Family picnics, the sounds of nature, meals made from scratch, fishing on a Sunday afternoon, less busy schedules and fresh flowers on the table. The more we listen, the more we realize we are not the only ones craving these moments.
Eleanor lived in a time when these experiences were more common. And as we spent the past year fixing up her old farmstead and learning more about her, it ignited the desire to adapt stories of her life within our own families--among the demands of a fast paced society, energetic kids, keeping order in our homes, and pursuing our businesses. However, we quickly learned that it wasn’t simpler in terms of a successful garden crop or keeping chickens alive from predators! But despite the challenges, we were encouraged with more moments of quiet and less moments of screen time. We wanted to be more intentional with the way we spent our days and create an atmosphere to foster quality conversations with the people we love.
Then we realized, many of our followers showed interest in preserving Eleanor's past, so why not share our own personal journey along with it? To open the conversation on how we are attempting the “simpler life” both at Eleanor’s and in our modern-day lives, homes and schedules. The beauty about this is, we can collaborate as a community because so many of you are living out the areas we are trying to adopt. Our hope is, we can learn from each other and no longer dream about days gone by, but instead live them...today!
Eleanor is the inspiration behind this mission, so it’s fitting to recap what we know about her: She worked as a child care provider, telephone operator and school teacher. She was a mother of two and the wife of a farmer. She was best known for her bountiful vegetable garden, but her real passion was her garden of irises and roses. Living along a well traveled highway, people often stopped to admire her flowers and she was happy for their visit. Eleanor was a woman of faith and spent weekends opening her home for loved ones to gather, with good food and conversation. She also enjoyed music, both playing guitar and singing. Eleanor lived to be 103 years old.
Boy how we wish we could have stopped by her house on a Sunday afternoon and experienced the hospitality that so many remember her by. We would have learned so much from her, but in a way, we already have. We’ve learned that having a community of people, working toward the same goal, is all you really need to put the pieces together in order to create a life that you love. A life with no regret, more moments of joy, and satisfaction after accomplishing something new. Even if it was the hard way :)
We hope you’ll consider sharing your insight as we navigate the way to combine our modern day lives with the days back then. Come, make yourself at home. Pull up a chair and stay for a while!
-Lara and Meagan