I’ve noticed that whenever anyone begins a new blog, they usually start with an explanation of what they are doing, why they are doing it, and what their readers can expect (I guess so you can move along if it doesn’t interest you?). Others prefer to jump right in, assuming it’s obvious from the name of the blog or that people will figure it out eventually.

So here goes.

We are a typical American family (if there is such a thing anymore) living in the suburbs of Washington, DC.  Our son and daughter are in their tween/teen years, and my husband and I are beginning to think of life beyond child-rearing.  We are reealllly tired of the treadmill, tired of the sprawl, tired of the DRAMA, and we want something different. I also want my children to know (unlike what I grew up thinking) that there IS another choice!

This blog, at least for now, is something just for me. It’s a way to document the long-term changes we will be making, moving toward a better, simpler life – so that if I’m ever in doubt, I can look back and see how much we’ve learned and how far we’ve come. It follows our transformation from suburbanite to country-folk.

Our goal is to live a more self-sufficient, deliberate, simple life by learning to live with less.   This blog chronicals our dreams & goals, our failures & achievements, our home & adventures. Probably no one else will care, but if what I write here helps inspire one more person to do the same, that’s a bonus.

You can probably tell from the name of my blog and its tagline that I’m a Tolkien fan. Throughout the life of this blog, I’m sure I will be quoting liberally from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (LOTR). I find that Tolkien was really onto something w/many of the ideas articulated therein. I particularly identify with the Hobbits of the Shire and their way of life. Of this, Bilbo Baggins writes:

It has been remarked by some that hobbits’ only real passion is for food. A rather unfair observation as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipeweed. But where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet and good tilled earth. For all hobbits share a love of all things that grow. And yes, no doubt to others, our ways seem quaint. But today of all days, it is brought home to me it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.

This is my journey to find, and celebrate, a simple life.

To learn more about us, visit any of the posts in the Philosophy or Family categories.

Shire Girl

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