I know I said that I would be posting about our relish making adventure next but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Maybe tomorrow? For now, I just feel like writing about something that has been on my mind recently. Living simply. I found an awesome blog called Down to Earth, here is the link if you want to check it out. I found it last Friday and have been scouring it for information ever since. I love it. Like love love love it. I'm addicted to reading and learning and making lists and plans and goals for ourselves. I love that she talks about homemaking as a career and that it's okay to stay at home and take care of your house and family. I love that she makes me feel normal, not crazy like 99% of the population thinks I am when I tell them I want to be a stay-at-home-wife and eventually mother. I feel like it may actually be possible for us to do it, to live a simpler life. To let go of the consumerist lifestyle and live simply, enjoy small things, and work for what we need.
I want to continue to garden and be excited over the veggies we grow. I want to continue to take pictures of me holding up our very own produce. I want to slow down, relax, and enjoy our life. I don't want to keep working at a job I hate and come home each day miserable. I don't want to keep wishing my life away, waiting for the day when I can stay at home and do the things that I love and want to do. I want to be a homemaker. I want to cook and clean and garden and sew and knit and take care of Dan and hopefully kids one day. I want to can and freeze and read. I want the simpler life. I really really do.
Dan and I are finally agreeing on this. We are both in the same place and feel that it would be beneficial to my health and well being to quit my job and become the homemaker I have longed to be. I think that it will be good for both of us in the long run. But since we are responsible and know that such a big decision takes some time and planning, I won't be quitting yet. While some days its tempting to just right out say I'm leaving, we are giving it a bit of time. We will continue to budget and try and save and prepare for losing my income before actually doing so. And in the meantime, I will continue to make goals and lists and start the simple life now.
I will now leave you with something that Rhonda Hetzel said from her Down to Earth blog that I really liked.
There are no grand gestures in this way of life. All of it is made up of small steps. Starting with one step, will lead you to the next, it is up to you to keep walking.