"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Journey to Simplicity Part 2

You know there is nothing mind blowing about my journey. I’m just a gal willing to make changes as the Lord prompts me to. Having a teachable heart is key. Don’t be so stuck in your ways that you can’t do things differently, better even.

As I mentioned in Part 1 we moved out into a more “country” setting. I love it out here but up until about a week ago I still managed to survive on wearing my flip flops for most everything I did. That may not seem like a big deal but in the time that we lived here my hubby has had a garden going and about 6 months ago we got chickens. The garden is pretty big. Probably to big for just one person to maintain and work 40+ hours a week away from home. *cough* I’ll fully admit that I have been no help to him despite his subtle hints about getting overwhelmed with it. I’ve blamed it on my flip flops….for over 2 years. Yeah, I know, that’s kinda lame, but it’s true. I said things like “My feet sink into the ground when I go to pull weeds and then my feet get filthy.” or how about “I don’t have the right clothes to wear.” *sigh* Sad isn’t it?

So in the past week my hubby and I went and did a little shopping. I really and truly did want to help him……..now. I can’t say that the willingness was there prior to this but it was there now and we had better act upon it.

Which is why I purchased these two things.


The rain boots will serve me well in the garden AND the chicken coop area. IIMG_9679 will be able to easily spray off any dirt and or chicken poopy that gets on them and my feet will stay dirtless. (Dirtless isn’t a word, but I’m using it anyway, because I’m good like that.) And the other pair are because when you’re super cool like me and enjoy hiking, 4-wheeling and stuff you need good boots. I’m just sayin’. *wink*

 You’re probably asking how working a garden and having chickens would make my life “simpler”. It’s definitely a lot of work but the end results make it worth while. There’s nothing like preparing a meal that grew in your garden or eating fresh eggs that you just got from your backyard.


My husband grew up a country boy. I call him my polished redneck. But that’s a whole nuther story. (nuther isn’t a word either, but I like it) So I knew deep down that we would probably be close to where we are right now, someday. Yes, it took us over 17 years to get to where we are but the journey and the lessons along the way have bettered us in many ways. Never despise the journey, that is where you learn and grow if you allow yourself to.

So to wrap it up, be teachable, changeable, because in doing so the Lord has helped me to be a better keeper of my home, cook, help meet and mother. Simplicity is what you make it. It looks different for each person. This is my journey and I look forward to where it will take me next.

Thanks for taking the time to read and visit today!




  1. I admire that you are teachable, and now I learned here you are way cool too (regarding your boot purchase).
    Bless your heart.

  2. I agree! We adapt over time and find solace in the simple things. We thoroughly enjoyed our gardening years, though it was a lot of hard work.

    Your garden plot looks amazing! Now put on those boots, and get out there and work, LOL...

  3. We always had a dream of buying an old farmstead and living that way. The Lord had another dream, and moved us to a metropolis of a gajillion people. I call my hubby the City Slickin' Redneck!

    Your garden looks amazing. I love the book The Joy of Gardening, it was my favorite resource when I was able to have a garden.

  4. Such a good post my friend - the Lord has been good to you! :)

    Big embrace-the-boots-but-only-if-they're-dirtless size hugs to you!! Love ya!


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