contentment

One of the keys to living a simple and minimal lifestyle is contentment.

In America, we have been bombarded with advertising trying to convince us that we need and deserve unnecessary things. And, too often, we believe it.

We’re fairly happy with what we have until we compare what we have or don’t have to what someone else has.

We can ignore the messages telling us we need more.

Instead, we can choose a life of simplicity and contentment.

For Christians, contentment is biblical:

“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you have renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me, but lacked the opportunity to show it. I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:10-13 HCSB

“But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing we will be content with these.” -1 Timothy 6:6-8 HCSB

These scriptures are such an encouragement to me. They put into focus what really matters and that does not include acquiring things.

I firmly believe that learning contentment is a crucial step in your attempts to live simply.

To foster contentment, start dwelling on what you do have.

When you are thankful for all of the good, how can you not be content?

How do you foster contentment in your life? 

 

Merry Christmas
What a fun, busy and full month December was for our family! We had a wonderful Christmas season and were able to spend time with lots of family!Sister and Brothers
We started the month off with our Christmas photo shoot. We snapped at least a hundred pictures trying to get one where all 3 kids were looking at the camera with no one crying or making crazy faces. There were lots of cute and funny shots!
Silly Brothers
One of my favorites of the boys — these boys smile so big sometimes it’s hilarious!December Days
This is what most of our December days looked like while we were home — Christmas tree glowing, kids playing with the nativity and other toys in the living room. Christmas Parade
The boys at our local Christmas parade. Christmas Tree
Our sweet little tree, fully decorated by our boys with a blanket as a tree skirt! We really keep things simple around here. Just Us
Paxton took this photo for us before John David’s work Christmas party. 
Excited Boys
My aunt and uncle sent the kids a Christmas package. The boys were so excited to open the package when it arrived – to their disappointment the package contained wrapped gifts! Of course they wanted to open them right then but they were Christmas gifts so I told them they had to wait! I remember my childhood excitement when the package my aunt and uncle sent us arrived each Christmas — it was fun to watch the boys experience the same excitement!

 

9 Months

Cecilia was 9 months old on the 20th.

Here are some milestones from 8 to 9 months:

  • Feeding herself – it’s beyond precious to watch!
  • Using a sippy cup!
  • Wearing bumGenius diapers on the largest setting.
  • Cruising
  • Wearing 9-12 month clothes
  • Getting into everything. We’re having to keep the bathroom doors closed again and she loves getting into the dishwasher when it’s opened.
  • Loves bath time. Anytime we run a bath, she beelines for the bathroom!
  • Loves chewing on her socks.
  • Prefers her brothers toys to her baby toys.

We left home on the 20th and started our big Christmas trip. We had Christmas with John David’s mom’s family on the 20th and then went on to his parents house. We celebrated Christmas with John David’s dad’s family on the 21st.

Happy Birthday Weston
Our Weston turned 3 years old on the 22nd! We had a fun day celebrating him. His Mimi made his hunting birthday cake – a cookie cake with deer on it which was exactly what he wanted! We went to Chick-fil-A for his birthday breakfast, ate cake and opened presents.

Birthday Book
We keep gifts simple yet meaningful. We gave Weston a copy of Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life – a book full of pictures about farm life – perfect for our little farmer. We’ll all enjoy reading this book for years to come.

Weston's birthday
We headed to visit with my parents, sister and nieces who were visiting my grandparents in Virginia. We celebrated Weston’s birthday with them after dinner with another cookie cake and a few more presents! Such a fun day — it’s hard to remember that I was disappointed about having a Christmas baby, I now love his December birthday! He hasn’t celebrated a birthday yet without extended family.

Christmas with cousins

We celebrated Christmas with my family on the 23rd. We exchanged presents, enjoyed time together and took pictures of the cousins – my mom made the girls coordinating dresses!

Then we headed back to John David’s parents to spend Christmas Day with them. Little Farmer
While we were there, Weston enjoyed a little bit of farming. He helped his daddy and papaw work on a trailer! Such a hard little worker.

Christmas DayOur Christmas day began with a yummy breakfast with John David’s family and his mamaw. Then we exchanged presents, played and enjoyed a relaxing evening. We ended the day with a drive to look at Christmas lights and watching Annabelles Wish!

Boreing Kids
Mama Daughter

We headed back home on the 26th and celebrated our family Christmas on the 27th.

