“A simple life in the fear of God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.” Proverbs 15:16 (MSG)
This verse is great. It’s a motto that I want to live by. I joke with my girlfriends that I have these strange, quirky things that I do throughout my daily routines that keep me thinking simply. For example:
1. No sleep aids. I’m not choosy about which side of the bed I sleep on, the type of pillow that’s under my head. You never know when God will call us overseas and I will be ready!
2. Low maintenance clothing. No ironing, dry cleaning, hand washing. I also consider it a challenge to put an outfit together from the various thrift store and garage sale purchases I’ve made over the years.
3. Eat anything! Okay, that’s a lie. I don’t like seafood or pudding-like textures. Big trouble if the Lord sends us to a coastal city.
4. I’m not super picky about cleanliness. I’m not a germaphobe and am a firm believer that if it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you (or your intestines) stronger.
5. We are selling our house. We want to simplify. I purposefully put this one last, as this might be news to some of you and I wanted to tell you after you read all the stuff above : ) that was mean. I’m sorry. We are trying to move back into our rental home (it’s the first house we ever bought, about 30 minutes. from where we currently live and is 1/3 the size of our current casa and is the house in the photo above). Most people think we are completely crazy. a)”The girls are getting bigger and will need more room”. b)”Do you really think you can squeeze 3200 square feet into 1100?”. c)”The neighborhood isn’t safe there”.
a) Although the girls are older, they have less “stuff” that takes up room and are interested in things that cost money (dance, sports, piano, etc.) Did I mention we’d save over $10k/year by moving?
b) No. Which excites me. I’m looking forward to simplifying. It’s completely true that when given space, we fill it. I don’t need 4 pairs of flip flops, 8 cake pans and 4 toilets (to clean). Did I mention our rental can be cleaned by plugging the vacuüm into one outlet?
c) The neighborhood is diverse. It’s older and like most neighborhoods built in the 50’s is filled with great-grandparents or Latin Americans with lots of cars. parked on the grass. I’m okay with that, though. I am big believer in giving our girls the opportunity to see the world for how it is (not manicured lawns, closed garage doors and white people riding their bikes to Starbucks).
It’s nice to live here, don’t get me wrong. If the house doesn’t sell by February (when our current tenant needs to be out) we will just rent out the rental and stay put, and swim all summer at the community pool, and ride our bikes to Starbucks.