I was thinking this morning, though. I am so happy in our little home! It's only when I go to my friends' houses that the roots of discontent set in. So I jotted some of the things about living in a smaller home that I love.
1. Our kids get to share a room. Two of my brothers shared a room growing up, even though we had an enormous house. They actually preferred the room sharing, until they got to be teenagers, of course. If I put one of the children to bed without the other one, WE HEAR ABOUT IT! They adore laughing and playing with each other well past their appointed "bed time". Having them share a room has been an unexpted blessing. What memories they are making!
2. One bathroom to clean - a small kitchen to clean. I hate to clean.
3. Huge back yard. Everyone comments on how big and spacious our back yard is. Our kids spend so much time playing in the back yard, Lu on the red trike and Ash on the pink one. (Scott calls him a fembot.)
4. Very low utility bills. I have never thought about it, but naturally, if you have a much smaller house, you're going to be paying 3 to 4 times less what someone in a large house pays in utilities.
5. Cozy, cozy, cozy! Our home is undeniably cozy, and cute. I have finally gotten it just about how I want it. I love that I can look for something to decorate this or that space, but I don't have to feel overwhelmed with trying to decorate or fill an entire room. I love just snuggling in on a fall afternoon or evening, Scott in his recliner and me on the couch, Prison Break on the bo*ob tube! I usually have a candle going and take a break to bake cookies. It's a neat feeling, knowing the kids are just down the hall.
6. I remember telling my mom I never wanted a huge house like the one I grew up in. Small would be good for me! She remembers that and reminds me of that every time I get the "wants".
7. Selectivity about what we buy. We have limited space to store things, so I have to be very selective about what I purchase. We didn't have to buy a bunch of furniture to fill up rooms, and many times I'll want to buy something but we don't have room for it. I don't miss it!
Contentment is such a gift. I am pra ying that God keeps me focused on the things that matter, and in the meantime, I am loving my little house! (With the new paint and new roof - I need to post a picture!)