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Life without satellite

A date that will live in infamy.

A day that will change the dynamic of Oehlschalger farm forever.

A turning point.

It was the day we got rid of satellite.

Now, without a digital converter box, we are the proud owners of an Amish television.

And when the wind blows, our channel options are even fewer.

Sounds pathetic this is such a big deal, right?

I think it is. It’s pretty sad when deciding to turn off the tube and turn to family time caused such a stir.

And I know we aren’t alone. Families all over the country have been caught in the time-consuming vice of television, satellite and DVRs so long we don’t know any different. We don’t see the problem. It’s a part of our lives. And the reason it’s sad is because television is not reality.

On the other hand, it is a way to avoid what problems ARE realities in our lives.

A way to procrastinate the work we, in reality, have to accomplish.

It makes us lazy. It numbs our minds. It makes us fat.

Wake up, America. We are zombies!

The instant we unpluged that satellite and turned on the fuzzy remnants collected by our antenna, there was relief.

Our home now has a different feel.

The white noise (most of it) is gone.

Now all that remains is the normal and healthy family sounds.

Kids screaming, playing and laughing.

Conversations with my husband.

More story times with the children.

There’s even more quiet.

The world has been turned off and I am left with the things that matter most to me.

I’m not distracted by smut T.V. or worried about the influence even “good” shows are having on those little sponges.

There’s no obligation to keep up with “my shows.” Getting rid of satellite was like marking 100 things permanently off my to-do list.

I can tell you that, so far, it has been one of the best decisions we’ve made in regard to our family health.

Mentally. Physically. Financially. Spiritually.

Winter is on its way. An opportunity for us to perfect our non-satellite time management skills. I will be tested. I probably will long for the mind-numbing glow of hundreds of child-occupying channels.

But I will also cuddle with and listen to my oldest daughter, Kadence, read me a story.

I will be captivated by the Lego architecture Rylan designs.

I will watch Bella dance to her own music in her full-length bedroom mirror.

I will laugh at the antics of baby Masen.

I will miss lots of television, but I won’t miss my family.

We will be warm. We will be safe. We will be happy.

Without satellite.


Categories: Frugal homemaking on the farm Life on the farm


My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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