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This is Rural Simplicity and I am your author Sarah. This blog is broken down into 7 categories (+ Spring Cleaning Challenge) . You can search the "Labels" tab in the side bar to search through related posts.

Topics that I cover on this blog are:
1) Talk it out (life thoughts and Biblical focused musings)
2) Writings (short stories, poems, and other quips from yours truly)
3) Readings (Book recommendations, summaries and more)
4) Photography
5) Decorating/Organizing
6) Lists/Ideas (Vacation ideas, Home organization, journaling, and more!)
7) Questions (questions on specific topics to ask yourself)

Like any small time blogger, comments are welcome and appreciated as it is one of the few ways I am able to connect with you. You can also find me on Facebook and occasionally roaming around Pinterest.

Last, I just want to mention that blogs are for community. I'm reaching out to you because I want to hear your thoughts, book recommendations, organizing ideas, etc... …
Recent posts

Photography Journal 2018 - (wks 35-38)

Week 35 - Sunset This was a hard subject, I live down in a valley and rarely see a full sunset. At this time of year I am home putting children to bed when the sun is setting. We stayed out late after church for a special hotdog and ice-cream treat and the perfect sunset accompanied us. 

Week 36 - Wisdom There is a wealth of wisdom to be gained from reading. Fiction or nonfiction, novel or biography, self-help, textbook or commentary. 

Week 37 - Over the Moon We are over the moon excited about welcoming our third child into the family!

Week 38 - Fall Fall equniox is a favorite around here. We love the cool weather, the end of the mosquitos, and the beginning of a new season, school, and the coming of holidays. The food is yummy, the clothes are cozy, and the hot drinks are delicious.

I'll list the previous weeks in case you want to look back. Weeks 1-5 Weeks 6-9 Weeks 10-13 Weeks 14-18
Weeks 19-22 Weeks 23-26
Weeks 27-30
Weeks 31-34 


The Path of Simplicity

Life isn't a doorway to success, it is a journey through ups and downs. But that is about all we look for - doorways on the up and up. Final pieces of perfection to "make us happy". As if walking through a doorway could ever make someone happy for ever and ever. Does walking through the doorway of university make life good, does walking out through the carved oak doors of the church after saying 'I do' make you feel complete? Will stepping across your first homes doorstep make you a better person, or stepping out of those sliding glass doors from the hospital with your first child bring perfection?

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." ~ Winston Churchill 
You might have a history, or you might be alone in the world. You might have big dreams, or not so fancy desires, but no rounding out and fulfilling of a soul will ever happen with ones sights set on one pivot point. You will find that that pivot point…

Rural Simplicity BOOK LIST

I talk about books A LOT!  So, I figured it was about time to make my very own book list of favorites. This will be a work in progress as I am always finding new and beautiful pieces. (I added three books to this list just since starting it.) These are my favorite books, but if you need more ideas of what to read check out my post on "How to Find Good Books."

Young Children (and up) What Do People Do All Day? - Richard Scarry Miss Rumphius - Barbara Cooney  The Relatives Came - Cynthia Rylant Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McCloskey The Little House - Virginia Lee Burton Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel - Virgnia Lee Burton One Morning in Maine - Robert McCloskey The Tales of Winnie the Pooh - A. A. Milne James Herriot's Treasury for Children - James Herriot Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey Owl Moon - Jane Yolen Beatrix Potter series - Beatrix Potter Flossie and the Fox - Rachel Isadora Dandelion - Don Freeman Andrew Henry's Meadow - Doris Burn Milly Molly …

Seed Rotation - Balancing Hormones

Let's talk about hormones today. I have been on a wild hormone journey for many years now, and have just recently found a way to cope with them in a way that I feel comfortable with. I am not a doctor and am in no way prescribing anything for you. I will be sharing my experience, and sharing links to websites that have helped me a great deal.

My Story 7 years ago I started taking birth control pills. I was 22, and in good health - until I started the pill that is. After several months of taking them I quit because they were making me depressed, and very disagreeable to live with. (for myself and others) Two pregnancies and six years later, I was still struggling with hormone imbalance from the pills and life in general. Mood swings, extreme tiredness (I could sleep for 10+ hours every night and take naps), brain fog, depression, and weight gain. I felt awful, and it was increasingly harder to run my house and manage my children feeling this way. 
Wellness Mama If you are intereste…

Photography Journal 2018 - (wks 31-34)

Week 31 - Excitement  I can ask for any emotion and get it in a moment's notice from this girl.

Week 32 - Musical  My oldest is excited to start piano lessons this fall. My youngest is excited about his big sister!

Week 33 - Animal  This is one of many pictures I took back in 2015 when we were looking at the property we were going to buy. It had been unkept for 10+ years and the wildlife was and still is so fun to watch!

Week 34 - Senses  Kneading bread with Mommy.

I'll list the previous weeks in case you want to look back.
Weeks 1-5 Weeks 6-9 Weeks 10-13 Weeks 14-18
Weeks 19-22 Weeks 23-26
Weeks 27-30

Consistency - After the Overhaul

Consistency. Here is the hardest part of the whole plan. Once you have worked for hours upon hours creating the welcoming space you desire, the last thing you want to see is for it to all fall apart.
This is the sixth and final post in our Organizing series. You can find the first five posts here.
1) Habit and Routine - Read it here.
2) Finding Your Personal Space - Read it here.
3) Taking Inventory  - Read it here.
4) Questions to Ask When Purging - Read it here.
5) It's Time to Organize - Read it here.

Here are few keys to keeping a clean space - clean.
Decide That You Will Keep it Clean. Sometimes you do all the work, but never mentally come to the decision to not let yourself do it again. Be severe with yourself, even if you are exhausted from doing all of the cleaning, make yourself decide to keep it clean. 
2 Minute Rule If something takes 2 minutes or less do it right now. This rule alone will evaporate clutter. It takes less than 2 minutes to park the bike, throw the cloth…

Recent Reads - Juvenile Fiction

I'm three books away from reading 50 books this year, which is wonderful and a bit dissappointing because my goal was 100 before the end of the year. I've read a ton of JV books since last posting about books and here are the good ones (Because some of the ones I read aren't worth mentioning.)

Poppy - AVI
Good book for adults or children. Illustrated by the same man who wrote and illustrated "Locomotive" This is a story about bravery and extreme odds. The books falls under the secular realm, and has boyfriend/girlfriend and opposition to parents.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - AVI
Written by the same author as "Poppy" This book will keep you on your toes, wondering who did what and why.

The Trumpet of the Swan - E.B. White
I don't like this book as well as "Charlotte's Web" but it's still a great book. I love the many details of natural history that this book explains.

Homer Price - Robert McCloskey
Robert McCloskey is fast …