We are not a family who travels together very often (although we would really like to be), we rarely have the money. We are not a family who spends weekends at the mall (much to Ruby's dismay) or even at the movies...all of that costs too much and it is not in our budget. We live in a small house with an upside-down mortgage. We have a ton of expenses, like most families I know.
My kids are very familiar with the words "broke", "bills", or "maybe on payday". It's not that we are poor, not by any means! But the money comes in and goes right out again. So...we have to fight for a beautiful, adventurous life right here at home, in our little house, in our backyard, sometimes at a nearby little horse barn or at the neighborhood pool. It's a simple life, and even if this has taken me a while to come to terms with, for now, our journey is here...at home.