Dear Intentionally Simple Readers,
It’s been awhile since I last wrote. I intended to take the rest of the month of May off. Well, that time off turned into all of May, June and now most of July! Every week, I tell myself I’m going to write a post but I never make the time to and so another week passes.
I do want to catch you up with some of the things that have been going on these past few months.
In early April, on a whim, we were browsing real estate listings and came across a 7 acre farm which we fell in love with. Within a week, we decided we were going to sell our house (for sale by owner) and worked to get it ready. And, Cecilia was less than a month old (crazy)! During the rest of April, May and some of June, we were pretty set on this plan.
After much prayer, talking and words from people around us, we feel that staying in our little home is the right move for our family. We don’t feel having 7 acres of land to maintain is the right thing for our family during this season of life. And, quite honestly, our house which is somewhat small, especially for a family of 5, really is enough house for us now. Our mortgage is quite comfortable, allowing us the freedom of not having a ton of our monthly income tied up.
We still haven’t removed the for sale sign in our front yard and if a buyer came along and we felt we were supposed to sell, we would but more than likely we’ll be in this home for a few more years.
The main reason I haven’t had time to write is because I’m a mama of 3! Our Weston is an early riser and Cecilia cluster feeds from 7 until 10:30 or 11:00 nearly every night which makes the days full of caring for my children, which is exactly what I want to do! The boys don’t take naps anymore, although we do rest time for an hour each afternoon but most of their rest time is spent nursing and resting myself. And, when John David is home, we’re still outnumbered!
Another reason is we cut out home internet. Our internet bill went up considerably so we decided to cancel and try living without home internet! It’s been quite liberating. We still have internet access on our phones but we’ve been much more intentional about internet usage and time spent on social media/web surfing. We feel like it’s made us more aware of the time wasted online and made us more present with our kids and each other. With that said, we’re probably going to be reconnecting our home Internet because we do still use it to communicate, blog, shop and such so it’s not all bad!
John David went to Ethiopia mid-June and I spent over a week with my parents. The little ones and I had a really wonderful time with my parents, sister and nieces. We went to several parks, had picnics, went to the zoo, swimming in my parents pool, watched movies (we finally watched Frozen!) and just enjoyed being with family. John David had a great trip. This was his third trip and he really feels like he’s deepening relationships with church leaders as well as our two Compassion children.
At this point, I’m not making any promises about this blog. I enjoy writing, it is definitely a passion and I’m not going to stop all together, I just may be posting quite sporadically over the next few months. I’m still settling into a new normal as a mother of 3 (and after having 2 babies before, I really think it takes about a year to fully adjust to a new little one). I also know how fast time flies during the first year of a baby’s life and I am trying to live slow and savor the babyhood of this sweet daughter of mine.
I have all kinds of post ideas and things I want to write about but for now they’re swirling around in my head as I wash dishes, fold endless loads of laundry, nurse my baby and savor the quietness of a short, hot shower.
I am on Instagram fairly regularly. If you want glimpses into our life and my thoughts on simple living and motherhood, follow me – @rachelboreing.
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