Saturday, October 25, 2008

back to basics

i just don't understand why so many people don't "get" that what our country needs is to get back to basics.

i mean, like what our forefathers believed in.

hard, honest work.
true belief in God.
dedication to family.
honesty with friends.
pure acts of kindness.
taking care of the orphans and widows.
freely giving as freely we have recieved.
not killing those who cannot speak for themselves.
living within our means.
buying locally.
supporting artisans.
bartering instead of racking up debt.
using our skills for work instead of working meaningless jobs.

i could go on and on.

change is good, but sometimes a certain kind of change is detrimental.
to our country and to our lives.
to the future generation that we are raising.

back to basics is what i believe.

we're heating our home mostly with fire this winter, so i spent the evening gathering firewood from our yard...and teaching the kids how to gather pinecones for kindling.

i also bought some from a pastor that lives in the woods behind us.
yes. in the woods.
he and his wife have lived on that land for 45 years.
they married when she was 14 and he was 17.
they had five kids.
they built their own amazing log home overlooking the lake that they fish in.
she runs a country cooking restaurant and he helps her there.
he also pastors a little church and sells firewood on the side.

i have struck up a friendship with this man and i have to say that they live simple, love much and are two of the happiest people i have ever met.

i was telling him how we want eight kids and hope to maybe have a farm one day and he gave me the best compliment that i've heard in a long time...

he said that the day he first met me, he went to his wife and told her that he met a young lady that reminded him *exactly* of her when she was my age.

back to basics folks.

you will be the happiest you have ever been.
just watch.


Kara said...

i love it. I love you and your heart.

Aimee said...

Heather Joel and I have managed for six years in our house built in 1912 to heat it with our fireplace, even if that meant spending the night in the living room on the rally really cold nights. We do have a space heater for the kiddies and bunk them all together. Also the best part is our electric bill usually is $60 and rarley not much over. We have started collecting wood also. Tip: many people this time of year will let you pick up their pecans for money if you can find a grove...that gonna be our christmas money!!!

Scott and Sara said...

Amen, sister!

Lynn Stallworth said...

There is something very romantic about living simple. There are times that I'd love to sell everything we own and live in an RV and travel the country. Or sell it, buy land with a SMALLER house and live off the land. We really don't "need" everything we have. Too much stuff is not a good thing!

Jennifer said...

I agree with you whole heartedly. I've always felt I was born about a century too late.