Friday, June 8, 2018

How to Live like the Amish

If you have ever been to an Amish community, you know that you see many wonderful sights. People drive hours, and spend money for a vacation to visit these communities, but for what reason? 

What are we wanting to see and experience? 

What are we longing for?

What do they have, that we can't have?

I know for me it is the peaceful, calm, quiet, and beautiful atmosphere that the community has. You see men who are out in the fields working on their land. No, they are not just working on the land for fun or entertainment. They are working the land for their own personal food, and income for their family. This is their life at stake. You see them taking the cows out to the pasture to eat, so that one day they become meat for the family. You see them painting the house so that their home looks neat and orderly. You see them driving their buggies to the hardware store to pick up lumber for their new barn about to go up with help from many other Amish men. You see them tending the gardens to be able to sell at their produce stand. This is their life. 

You see women hanging laundry on the line, sweeping their porches, driving their buggies to the grocery store with their children in the back. You see them covered modestly with their attire. They are normally very quiet and reserved if you would see them in the stores. They are not loud and boastful about anything. 



You see the children who are quiet and respectful in any situation you may see them. They are behaved extremely well, and it gives you a sense of peace to watch them play happily in the yard with no toys. We visited a barn sale on our last trip to Berlin, Ohio and as we walked into the barn to see the sale, the 3 children were the ones who were running the money and the sale. Answering questions from the customers, but also being quiet and respectful in all of their answers. They are content with being home. They are content with their life.

The tourist coming to these Amish communities long for this type of lifestyle....but why? Why can't we create this for ourselves?

No, we are not Amish. We do not worship the way they do. However, to have a simple, orderly lifestyle is not very hard to do.

We can slow ourselves down. We really need to do this. 

It is a much healthier lifestyle. 

1. Take time to tend the garden without running to the grocery store for every little item. We can make due with what we have, and sell things in order to get what we need.

2. Keep up with the cleaning of the home. Use a cleaning schedule, or totally de clutter in order to keep the house orderly. When you tend to the house daily it won't be a HUGE overwhelming mess. You never see a disorderly Amish home. 

3. Teach your children and yourself to be content with what you have. There is no reason for your kids to have many shoes and clothes. In our home our boys have 3 pairs of shoes. 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of play shoes, and 1 pair for church. Same with clothes. Keep it simple! I put all of the boys church clothes in one closet. This helps them get ready for church very quickly, and also helps my husband when he has time to dress them. Everything is kept in there neat and orderly, and ironed so things are ready. 

4. Buy USED! Save the difference. If you are a stay at home wife and mother, you know that your job is to help stay within your husbands income. You may have a large budget or a very small one. Either way, it is your job to stay within this budget and do well for your family. If your budget is small, then buying used is the way to go. Borrow items you may need instead of buying. Every year we always borrow my parents pressure washer to pressure wash our house. We wouldn't use it much anyway, so why spend un neccessary money. Same with a garden tiller, a log splitter, chainsaws, etc. I know you can't borrow everything and it is nice to have things of your own, but if you think about it, much of our tools and equipment just sits in the building or garage. 

These are just a few ways to begin living a simple life. I believe that is why the Amish communities have grown so much with tourists. Our worldly ways are becoming too much for most people. We all crave simplicity! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Our Garden 2018


I am seeing so many blogs having updates on their garden progress. I want to share with you what we have chosen to do this year. 

For the past few years our boys have really enjoyed going to our local farmers market. They have talked to us about the business side of it, and want to contribute to that. So in an effort to help their endeavors, we planted two gardens this year. We are hoping that the second garden will be for them to sell at the farmer's market. Mostly in that garden is a lot of corn, and potatoes. 
In our other garden are plants that will be processed for our family to eat. We have potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, banana peppers, strawberries, and zinnia flowers for decoration. One of our favorite things to do in the summer is work in the garden. It brings so much satisfaction to see the fruit of your labor. Or in this case, vegetables :)

Our boys all take turns watering the garden each evening if we've not had any rain. 

