Monday, April 23, 2012

A slow tradition...

When The Man and I first started our family, we knew very little about anything in life.
But one thing we knew for sure was that we wanted a simple life.
In this day and age, living simply is not an easy thing to do.
Of course we're all busy with jobs and work and band and sports and running a business and just life in general.
But we do our best to keep things in our family as simple as possible.

Last summer The Man built this swing for us.

We have a porch but it's not really suitable for a porch swing, so this serves that purpose... a free standing structure in the yard.

Nearly every evening, The Man and I sit out here and swing.

Sometimes it's for a few minutes.
Sometimes it's for hours.
Sometimes we get interrupted by kids.
Sometimes we just sit and watch the kids play in the yard.

In the winter, we bundle up and even bring hot chocolate and blankets with us.
In the summer we sip a mason jar of sweet iced tea, or a beer. (him, not me. I don't do beer.)

It's just our time to spend together, decompress from the day, and stay connected to each other.

We talk about kids and life and business and celebrities and housekeeping and my hair and whether or not he likes my current toenail polish.
But we just talk.

When the kids are home from school, they frequently grab a book and go to the swing.

It's not always easy to live a simple life.
But it's something we do intentionally, as much as possible.
And this simple slow tradition is something that keeps our marriage strong, which creates a great example for our kids.

***Do you have a porch swing?


Hockeyfan25 said...

We have a freestanding swing in our was my Grandma's swing and when I married my hubby she gave it to me :) I grew up swinging on it every weekend. My kids love to push it and climb on it now :) They don't do much sitting to busy...

Sally @DrinkingFromMySaucer said...

No swing, but we have a patio. Next time, I'm going to take my cue when my husband heads out there with a cup of coffee after dinner & follow him! Our patio isn't anything special -- so I don't really spend much time out there. Seems like maybe I need to start looking at it differently. Thanks Friend.

Suzanne @ Life Made Joyful said...

I wish we had a porch swing! My great-grandma had one on her porch when I was little, and we would swing and swing. And she would let me drink tea and put in sugar cubes - as long as my dad wasn't around. Memories :)

Toni :O) said...

We had a swing and then the cushion failed as it couldn't take the weather. We are in search of another swing for our's my favorite place to be in the warmer months. I rocked many children on that swing. I miss it terribly. I envy yours!

Chad and Jody said...

I've been keeping my eye out for porch swings. My mother/father-in-law have a hammock and we LOVE it when we're there, we lay in it. But, I haven't found the right one for us yet. I like your's though. The red and the white. very cute.

Danielle said...

We have a porch swing on our big ol' porch. We love to sit and swing, especially when it's raining because we stay dry while we enjoy the rain.

Thanks for the reminder to enjoy the slow, simple life!

Ruth said...

I think I would like to be you very much. Does The Man have any single brothers?!

The Little Red Shop said...

: )

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

We all need simple moments to relax, unwind and reconnect. Glad your swing serves that purpose for you and your family! Hugs, Leena

Erica said...

this is why we'd be real life friends. i have ALWAYS wanted a swing! since we live in a townhouse we have no where to put one, but i will someday!! :)

Erica said...

this is why we'd be real life friends. i have ALWAYS wanted a swing! since we live in a townhouse we have no where to put one, but i will someday!! :)

traci said...

simple life and swing go hand in hand. i have a porch swing at our cabin and it's my favorite place.

Melinda said...

Ahhhh, the simple life!

Yes, we have one on our deck and I love it!!! It is one of my favorite places to hang out.


Amy said...

It's all sweet and happy til a snake crawls up your leg.

jaquelyn {mama thoughts} said...

I love this, Beki. The mister & I have always wanted to have a swing...someday when we have a house & a yard. ;)