Its a funny thing to write about contentment after having three new rooms of furniture come into our house, but there was a need for newness. Our dining room set was purchased in 1988 and saw 17 years of homeschooling done on it, along with countless hours of sewing and of course its original purpose, family meals. Somewhere around 25,000 meals. We spent lots of money way back then for that dining room set, enjoyed it, but this time we opted for something different. Chairs that stack, 10 of them, to accommodate our ever growing family. Contentment allows me the freedom to buy 10 chairs that together cost the amount of one chair purchased so many years ago. I have nothing to prove, no need for ego driven purchases any more. Our new dining room table, is simple too. Spacious, yet reflects our desire for more simplicity. The living room furniture tells the same story, with our old set being enjoyed now by our two daughters. Sofa and chair to one, love seat to another. I love that.
We figured that after all these years, it was time to replace some of our things. A new look, one that reflects our lives better. Simple, comfortable and affordable. Ikea was the perfect match for us. I can mix the treasures I have with the new modern look and it works. The front guest room, needed a bed in order to actually qualify as a guest room. Yen wanted a room here, just as Mei-Ling has one. It will be a bright red and white room, with gnomes and such. Three rooms of furniture cost us less than what we spent in 1988 for a dining room set. Contentment seems to spur on a bit of a frugal nature. Less feels like so much more these days.
Tonight as the fire in the wood stove glows warm and homey, we sit together, content. Life is good.