Monday, January 21, 2013

Just Thinking



I have had several readers tell me that our family has inspired their family and it really just blows me away.  It is only thanks to God, being persistent and taking small steps that we have been able to realize our dreams.

But, I thought that maybe I would start sharing more about the ins and outs of how we got to where we are and the steps we are taking to continue our journey.  I like to think that we live "outside the box".  

There are many others that have chosen similar paths and I am so thankful that the internet has helped to connect us and also for our little rural nook up here in northern Vermont where I have been able to find others that share common values. But for the most part I think our family still sticks out and that we live very differently than most in our country.

Just yesterday,for example, our fourteen year old exclaimed, "Mom, thank you for making a new dish cloth!"   I thought to myself - wow!  How many fourteen year olds would even notice.

So, there may be some controversial posts coming up and many of you may disagree with some of the things I write.  I promise that I will not be judgemental or condemning, but instead simply share our family's way of living and what we hope to achieve by living our small simple life.

Blessings on this beautiful Monday,
Tonya

21 comments:

  1. I am among the inspired. You have yet to write anything that comes close to offending me and I haven't found another family that comes as close to our simple lifestyle as yours! When I don't feel like blogging anymore, I think about the inspiration I've gotten from you and it makes me want to continue sharing for those people who've said they've been inspired by us. The inspiration just keeps going around!! :D

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  2. And so am I!
    You'll never be able to offend me with your writings.
    Looking forward to each and every new post of yours.
    Sending blessings and warm wishes from cold and today very snowy Dokkum in The Netherlands.

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  3. Looking forward to your perspective.

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  4. Whether or not people are offended is their choice. Keep doing what you're doing! I look forward to reading more about your lifestyle choices. Perhaps someday my family will be where you are in terms of simplicity. :-)

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  5. J'aime lire votre Blog. Nous aussi nous vivons différamment au Québec (Canada). Votre famille m'inspire.
    Merci beaucoup
    Carmen

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  6. wonderful! looking forward to learning from you and yours. ~Kristin

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  7. Very much looking forward to those posts! I am forever striving to simplify, and your blog is always full of inspiration!

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  8. Hello,
    I follow your blog and enjoy reading about your days. I don't think I will be offended. Reading your blog sometimes encourages me to stop and think about my own life. I look forward to future entries on your blog.
    Blessings,
    Deborah

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  9. Can't wait to hear all - looking for new ways to learn and be inspired!

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  10. I also love the simple life you portray in your posts. You have a lovely family and a wonderful life. Thank you for sharing and being such an inspiration to many, many of us! As I mentioned in my blog this weekend, you and blog really did change my life! God bless you!

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  11. I can't wait to read your thoughts and hear more of the nitty gritty behind the blog! Like you, even among the homeschoolers and alternative types down here in southern VT we live very differently...one big big reason is just that we don't have our child watching TV and extremely rarely do we let her watch movies...as in she has seen less than 5 and she is almost 9 years old. That and keeping sheep, goats, chickens and ducks makes us much more "out there" than I tend to think we are. Your blog is a great comfort to me and please know that sharing the ups and downs makes it even more so. Thank you for all your efforts!

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  12. Hi, I can't what to hear about your lives! I love reading about how people make things work for them.
    Thanks for sharing with us all.
    Coleen

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  13. My son was all for living off the grid.
    I think I would have liked it.But Gee it is a tremendus
    Amount of work.More and more I desire to grow my own food and preserve what we get.
    My dear son had built a wind turbine some time ago,and was in the process of working the kinks out.For he built it out of literal scrapes.He got most from the county dump.
    I am not a spring Chicken,but I do like that way of life.

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  14. He Je ,after reading some of the other comments,I kinda wish It was like facebook so I could click on LIKE.
    tHE GOOD ONES ONLY.

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  15. I am also among the inspired and I look forward to reading more... Thank you so much for sharing!

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  16. We too live an unconventional life - I always appreciate when others can look at it with an open mind. We all learn from each other and we each take what we need and give what we can. I look forward to hearing about your life. "The strength to live a life of nonconformity is a virtue."

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  17. I enjoy following your blog. You seem like a modern day pioneer to me!

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  18. A life that is always connected with others is a blessed life. Thank you for sharing yours so openly and honestly. mb

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  19. I look forward to hearing more!

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  20. I am also so glad to hear that you will be sharing more about how you've gotten to where you are, and how you are heading toward where you're dreaming about. I'm looking forward to your perspective and learning about your experiences, thanks for being willing to share them. ~ Annie

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