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We have found it! While scouring the internet researching every corner of Arizona (the state I have fallen in love with and have convinced Travis we need to be permanent residents of) we discovered the land we wish to call home. It is a gorgeous little place North of St. Johns very near to the Zuni River. We are crossing all our fingers and toes that we can make it happen, and soon! We likely won’t reside there for at least a year, but if we can secure it then at least we know we are one step closer to building our dream home and having an alpaca ranch. We are planning a trip to go see the ranch community sometime in late October, early November and we hope to secure something at that time. I know I am ecstatic to have found such a beautiful place to call home and while he isn’t all giddy and ridiculously giggly about it as me, I know Travis is as well.

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We Went a Little Crazy

Here we are, over a year later and not really any closer to building our own tiny house. While are still avid followers of the movement, we just have not had the opportunity to begin. Which is actually a good thing, because we have changed our minds about what living tiny means to us in the last year. We want to live simply, with a foundation. We have searched and found blueprints that work for what we desire in a home. Nothing is concrete as we have found, so we are keeping an open mind!

We have gotten to a nomad life though. Travis is managing a game in a carnival and we have been travelling throughout California. We do go out of state a couple times, currently we are in Boise, ID. We go to Vegas and when we come back next year we start in Arizona. It has been great meeting so many new people! I hope to better record our encounters as we continue our travels. We have been sharing a travel trailer with my family and it has not been as bad as you might think. We are looking at buying our own trailer that is bigger to share for next season and then we will essentially have our own tiny house! We can use it while we build our own place once we find the place we wish to settle down.

There is also a new dream that we share, alpacas! Everything we do right now is focused on starting our own alpaca ranch. We really think they are the solution to what we want out of our lives. To live rural, be nice to the earth and it’s creatures (we are vegetarians, wavering on veganism!) and be involved in the circle of life. We look forward to having the acreage to make our first purchase and begin our quiet, simple, country life!

Anyways, this is where we are at right now. I am resolving to update this more regularly as Travis and I wish to delete our facebook accounts but keep in contact with our friends and family on the internet. I look forward to documenting our travels, struggles and triumphs.

Sprout Has No Slush

We’ve had a… Setback. Yesterday, while out with a friend, our car bit the dust. Er, nibbled on dust? Sprout (as our sweet little Mazda 5 is known ’round these parts) isn’t dead, but she is going to cost a lot to fix. I am not thrilled. We just bought her 4 months ago, to the day, and the clutch went out. I guess that’s what we get for buying used without having a mechanic check her out.

At least, I think her clutch went out. Engine revs when given gas and we can shift into any gear we choose; without the clutch in… And she makes this awful stench. Some guy stopped to help us out and pointed out we are also leaking oil. Joy. So today, we had her towed to the family shop and have made arrangements to pay for her repairs via payments.

Though, I do have to say this really brings into perspective how much we want our very own tiny house. I mean, if we were not sinking money into utility bills and house repairs, we would probably have money saved up for issues like this. But as it stands, we lack the capability to save money. Stuck in the same monthly rotation of working so other people can profit. And it SUCKS. Now, instead of putting away our extra cash to buy a trailer, we have to put it all towards a fix that we should have a slush fund to cover. And things are pushed back some more. Hopefully we can find something super extra cheap.

Let the hunt begin.

The Spark

Our journey to tiny house land began on April 12th with the tragic deaths of Glendon Engert and Robert Paris. The events of the day led my husband and I to decide that it was time for a career change. You see, Glendon and Robert were doing a regular thing; Robert would evict while Glendon re-keyed the property. Normal stuff for locksmiths and sheriffs. The only problem, is you have no idea what is waiting on the other side of the door. Unfortunately, that day the other side had a disgruntled man who took the lives of those just doing their job. Trav is a locksmith. In a city not far from Modesto, with a high rate of crime. With our baby, we decided we would more actively pursue the life we wanted instead of just getting by.

I have a cousin whose boyfriend works in North Dakota in the oil fields. Lots of openings and great pay, not even working ON a rig. We decided this was our ticket out of here. We began our figuring and soon realized there was no housing in ND and I would have to stay here while Travis went off to work. Neither of us were super fans of that idea, but we were willing to go through with it if it meant we could save money to build our dream home on our dream property. My cousin mentioned that her boyfriend had begun staying in trailers on-site, and that theoretically, we could get our own trailer and we (Roghan and I) could in fact go with Travis.

What a grand idea I thought! I could totally downsize to an RV and be nomadic. I actually would rather enjoy such a thing. So the planning started. How would we do this, manage that? Where would we get our water and power? And oh my goodness, HOW IN THE HECK WOULD I DO LAUNDRY?! I cloth diaper, I cannot live without a washer. The research commenced and I discovered all sorts of RV washing machines, washer/dryer combo’s and my favorite the Wonder Wash. The wonder wash requires less water, NO electricity and takes up less space. It is a hand crank, but takes less than 10 minutes to wash and rinse an entire 5lb load. AMAZING.

The Wonder wash led me on yet another excursion for information and I wound up here, at the Tiny House Blog. And down I fell. I would say I am so far down the rabbit hole, that I am flying over rabbit hole China. (Yup, that was cheesy. That’s how I roll. Get used to it.) I love the camaraderie of tiny house people, already so many wonderful people that I have conversed with! I love how everyone has a similar goal in mind of a small impact on Earth with a large impact on society. Tiny house people need a slogan similar to “Think globally, act locally.” Maybe we (yes, I consider myself a tiny house person since I wholeheartedly intend on living in one) could go with, “Live small, give all.” I’ll work on it…

We have since 86’d the ND idea, it just is not for us. I already have drawn up plans for our tiny house. A custom family design that Travis and I have come to love. We work on the details and discuss the best way to plumb… It’s so great that we both love this idea so much that we both get lost in the planning. We are hoping to go look at a trailer tonight, it’s beat to hell and needs some work, but we don’t mind putting in the effort. Thank you so much Andrew and Crystal from tiny r(e)volution and Carrie and Shane from Clothesline Tiny Homes for being the friendly push that made me want this dream so much more.

I hope you take the time to remember Glendon and Robert, two men whose lives were cut short.