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Letter, Cool Movie, and random


As I sit down to write my weekly post this week my mind is a bit random… really my week has been pretty random.  Some in good ways, some in bad ways, and some in … just ways.  Because of where I am living and privacy issues I can’t say much more, but I did have several random things I wanted to share with you.

First, I got this letter from a reader

With her permission I want to share it with you.  This is why I write 🙂  My life is changing through the choices we have been making as a family and it makes me so excited to hear how others life’s are changing as well!

Hi Lorilee.  I just wanted to give you a little bit of an update.  I emailed you about a month ago with a few things, and one of the things I mentioned was that we were trying to buy a house, and that maybe “1000 square feet and three bedrooms would be plenty”.  I find this hilarious now.  While my family is certainly not minimalist by any stretch of the word yet, we are very comfortable renting our two bedroom, less than 800sq ft duplex.  In fact, we just got rid of our couch, our TV, two desks, half a truckload of boxes, and we’re still going.  My husband and I have made moves to simplify our time and our budget as well.

The thing is, I’m starting to feel comfortable in my own skin for the first time in my life.  My health is getting better and better, I am dropping weight like mad (and feeling more satisfied with the whole foods I am eating), and I feel like there is hope for us.  Before we started simplifying, I had been in a psychiatric hospital, and they probably shouldn’t have let me out, but I pretty much faked my way out by telling them everything was okay.  Now I feel like things might actually BE okay.  Or getting there.

So we’ve moved from thinking we need 1800 sq ft, to 1000, to realizing that we don’t need to buy a house at all, and we can actually be pretty happy where we are.  I’ve begun also to realize that if I am always  striving toward something, and never living in the now, I will never be happy.  I will never arrive in that place I seek because my goals will always be just out of my reach.  “I’ll be happy when…” never comes.  So I am trying to live intentionally now, engaging with the people around me for the sake of the Gospel and, selfishly, my own heart.  Especially my family.  Simpler really is better, isn’t it?

Thanks for the inspiration.  — From ‘super amazing reader’

Really Cool Project

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Other Random Stuff

  1. We have been doing homeschool differently this year.  I was scared to post about it too soon because I wanted to make sure it was working first… but plan on a post about it coming soon.  So far it has been our best year yet!
  2. We are coming to the end of our teaching contract here in China and we have decided to move.  But where, doing what, when, how… is not figured out yet.  I believe traveling with children is worth it, but it isn’t always easy.  Lots of googling, e-mailing, plane ticket pricing etc.  Our decision to travel, and my love of having my life figured and planned out, don’t always mix well 🙂
  3. The stomach flu is bad
  4. I’m craving an iced mocha

Needing new reading material this fall? A book bundle is coming in a few days.  Watch social media and the side bar on the blog and I will tell you all about it as soon as I can.


  1. Have you thought of Japan as your next destination? They are experts at compact, minimal living. You can also rent fairly cheaply I believe, old wooden Japanese houses in the country toens.

    English teaching is also in need, especially in the countryside, with many ex-pats earning a living either teaching in schools or starting their own evening classes.

    • Andrew, we have looked at some jobs there 🙂 Spending a bunch of time this week applying at a bunch of places. We would love to be able to see Japan!

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