There's a look (above) at most of my house: two small bedrooms in the back, a small kitchen and space for a tiny table to my right, and the living room stretches only about 12 feet to my left. I always wrote on my old blog about wanting to live simpler, with less stuff, and I got my wish. It didn't happen the way I planned, but every single thing I own (except for two pine antiques from England) is in this apartment. And it's not cluttered, either! There's a sense of freedom and lightness in living with less, and I feel nothing but deep gratitude to the Lord for what He has given me. I am very aware of the fact that compared to almost everyone in the world, I am wealthy.
Did I tell you how I ended up here? For a number of reasons, I wanted and needed to leave the awesome little house I lived in until July, and my niece called me one day to say, "Hey, Aunt Susy, I just found a great little apartment close to campus that I'll be renting, and there's going to be a vacancy in the apartment just below me. You should totally check into it. Wouldn't it be fun to live in the same buildng?" And I'm thinking, "How many 18-year-old college students want their middle-aged aunt to live just below them?!" (What a girl!) I checked into it, loved the location, it worked out, and now we're neighbors. It's fun! We share food with each other. Last night my niece texted to see if I wanted to join her to watch an episode of the BBC Sherlock Holmes, so I grabbed an afghan and ran upstairs in my stocking feet. And this morning, she texted me again and said, I'm making pumpkin waffles. If you want some, come on up." I wasn't about to turn down pumpkin waffles or such a great invitation, so I went on up again.
My niece is just one of many great things about living where I do now. I'm thankful.