Wow, friends! I wasn't exactly expecting this level of response to a post I quickly typed out in 20 minutes. I'm humbled, and grateful, that so many of you resonated with our deep need to choose peace in our days...and the challenge it can be to do so.
The message I felt coming across in the comments ran the gammut from "Yes, I want this!" all the way to "Right, but I can't just sit around all day now can I?"
I think Kelly summed the struggle up well when she said:
"Peace is certainly something I long for and anything that can be done to achieve it is considered. However, is it peaceful to have clutter all around? Or not be able to find clean clothes? Or have to order pizza because nothing has been thawed for dinner?
Maybe that means I need to do this more so than others, but I'm still searching for that balance between "getting it all done" and enjoying the day to day challenges. In my mind, once it's all done, I can relax and have peace."
Kelly brings up very good points, so just to clarify...
Since we announced our plan to move, a handful of readers have written me (either by email or in the comments) to ask a few questions. Instead of trying to answer them individually, I decided to reply to you all as a group.
We just unpacked the last box Sunday--that's right, we finished in just over one week, and that includes hanging pictures on the wall! My rockstar husband moved the process along, and the fact that we had seriously streamlined our possessions beforehand really helped.
Moving along to some of your questions:
* I can't believe you moved! I thought you loved your other house.
We totally did. I think, though, that what we loved even more than the house, was the story of the house. Life is all about story, after all. And story made us fall in love with this new space--story, connection, relationships, and God moving our family into a new season.
* What do you mean "birthing room?" You had better be pregnant! Don't bait us with "birthing room" if it's going to be for lambing season!
Today I'm writing over at Simple Homeschool about my biggest homeschooling mistake. Though it is a homeschooling post, I'm sharing here because I think it's a mistake that is common to us as mothers no matter where our children go to school--just in our day to day role as parents.
From my post:
"I began my homeschooling career like many of you: with a whole host of stereotypes and a conveyor belt education hangover. I believed I wasn't fully equipped to teach my children and that a system knew what they needed better than I did.
Even though I dared, as many of you have, to venture out on this path--I carried my baggage with me. As a result, I wanted to homeschool the "right" way. I desperately didn't want to fail my children or screw up their education, their socialization, their lives!
So I read some really good books about homeschooling, searched for the ideal curriculum, and turned down the dial on my inner intuition.