I thought of one more question for you! I certainly hope I'm not wearing out my welcome! Does your family read your blog? By family I mean your husband, your parents, your sister, your in-laws, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc?
My sister has always read my blog and was one of my first commenters.
My mom has been reading my blog since Christmas--when she got her first computer.
I don't know about my dad. As to aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and so on...I'm not sure. If they do, they don't comment.
All in all, I'm always amazed at the people who read my blog. Sometimes there are people I think would (friends especially), but don't; other times, I'm surprised when someone says they read it every day. I guess it all comes down to comments--that's how I know who reads!
When and how did you become "The Simple Wife"? When did simplicity become something you crave, and how did you put it into action?
Well, I became The Simple Wife when I started blogging two years ago because I was in the process of writing Living Simply--a book whose working title was The Simple Wife. The title changed (which is good, because I really like the simplicity of Living Simply and hear from readers all the time that they were drawn in by the title) but the blog was already in place.
Simplicity became a huge issue for me when we moved to Southern California and when Audrey started school. I felt overwhelmed by the excess of life in a super wealthy community and overwhelmed by all the activities I saw the five-year-olds in Audrey's class involved in. Especially since I still had a toddler at home (Emma was two years old at the time and still napping), I couldn't do everything I saw others doing with their kids--theater, music lessons, dance, sports, and so on. It didn't feel right for our family to pursue those things, but I still struggled with feeling like I was a "bad" mom for not giving her those opportunities.
(I will say that part of what helped me get over that guilt was my mother's best advice: "Do what's best for your family." And that might look different for different families.)
Also, we got rid of a lot of stuff before moving to California (we just couldn't afford a house as big!) and yet, even with so much less stuff, life still felt too full. I realized that simplicity was about more than just stuff. I really wrote Living Simply as part of my journey toward simplicity.
For me, simplicity is primarily about having a simple focus. About pursuing the kingdom of God first--and letting everything else fall into place behind that. As I strive to keep my focus simple, things like our calendar, our closets, and our clutter start to fall into their proper places.