Monday, November 01, 2010

sorry for lying etc.

I mentioned the other day that I was close to 2,000 posts and that there would be a giveaway to celebrate that milestone. As I was doing some editing (yes, I actually DO edit my blog despite appearances to the contrary), I noticed I had several posts (in draft form) which had never been published. As I went through and deleted these (cuz it didn't seem right to count them in my 2,000) my new number of posts was: 1, 916.

Bummer. That is nowhere near 2,000.

We will still have a giveaway and it will be a handmade Christmas ornament. Any one who leaves a comment between October 25 and November 10 will be entered into a drawing for the giveaway.

What I really wanted to discuss today, though, has been on my mind for quite some time.

One of my favorite 'reads' is 'Living More with Less' by Doris Janzen Longacre. I bought this book in the early '80's after reading her cookbook 'More with Less'. Both books were life changing books for me. I re-read them often.

The book Living More with Less is subtitled: a pattern for living with less and a wealth of practical suggestions from the worldwide experiences of Mennonites.

This book covers 1) why we should live with less and 2) how we can live with less. Some of the 'how to's' covered are money, travel and transportation, food, clothing, celebration and recreation.

Let me share a quote from the chapter on clothing. We can mull over it and tomorrow, I will share some of my thoughts.

"When we lived in Guatamala, a fourteen-year-old Kekchi boy names Amiliano worked for us. My husband had some shirts he couldn't wear anymore, and I wanted to get rid of them. I offered one to Amiliano, but he said, "No, thank you. I have two shirts, and I don't want more. With two, I wash one while I wear the other. If I had a third one, it would just
(this entry was provided for the book by a former missionary to Guatamala).

This quote profoundly affected me. I'll expound more on this tomorrow. If you have any thoughts on this quote - please comment!


Becky said...

My new favorite quote is from someone I cannot recall ... a book I think ... that when we are done in this life and we meet our Lord, he is not likely to say, "I really wish you would have kept more for yourself." Awesome!

Anonymous said...

FYI, the 30th anniversary edition of Living More with Lessm is being published this month, with new and revised tips and ideas. Find out more at

On that page you'll also find a link to more info about Doris Janzen Longacre.

John Longhurst
Herald Press

Anonymous said...

Random thoughts.....a 14 year old boy doing his own laundry? a 14 year old boy saying "I don't want more"? How to say, "I don't want more" through the holidays... On a separate note, two of my friends lost their mothers in the last 2 days. Pray for my friends and their families this week. Linda

Cheri said...

That is a great quote, Becky. Let me know if you think of the source. I'd like to use it!

I'm so thankful to know that there will be a 30th anniversary edition John. I bought the 20th (or was it 25th) anniversary of the More with Less Cookbook and am wearing it out now!

Different culture, I guess, Linda. Interesting mindset though. One I want to emulate.

And yes, I will be praying for your friends. Anyone I know?