- Conservative, Christian Family
- Loving wife
- Future Missionary
- God controlling our family size
- Homeschooling Family
Along with these, other boxes are generally meshed in. Stay-at-home Mom, for example. That, I'm not. I work 20 hours a week at a really good job. We're more in the stay-at-home Dad box. But not the ultra-hippy, super-environmentalist or the weak fatherhood boxes that sometimes implies.
And we pretend to fit into the "frugal" box - indeed we have always lived pretty cheaply. But we don't live anything like a lot of frugal people. We consider my half-of-poverty-level income plenty of money, but we are careful with it. We have everything (and much more) that we really want, but we don't want all that much. Sometimes we splurge to the order of several hundred dollars (see my sewing machine story from yesterday). But not on things that won't last a very long time, and not without knowing that we can definitely afford it (I bought the sewing machines with extra overtime pay).
And we don't budget, or even really track our expenses. (Paul, quit laughing). But we live within our income, and we are working toward starting a budget. (We've never budgeted to this point, because we've never made enough money to pay our normal expenses. God has just always provided. It makes budgeting weird. Now I get paid pretty well, so we're trying it again).
Now, as we embark on more simple living, I'm realizing that we'll never fit really well into that box either. Our food is generally free, so it's hard to be all that choosy in taking it. But we'll probably never be given grass-fed beef that the grocery store just happened to be throwing away that day. We do eat a lot of fruit and veggies (the ones that the grocery stores can't sell anymore), and even quite a few of them are organic.
The same things apply to time, possessions (most of ours were also free, but we have too many), and a whole list. But I guess, when I think about it - the underlying principals are what matter. Make choices carefully. Live by you priorities, etc. In practice, living simply is different for everyone. (Just like pretty much every aspect of practical life). I'm grateful to be on this journey with you all, and so enjoy reading about how others choose to live!
See more of Living Simply Saturday at Keeper of the Home.
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