Pretty much everyone’s favorite season. I had to run out and take a picture of our pumpkins. Jael lined them up on the picnic table earlier in the week. Every time I pulled up the driveway they made me smile.
So yes, this is our house. Makes you wonder where I even put all those pumpkins, doesn’t it? Nah, they fit like a dream. We clock at 1500 square feet, which I find more than adequate for our family of seven. I think part of the secret is having an older home where space is used on an as needed basis. A newer home this size might only have two bedrooms, but with a master bathroom suite, walk-in closets, open kitchen with island, etc. And while there is nothing wrong with all that, it starts to eat up usable living space. So right now I really appreciate our three small bedrooms, two utilitarian bathrooms, and narrow old-school kitchen. It leaves room for the equivalent of three living spaces. Living room, family room, and homeschool room – all tied together with an open spiral stair. In other words, I’ve got bang for my buck. Short of moving up another income bracket or to Kuna, I really don’t think I could do any better.
The other thing I love about having a relatively small house is how it makes me conscious of all the stuff in it. Rooms don’t fill up with things I don’t use or don’t know I have. And oddly enough, the more stuff I get rid of the more content I feel. It is true, “Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” The more layers I peel back, the more I can see the things that really matter, and the more easily we are tuned to enjoy them. And while I don’t condemn stuff, Lord knows I’d take all the iridescent depression glass He’d care to give me, I don’t regret what I don’t have for a second. Because I already have the best thing.
And it keeps on getting better.