I just have to write about our current living experiences and say how grateful I am to be living the Simple Life.
About 2 months ago my husband, 2 children and I moved into a 1 bedroom apartment across the street from a major university. This was not my first choice in where to live. I remember the day we moved in I was thinking about how soon can we move out. The amazing thing is over the past two months I have grown to LOVE our living conditions. Last weekend while I was doing laundry at a laundrymat I had this great revelation with God that he completely will make what seemed to be soooo bad into something so amazing. There were several things about our situation that I considered awful:
no specific parking spot
only 1 bedroom
climbing a flight of stairs with 2 small children
I am sure there were others but for now lets just look at these and let me tell you I have found
so much blessing I do not know what to do with it. (so I thought I would share it with you)
Going to the laundrymat once per week allows me to get a weeks worth of laundry done in about 2 hours. I get to do the laundry and have those 2 hours alone away from the house. This has become my new favorite thing. I get a soda and a book and head to the laundry mat. It is so fun and relaxing.
Not having a parking spot and having to climb the stairs with the kids has encouraged me to stay home most days. I completely enjoy this. We tend to get better rest this way. The kids have been healthier considering they are not out there breathing in other peoples germs at Target, Barnes & Noble, or the mall. We also have had fun homeschooling, cooking together, playing and plenty of other fun things we do at home.
Cleaning the apartment is a snap. I can basically clean the entire place in 1 hour. The kitchen is small and that is still a bummer but hey at least it stays pretty clean since there is less to mess up.
Also the kids pretty much stay in one room or the other. We tend to be in the living/kitchen area during the day and only hang out in the bedroom during nap/rest time and bedtime. Their toys are contained to one room and clean up is quick.
My husband has wanted to open his own business for a few years now and by sacrificing and living in a 1 bedroom apartment I can help us get there. Our rent is very cheap as well as our utilities are low. We spend a little less on gas since I stay home and of course spend less money on fast food and other activities.
We know that we can do anything for a season. A lady once told me "this to shall pass". She was referring to my small children and how they will grow up and be easier to take care of in the future. But I think we can think of this in all areas of our lives.