slow-paced life

I lead a really slow-paced life.
Despite what the world tries to tell me a slower pace is the best thing for me and my family.

I had no convictions about being a stay-at-home-mom or homemaker until college.
It wasn’t how I was raised and honestly wasn’t appealing.
I didn’t want kids until a summer missions trip to Uganda changed my heart completely.
I spent years in school training for a life I don’t want and was told I am too smart to waste my time in the home.

I stumbled upon a quote in my favorite magazine, Seeing the Everyday;

“Educated women in the home? What an odd thing to deplore!
What better place to have us “end up”…
What more important job is there than sharing the values we are learning to cherish with the next generation of adults?
What more strategic place could there be for the educated woman?
-Edith F. Hunter

So now that I am a homemaker I treat my job very seriously.
I want to provide a place for my family to thrive.
For my family this means an intentional slow pace and a home-centered existence.
We live in a super chaotic world that is shouting all sorts of messages at us, my home should be the best refuge against all the noise.
My kids need peace and calm, likely even more-so than your average kids because they are Army Brats.
One third of the time My Soldier is gone on deployment for 12 months or more at a time.
He is the rock and stable influence in our home which is all the more reason for me to provide a slow-paced calm environment for them.
I want our home to be their haven.
My home is my favorite place to be and I want it to be my children’s too.

Slow-paced and peaceful for us looks different than it does for a lot of families.
{peaceful and quiet are not synonymous in our home}
I try very hard to be in our home as much as possible.
Totally counter-cultural but my young kids don’t need the frantic pace of a Wall Street exec.
So I combine errands, limit activities and often say ‘no’ to exciting opportunities so that we can be home as much as possible.
We are still out-n-about regularly with church and ministry opportunities and we do spend a great deal of time with friends in their homes.
I make a point to cook as many meals from scratch as I can and we eat them as a family.
I love to cook.
It’s my favorite “chore.”
Feeding my family (and others) brings immense joy to my little heart.
We don’t have cable.
{Crazy right?}
We’ve been cable free for almost 2 years and I don’t know that we’d ever go back.
We own 1 TV and it is used as the monitor for my Mac Mini.
We can stream shows over the internet if we want and enjoy movies from time to time.
Honestly, that type of entertainment is not a regular part of our lives.
My kids go days without watching anything and they don’t know the difference.
{bonus: we save a ton of $$}
We do a lot of nothing and we do it as a family.
Doing nothing for this family is just unstructured time.
This time includes a lot of reading, drawing, coloring, and playing with Legos or dolls or walking to the park right outside our back door.

That is what “slow-paced” looks like in our family right now.
There are many areas where I can improve.
{like cleaning, and watching my temper with my kids, and laundry}
With God’s help and abundant grace I am making headway in those areas.
Off to sweep!

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  1. 09.8.2011 at 18:44

    boy do i miss you.

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