We have recently felt that the economic downturn has made our family reassess everything. Two years ago would I have spent the better part of two days gathering the best ingredients, culturing and prepping them, carefully labelling and storing them, making sponges so we wouldn't run out of bread, researching new ways to use common, healthy ingredients.... then being delighted that borsch turned out to taste good?
Looking into a cow, turning the guys back into farmers, using a lot of resource to make our grass into protein, figuring out how to butcher our own chickens.... two years ago this would not have even been on my horizon. One of the new truths in our life is "we are going to look back on this time of shaking as a gift from God to force us to reassess what is important" I firmly believe that in five years we will be GRATEFUL that the economy made us change. Frankly, I am grateful right now.
Is it possible to use the changes rocking our world to learn to live a different way? I think so. What resource do you have? Can you and your spouse learn to work together to be healthy, happy and in line with God? Do you really need what our current world says is a "necessity"?
Perhaps it is time to figure out what is really best for your family. I know it is past time for us. We will continue these changes with joy and peace. My husband and I are partners in this journey.... and our children and children in love (law) are walking strongly into this new / old lifestyle themselves. I can't wait to see what they will make of this new world... they are young and change is easier.
I love to hear about how all of you are changing the world you live in. Thank you for being so open. It helps.