Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Simple Life

Wow. I feel refreshed. There's nothing like cool northern air and incredible lake views to give you a fresh perspective. I have so many pictures to post from our trip, but I'll do that another night. I've gotta organize it all in my head. For right now, I'm just letting everyone know that I am no longer a part of the Facebook community. Sad? No. Not really. Having a break from the internet for 2 weeks really changed my perspective on the amount of time I was spending on it.

I would like to say that I've always been a fan of simple things. Being up north and revisiting small-town America really reminded me of that. We visited my friend Korlyn who has recently moved to an old farmhouse on about 20 acres, complete with a huge garden, compost pile, and beautiful nature views everywhere you look. We spent an afternoon there and it was so refreshing to hear their story about a more holisitic approach to life.

Here's me & Korlyn, babies in tow. We both felt so weird taking this picture, but whatever. This is her 4th child and she's a few weeks away from delivery - only gained 20 pounds so far! I so wish we lived closer.

Grace (Korlyn's oldest)took Noa around in their little JEEP. She could've ridden that thing all day long!

We also spent a morning with Abby and her horse Scout. Russ was able to ride with her and her boyfriend Jason on a trail and I think he even got Scout up to a gallup. Anyway, Abby also walked around with Noa for a few minutes too and she just loved it. There really is something about God's creation and just being immersed in it in so many different ways.

Russ and Noa meeting a little calf who just loved to suck on their fingers!

Anyway... all that to say, I think aiming for simplicity is a good thing for me and a good thing for my heart. I really long to do more of what I love, like quilting, writing letters, spending face-to-face time with friends and family, and allowing more time in each day to hear the Lord's voice and follow his leading. I'm sure I'll write more on this later, just wanted to give you a heads-up if you've been looking for me on FB. Hopefully we can connect more in real life as opposed to virtual life. :)


The Martins said...

Sounds like you guys had an amazing, relaxing time away! We sure missed you! Glad you feel so refreshed!!

Nickel Mom said...

Just as long as you don't stop emailing or blogging! You don't come see us, so I need to keep up with you somehow!!! :0)

Judah said...

jackie, this is it. There is something so deep, liberating and rich about this life. the idea of a farm, horses, land, clean air is exhilirating and almost envious to think of... (maybe I should have emailed u:),.. eiterway, this has been in the deep parts of us for quite some time. lets chat you.

G-Metal, Coco, Angel Face and Bunny said...

I want a simple life. Mmmmmm, someday, when Gmo is out of school and I can forget about 45-50 hour work weeks, and my babies in daycare. Seems so far away. Sigh. BUT, thank you so much for posting this, I want to hear more people chanting this, rather than doing more, being more, having more, THIS is my goal, and nothing more- simple life, serving God, being with my family. In the corporate world, NO ONE talks this way- so thank you for writing this post, it was much needed on a crazy Monday morning. Baby steps to Gmo being done with school and living the simple life. ;)

G-Metal, Coco, Angel Face and Bunny said...

Jackie, gotta check my blog, you'll like my new post. ;)