In the midst of the rolling hills and pastoral country sides of northern Knox County, in the heart of Amish Country in Ohio, Emily Spiers and her family live on a small yet active farm. She and her husband of over 20 years have created a safe place for their kids to run, fish in the creek, climb trees, ride four-wheelers, swing in giant tire swings, and enjoy all of the experiences that rural life has to offer.The family raises chickens for eggs, steers, turkeys, and broilers for meat, goats for milk, a large garden for canning, and a small orchard and berry patch to add fruit to the pantry and freezer. They enjoy walking in the woods during the spring and summer to gather mushrooms, berries, nuts, and other wild foods. In an effort to add to her family’s rural ecopreneurship, Emily decided to try her hand at soap making.
Darian works off the farm and is Emily’s greatest support. If she can dream it up, he can build it. If she breaks it, he can fix it. He is what she refers lovingly to as “Soap Support.” They are a team who work together to continue to provide a life that allows and permits their kids, family, and friends, to experience peace, joy, and grace the minute they step on their farm.As the kids have grown and the family has gone from the ‘kids at home’ to almost ’empty nesters,’ a few things have remained the same: dinner is at 6:00 each night and it’s eaten while sitting around the table and talking, laughing, and catching up on each others days. Home is still a safe place to land and a safe place to fall apart when the pressures of the world press in. Home is still where mama and daddy provide a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, wisdom if sought, and help if asked for.
Home is still an open door, an open fridge, and open hearts.
Instead of play dates with other families, there are now family deck dates. In the summer evenings the deck is the gathering place after dinner to talk and simply enjoy the time together. Instead of sitting down to work on history books or math problems, it’s going out to the shop to work on truck transmissions and car air conditioners. Instead of kissing boo-boos or refereeing arguments, it’s listening to tales from jobs and encouraging wise decisions. Instead of wallowing in what has passed, it reveling in what is.There was a reason why Emily chose to name her soap Live.Simple. For as much as it’s an expression and extension of their lifestyle, it’s also a reminder and tender call to others to sit back, listen to the birds sing, enjoy the sunset, listen to the children laughing, smell the scents of the seasons, and enjoy this life- for it’s so fleeting. It’s a sweet reminder to everyone to live simple.