6.23.2016

Stop Window Shopping for a Better Life. End Mental Clutter and Live the Life in Front of You


The internet has brought about such an abundance of information these days. And while it can be a huge blessing to have access to so much right at our fingertips, it can also lead to serious discontent, not to mention wasted time. We spend hours upon hours scrolling. Whether we are looking for homeschool curriculum, things for our home, reading articles, comparing products, or just reading about other people's lives, we may need to evaluate where we spend our time.

Are we spending our time window shopping for our life, or are we living it?

The allure of the internet is that we can see it all right in front of us–we find things that we want or even things we didn't want soon become our desire. Our mind is inundated with images all showing us how we can have it better.

We read articles about how other people are doing things and we begin to covet for our own life. We start to compare. It is a slippery slope.

We are essentially filling up our mind with how we want our life to be, yet the irony is, we aren't living our life. We are scrolling endlessly, while life passes by in the background.

Our families need us present. There in more contentment and fulfillment in our own real life, rather than reading about other people's lives, or the next best thing that promises to make our life better.

Choose to spend your time in His Word. There and only there are the true answers to contentment, a better life, and fulfillment. Let our kids see us in the Word searching for answers more than on the Internet scrolling away.

Life is too short to be wasted window shopping. Live real life and live it right now.


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6.22.2016

You Don't Need a Farm to Live Simply. Learning to Live Right Where You Are



You don't need a thing to live simply. That's the beauty. You don't need a farm. You don't need land. You don't need a tiny house. You don't need chickens or a garden or a lifestyle change. You need a heart that is willing to let go of things, but how that looks for each of us may be different.

Living simply is a mindset more than a lifestyle. It is chasing after God, and desiring less of what the world offers. When we seek Him more we pursue less "stuff" here on earth.

Last year we bought our property– a small hobby farm. Yes, it has allowed us to live more simply because God has placed the desire in our heart to garden, get back to basics, raise chickens, and enjoy His creation.

Yet that same desire may not be in your heart. You may love the city life or suburbia, or wherever He has placed you. The country life may not be for you.

We can all live simply right where we are. It isn't about our surroundings, but what we do with where He has placed us.

Smack in the middle of the city and the hustle and bustle you can live simply. You can seek Him wherever you are and choose people over things. You can choose to be a light in the dark. You can choose Him wherever He has placed you.

Seek Him wherever you are. In the country, in the city, in a foreign land. Choose to live with less and desire Him more. Choose to develop relationships over accumulating things. All of that can be done in any setting.

Don't wait for the perfect time. Start now. Choose to desire God over everything else and see where He leads you.

Living simply is a matter of the heart, not just a choice to have less. It is a desire to do more real things, live intentionally and with purpose, and seek Him above all else.

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6.16.2016

Back to Simple Podcast Episode 24




Recently I wrote a blog post about getting back to the simple mindset of living:

I want to get back to simple. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers did just fine without Pinterest boards, meal plans, chore charts, and organizational methods.  They did what they knew, handed down to them from generation to generation.
I want to get back to simple. I want to focus on relationships more than things. People more than stuff.
Listen in as I talk more about focusing on what really matters...

"There are a million different methods out there telling you how to unclutter your life -But I'm here to point you to God and let Him unclutter your life." 




6.14.2016

Back to Simple




There once was a time when life was simpler. Mothers lived by instinct and raised their children trusting their God-given abilities and not the latest blog article about motherhood. And what they didn't know, they asked their grandmas or the kind elderly lady down the street. Folks lingered after supper, sitting on porches sipping tea, exchanging talk, but mostly enjoying relationships.

Things weren't overanalyzed. Life was hard enough without adding in the pressure of doing things "just right." Probably most were concerned with just getting things done.

Sure times were tough, but people were focused. Life was different.

At any given moment in the present, you can find hundreds of articles on how to mother, how to be a better homemaker, how to homeschool, how to live...

There are even Pinterest boards to show you how it all should look, just in case reading about it isn't enough.

There's methods, systems, printables, ebooks, articles, webinars, and an infinite amount of information all telling us how to do everything.

Yet are we so busy trying to figure out how to do everything, that we are forgetting to live?

Now, I am all for gleaning information and enocuragement from other sources- we are blessed to have so much helpful information at our fingertips...but may it not consume us!

There was a time when summers for children meant freedom. Freedom to play, imagine, create, be with friends..all unstructured. Now, we schedule, overcommit, assign homework, and run around, busy, oh so busy...

Nowadays everyone is telling us what to eat and not to eat. Our grandmothers gardened, exchanged recipes and didn't fret over the latest fad. They cooked what was available and didn't have elaborate meal plans.

They didn't have all the gadgets and gizmos that our society tells you that you need when having a baby. One walk down the baby aisle of the local department store has you wondering how on earth they made it without the latest "must-haves?" They had cloth diapers, a few wooden toys, and a whole lot of love...and they raised those babies just fine.

They didn't have an elaborate planner system. The jotted down things on a pad and paper at most. Now, not only do we have planners, we have decorations for those planners...and an infinite amount of resources on how to make them pretty.

Life is short. Do I want to spend it reading about how to live or living it?





Do I want to spend time on dressing everything up or enjoying what I have been given?



I want to get back to simple. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers did just fine without Pinterest boards, meal plans, chore charts, and organizational methods.  They did what they knew, handed down to them from generation to generation.

