Our family loves to watch "old shows" like Little House on The Prairie and The Waltons. I know there was plenty of hardships during both of these era's, but there is also something else these era's have in common~~living simply.
Our family is surrounded by a lot of "stuff". Our kids have grand toys. We have computer games and Wii games. We have a TV and DVD player to watch movies on. What we have is a whole lot of stuff taking our eyes off of what really matters!
Our family will be moving next spring, and as we prepare for this, we've noticed just how much stuff we've accumulated. My desire is that as we gather up our things, we will be able to discern whether or not it is really useful to our family.
All this stuff takes us away from important things~~ relationships! It is hard to have good relationships with each other if we are all in different rooms of the house doing different things. As we prepare to move into the house my husband grew up in, I hope to take some lessons from his parents in this home.
Hubby's dad built this house. It is a simple home by today's standards, but it was a great joy to my in~laws. Four children grew up in this home. Fifteen grandchildren have loved visiting grandma and grandpa in this home. Numerous holiday gatherings and dinners served to friends have been enjoyed in this home. A home that has never seen a video game or cable television! The house has an acre of land around it. Every grandchild has had a ride (and LOVED it!) on grandpa's tractor in this yard. The picture above was actually taken from the edge of their property this spring.
I pray that this home will be a blessing to our family. I pray that it will bring us closer to each other as we live and play there. I see holiday gatherings and birthday parties enjoyed with extended family. I see badmitton, soccer, and baseball games played in the backyard. I pray that we would be able to enjoy an abundant harvest from our garden~ a garden that we will toil together.
I know that a house does not make a home, but I truly desire to live simply and enjoy the many blessings God has blessed us with. To enjoy the things that really matter in life. To live out God's purpose for our family. So as we will begin to pack up this home in the next several months, I will be looking at things with a careful eye. Do we really need or want this, or will it bring unnecessary things to our home? Hmmm, this should be interesting!
Have a great day!
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"
1 Corinthians 10:31