Coffee and Things

A mom with a cup of Joe, hoping to help you as I go….

Day 2 and 3 and I have writer’s block.  Already.  LOL  

In my introduction I had already alluded to the fact that I had been trying to get my feet wet in blogging for years and just felt, I guess inadequate for lack of words.  I initially started typing out my thoughts years ago when I “just” had three kids.  Life was so complicated, nothing was going right and I just wanted to live the simple life. In fact, I had my very first blog back then called “Living the Simple Life”. Haha  I had read a book called “Almost Amish” and man did I ever want to achieve some of those ways of thinking and living.  Of course, back then we lived in Arizona and every corner had a Walgreens or a Dunkin’ Donuts (not that the coffee was a bad thing 😉 ) but it was such a fast pace.  I did not know how I was going to achieve what I wanted so badly; we could not even keep our head above water when we lived there.  As the years went on, that very simple life that I had been praying for slowly was given to us; of course with some bumps along the way.  But here I am now, I’d say a good decade after praying that first ‘simple life prayer’ and realizing that I have it.  We moved from AZ back to the Midwest and here I am among the beautiful Wisconsin countryside that’s absolutely breathtaking – yes Wisconsin!!!! I am raising chickens with my husband and 4 kids.  We have to travel an hour to the nearest Starbucks or Aldi (oh how I wish I had one closer!!) but I have everything I have ever dreamed of.  

Oh sure, the outside world is sooooo crazy right now!  But the life I used to pray for is one that I now have.  We are comfortable, have learned so much – so much so that I know how to package my own processed pork meat! I actually have many Amish neighbors and I didn’t plan that!  LOL!  I know how to squeeze nickel, run a large family, meal plan; I have learned so much about living as natural of a lifestyle as possible – keeping balance and not being totally neurotic, learning so much about how to use the earth we have been given for healing and strength, I am resourceful, crafty to a point anyway, haha, I know how to stay positive when hard times fall because believe me, it’s not if, but it’s when. As written in James 1: 2-4 

2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (emphasis given on ‘when’)

So all that to say, I hope that the direction this goes in is one which will help others slow down, take care of themselves as we are only given one body and we need to treasure it. I hope that it will become a resource for people to look back at and say “hey, didn’t she teach us x, y and z?” or “wait, she said something about that, I am going to look at that again.”  I like to be depended on, I love to teach (remember, I am working S L O W L Y on my teaching degree??) so I hope that as time goes on, you can learn to trust me and depend on me if you need something!  

Happy Friday and Enjoy your holiday weekend! And shout out to all my new UBC friends!

Tanya 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Perhaps the right direction?

    1. it’s actually been pretty awesome doing this on vacation. I am able to just sit and be and think. Also bouncing ideas off my mother in law too! It’s been fun talking to people about this!

  1. There is definitely something to be said for living off the beaten path. I live in the NE corner of Vermont (13 miles from the Canadian border) in what’s called the Northeast Kingdom. There are more dairy cows than people up here and I like it that way! Like you – everything is over an hour away – except for Walmart (they built one a couple of years ago).
    Enjoy your life in the slow lane.
    LOL to the Walgreens on every corner in AZ – we visited my son when he lived there and that is exactly what I thought too!

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