I’ve mentioned before that when we moved overseas we downsized all of our belongings into 18 plastic tubs. Needless to say, when you pack everything you own for a family of six into 18 plastic tubs you only take the absolute necessities. There’s no room for fluff. I wish I could say that getting rid of all the “extras” was easy and that it was all just “stuff” but now, that wouldn’t be true.
The dress I wore the day I married my husband…sold on Craigslist.
The golf clubs my husband swung over countless rounds of golf with closest friends…listed on Ebay.
The rocking chair I used to rock all four of my babies to sleep in night after night…sold in a yard sale.
Thomas the Train toys all of my boys pushed around the same train table…given to a sweet neighbor.
You get the idea. We weren’t just getting rid of “stuff” we were letting go of memories and that was the difficult part. But today, those things are just a distant thought. Our life is simple, very simple, and I love it.
You see, I never realized the great freedom that can be found in living a simple life. Although letting go of our stuff was an extremely painful process, it taught us that a simple life brings great joy and we actually prefer it that way. Oh gracious, how I wish I had known that when I walked out of my house for the last time because it now belonged to someone else. Two words…hot mess.
As I sit here tonight, a family of seven living in a three bedroom apartment on the fourth floor, I’m reminded just how different life looks today than it did a year and a half ago.
We don’t own a car. We don’t have a mortgage. Our boys have one box of toys and one box of Lego’s between the five of them.
We don’t own a microwave, dishwasher or dryer. (Ok, who am I kidding? I REALLY wish we had a dishwasher AND a dryer) It may sound extreme to some people and others may think we’ve completely lost our minds, but to us it was an unexpected blessing given in the middle of all the crazy.
I’m not saying we will never own a house again or drive a swagger wagon with a soccer decal on the back window. But, in this season of life, I’m incredible thankful for the simplicity and all the Lord has taught me through it.