In 2016 I'm attempting to do #52weeksofstorytelling with a different theme each week.
Week 2/52 - Simple
I've been fighting for a simple life for the past decade. It means saying no to things that don't add value to our lives, but it also means we have more time to pursue meaningful, family ventures. We homeschool so we can have more time together as a family, and build the family culture we want to have. We spend our weekends in the woods and forests - not at marathon sports tournaments. Every night we eat dinner as a family because none of us have to rush off to one of several evening activities. This is a life worth fighting for.
A big motivator for living more simply is then having the ability to share our wealth with those living in poverty. Let's face it...if you live in the first world, you are wealthy. Our girls have grown up with "brothers and sisters" all over the world - kids we sponsor through Compassion International. We've done our best to give them a global view of the world, and have even traveled to Thailand as a family and seen poverty first hand. Over the weekend, we were able to visit the Compassion Experience - a mobile exhibit that travels our country to give visitors and idea of how some children live and what sponsorship can do. I'm so grateful it finally came close enough for us to go.
January can be such a blah month - we don't get snow here, just rain, and it can be hard. But I'm a believer that if you search for beauty, you'll find it. I'm forcing myself to go for walks (even in the rain) and collect beauty. Here's what I found this week.
Continuing with my 365_today challenge
vanishing, mix and match, up
cliche ("practice makes perfect" is what I submitted), this place, wild
the cliche prompt was so fun to see....if you are on instagram, you should check out the creativity under the tag #12_cliche