With the moving process well underway, I wanted to share some ways that my minimalist/stewardship practices have changed.
1. The kids spend quite a bit more time with screens. I am not thrilled that we have already exceeded Bean’s two hour per week screen time limit for this week, but the need to clean the house before showings, and the fact that we are stuck in the air conditioned car during the showings (due to the two 90 pound dogs that have to get out of the house and the heat outside), means the kids get to indulge a bit in their screen time habits. It isn’t perfect, but we try to compensate with outside time and reading time.
2. I spend less time on elaborate meals. I love to bake and cook, but depending on the time a showing happens, I am not always able to prepare anything elaborate. There have been times in the past three weeks (the time since the house first went on the market) where our suppers have been YOYO (You’re On Your Own) nights, and other nights when we have gone with something to-go. The family gets fed though, albeit not with all organic/local/carefully crafted ingredients.
3. We got a second car. I wrote about this last week. It’s still sort of a touchy subject with me, but we had to do what we had to do. Hopefully it is temporary!
In a nutshell: we are in survival mode. My non-moving, minimalist self cringes each time I have to compromise a bit on my ideals (see: cloth diapers and other things that are too green for me), but that’s where I am at right now. And I have to remind myself almost hourly that this is temporary.
I want to continue to strive to be the best stewardess I can be. However, I am learning that one of the lessons of this move is the fact that we need to give ourselves grace, especially when it comes to working through major life changes.