"less is truly more"

Monday, June 28, 2010

"Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there."
-Oscar Wilde

Despite the fact that my allergies have been overly active the last 3 days, (too much fresh air, I guess!) I am really liking our new rental. Before this house I was all about accessories, wall hangings, paint colors, etc. But after 5 days of hard packing, 3 days of serious cleaning, and just as many days organizing, I'm beginning to realize that "less is truly more."
Jake and I probably have enough stuff to furnish at least a 3,000 sq ft house. Needless to say, thank God for storage. But we also got rid of a ton of stuff in the process of moving 25 miles away--and this is on the heels of taking a load to the consignment shop AND a garage sale. Like I said, less is TRULY more.
And don't get me started on our closet. We have enough clothes and shoes to outfit an entire village in one sad third world country. It really is unacceptable. Jake is having a hard time parting with some of his wardrobe--go ahead, you can laugh. But, we are slowly working together to eliminate clutter and over-excessiveness. (is that even a word?)
As far as living down a dirt road, in a small town, out in the country, on 5 acres? We like it. There is plenty of room for Layla to run, a lot of grass for Jake to mow, lots of space to plants flowers and/or a vegetable garden, and loads of privacy. My mom joked that "there will be a lot of baby makin' goin' on, since there's nothing else to do!" Eventhough She and Jake agree that we could fit 4 or 5 twin beds up in the loft, and that lining up to use the ONE bathroom would teach our children patience, don't count on it happening anytime soon:)
Saturday night, around 10:00, we were all starving, and over-worked, so Mom and I decided to go to the local "Shop and Save" (even sounds small-town) for some groceries. When we got there, we were informed that they close at 10:00 pm. There's your first clue that you're in a small town. So, we drove 8 miles to the next small town (clue #2), and thankfully, their store is open until midnight. During their summer hours, of course. We met some friendly people while shopping, and all ended up in line together, chatting- Clue # 3.

Small towns aren't so bad afterall:)

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