I want to get back to simple. I want to focus on relationships more than things. People more than stuff.

Recently we began watching shows on HGTV. I love the entertainment of it and we enjoy them immensely. But I saw what happens when our culture focuses on these details. Just a few episodes in, and I started looking around my house at all the things that are wrong (according to the experts on TV).  It stirred up a (momentary) feeling of discontent. Now, this is from someone who LOVES her house. I truly do. I don't mind that it is basic and not decorated elaborately. I am not into paint colors or the perfect wall hangings. But, I could easily see how distracting it can be when these images tell us how much better we can have it.

Better how? A house that is perfectly decorated, or what I do in that house? Even more, what we do outside of that house. We are intentionally using every bit of our home and property to give back. We want to use it for His glory, and that has nothing to do with how it is decorated.



I want to get back to simple. My own mind can be cluttered enough without adding every new idea that comes along into it.

Back in the day, homes were smaller. People worked hard with what they were given. Folks lingered and knew each other. People took time for each other, in real life. Nowadays socialization takes place behind a screen.

Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers got it right. A simple life lived well. 

Are you with me? Let's get back to simple. Spend time outside this summer and living life with those you love. Spend time on things that matter. Trust your instincts and trust God. He has already given us all we need to live our lives well--His Word.

Stop chasing after a decorated life and live a meaningful one. Trade elaborate details for simple living. Choose your time wisely.

Life is short. Don't spend time wasted on the noise of this world. Live life like our grandmothers did. Bring back simple.



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6.11.2016

Summer Snapshots

We have been trying to get a LIVE broadcast on Facebook from Love's Farm this week, but alas, Facebook can be weird sometimes, and the sound just will not work. :( Bummer.

I want to show you how HUGE the garden is growing, our new additions (guineas), and all the other fun things.  Until we get it working, I am sharing some simple snapshots of our summer.

I love the simple life. We are living the dream. And I pray we can share our abundance this summer if our harvest is plentiful.

I love that my kids are outdoors. I love that we work together on projects. This is life. And we are living it.

I also am planning on podcasting about letting kids be kids in the summer time and keeping it simple. I say, bring back the old school childhood and summertime!

More on that this week...

Until then, happy weekend!

Keep in simple and enjoy the simple.


My favorite time of the day. Evening time and free range time!


Nothing says summer like a boy and his super-soaker!



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Evening picks.


God's beauty- the blessing of food to be grown.


Our new additions! They are TINY. And adorable. Six Guineas.


Date night on the farm
How are you keeping it simple this summer?

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6.08.2016

Unplugged Summer- Ideas to Keep it Simple

Summer is my favorite time of the year. I say bring back the old-fashioned summers where kids could be kids!

Here are some ideas to get started!

 Check out what we have been up to here--->Simple Summer


Share in the comments how you are keeping it #simple this summer!

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6.07.2016

Simple Summer: What We are Up To This Summer-Loving the Simple Life!



Summer is here! Can you hear me rejoicing from there? It is my absolute favorite time of the year. School is finished (and as always, the older the kids get, the faster the school year goes!) and the summer is just beginning.  I love summer!





I can not believe that my daughter has completed her first year of high school. I never, ever imagined we would homeschool high school, but we are doing it! And loving it! Praise the Lord.

Even though school is finished, we never stop learning. Everyone is busy around here with our little slice of hobby farm heaven. Love's Farm is growing and we are loving each minute. All hands are on deck as we work on projects, chase after chickens, and grow food!



The garden is thriving. You can read all about our mission for our harvest at Loves.Farm.

My favorite time of the day is the evening- the chickens roam free, we work together in the garden, and sometimes end the night with s'mores! Life is good.



The simple life is for me. I love getting my hands dirty in the garden, watching the food grow, and working with the chickens and ducks. I love being outside and listening to the birds. I love doing life with my family.


I am intentionally trying to keep everyone unplugged as much as possible this summer, so I instated this rule:

If the sun is out, the electronics are off. 

(I actually said they can also play electronics before 9 am too, as long as Bibles have been read and morning tasks are complete.) 

I want my kids to experience summer and not just veg out in front of a screen. So, the rule will be if it is a yucky rainy day, then they can play electronics, but if the sun is out...they are out! ;)  Or if it is evening time, then electronics can come out.



So far they have been busy on our go-kart, having water gun fights, exploring the woods, catching frogs, working in the garden, playing baseball and basketball, and enjoying ice pops! 

I also have books assigned for summer reading, but other than that, we will let life and the farm be our classroom this summer! Aside for our church day camp, we do not have much formally scheduled this summer either. I don't want to fill up our schedule with endless places to run. I want to be able to get together with friends, take day trips, or just enjoy the farm. No schedule needed! ;)



I am also holding a ladies prayer group this summer at my home every week. You can listen to my podcast about this here-->Starting a Ladies Prayer Group.

Lastly, we are busy preparing for the retreat NEXT month. I am working on my sessions to talk about simplifying. It is a very exciting time. If you are joining us, make sure you are a member of the facebook event page to stay up to date on the details AND that I have your email address. We are sending out emails to update each attendee as it gets closer. If you haven't registered but are planning to come, please do so ASAP. We will have to close registration soon! 
Don't miss out!

Happy Sumer!

How are you keeping it simple this summer?

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