Our FamilyMerry Christmas and best wishes for 2015 from the Boreing family! We’re looking forward to what the New Year holds for our family!

Paxton
November was a lovely, laid back month for our family.
Playing
We enjoyed several warm fall days and played outside as much as we could, knowing that cooler temperatures will be here soon. 21 Day Fix Food
My biggest accomplishment of November was one round of the 21 Day Fix. My motivation in doing this is to be healthier – my focus is not on weight loss, just on becoming more disciplined, stronger and have even better eating habits. I completed 20 days – I did skip the very last day! I was proud for sticking with it for as long as I did. Cecilia is still not sleeping through the night and it is HARD waking once or twice during the night to nurse the baby and also waking early. I plan to do another round (or more) at the beginning of the year and hope Cecilia’s sleeping habits improve! Post 21 Day Fix Workout
I woke up around 6:00 every morning to work out and over half of the mornings, one of my little ones joined me. The boys would participate for about 3 minutes and Cecilia would crawl all over me whenever I was on the floor. This is a post workout picture from a morning that Paxton was my workout buddy!Sunday Nap
We enjoy our lazy Sunday’s around here. John David laid down with Weston this afternoon and fell asleep with him!
Everyday
This picture was taken while I was nursing Cecilia (which happens multiple times a day). I love that the boys are enjoying a book together (it’s rarely this peaceful!) and a basket of laundry ready to fold is a very common sight in our home!
Brothers
We borrowed Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 from friends and the boys loved watching these movies. They snuggled together on the couch for both of them. Sleeping Littles
This has to be one of my favorite pictures, all of my sweet sleeping little ones around me. As long and hard as the days and nights are in this season of life, many moments are so sweet.
Mama and Daughter
We were coordinating in our red and black before church so I had to document this mama-daughter moment!
8 Months
Little Miss Cecilia was 8 months old on the 20th.

Here are some milestones from 7 to 8 months:

  • Loves taking her socks off
  • Waking once or twice during the night
  • bumGenius diapers are on the medium setting
  • Wearing 9-12 month clothes
  • Enjoys eating solids
  • Smiles all the time
    Thanksgiving

We had a low-key Thanksgiving this year with just the 5 of us. We watched the Macy’s Parade and John David prepared our meal which included a smoked turkey! Acts of Service is my love language so I felt incredibly blessed by him preparing our meal.
Christmas Tree Assembly
After Thanksgiving, we put up our Christmas tree. Paxton had been looking forward to putting up our tree for weeks. We have an old fashioned 5-foot artificial tree and he assembled the entire thing – I just held him up to put the top on.
Christmas Tree
I put the lights on and then the boys decorated our tree – there were several bare spots and 2-3 ornaments on some branches but they were so proud and the tree couldn’t have been more beautiful to me!

We’re looking forward to the Christmas season!

Here’s a little recap of the rest of October for our family.

Dedication Family Pic

We had Cecilia’s baby dedication on the 22nd. I enjoyed dressing her up in a sweet smocked dress that belonged to my sister’s girls for the occasion. The dedication was lovely.
Baby Girl and Daddy

Siblings

Mama and Baby
The week of Halloween was full of fun activities.

The Sunday before Paxton dressed up for AWANA and then did Trunk or Treat right after AWANA! The boys had a blast with that and received so much candy. When we got home that night, we gave them each a jelly sized mason jar and let them fill their jar up with their candy and that was their Halloween candy – the rest was sent to work with daddy to share!Storytime at Library

Tuesday was Storytime at the Library and the kids dressed up for that. They really enjoyed dressing up and going to the library!
Halloween 2014

Sheriff Woody Costume

Paxton was Sheriff Woody this year. He loved his costume that his Mimi bought for him – and it’s now in the dress up drawer and being played with frequently!Woody Costume

Little Lion

Weston wanted to be so many things for Halloween this year – we finally found this adorable little lion costume that he liked so he was a lion. He had a really vicious little ‘roar’ to go with his vicious little costume too!Little Lion Tail

My favorite part of this lion costume- the padded bottom and tail – so stinkin’ cute!Baby Owl
Cecilia was a Baby Owl this year. We kept her costume simple since she’s so little and I knew she’d be spending most of her time in the baby carrier!
Sweet Siblings

On October 30, we went to one of our church campuses Fall Festival – the boys played on inflatables, had popcorn and a piece of pizza and played a few games and had so much fun!
3 Little Ones