Definitely need to add this place to our list of ones to visit.
(See bottom of this blog post for an update)
Sometimes desperate circumstances call for desperate measures. Once I understood that my best friend and lover was suffering from a disabling disorder (combat-related PTSD) that wasn’t responding to traditional therapy I asked myself, “what else can we do?”. I did research online and at the library. I called his psychiatrist whenever I needed advice and started seeing a therapist myself specifically for PTSD caregiver support.
Then I saw this blog, Two Happy Campers, where this couple decided to leave their home (part-time) and go on outdoor adventures in a truck camper with their two dogs. I thought that was extreme. I mean, I’m a city girl! I like the idea of camping but am much better suited for five-star hotels, spas, and room service. The more I dug into camper/RV lifestyles (there are tons of blogs about this, who knew?) I started to recall phrases I had been reading and hearing regarding coping with PTSD:
- Keep things simple
- Put everything in its place (my hubby has OCD tendencies)
- Focus on the basics
- One day at a time
- Get fresh air, start exercising
- Don’t isolate
- Make thoughtful changes
Then I thought, could we consider this? Could we simplify our 5 bedroom house (we have a lot of stuff for just two people and it’s a constant source of stress for my husband), downsize our wardrobes, cut our ties with the 9 to 5 (and live on just his disability), and lead a much more frugal life?
The same things in the bulleted list above are what we learn from the Holy Scriptures. At Matthew 6:22 it states, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright. The footnote lets us know that the context of the translated word “focused” is modern “simple”. So, keep your eye simple. What we were learning from mental health professionals aligned with what we are taught from the holy scriptures. Acting on it was a no-brainer!
Crazy, right? Then I thought, maybe the way we live right now is crazy. The average American spends 1/3 to 1/2 of their income on a home that takes 15 years to work to pay off. 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Maybe living the “normal” way is actually crazy. What if we could live on less and instead of investing in a career and house we could invest in our personal relationships with our creator, each other, and nature?
Next, I though about living vs. surviving. With PTSD it seems like the sufferer and his family just survives daily life. I want (and deserve) to see my husband really live, not just survive. What if by changing things drastically we could both get back to living instead of just getting through each day to face another filled with the same issues in the same spot?
Another scripture that kept coming to mind is Matthew 6:33 which states, “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.” With this in mind we decided that going from full-time working to full-time RVing seemed like a moot point. So we have decided to work on personal improvement so that we might serve God to the full extent that our own circumstances permit.
We start our mornings now with the daily text, a prayer, and either field service or medical appointments. We round out the end of the day with personal or family study, meetings, and housework. It’s still a little scary, but I think that means we are on the right track. The planning stages of this adventure has begun. Join us while we figure out the rest!
I’m a regular pioneer as of September 1, 2016. As of May 5, 2017 we are part-time RVers and international travelers for need-greater work!!
… Matthew 6:33 states, “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.” With this in mind we decided that going from full-time working to full-time RVing seemed like a moot point. So we have decided to work on personal improvement so that we might serve God to the full extent that our own circumstances permit.
We start our mornings now with the daily text, a prayer, and either field service or medical appointments. We round out the end of the day with personal or family study, meetings, and housework. It’s still a little scary, but I think that means we are on the right track. The adventure has begun. Join us while we figure out the rest!
This is our herbal syrup made from organic peppermint and rose petals grown in our garden. In 13th century Andalusian cookbook entitled Manuscrito Anonimo there is a chapter on drink recipes made by combining a syrup with hot or cold water. These simple syrups were consumed for health benefits. In the Manuscrito there are numerous syrup recipes featuring dried or fresh rose petals, lemon juice, mint leaves, ginger root, lavender flowers, quince, rosewater and carrots alone or in combination with each other. During the year we will offer seasonal selections of simple syrups that you can combine with hot water for tea or cold water (including sparkling water) for a refreshing beverage.
This listing is for a 4 ounce glass container filled with our tasty syrup. After you finish the syrup please recycle the container by using it for whatever your heart desires.
To use: simply add a tablespoon or two (more or less to your liking) to hot or cold water (or lemonade, tea, sparkling water…. or a cocktail).
Ingredients: Peppermint Leaf, Rose Petal, Raw Cane Sugar, Distilled Water
Handcrafted in my own personal still-room in New Orleans, Louisiana. I use primary source recipes from historical manuscripts along with organic, all-natural ingredients that do not contain chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances or synthetic chemicals. I use pure herbs, spices, oils, vegetables, and occasionally a mineral pigment known as iron oxide. THAT’S IT. My products are safe and simple.
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