Going to the Farm

Some weeks feel endless. Most weeks feel endless, lately. There are many reasons. One is that I have a personal family goal of slowliving and I want an atmosphere that is long been forgotten in homes. One of peace and rest. I believe Thoreau said “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

and I agree. I want the atmosphere of Family and the Home to be one that is a respite to busy lives and much-ness. Unfortunately, it’s been quite the opposite lately. Kenny works two jobs, pretty much, with unpredictable schedules and I take free-lance work as well and add in activities and co-op and various other things like a house full of sick people and a trip to the E.R. for a daredevil gash to the face (Alice), the weeks can fill before there is a moment to breathe. I am learning to say “I just can’t”, It’s hard for a person that craves interaction with others but I feel so much better when I do because I actually can’t, I need to give it to God.  And what are we truly busy about anyway? Nothing much, really. When the schedules fight for our slow time like little daggers to our calendar, what good is it? I get overwhelmed easily these days and busy-ness is not something I could even want to fight for. In those moments this extrovert wants to become a recluse to society. And yet, there are things we want to mark time for that I don’t consider busy-ness. Like the fact that we hardly have had any family vacations, or can pull together enough extra finances to do so. But there are simple things I am learning to carve time for and it’s nice to do them in a place of perspective. So we went to the Farm to see sheep shearing, it was good intentional family time.

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Let us tend to our flock like the Greatest Shepherd tends to his.

The Lamb

William Blake
Little Lamb, who made thee
Does thou know who made thee
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing woolly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice.
Making all the vales rejoice:
Little Lamb who made thee
Does thou know who made theeLittle Lamb I’ll tell thee,
Little Lamb I’ll tell thee;
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb:
He is meek & he is mild,
He became a little child
I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by His name,
Little Lamb God bless thee,
Little Lamb God bless thee.

Real Life on Mondays

 

“be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”
― Henry David Thoreau

This life is full of illusion. Our modern world tells us that everyone’s homes look like magazine homes and everyone’s lives look like magazine lives. How much farther from the truth can it be? I read a funny post from White House, Black Shutters last week that made me laugh, titled “How to have a Perfectly Clean House”. It was sarcastic to say the least because we know it is impossible to maintain a perfectly clean house every minute unless you sacrifice other things.

On this blog I have said I want to be transparent and real, so before I show any pretty pictures (possible virtual house tour, in the near future) of my home when it’s clean, I want to show real pictures of real life. We love our house it is small and compact and gets cluttered or messy very easily, but we love it and make attempts to keep it tidy for ourselves and for our visitors. Some days that all goes out the window, most days actually.

A friend called our home “bright and cozy”and that’s exactly what we want it to feel like. Our aim is “bright and cozy” and you know what it’s totally ok to see the above picture on the Dining Room table on a Monday after a long week of art and projects. It is also ok to have loads of clean laundry just sitting in baskets waiting to find a home. Seriously though, don’t worry what I think or others, I’ll try not to worry what you think and we’ll be the best of friends. Real life isn’t always pretty but it’s very rewarding. Let’s throw illusion out the door and just be real.

 

As I start this series, Matthew 11 (specifically 25-30) is a good read for Real Life Mondays

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I also wanted to do a quick tutorial for those wanting to stay in touch with this blog, I’ve had a few people say they can’t always see the links on facebook or twitter and would like to get notifications in other ways. There are a few things you can do.

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3. This is the one I do since Google Reader became a thing of the past. It’s called Feedly.com and it is a great alternative to Google Reader. There is also a smart app for Feedly so it’s great for waiting room reading or just anytime reading. You have to sign up and then enter in the blog address to subscribe but it’s a great way to stay in touch with blogging friends.

Let me know if you have any questions or need help at all, I’m happy to help walk anyone through the process.

<3 Ellie