We live in a small town.
After having every store I could ever want to shop at "just across town" I now have Wal-Mart, Sentry grocery store, Walgreens, a hardware store and Maurices as my local options. (I've been to all but Walgreens at least one time already :))
We have one coffee shop.
A few parks.
Maybe 2 or 3 places that are open past 9pm?
One weekly story time option at the library
We get an ad and coupons for ONE grocery store.
We had one good option for a local bank
Our life has gotten a lot simpler! Noah and I LOVE to find good deals. We can spend too much time online shopping around and looking for the best deal. And I can spend way too much time going to 5 (or more) stores just to get the best deal. I guess the Lord wants to make things more simple as He knows that is what we need!
Our life has been anything BUT simple for the last month. In 5 weeks we have had two major trips to Chicago for my brother's graduation and then again for his wedding, packed up our entire house and life in IL and moved to WI. We have unpacked an entire house, cared for two little girls, hosted my parents and Noah's parents for long weekends, gotten new drivers licenses, license plates, bank accounts, library cards, purchased (and assembled) a house worth of furniture, found a new dr. for the girls, visited two new churches, been shopping at a LOT of stores (including 2 carts at Lowes!) getting everything under the sun to complete our new home.
It has NOT been simple. In fact we are exhausted. But somehow God has found a way to slow us down by eliminating options and making life more simple.
I don't know if I like it, but I guess it's good for me!
Here's to a simple life in small-town Wisconsin.
(Where the only thing that isn't simple is choosing what flavor of ice cream I want and what lake I want to go to :))