Wednesday, August 31, 2011

thoughtful thursday: it's simple.

the header above: "bringing mountain life to oklahoma" may bring some confusion to some...let me explain.

as you probably know, there are no mountains in oklahoma.  we have some rolling hills but that's about it.  so why have i decided to keep my "mountain mama" blog and name?

for us, living in the mountains was a way of life.  it was a huge contrast from what we had known and i'd love to keep that lifestyle alive as much as possible here in the city.


i simply could not over commit our schedule because we were an hour from town with a terrible drive to get there.  lesson learned: quality time with family is best.  less really is more.  right now, we are exploring homeschool groups in hopes of finding one we feel comfortable with and the girls may play basketball this fall.  that's it. 

{I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind. ~Albert Einstein}

it means everything from our lifestyle right down to our closets.

all of our clothes are now in the master closet...for all five people.  i only have to go to one room to put clothes up!  and it's a cinch when it's time to pick out everyone's clothes!

this is just two examples, i am still applying everything i learned and discovering lessons along the way.  {have you found any ways to simplify your life?  please, let me know!}

so...the name mountain mama is here to stay.  and the crowd goes wild.  or not.

and here is a giveaway by tyndale publishing that goes along with our changes for a simpler life...and i'm a big fan of dr. kevin leman.  they are giving away copies of his new book "it's your kid not a gerbil" and some other prizes.  here's a synopsis:

"Do you sometimes feel like a gerbil running on a wheel inside a cage as you scurry from place to place, chauffeuring your children from one endless activity to another? What if, for one moment, you could just step off of the wheel . . . and relax? How would you feel then? And what if that single moment could stretch into an hour, or even a whole day? In his new book, It’s Your Kid, Not a Gerbil, Kevin Leman will provide practical solutions and helpful insight to get off the activity wheel so that you can put your time and energies where they really count: in establishing strong character and a love for home and family that will serve your kids well for a lifetime."

click here to enter the giveaway!

speaking of's the month of september..that means courageous the movie will be released in 30 days!  and do i have a giveaway for you!  stay tuned!


  1. You will always be "Mountain Mama" to me, don't change a thing! :-)

  2. i like your 'simple is better' philosophy! :)

  3. Oh Mountain Mama.... this blog is great...its not official...but we could be looking at a big change in our life...and it will be Simple!!! This was a little confirmation for me! Your blogs are a blessing!

  4. I'm glad you are keeping the blog name. It is how I think of you, and I don't like change:) I also really admire the way you live your life. My kids were busy when they were in high school, but not that much before then. When they weren't busy, we spent time as a family. We were never the people that took other kids with us on trips or had a house full of kid's friends all the time. We saved that for special occasions. As for the closets?? Mmm...I don't think I'll talk about mine. They are neat, but full!

  5. I am a big believer in keeping things simple and family oriented. Totally agree that that's the way it should be! :)

  6. I think we could learn a lot from you. I've tried s implying and have done a lot but we definitely do not have a family of five in one closet.

  7. Oh Yes a gerbil on a wheel. I know tyhe feeling well. I simplified as much as I can I do not care about dust and dirty windows anymore. Well till I can't see out them. Take care mountain you are doing great. B

  8. I can't imagine you being anything other than Mountain Mama. Praying for you, that those lessons learned are not forgotten, you had such a unique experience and it was for a reason. Your children are so blessed to have experienced that life out there, and they'll never forget either. I've been so busy, no time to read here for awhile, but found a few minutes this morning. Miss you!!!

  9. Keeping it simple, yes, I hear you! This is the reason why I homeschooled for years myself. Homeschooling can bring on a whole new life of it's own if you let it. This group that group go here go there.....I told everyone, "I homeschool to BE AT HOME!" So, yah, even though things are changing for me this season in that area....simple is best....I agree!

  10. amen. Life has dramatically slowed down for us as well and it has been... nice. Love the name and the philosophy/thoughts it engenders...

  11. You Go Mountain Mama! The name is wonderful. It doesn't matter if you and your family live in the mountains right now or not. Besides life has it's own mountains to climb...


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