Family Mission/Purpose Statement

by gidget on January 4, 2011

in family,simple & frugal living

live simply

As we start the year, David and I are really striving to simplify and de-clutter our home and our life. I am so excited to have an awesome tool to help us as we tackle it, Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living, the new book by my “boss”/editor-in-chief Tsh Oxenreider (aka Simple Mom).

I feel like the phrase “simple living” can really be vague and “philosophical” but Tsh’s book is really amazing as it approaches the idea of simple living by giving practical ways to apply the idea of simple living to real life. She’s a realist, and doesn’t think we all need to live off the grid and away from civilization, but rather teaches us how to apply our values to our own, individual lives.

The first thing we decided to do as we prepare to work through the second half of her book (the how-to section) was use her guide to create a family mission/purpose statement. She has blogged about this before so I’ve thought about doing it; in fact over a year ago David and I sat down to answer her guiding questions, but never moved on from there.

first family photo of 2011

So this past weekend, we got out our answer sheets and went through them together, finally coming up with the first edition of the Bennett Family Mission Statement. This could naturally change over the years, but for now, this will be the filter we use to pass through all of our belongings as we ponder them, and in the future as we make family decisions.

We, the Bennett Fam, believe that our purpose as a family is to love God and others, and glorify Him in the way we live.

We will:

  • reflect the fruit of the Spirit toward each other {love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control}
  • cultivate a home that is open, laid-back and inviting, and a reflection of our family
  • aim to live a simple, uncluttered, peaceful life

Our priorities are:

  • loving Jesus and radiating His love
  • living a healthy, active, natural/homemade lifestyle
  • caring for Creation and enjoying the outdoors
  • having fun together

Hopefully having something concrete like this will help us attain a lifestyle of simplicity and contentment as we raise our children. I want them to grow up understanding why we’ve made certain decisions, and I want to give them the tools {thru modeling} to value quality over quantity.

Do you have a family mission/purpose statement? I’d love to hear yours if you want to share.

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Kara Fleck January 5, 2011 at 6:55 am

This is beautiful, Nicole! A mission statement like this will serve your family well, I know :-)

Best wishes! (and, oh, what a beautiful family you have!)
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Krissa January 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

We’re going to do one later this month…I did one on my own last year but didn’t put it up anywhere so I wasn’t reminded of it enough. I saw this shop on Etsy that makes framed mission statements that I think are so cute…this year I want to get ours up on the wall so I’m reminded of it daily!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/illuminatedsally?ref=pr_shop_more
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Lauren January 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm

This is wonderful! What a great thing. I love the fact that even though your children are young and do not understand every of the task you are still are making the commitment. Thanks for demonstrating the importance in consistency.
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Brooke January 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

to say simply that I love this, does not do how I feel justice. Well done, well said, and hopefully well lived! xo

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Hannah@CraftsAkimbo January 8, 2011 at 5:48 am

That is fantastic and every family should strive to conquer what they believe in.

As January begins every mama is thinking about the chaos of the holidays and the mess that is left behind.

Well done for taking the bull by the horns and getting started!
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Stacey January 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

We’ll just borrow yours. Fits us too!

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Katie O July 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Ours is short and sweet. It reads “The Owen Family: We live simply, serve joyfully, and explore the world around us. Our home is forever filled with creativity, laughter, and love.” I found a WONDERFUL etsy shop that creates custom family boards, and we are going to have ours created for our anniversary: http://www.etsy.com/shop/kspeddler?ref=seller_info

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