Hey there! Welcome to Simply Living at Sunray Farms!
I’m so glad that you stopped by today! I hope that you’ll find some things around here to inspire and encourage you to live a simple life. On this site you’ll find pointers, resources and plenty of first-hand success stories (and failures) as our family embraces the slow and simple. Are you looking to make small changes that will allow you to slow down and live an intentional life? Then friend, you’re in the right place!
In our family, and consequently, on the blog, we are focused on simplifying our health, our finances, our family, and our everyday life, one small step at a time. If you stick around you will find posts about our goals to be more mindful of what we put into our bodies and how we move them. Getting out of debt is a huge part of our simplification plan and you can walk right alongside us as we slay the debt and change the course of our family’s finances forever! You might also read about how we are savoring our daughters’ childhoods and embracing our life in the country and you’ll see how we’re simplifying our home as well. I’m not sure I’d call us full-blown minimalists, but we are definitely more interested in making intentional purchases that will bless our family and our home.
So how did this change to the simple life come about? Well, let me tell you a little bit about us.
I’m Melissa, a thirty-something, former teacher, and recovering perfectionist from NE Oklahoma. I was born and raised in the suburbs, graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2006 and went on to become an elementary school teacher for 8 years. My life was full of fast food, debt (hello student loans and teacher salary!), and trying to please everyone all the time.
My husband, Dillon, is a thirty-something, nurse practitioner, and aspiring woodworker also from NE Oklahoma. He was born and raised in the country, on family land that his great-grandfather bought in the ‘50s. He graduated from nursing school and worked as a nurse in cardiology for several years before going back to school to get his Masters Degree.
We have been friends since high school, although I’m 3 years older than he is (yup, apparently I’m a cougar!), but we didn’t start dating until both of us were out of college and working grown-up jobs. We got married in 2012, he moved into my little house in the suburbs and we worked and ate more fast food and tried to stay afloat.
Fast forward to 2015 and our oldest daughter “Little Miss” was born. I had resigned from my teaching job the year before, so I am a full time stay at home mom, which has honestly been my dream since I was a little girl. She is a smart and sassy, yet sensitive kid and so much fun. Her best friend is Riley, the 9 year old shepherd mix I adopted when she was a puppy. Seriously, they are adorable together!
After a couple of years trying (and failing) to get pregnant and grow our family, we began the adoption process in early 2018. God had different plans in mind and we found out in the spring that we were expecting twin girls in the fall, and on Halloween we welcomed our identical twins, Thing 1 and Thing 2, to our family. So as you can imagine, things are getting real up in here! Our little family is evolving and we cannot wait to see what adventures the twin life holds for us!
Our New Adventures
By late 2016 we were trying to grow our family and knew that our little house was going to be far too cramped to do that, so we started looking to buy a house. We thought we wanted a little bit of land, like maybe 0.5-1 acre. That would be plenty, right? Apparently not. Instead, in the summer of 2017 we started building a house on nearly 20 acres of the land Dillon grew up on and we moved in at the beginning of 2018.
Our new piece of dirt needed a name, so as a nod to Dillon’s great-grandfather who started this whole mess, we named it Sunray Farms after the oil company he founded. And that brings us to now. I had no idea how much Dillon missed life in the country, and I had no idea what I’d been missing out on living in town. I mean, have you ever seen the stars out where there are no lights? It’s totally worth the extra driving to get to the store!
As we realized how much the country life suits us, especially Little Miss, we decided that we wanted to simplify the rest of our life too. We are slowing down, living with intention and making memories. Debt, poor health and cramming too much into our daily lives will only weigh us down and keep us from living that simple life that we crave, so we’re making big changes a little bit at a time and we hope that you’ll come along for the ride! You can find us on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.
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