Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Such a Simple Life

Sometimes as I think about what I am going to write about for a blog post, I am struck with how truly uneventful our life seems to be and maybe it would seem a bit boring to others.  The daily chores, homelearning, cleaning, baking, and handwork take up more than a full day for sure.

Over the past several days we have ~

Had a play date with a friend that lives on an organic farm who just happens to have a daughter born the exact same day and year as our Sarah.  This is in a town with just about 500 residents.  Quite remarkable, I think and they so enjoy their time together.



This past Friday we went over and it was a beautiful November day.  The girls made fairy houses, while our Abby enjoyed rolling in a blown up inner tube and Abraham engaged himself with hoses.

On Sundays we have Meeting at our house and this past Sunday we had a potluck after which was just so nice.  It was especially enjoyable talking while washing dishes after enjoying our meal together.

Although the days have been dark, we have still been spending time outside.

Outside the younger children have been hiking around looking for "Christmas trees" and decorating them with dried vegetation they find nearby. 
Later the same day, found Sarah weaving birch bark in a fence.

And bringing in the wood to fill up our woodpiles on our porch has become more frequent.



I am grateful that the chickens have begun to lay again after about a month of very low production.  I moved them to our smaller coop since it gets light all day.    We have also added crushed oyster shells to help with calcium and scratch to supplement their grain, food scraps, and free ranging.

Thank you for all joining in on the handmade holiday and for sharing.
Warm wishes, Tonya

23 comments:

  1. Your days may be simple, but they are filled with the best kind of things. Love the birch weaving. :)

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  2. I love reading about your simple days Tonya. I'm sure you know this though.
    The bark fence weaving is wonderful!

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  3. I suppose some poor souls would find your family's life boring, but the rest of us know that the things you talk about are life's sweetest things. Thank you for sharing your simple life with all of us.

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  4. Simple is beautiful Tonya...
    xo

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  5. YOur uneventful sounds pretty wonderful to me, not boring, deliberate.

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  6. Tonya,
    Yours is one of my very favorite blogs to read. I find it very inspiring and comforting and I appreciate all you share!

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  7. Everyday holds such wonder and it may seem simple and boring, but it is truly something interesting to look back and see how you spent time.

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  8. Great post! I do this too! I find myself wanting to blog, but I have absolutely ZERO things to say that are profound or deep or even interesting to anyone outside of our home! ;D This was wonderful, however, and may make me reconsider when those days come and just write about the everyday! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! ;D

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  9. Awesome post! I struggle with knowing what to blog about too...

    I love the weaving in the fence. :)

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  10. There is much beauty in the simplistic if we stop to just take it all in:-)

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  11. I think your life is anything but boring. I find it so very interesting, beautiful and mindful! xo Angela

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  12. I envy your wood pile Tonya.

    I like peeking inside your life. Once I was addicted to reality shows...now I have blogs.

    Thanks for sharing your days with us.

    Namaste, Nicole

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  13. Not to sound trite:

    Tis a gift to be simple... Tis a gift to be free...

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  14. A simple life is quite hard to achieve really. You and your family do it beautifully - thank you for sharing it.

    The Interrupted Gardener

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  15. I adore the first picture of the CHildren in the yard. SO cute.

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  16. Really, when children can be so happy playing outside in God's beautiful creation and not stuck inside on electronics then you have truly succeeded... (in my opinion, lol)
    I love your blog and all your postings..

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  17. I don't find your posts boring or uneventful. I love reading about your simple life... it is a bright spot in my day. Thank you for sharing your simple ways with us!

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  18. Oh Tonya...I do so know what you mean. But for me, these everyday tasks that seem so uneventful are ripe with meaning, beauty, and joy. Simple, indeed. Boring, never. Keep up the happiness you are spreading...please.
    xo Jules

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  20. A simple life is a good life indeed. A simple life is eventful in so many little ways that are actually huge if we pay attention. Thank you for sharing your life! It's so inspiring!

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  21. We have no children but I think our days are, relatively, simple as well. They are spent doing things to keep body and soul together, for us and for family, friends and neighbors. I think if more people were satisfied with "simple" this frosty ole world would be a lot warmer place!
    God's blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

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  22. Great post! I love seeing all those outdoor pictures.

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