to live this way so that we have more to give to our church who is actively helping needy families, helping to build churches across the world, and raising up a generation of young people that can carry on our legacy. THAT is where we want our money.
We live simply to give hugely. That is who we are.