Saturday in my part of Texas is cool and partly cloudy. On the agenda for this weekend . . lawn mowers to repair, a second chicken coop to be built, a bit more planting in the garden, a couple more fruit trees to be planted, fencing off a playground for the chickens . . the list of things to do never seems to get any shorter. But, we can’t imagine being anywhere else!
We’ve traded this landscape for this:
We’ve gone from this house (that was the Google image of our house in MO with the trash can by the street), with the concrete driveway, garage and manicured lawn (well, maybe that’s a stretch!) to this:
With this for our “yard”:
There’s hardly a morning that we don’t wake up and one of us says “Can you believe we live here?” and sometimes we say it several times a day. Often I walk through the house, with no dishwasher and that’s less than half the size of our past three houses, and think to myself how lucky we are that we knew what we wanted and persevered til we found it.
I’m surely no expert but in my mind, I think I see and talk to folks all the time who don’t have a clue what they really want in life. Too many only want to keep up with the neighbors . . or be seen and make sure everyone knows what they have acquired. I guess it takes all kinds and maybe that truly is what makes some people happy. When I think back in our own life just 15 or 20 years ago . . things were so different. We didn’t really know what would make us happy. The last year we were in Kentucky, we had picked out a lot in a fancy subdivision and had plans drawn for a big house to be built. Thank goodness we didn’t go that route! Maybe at the time that would have made us happy and maybe if we had done that, because that wasn’t long before the bottom fell out of the real estate market, we would still be there and be happy but I can’t imagine that.
This morning my wish for everyone is that you know what truly makes you happy .. whether it’s your relationship with your spouse, your family, your friends, or whether it’s where you live and your current lifestyle; and if you’re not living your dream, you can figure out a way to get on the path to where you can live your dream.
Life is too short and I’m telling you . . I have a real hard time wiping a big old smile off my face! 🙂