Simplicity is beautiful and beauty is in the simple things!

Contrary to what our culture suggests, simplicity is beautiful.

A vivid painting of a country home amidst magnificent mountains. A marvelous sunset…a peaceful meadow…a crystal clear creek…these are a few of the beautiful yet simple things that inspire me, that bring life to my soul.

 I missed it. I missed the era in which women wore those amazingly big and beautiful dresses, when they used a washboard to do their laundry, hung their clothes out in the sun to dry, baked bread from scratch and wore aprons daily. I am that kind of woman…I think I just was born in the wrong era! 🙂 I want to go back, go back to living a simple yet full life. A life where the things that mattered were the things done. A life that embraced simplicity, contentment, hard work and shuns the westernized culture we live in. So, I am going to do it!!! I am buying a washboard along with everything needed to wash our clothes and in the process teach my sweet girls how to be a Prov 31 woman…a hard working woman. It will be such a bonding time for our family. All of us, washing clothes (barely), talking, sharing, growing together in love and grace.

Sometimes the process is more important than the outcome. This is one of those things. I want to impart in them a desire to work with their hands, to love their family and to be willing to go the extra mile to ensure they have the BEST in every area entrusted to her care. I strongly believe we are a society of women who honestly don’t have much of a backbone (me included). I believe this is the way we were raised. We weren’t taught and encouraged to work diligently with our hands passed the point of tiredness for the good of our precious husbands and children. We are a fast food, drive through, I wanted it yesterday kind of society and I want no part in it. It will be hard making this transition but I am committed to go back. To go back to what I believe is the model of a godly woman. A woman who is not stopped by a mere headache but a woman who pushes through and gets the job done because she has to, her family is counting on her. I have to train myself on days that I do not feel particularly well to push through and get it done…not just to make it through but to do my job excellently. I don’t want to make my own bread for the sake of making it, but I want my children to love making things from scratch. I want them to remember mommy wearing an apron, singing songs about Jesus with them while we made homemade bread for when daddy got home from work. THAT, is the kind of legacy I want to leave to my children. They deserve it.

 I want them to be surrounded by beauty…flowers…grass…a beautiful painting that whisks you away into a perfect place or a good piece of music. I want them to find beauty in simple things that we take for granted every single day. I want them to find beauty in the smell of home cooking, in our clothes swaying in the breeze while the warm rays of the sun do their trick, in a meal together. Beauty in simplicity because simplicity is absolutely beautiful. I want the same for my precious husband. I want him to be surrounded by beauty, beauty that inspires him to be the hero of this story…of my story. A candle…a rose…a a good ol’ book. A woman by his side that offers beauty to him by her quiet and gentle spirit. By her sacrificial love and patience, her motivation and endurance. I don’t want my family to miss it. I don’t want to get so caught up in this world I miss the greater life God intended for us to live. I want to live fully…every moment…every breath and find beauty in the simplest things because someone who finds beauty in simplicity is NEVER disappointed. 🙂  So, I am going back! Are you coming with me? Sometimes less is more. Less tv, less magazines, less business, less worry and more simplicity…more time to soak in the precious moments that only happen once. Our precious little ones grow up so fast. Stop and soak in the moment you have with them. Put the dishes down…stop worrying about how everything should be and embrace what everything IS, ohhh and how beautiful it is indeed. Love on them, spend time with them, teach them…train them up in the ways of the Lord. YES, it will take twice as long to get things done but so what?! They are more important, the journey is more important. Life is a journey NOT a destination. Our role is to be the home administrator…what are we actively doing to bring our family together? Create moments they will never forget! Bring a blanket outside on a starry night and have dinner under the stars and talk about the heavens and the creator of it all, right in your backyard. Grab a sheet and 4 chairs and make a tent for your kiddos, sit under it with them and have lunch…another opportunity to shepherd their heart. Make themed dinners. Like Noah’s Arc…buy the disposable plates and animal decorations (you can even find them at the dollar store), talk about Noah and the flood…There are so many things we can do to shepherd our little ones right to our Savior’s arms. We just need to get our priorities straight. Our house, our dishes, our car, our laundry is not our priority, our children should be. Simplicity will allow me to spend more time with them. It will allow me to make God real to them as I work to build them up as young ladies and men of integrity and character. Hard working, loving, devoted, sold out for Christ!

Live fully and be present wherever you are! ❤

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About Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mommy of 5 blessings & NM Top Earner.

As a wife, homeschooling stay at home mom of 5 beautiful blessings, taxi, chef, doctor, philosopher etc, my life is full of adventures everyday. Most of the adventures lead me to find another lost piece of my identity concealed deep within my heart. I have always felt that there was more to life than just “making it through”. After 5 little ones (4 under 4 & in diapers), I lost all the pieces I had found along the way. I was left with thinking my identity was being a wife and mom. “This can’t be all there is to me!”, I reasoned. Who am I? What’s in my heart? Why do I thrive around beauty and my heart leaps for joy when experiencing something as simple as a sunset. A feeling like I am free, inside. My heart can breathe again as if it had been holding its oxygen all along. Did God make me like this, I wondered? I felt guilty for longing to let my heart be free once again. After all the picture we have of a “perfect” woman is one that is ALWAYS busy! Always volunteering, always giving of herself with never once a thought of the state of her inner being. That is why we lose our hearts. Vulnerability is not welcomed anywhere. Femininity in its purest form is frowned upon. Why? Because women are supposed to be tough! The kind of tough that is just wrong. We are trained to hide our vulnerability, along with our femininity, very early in life. The wounds we have received as little girls leave us reacting as women like that wounded little girl would: we retreat, we regress. The message we received? You can’t trust anyone! Your femininity and vulnerability is a weakness. Most of us walk through life “playing” or pretending to be someone we’re truly not. As adults, we make choices based on how we were programmed when we were young. The real us hides somewhere inside, waiting to be rescued. Like a wounded animal hiding from its master, wanting to trust and soar again, but so afraid of the uncertainty that awaits. The risk is not worth it, we think to ourselves. To be quite honest most of you have not found a safe place to be yourselves. Embarking on a quest to find the real you takes courage. God created you in His image. Adam bears the image of a warrior God. A man is supposed to tell the world, on God’s behalf, He will come through for you. Eve bears the image of a captivating God and her heart is made to show His beauty. A woman is supposed to tell the world, everything is ok. She is that calm & quiet spirit. Safety; a place of refuge and healing beauty. This is what our hearts long for; Eden. The place for which we were created. The place in our hearts we know we belong. I am just a simple girl on a quest to finding my heart. Not the way I was “shaped” by the world but the way God created me. I pray that this journey will be encouraging and uplifting to others. I am going on an adventure and invite you to come with me! I am very transparent because that is what this world needs! With all my love, Laire

Posted on January 30, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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