Hi! This is Patty M, one of Dustin’s bloggers!

Work * Laundry * exercise * church * school functions * volunteering * baseball * basketball * football * hockey * practice * games * quilting * scrapbooking * homework * sports camps * cooking * farming * gardening *The list goes on and on.  Where can we downsize our life besides our waists? 

Downsized  – a new tv show about a ‘Brady Bunch’ type family living the great life; two homes, vacations, expensive dinners out, etc.  I have yet to see an episode – it just started yesterday – but I don’t get a chance to watch much tv.  The previews though have made me think about what I can do to downsize life – to be able to live life.  I have 2 boys, 13 and 7.  They keep us VERY busy with sports and school. Very seldom is there a day where we don’t have to be somewhere.  But is this what we want?  I am making it a goal of mine today to think of where we can downsize.  I feel as though I’m not doing a good job at anything, just a mediocore – get it marked off the list kind of job.  Can scrapbooking wait until after the boys are grown and out of the house?  Yes! Can quilting be a hobby after the boys are grown and gone? Yes!  Downsizing can be a great thing – yes – on the waist line, but in life.  I want more time with my family when we are home – I want to be able to sit down and read a book with my 7-year-old and not be rushed to finish it.  I want to downsize so I have more quality time with my husband and kids; not to just be there, but to truly BE THERE in the moment.

Caroline had a great blog this week about more/less approach.   What can we do more of or less of to downsize and truly be where we need to be at that moment? 

Figure out what’s important:  For me – Quality time with my family and my health so I can enjoy my family. 

What can you downsize?


  1. Great blog – these days everyone is so busy we forget what is REALLY important. Great job figuring out what is important in your life.

  2. Wow Patty, you put some really challenging ideas out there-you are so smart in figuring this out when your kids are still young and home with you-not years later with lots of regrets…….like that Proverbs 31 gal, your family will call you blessed :).

  3. Great post, this is exactly why I left a sometimes 10 hr work day to stay at home with my kids, being able to read that book without being rushed (how wonderful is that, by the way!) led us to deciding to homeschool. Family is where it’s at!

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