:Laundry hanging out to dry in our neighborhood, beind our apartment complex (in the background to the right):
One of the things that I am enjoying most about our life here in Korea is the opportunity for us to simplify. We moved here in our suitcases - 5 large suitcases, 5 carry-ons, and 5 large suitcase-sized boxes. So we didn't bring much with us. We have a simple apartment without a dryer, which is typical for Korea. We have a small kitchen with a tiny oven, not much bigger than the typical American microwave overn. And we don't have a car. We may get one. We haven't decided yet. In some ways not having a car makes life more complicated. But not having a car helps us get more exercise. We walk much more, and carry out groceries home from the store. And a lack of car also keeps life simple by not needing to worry about car insurance, car registration, drivers licenses, keeping gas in the car, repairs and maintenance of the car, etc.
:Our laundry - mostly hapkido uniforms - hanging to dry on our veranda. I love hanging my laundry out to dry at home in Nauvoo too. But I am used to the option of using the dryer on cold, rainy days and when in a hurry:
I am truly loving it. Having fewer belongings frees up so much mental space, time, and energy that can be directed in so many different ways. It also helps me to focus on the basics and what is truly most important. We value each other more as a family and are less distracted, pulled in fewer directions. I am so grateful for this opportunity. We lived the simple life almost 20 years ago in Japan, when our family was just starting, and I have missed it ever since. How lucky we are to do it again with a new crop of children. I'm so glad that they can experience it too.
And speaking of those children, after more than two years of having no teenagers in our family, today we officially have a teenager again. Mia came into this world 13 years ago today on a beautiful Easter Sunday. We didn't know about it until 3 days later, but throughout that Sunday I had a joyous feeling that something wonderful and significant was happening. I just didn't know what it was.
I'm making her request, our favorite dark chocolate cake, today, and grinding up my own powdered sugar in the blender, since I haven't been able to find any here. I'm also making gyoza and simmered kabocha (Japanese foods) at her request. I love that girl.