Is Our Culture Bad For Us?

Simplicity is an elusive thing. I look for it, day after day, in my home, in my town, in my country, in the media, in my friends’ eyes as we discuss life, on Facebook, in the day-to-day rush of teaching, feeding, cleaning up after, and loving on four kids in this home of mine… but simplicity keeps its distance. I talk about living a simple life all the time. I aspire to it. But, night after night, the uncomfortable thought blossoms in my brain that today has been just as complex as any other day of my life.

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Miracle

Sky glowing, connection and light.
Intention begins the magic
and gratitude finishes it.
Molecules ripple in organic accord,
outward and inward and gloriously enthusiastic.
Flowing in wisdom
Lighting up with radiance
Pulling the broken pieces of life together
into one transformational miracle.

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It’s Been A Long Time

Hello all. It’s been a long time since I posted anything on Renaissance Housewife. I’ve just about deserted this blog… and upon opening up the “Add New Post” page, I swear I smelled dust! I promise I haven’t been lazy, though. I’ve been focusing most of my writing efforts at Exit Normal, my new blog, as well as working many, many hours homeschooling the kids. We also took two months (from the end of September 2013 to the end of November 2013) to travel 12,000 miles across our country in our Exit Normal road trip travel trailer.

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The Digital Dilemma

I admit I think way too much about certain issues. But, when the issues affect my kids, I feel it’s my right and duty as a mom. The digital mania that has seemed to have overtaken our world is provocative for us adults. That shiny new Apple product symbolizes a world of learning and knowledge at my fingertips (until it breaks, cracks, or otherwise stops working–then it’s crap, haha). As a writer and blogger, I work online, learn online, network online, and sell online.

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“Is This Going to Be On the Test?”

When I was a child, I spent the bulk of my growing-up time in public and private school classrooms. For me, school was neither terrible nor wonderful. It was just what I had to do to get the paper. What exactly did this paper prove? That I was smart enough to not completely fail. That I was capable enough to not have a nervous breakdown before graduation. That I could follow orders: line up, raise my hand, recite the expected answer, and speak only when spoken to.

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The Book is Published!

At long last, the book I first envisioned a year ago is ready for sale! This book is my dream come true and tells the story of our wake-up call, when we realized that if we’re going to live the life of our dreams, it’s now or never. So we took off for Belize for six months with our family, where each of us in our family changed even more than we ever thought possible.

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You Only Have to Carry it Out

Belize really, really changed me. From the way I live my days to the things I surround myself with… the people I attract and the activities I engage in… all of these have shifted. I’m transformed. Maybe it wasn’t Belize, per se. Maybe I just happened to be in Belize when I was just ready for my own transformation.

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Soul Swap

Today we celebrate our last child’s birthday. Adelena Sara, named after my mom, was born three years ago today. Sometimes I think my kids’ birthdays are more my celebrations than theirs because these are the dates I’m reminded of the gift of having them in my life.

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Back at Home and The Path Forward…

Coming back home has been a shock. Even as early as the airport in Belize, I felt odd being surrounded by more white people than brown people. I have nothing against white people, mind you! It is just what we got used to. (Once, when the kids were in school in San Ignacio, Brenny came home in the afternoon and said, “White people visited our school today to tell us about God.” I just about died laughing.)

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