Our weather is looking good for the garden this week. 84 and raining for about the next 6 days or so. Every time it rains, our trees and garden looks so much more green than the day before. Ohh how I love this time of year!

The grass is growing so fast! I have been mowing it with our push mower, and our oldest son who is 9 helps me with the weedeating. However, with so much land this is proving to be quite the task to keep up with. Every other evening we are mowing or weedeating some area on the property. I was sure thankful to see the rain for the next week so we can get a little rest for now. I'm sure when this rain is over, we will surely have our work cut out for us. 



I hope your getting some rain where you are so your not watering so much.

Rain is always a blessing and a curse.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

This Pregnancy

This pregnancy has flown by! I am now 24 weeks with just 14 more to go.

As this is my fourth pregnancy, it has gotten a little harder each time. This time I am blaming age :) But, I have felt pretty good overall and for that I am thankful. 

(Our family on Easter Sunday)

We are having another BOY and are thrilled. We have come up with a name but not sharing until the birth. This is our first time to do this. 

I have been nesting and cleaning out everything. That is always the fun of pregnancy. 

The due date is August 24th, but normally it takes a week longer :)

Hope you are enjoying the Spring weather. It is beautiful here in West Virginia!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Change

We always have changes going on around us. Every single day there is some sort of change. 
Our mood changes. Our thoughts. Our Motives. Our Talents. 
There is always change in our revolving world here on earth.
What happens when you get a change in your home that REALLY changes things?
How do you react?
I guess that is the REAL question. How do we REACT to the change. 
I know many of you that read here are mothers and wives like me.
Over the past few months we have went through a change in my husbands work schedule. At first it seemed minor. But after we are having to live it, it seems huge. Then other days, it seems minor again. It is easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves. Like this is the end of the world. 
Being at home alone with the children for many weeks at a time gives you a real eye opening experience. You realize just how much your husband helped in the evenings. How much his comforting words at night were needed. How you long to have a good adult conversation with your spouse again. How many more days will daddy be gone for work. 


All we can do is pray. Give it to God. Hope that whatever change we are going through, that we will be strong. I don't pray for my husband to magically get a new schedule. I pray for strength for me, him, and the children during this big adjustment. I have realized I am not super woman, nor am I perfect. But I can give it my best for my children and husband. Be the wife and mother that God is allowing me to be. Be blessed for a working husband who always honors his work change. Good or bad. 

So with that, I am choosing to embrace change. To find the positive in it. For when my husband comes home, we will rejoice that his work is done for a bit. We will cherish the time with him even more. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Gathering around the Table


Today, I would like to talk about having a family dinner time.

Is this something that your family does?

It is easy for families to turn to other things as their "family" time.

 

Clean up the dinner mess, and plop down on the couch for some TV time?

Or does everyone go in their different direction after dinner?

Or is mom always left with the dinner mess, while all the children scatter away to do whatever they want to do in the evening time?

As a family we have many choices to make. How will our evenings look?

In the past I have taught in the public school here and there. When the topic of dinner at the table come up in a story or in a piece of text, I would always ask the students what dinner time looked like for their family. Boy was it heart breaking!!



It sure made me change my attitude about dinner time. 

So what, it's just dinner time. But no, to children it does mean a lot!!

Many children would share with the class about how their family rarely eats at the kitchen table. They would share different ways they have dinner. Some would eat in the living room around the TV. Some would not really eat dinner but just have snacks. Some would even be allowed to take their plate to their bedroom. Mind you, we live in a very rural area of WV and much poverty happens here. 

What would the LORD have us do for evening dinner time? 

I believe if he were to talk into my home, he would love nothing more than to see us gathering around the table talking and eating our meal. No TV. No noise. No phones or radios, toys or homework at the table. Just the family and food. 



The children expressed to me after they shared their home life, that they would love to sit around the table with mom and dad. Mind you, this was a year in Kindergarten. Little 5 year olds, yearning for that time with their family. How I would love to have had them into my home for a sit down meal. 

