- Bread and Crackers
- Coconut Products
- Cookies and Bars
- Fats and Oils
- Flours, Grains, and Legumes
- Fermented Vegetables
- Fermented Food Starters
- Milk and Cream
- Salt and Spices
- Snack Foods
- Supplements & Superfoods
- Yogurt and Kefir
- Books and DVDs
- Kitchen Tools and Appliances
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Personal Care
- Simple Food
It’s 6:30 in the morning and I’m woken up by a set of pigtails that wants to wrestle. I take her to the kitchen, open up a large refrigerator, dispense the milkies, and turn to the coffee pot. This is a machine that heats the water and makes a single cup from coffee grounds held in a small plastic container with an aluminum lid. Before long my perfectly portioned single cup of coffee is ready for sipping.
These past ten days I’ve taken countless hot showers without having to heat water, washed dishes using water that runs hot from a tap, and cooked many a meal from scratch using a stove you don’t have to add wood to. We have experienced electricity and refrigeration and temperature control and washing machines. (Washing machines!) And it has been nice and easy and less time consuming.
And you know what? I get it.
- I get that it’s nice to be able to open a refrigerator powered by electricity and have access to all sorts of cold foods.
- I get that it takes less time to cook a meal when you have predictable, uninterrupted heat on the burners.
- I get that a hot shower in the morning is nice, and the ones that take four times as long with water you haul and heat yourself on the stove doesn’t quite have the same effect… and aren’t taken as often for obvious reasons.
- I get that washing dishes takes a fraction of the time in a large sink with water that comes out of the tap already heated. Boy howdy do I ever get that. And don’t get me started on those machines that wash your dishes for you.
- And wow our home is smaller than most people’s living rooms. I get that now too.
We’re almost home now after spending ten days visiting family during a difficult time. It is through this crossing back over, if you will, that a lot of things are made clear.
I miss the sense of Christian community that can only come when you are living amongst one another, interacting on a daily basis, living outside of a rat race, sharing the most mundane daily details that make up a life lived.
We live in a society that is constantly screaming at us and our children to covet, want, buy, more, more, more! We can’t walk into a grocery store or drive down a freeway without someone somewhere selling something ungodly to my children. It is lust dressed up as capitalism and it makes me furious and mama bear-protective and thankful that we have a place to raise our children separated from it.
You really can’t see how bad it is until you get out. There are elements of our society that seemed harmless just a couple of years ago. Now I feel like I have a clearer picture of how harmful they can be to anyone attempting to live a family-oriented life dependent only on the Lord. But you can’t see it while you’re still in it.
There is a fulfilling rawness to agrarianism that can’t be had in an industrialized way of life. If there is a word for this quality then I am at a loss. But to me there is a rawness to the act of doing things by hand the old-fashioned way that allows one to see and experience things they might not otherwise. This quality lacks in doing things through a more mechanized process and the experience is more numb and less fulfilling.
I don’t want to need money. That washing machine and larger home and electricity all require money. That food we have to buy because we can’t raise it ourselves requires money. Those people who are selling those things encourage covetousness and greed and lust. When I give them my money I enable them to keep doing something I claim to hate.
We will continue to write and freelance and be thankful for all of the work we are given. But I pray that we can spend every dollar we can catching more water, planting more sustainably, and learning how to live a separate agrarian way of life while attempting to create a Biblical culture for our children.
Because having those comforts that require that money that fuels something I claim to hate… it’s just not worth it to me.
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