How would you like a box of ziplock bags for your birthday?

‘Cause I’m seriously considering wrapping that up for Bennett next month.

We’ve come into the Let’s-Strew-Everything-About stage, the I’m-Gonna-Keep-Rummaging-Until-There’s-An-End stage.  Nothing makes this baby happier than discovering the box of ziplock bags and pulling them out by the fistfuls just to toss them to the side and carry on for more.

I suspect that our toilet paper rolls will be next.

Golly, it must be fun being a baby!  Wouldn’t it be neat to have the ability to remember such carefree days?  Days when you belly laugh because the dog trotted by, because Mommy shook her head or because Daddy spun himself in circles?

We make life more complicated than it needs to be sometimes, don’t we?  …Adding more “happy” clutter just to wind up feeling suffocated by it…

Have you ever pursued simplicity?  What does that look like for you?  How do you fight for it?  How do you preserve it?


  1. September 19, 2013

    I have a picture of Bennett and the zip bags. Big smile.
    Not necessarily going to simplicity but striving to complete humongous downsize. Sold house and moving into small space. Don’t want the baggage. Hope I have time to dispose of everything I really don’t want to regularly look at or use. Need to be realistic and let my head rule my heart.

  2. September 19, 2013

    when my brother and i were little, we’d love nothing more than having a couple of copy-paper sized boxes from the grocery store to scoot ourselves around the living room carpet on.

    i don’t really pursue simplicity, per se, but i DO love living fairly free of technology (my internet access is here at work, church, and the public library when i’m ambitious enough to want to schlepp my laptop over there) with no television, computer, microwave, etc, and curling up in my chair with books, needlework or papercrafts when i get home at the end of the day.

    i think one of the best things we can do for our kids is allow them to get ‘bored’ and let them create their own amusements

  3. I have a picture of Anna right before she turned one, sitting on top of our coffee table surrounded by Kleenex, like snow, since she had gleefully pulled out each and every one from a full box and tossed it around. She looked so happy and proud of herself! It’s a fun age! : )

  4. September 23, 2013
    Aunt Manny

    You know, it is the simplest things that amuse me. I often chuckle at the most random sights, enjoy the $5 splurge of the week and love just sitting outside and soaking up the sunshine. The church bells go off every hour and I hum along with the hymn playing afterwards. Indeed, one of my most favorite parts of the day.

  5. September 23, 2013
    Aunt Manny

    OH and I can’t forget Abigail. Happygail. She is my “spring of joy.” Love her!

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