Time truly does fly. So much has happened in even just the last few weeks that it has become hard to really spell out the progression of our tiny house. I’ll at least try.

I want to point out a bit of scripture that has really been at the forefront of our lives these last few months.

  • …make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 1

  • He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-bringing forth food from the earth. 2

  • The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. 3
And with those we have found motivation to continue pressing forward. There have certainly been unnerving moments. I have had my own personal doubts. Can I really build this? Is this really wise for a family? What if we get caught in some political or governmental jam? What will Tilly Madison think as she gets older? Will she have enough space? Will I drive my wife crazy? 
What we have learned though is that all of this is an adventure. Not an adventure that you pass on and then one day mutter your deepest regrets about. And not an adventure that is meant to be temporary just so you can say you did it. But rather an adventure that turns a dream into a reality; a houseplan into a home. And to that end we have done the following:
  • Released version 4.0 of our tiny house build plans; the final product.
  • Secured sponsorships with EcoFoil and LP Building Materials as well as product gifts from Ethel Gloves and Mechanix Wear.
  • Purchased 1.6 tons raw lumber from Jordan Forest Supplies.
  • Purchased 50 – 4″ bolts as well as washers and nuts from Balamo Building Supply.
  • Purchased 25 – joist hangers.
  • Planted two gardens and two raised beds just a few steps away from our build spot so we can work AND eat!
  • Been contacted by 2 magazines 3 newspapers regarding Tiny r(E)volution.
  • Installed EcoFoil radiant barrier on our trailer.
  • Added floor framing and joists and bolted them to the trailer.
  • Received shipment of LP SmartSide, ProStruct Floor, and ProStruct roof sheathing.
  • Started working on documentary with Kevin Gilkes of scissorsanddrumssticks productions.
  • Tried to learn more about balancing work, tiny house, and my new responsibilities as a father.
So? What have I learned over the past few months?
Sleep, eat right, and take your time. Honestly. Those three lessons are so valuable. While we want our house and we want it now, we have both realized to enjoy each step of the process. It may only happen once. If we wish our lives away then we’ll be old and tired before we know it. And when it is time to rest. REST! Don’t underestimate a good nights sleep or even a nice afternoon nap in the spring sunshine. Both will rejuvenate and inspire.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Psalm 104:10-14

Hans Hofmann