Old Fashioned ways
We have been so blessed to be able to wash our clothes at our friends house. I found a laundry mat close by, in Timbo, rather than driving to Harrison. Now with my new “WONDER wash” I can wash smaller items down at our spring and hang them out to dry. The kids were interested in helping because this was the first time I used it, however, as I am editing the original post, I can tell you, we are going to need to use some fabric softener on the socks because, stiff, laundry line socks seem a little… unpleasant. It’s like, ” I wonder if these have been washed.”
All jokes aside, I do wonder if my children will be treated differently due to our choice to revert back to the old fashioned ways of living. It is hard for a child to understand why we would want to live in a smaller home with less amenities. My children understand the basic idea but it isn’t something they can explain to their peers.
When we lived in our old house and had beautiful appliances, the people who were our friends did not visit. Here, our neighbors visit, and do not seem to judge us for lifestyle. I found myself showing people pictures of my old house to prove we are worthy of their friendship, but people are different here. Everyone understands why, without explanation. They are more interested in how they can help us, rather than judge us. Children though, they say what they think, like, “you guys need a bigger house.” Or the look two kids gave each other when Bruce said, “I helped my mom by putting my bed away,” in class.
I have been trying to keep up with the Jones’ for too long, the race is over, they won. I want to teach my kids that their value is not based on what people in the world think, but how they treat people, how they act, who they are will be what draws their friends to them, not what they have.
“Yoga helps me build strength, balance, and focus.”
-Donna Ervin, certified yoga instructor
Outdoor Yoga schedule
- Tuesday 9:00 am – stretch and strength
- Thursday 8:00 pm- relax and recover
- Saturday 9:00 am – hike and balance
Outdoor Yoga for Strength
This summer I plan to start teaching yoga classes outside at our property. Starting Tuesday morning, June 1st, join me for yoga at 9 a.m. rain will always postpone our practice until the following day. The yoga I practice is focused on breathing, building strength, flexibility, and focus. I am a faithful Christian mother and believe in a God who is strong enough to show me ideas from other cultures and allow me to practice exercises and techniques that will strengthen this vessel he wove together and I can use my body in this life to glorify His name and share his peace with my brothers and sisters here on earth.