Christmas is over and we did well this year. Only a few items entered our home and I am proud to say that these are items we actually needed or will be treasured. Small picture books of our favorite photos of our grandchildren along with framed wedding photo’s from our son’s wedding this fall are items that make a house a home. A beautiful throw blanket for those cold nights was a perfect gift. We gave to each other gifts that we actually need and will replace old ones that are warn like a robe, socks and slippers for Sharon. I got a new pocket holster for my new Glock 42, an emergency radio which has a wind up generator built in and a 128 gig thumb drive to back up my computer files. We also gave practical gifts like a good bread cutting knife to add to one’s collection, a pregnancy pillow for the first time mom to be and gift cards for Home Depot or Amazon for our distant loved ones.
I believe that our family is finally starting to realize that we are minimalists and starting to understand where our value’s lye. The notice that the few items we have in our home are of value and the space around them is of the same importance as the item itself.
Each dollar we bring into our lives represents another chip away of the debt pile that we are slowly getting rid of and using some of it to purchase gifts is a big deal. With this in mind it allows us the freedom to purchase that one fine gift for someone rather that many low quality items just to make it look like we have a lot of stuff under the tree.
We are not “cheap” or even “frugal” in our ways. No, I like to attach the word “responsible” to our way of living. We understand that one day we will both be retired and the only successful way of ensuring that we will be able to both survive and thrive a bit is by having a home that is paid in full along with all other forms of debt paid off. Just think about how your life would be different right now if you didn’t have any credit card bills each month or car payments and didn’t have to pay a mortgage or rent. For us this is a priority and a mission that must be accomplished in the coming years.
With New Years approaching I will recommit my vows to a form of Minimalism that will push us a bit closer to accomplishing this goal. As it is still a distance away and sometimes hard to vision I know that through baby steps we will get a little closer as time goes on. These are the some values that we want to teach our own children, but we also understand that it is through living life and making mistakes along the way that give true meaning to finding their own answers as we found ours.