Simple Life: Where have we been lately?

Our walk down the path of simplicity has taken a drastic turn, thanks to an enormous dose of reality when it comes to living modestly. Let’s recall that our mission at the time was to write about my family’s intent to Simplify, Simplify, Simplify. Our very first post, Sacrificing + Downsizing=Big Reward explains the early steps we took to get to where we are today. I must concede my idea of simplifying is much different today than it was a few years ago. Our family’s goal was to live life simpler so we could enjoy the small things in life but most importantly each other. On this journey I’ve discovered that there are many twist and turns in this roller coaster we call life. These trials have brought us together and given us a new perspective of faith in one another and most importantly faith in God. Which brings me to the question of where have we been lately?

Six months ago life was getting really stressful with Rebecca’s ongoing health issues as a result of living in close quarters. It was clear that we needed to provide a safe environment for Becca to dwell in day by day. Not only was she depressed by her health but not having a space of her own made it much worse. Imagine as parents Mitch and I felt like failures, so this affected us immensely impacting our relationship with each other and individually we felt the physical and emotional effects. It was during this time that we started going to church and growing our faith and it has helped us stay positive during these hard times.

As you recall my last post was in December 2014, this was the time when started to look for other living arrangements. We started to stress because we needed money to put down on a future rental. Thankfully God blessed us with fulltime jobs and a family member willing to help us with the money needed to rent.

It was not until the last week of January 2015 that we were able to move into a modest rambler nestled on an acre lot that has 3 bedrooms and 1 bath and enormous 1,248 square feet. This is not as small as I would have liked but it fit our budget in fact it was almost $300 less than our previous mortgage on our home of 1,980 feet in a country setting on 7 acres. In theory we have downsized, we hope that we can buy a home in the future perhaps the one we are currently living in. We will wait and see what God has in store for us!

Here are some pictures of our home:

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Front of the house

house2

Front yard

house3

Apple tree

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Kitchen

Artwork by Rebecca L.

Artwork by Rebecca L.

School Room

School Room

Becca's Room

Becca’s Room

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Living room, with big window for Mittens

Master Bedroom

Master bedroom, with big bed for Mittens

Fast forward to the now, when we took an unforeseen break Simple Northern Life highlighted in a post titled a Welcoming a New Season , at a ‘Crossroads’ and began to shift the focus on more lighthearted topics. Now that our lives have settle down a bit my daughter and I want to pick up where we left off. We are ever grateful for our current and future readers for giving us a platform to share our lives and hope that we may inspire you to live your lives to the fullest.

Happy Blogging,

Almarinda and Rebecca

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