These are the stories of our family's adventures in living simply. We've had our share of highs and lows in the few short years we've been on this path, but we're loving just figuring it out together as we go along. And now with a new baby in the mix, things are sure to get even more adventuresome! You can find the entire series, including our reasons for choosing this path, here.
Almost four years ago, my husband and I made the risky decision to move to a new city where we knew only one person and had no jobs, immediately after getting married. It turned out to maybe not be such a smart idea. It took me two months to find the part-time early morning coffeehouse job that I would hold for a few months while finishing college, and nearly four months for him to find a late night job making pizza. Needless to say, we were P-O-O-R. We had a little bit of savings and wedding gifts that got us barely through the first couple months, but I still don't know how we wound up paying our rent that year. Even when the jobs came, we were still living well below the poverty line. Our lives were kind of a mess, but we were so happy, just being together, having each other. We found entertainment in really silly things, like baking, or playing board games, or driving to the local college in the middle of the night to watch reruns of Lost in our car. Though we didn't think we would end up calling this random city home, we love it here now, and neither one of us would trade those early years of our marriage for anything, because they taught us, among other things, the art of living joyfully with less.
|Who looked so young back then. And we were.|
So, when we got pregnant, wondering how we were going to get by on one income if I stayed home wasn't really an issue. We had made it on a lot less and our level of happiness was not really any higher than it had been when we were poor. So with the choice of giving our family extra money or extra time, we chose time and haven't looked back. With only one of us working, it's not really that big of a deal to open up our home to people, or have dinner as a family, or be involved in our church, or make time for hobbies and walks and friends, things that my anxiety-ridden heart would be stressing over if we were both trying to work full-time and raise a family.
Are you, or could you ever see yourself being part of a one-income family? What attracts or concerns you about raising kids with less money?