Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Crazy thing about living a simple life

Simplify - to reduce to basic essentials!

"Easier said than done"

Yes, when my husband and I decided we wanted to simplify, we decided to move to our country property, The Ponds.   

We would downsize to a smaller home!  Yes!

All of this sounded great!  We put our home on the market and waited.  Once it finally sold, we started the process of getting rid of everything but our basic essentials.  I get very attached to things that I've rescued over the years.  With that being said, I find a lot of things essential.  

Fast forward - we decide to build an industrial farmhouse.  You can read about my love of old farmhouses here.  

We move into the house with these grand plans to keep the house very basic and simple!

Then I start to decorate and guess what?  I decide that I need more essentials!  So I begin to hunt at barn sales, vintage shops and thrift stores.  I start painting again.  So much inspiration here in the country.  The cows, the churches, etc.  Although this sounds the opposite of simplifying, I can't apologize for wanting to do this.  It's what I love doing!

Plus, we keep adding on to the outside of the property.  As you know, one thing leads to another.  So many more projects and more stuff.  We want to create a place for our family and friends to gather.
We love entertaining so this space is more about bringing people together than just for our own personal enjoyment.  

A Simple Farmhouse

So our goal to simplify isn't working out exactly as we planned.

However, I will say we have never been happier!  We actually thrive on our "to do" list.  

 Although most people our ages are thinking about a townhouse with no up keep and no worries, we decided to bring 30 acres back to its former glory!

We are not actually retirement age (yet), but we didn't want to be in debt at 65.  We wanted to start enjoying our time at home and have less stress.  

 I love vintage finds and bringing old things back to life.  That's what we are doing here at The Ponds!  This property is a part of my heritage and although my dad is no longer with us, I'd like to think he's happy with the work we've done here.  

Although we may not be ready for the true meaning of "simple life", I feel we have accomplished a lot of our goals.  1. To be debt free.  2. To enjoy the moments.  3. Have less stress.  Most of all, we sure are enjoying this season of our life.  



  1. My husband and I have 6 acres of land in the country & are planning to build soon. I love your home, I even make my husband watch your stories.We know nothing about building & i am so nervous. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Lynda,
      I'm not an expert for sure, but read my post on Planning our forever home. It gives my tips on how to plan your home and be sure you get the things you want included.


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