Do you ever dream of a life you don’t live? Maybe you dream of living…
…in the 90’s with big hair again
….or maybe it is early colonial days when big puffy dresses were the fashion
…or maybe it you don’t like big things at all and you are content in this era
you just dream of a different location.
Sometimes a different location can seem like a different world. I love our new house because it is surrounded my cow fields and animals, but we are still in a neighborhood. I often dream of living REALLY in the country. We visited my sister at her home in Arkansas about a week ago. Although it is a good 12 hour drive to get there, it is a trip I will do at least once a year.
Visiting Olivia and her family is like visiting another world. The ways and systems in their daily life are just different from ours. Life is simpler and it is something I dream about. I want to share a few things about the beauty of country living that we got to experience on our trip. Some of these are things we do here, but they may be harder to implement and have to be intentional in my world (living in the metro Atlanta area).
…look out your window and see the Chick-Fil-A cow everyday.
…change outfits four times a day due to sweat, water, dirt, etc.
…start and end your day milking a cow.
…chase chickens and try to catch a baby without the mama pecking you.
…have to find something to do rather than be entertained.
…walk through a field picking grass to feed it to a thankful horse who gets a break from grazing.
…sit on rocks and just talk.
…play with kittens.
…explore old barns.
When you live in the country…
…fire pits can be part of your nightly routine.
…you might burn your own trash.
…you can pee outside.
…you drink from a hose.
…you wake to roosters crowing.
…dirt roads don’t surprise you (so you prob don’t own a mini van).
…you can yell “yea haw” while really riding a real horse (Reagan was thrilled).
…driving to get a sweat tea may take a little longer.
…it’s a slower pace to life.,
…the to do lists may be long but the priority of them really seem to matter.
…hard work requires sweat most of the time.
…the natural way of life has you outside more daily.
…experiencing the simple rawness of nature and its beauty is energizing.
…family can stay together easier than all going different routes and places regularly.
We had the best time visiting my sister and her family. We are already trying to figure out how we can go back this fall. I love the way of life the country brings. I probably drive my brother-in-law crazy with all my questions about his lively hood, but it fascinates me and is all new! I could see us moving to have more land and country living someday, but for now I am thankful we can escape to my sister’s whenever we want.
What about you? Is there a way of life that appeals to you? Are you more of a city, mountains, beach or country lover? Thank you so much for checking in! Tomorrow, I will be back to show you one of the projects we made while at my sister’s!