PATRICE: Absolutely. “Simple life” has been linked with rural living. People sometimes don’t understand how simplicity can be achieved anywhere. The concept boils down to making good choices. We took chances on starting a home business and living in the country, chances our friends didn’t take. But many of them made the right choices for them. They stayed married, stayed out of debt, raised their children with love and discipline....And as a result, their lives are simple—even though they’re urban.

Rural life isn’t for everyone, and it’s not necessarily simple. But since simplicity can be achieved merely by making smart, intelligent choices in life, it’s achievable anywhere, by anyone.

AMY: Patrice, you have pioneered new territory with your book. It is conveyed in a gracefully Christian way. Congratulations on a simply beautiful book!

PATRICE: Awww, shucks. Thanks.

Amy is married to DJ, her high school sweetheart. They homeschool three wonderful children—a computer genius, an artist, and a princess. When not tending her chickens or children or husband, Amy enjoys writing. She hopes to make a career of writing some day. Maybe when the chickens move out. Amy can be contacted at

Patrice Lewis is a wife, mother, homesteader, homeschooler, author, blogger, columnist, and speaker. An advocate of simple living and self-sufficiency, she and her husband Don operate a home-based woodcraft business and farm on twenty acres in rural north Idaho. Patrice and her husband have been married twenty-two years and have two daughters, 13 and 16.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.


1. Patrice Lewis, The Simplicity Primer (WND Books, 2011), p. 305.

Publication date: May 15, 2013