Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Being a Mom is
Add to that homeschooling, and I feel like I truly canNOT keep up.
Add to that farming. Homesteading.
You want a
But how do you obtain slowness?
Why is it so hard to just
These are things I think about daily.
Why can't life be simpler? We are a family striving for simplicity, and yet, it isn't simple.
Our garden this year? We didn't keep up on it. Without a Wwwoofer here, we just couldn't do it? Is it possible? Is it truly possible to obtain simplicity in this world that we live in?
I'm not sure.
I think of ten years from now. Kids will be gone. But will it be slower? And will I be capable of doing all the things I want to do when I am 56.
If the kids were in school, would I have more time?
Or would that time be filled up with other things?
I am so thankful for rural life. Farming. Nature. 96-acres. Peace. Noise-free life.
When we were in D.C., for just that one night, Sidge hated the city. So did Gabe. Sidge honestly thought he might be snipered through the window. It's funny that he's more worried about guns in the city than he is in the country where there are bullet sounds frequently from hunters in the area. He wasn't used to the cramp feeling. The three story, narrow-house literally made him feel like he was suffocated.
So I know where we are supposed to be.
But I wish that being could be more ...
Friday, September 15, 2023
Sunday, September 10, 2023
Friday, September 08, 2023
We are in the car, heading back from our nearly two-week vacation. What a time it is. I can't believe how much technology we are now capable of using IN our own cars. It's crazy! Your phone can just be a HOTSPOT. I can't even believe how we used to travel and how we travel now.
We are now just under an hour from Washington D.C. where we will spend our last night of vacation. It was so wonderful to get a break.
I am able to watch the U.S. Open Men's final on my laptop in the car. That's so cool.
I missed the two women's semi-finals because last night, our last night at the camp, there was a storm and we lost power. MAN was it something! Power went out around 5pm and didn't come back until well into the early hours of the morning.
I had such a fantastic time with my family, with relaxing, with Gabe too.
I MUST start eating better now that I am back. Trying to get ready for a wedding in December. Kelsey is getting married. The boys will be ushers. I'll be a bridesmaid. And the girls will be flowers girls!
Thursday, September 07, 2023
Wednesday, September 06, 2023
Monday, September 04, 2023
Sunday, September 03, 2023
I wish I did not worry.
That's it. That's the whole thing. Why despite God's continual blessings upon my life, do I allow small trivial matters to dictate my mood and my day. It's been my biggest nemesis since I was small.
The worry is nearly always about people. It's about pleasing people. And pleasing people is pride.
The number of times in the Bible God talks about worry .... he mentions it SO often.
And yet, when I am able to sit and BE sometimes I have too much time to let the worry come over me.
This is our NINTH year with someone from our family coming to Vermont and our SIXTH year that our entire family has come together. It is the highlight of our year and truly, for all of us, the happiest place on Earth outside of our farm!
Friday, September 01, 2023
For ten summers, our family has taken a break on Seymour Lake. Actually, for our entire family, it has been eight summers.
And while everything leading up to getting here is a challenge ... every time, being here is absolutely the biggest slice of serenity I have ever experienced.
It has changed the way I vacation ... the way we want to vacation.
John and "did all the things" for years. Now, we just want to be able to sit and BE. I like to color, to pray, to sit by the lake, to nap, to rest, to do some schoolwork for my classes, to read.
John likes to bird and to cook and to read.
Isaac will sleep in and then stay up late talking to his Joni. Late to bed and late to rise every day.
The other three will want to be on the water and outside as much as possible. Playing games, especially Ping Pong.
Roy will sneak a nap whenever the house is relatively quiet.
Today I actually just snuck into Sidge's room in the back of the basement to nap where no one could find me, overlooking the water.
We came to Tennessee in search of a slow life in 2014. And what I've learned is that idea isn't as easy as you think. In order to live completely ... S L O W ... you have to never leave your farm. Which isn't really possible with children who would like to participate in activities it is tough. Even if we only let the kiddos do ONE activity, that's FOUR activities. :) And then, if you have a son, like Isaac, who is interested in music, you can't "put that off" until a later date.
I'm sitting right now in the cabin just watching the US Open .... waiting for the temperatures to warm up!