Many Chrysalis readers are stay-at-home or work-at-home Moms. I commend you! In the 80s (when the choice was a little easier to make) we decided to make the necessary sacrifices to keep me at home as long as possible. Our plan succeeded, but not without the help and wisdom of other parents who had gone before us.
Jill Savage is the founder of Hearts at Home* and the author of the new book, Living With Less so Your Family Has More. Jill and her husband Mark have a lot to say to today’s parents who want to learn about how to live well on one income. Here’s an excerpt quoted from an interview with Jill posted at Heart of the Matter Online.
Why did you want to write this book?
We didn’t start out with the “less is more” mindset. We started as a double income family wanting to have the “best” of everything. Then Mark decided to pursue ministry. We went from the “high life” to the “frugal life” very quickly as we moved to another state for him to go to Bible College full-time.
Since that experience, we’ve continued to live primarily on one income for the past twenty years. We’ve had to battle cultural peer pressure and make different decisions for our family than many other families in our neighborhood have made. But we’ve never felt that we were materially depriving ourselves or our kids… instead we’ve focused on what we’ve actually been able to provide for them emotionally and relationally.
What do you hope your readers will gain from this book?
For families that are already committed to less is more, we hope to bolster their resolve and help them stay focused on the long-term goal of providing relationally for their kids.
In today’s economy, there are many families being forced to live with less. We want to help them see the opportunity they have with this unexpected downsizing they’ve been forced to do.
And for those who have just been a little discontent with their life and saying things like, “I’m tired of the rat race of life,” or “Is there more to life than drive-thru meals for dinner?” we hope to help them see other choices they have and how they can lead their family in a different direction… You can read the rest of this interview here.
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"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money." (Matt 6:24 ESV)
Photos: billydl (Flickr) & the Savage Family
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