Hey guys and gals! I'm new here and looking forward to getting to know some of you. I've already learned so much from this site as I've been viewing it for about a month now. I've recently decided with much enthusiasm and exitement to make some changes in my life. I guess I just woke up one day and realized that the constant pursuit of wealth, status and beauty, all those things the "world" holds dear is not for me and has never been. It's taken me 27 years to realize this but I still feel like I have my whole life ahead of me to make life better for myself and my family. To live more simply is my goal, though I do realize that living "simply" isn't simple. My husband is a little baffled by this and so I need to be supportive of him, but I really would like him to see things the way I'm seeing them. I think he's coming around slowly, but thinks this is all a phase I'm going through. He did agree to give up cable tv (a very big step for him) reasoning that $50.00 a month was an outrageous price anyway. Here are some other small changes I've/we've made in the last month... changing our 11 month old to cloth diapers, and let me tell you, had I known what a good feeling of frugality all that toilet swishing, rinsing and scrubbing gave me despite the dirty work, I would have done it for my two older children as well (ages 6 and 3). I certainly plan on it for future children. I've been baking all our bread, making most everything from scratch, buying only necessities, and staying away from processed foods (ok, ok, except for that box of Cheez-its I got for the kids this week ) I've started all my seeds indoors in preparation for a plentiful garden (I hope). The biggest change we've made is getting chickens! After about a month of researching this venture I was prepared when hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday. You should've seen the look on his face! We've ended up with 6 hens and 6 pullets. Even despite all the grumbling he beats me out there every morning for the eggs and proudly displays them to any visitors we get! I have more plans for the future that I need to research a little more before I spring these ideas on my husband. He's still getting used to his "new" wife. They include: A couple dairy goats, heating and maybe cooking with wood, using oil lamps for lighting (though not planning on foregoing electricity altogether), getting rid of everything in the house that doesn't have a use (good bye knickknacks!) and just living a simpler lifestyle, I guess. I know it's hard work, but I now know that nothing beats the feeling in the evening after a long and hard but productive day when the kids are tucked soundly under their quilts with their bellies full of healthful and natural food, sitting at the table, cup of coffee in hand and playing rummy with my husband by lamplight, dog sleeping at our feet and the chicks peeping contentedly in the background. Now THIS is the life... I'd appreciate any advice!