Eating in a car fast food is no place either. On occasion when we pick up dinner after Sunday evening church, we will bring it home and sit at the kitchen table with it. 


Be careful of how you choose share your family meals. 

Many evenings, my husband is not home at 5:30 and wont return from work until 8pm. He has expressed that is too late for the children to wait on him, and so we eat at our normal 5:30 when he is gone to work. Even with him gone, we all sit at the table. 

Even if I have one child at home because the others have went for an evening with their grandparents, we still sit at the kitchen table. 

Look at them. Talk to them. Share stories, and talk about the day. 

I learn so much from my older boys days, at the dinner table. It is a place that everyone opens up. 

It really does mean a lot to the children and I'm sure it will brighten your life as well. 

**I share with you our pictures of picking strawberries last summer. Such a family fun experience. I thought we had WAY to many when we went to the cash register. I was nervous this was going to be expensive. It turned out to be ok, and I thought how will we eat all of these. We brought them home and as a family cut the tops and washed them. Put them in freezer bags. They didn't last 2 months :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A West Virginia Spring

It has been a very wet Spring so far here in West Virginia. 

We have gone from 70 degrees, to snow, to rain now. We have a forecast of rain and 58 degrees for the next two weeks or so. 

Our Easter forecast looks to be dry. Praise the Lord!


We have many projects for the upcoming weeks. 

We have been:

-Preparing for new carpet in our home.
-Hoping to buy a tiller to till the gardens better.
-Painting a few rooms to spruce them up!
-Finishing our bonus room project a little at a time.

I'm sure most of you know that are on a tight budget, that projects take time. We have been praying and steadily getting our bonus room finished that is above the garage. We wanted it to be finished before Christmas but we are no where close. I have learned through marriage and life, that projects take time. Especially when you are not going into debt for them.


I have a few flower beds that need spruced up as well. That is my love!

I love to make a new flower bed and enjoy adding to it here and there. 

We were at Lowe's today, and those spring pansises are calling my name. But I held off :)

How is your Spring going where you live?

Monday, March 5, 2018

Baby #4!!

We are expecting baby BOY #4 in late August, Lord willing!


We have been blessed with three boys so far. 

All of our boys have a name that starts with a K. We have my husband that is Kevin, our oldest son is Karson, our 2nd son is Kipton, and our youngest son is Kase. 

Coming soon....another K named blessing :)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dinner Time



Around 3:30/4:00 I begin the dinner process each night. 

I am thankful to be able to do this.

I know it is a blessing to have dinner on the kitchen table. We pray for the children in the schools that aren't having a meal around the table. It is such a great time for conversation and sharing.


I hear of many families who sit around the living room, while watching TV. This upsets and saddens me, as I know the Lord would have us sitting together while sharing a meal and conversation.

Tonight, I am taking a meal to a dear family friend of ours. They are in deep sadness over a situation.

It is always my hope that I remember how important it is to share a home cooked meal with others when times are difficult. I know after having babies, it's always nice to have a meal brought to the home. There is just something about dinner that is special. 

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
A great meal to take to a family is baked spaghetti with salad and garlic bread. That is our meal to share tonight. It is easy to pack up and easy clean up for the family you are sharing with.

I know there are many ideas on Pinterest as well. 

Have a blessed Thursday!

~Stacy

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Any Spring Weather?

Here in West Virginia, we have been having spring like weather. 

Tuesday it was 80 and Wednesday 72. It was so nice to have that warm weather.


I can't wait to get outside and get my flowers planted, and our garden going. 

It is a lot of work but very worth it. I miss the green grass between my toes, and being able to take long walks to the fishing hole that my boys enjoy. 



What about you??

Are you itching for Spring?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snowy Days in January

It seems we always wish for a white Christmas, but it doesn't happen so often here in West Virginia.


 However, we always get the bulk of our snow in January and February.

We've had many snowy days here lately. Today comes 3-5 inches more.

The boys love it. Not so sure about the mommy's who have extra laundry, but trying to embrace the love of it.