It has been almost a year since I have started writing this blog, and how our life has changed in the last nine months. I started out this blog because my husband and I want to live a simplier life and we wanted to share our journey with our readers as we transformed from a two income, both parents working household to a one income family. We had a dream that Mom would stay home to take care of the children and our home while Dad was out working supporting us all. We wanted to live with less, live like they did in simpler times. We knew the journey wouldn’t be easy, we knew there would be criticism along the way; we knew there would be lots of challenges. Choosing to live differently from the people around you is not an easy thing to do.
We decided we were going to live the way we wanted to, I, the Mom, would stay home and raise our three children. I will tell you that walking away from my work family and a career that I had for six years was not easy. I spent more time with my co-workers then I did with my family, it was hard. While I was dealing with the emotions that came with that I had to deal with my friends, family, and even strangers questioning “What I was doing with my life”. People would say “How can you afford that?”, “You are not contributing to your family”; it was not very often that I heard “Congratulations. I’m so happy for you that you are doing what you want to with your life.” You know we are living the way we want too, I’m sure we will make sacrifices along the way or we may even miss out on something’s but that is okay. We have a place to live, we have food to eat, we have heat, and we have our family. That is what we need. As far as contributing to my family, I think that speaks for itself, I am doing a non-paying job. It’s called being a Mom, these children are alive and well because of the job I do. My house isn’t always clean, you certainly couldn’t eat off the floors but I try to keep it clean. I may not contribute financially but I contribute in many other ways. Ask my husband, I have heard people say he is a spoiled man.
While we were busy planning and trying to live out our dreams, life happened, things changed and we are becoming people that we don’t want to be and doing things we really don’t want to do. I won’t say we are unhappy because I don’t think that is true. We are truly grateful and blessed for what we have because of unfortunate circumstance. However we are ready for our simple life, as crazy as it sounds to some; if my house had next to nothing in it I would be happy. I could spend more time with my children and less time cleaning, organizing, and driving myself crazy because of the amount of clutter.
We are thinking and planning on our next journey in this life to get back on the track we were headed down all those months ago. We were told we couldn’t do it; well we got side tracked and got up in something that we are going to get out of. We were told we can’t live like it is 1950, well we can’t because the cost of living is crazy but we can live simply, we can live with less. We can live the life we have dreamed of.
We are back on the path to live it the way we want. Please join us, as we start to get rid of the stuff that holds us down and while we go against what others have said that we can’t do. Living the life that we want.