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Parenting in a tiny house is rich with opportunities for improvement. Our parenting successes are reflected as quickly as our failures, and we take each opportunity to reflect and discuss in our constant effort to raise conscious, respectful, resourceful and resilient kids.

Daddy’s Birthday Presents

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Build, Parent, Recent Posts | 3 comments

Daddy’s Birthday Presents

  There’s nothing we need so badly that we go out at once and buy. Okay, except for half and half. Our house doesn’t run without half and half. Besides that, there really isn’t a thing we need. Yesterday, Archer and I went shopping for Karl’s birthday. It was the regular–the bar soap shaving cream and the bag of candy carefully picked from the barrels at the Country Store, a chocolate bar from Ella, and a six-pack of craft beer from me. On the way home, Archer said, “Did you ever think about how we spend more money on someone else than on ourselves?” He said, “Like that beer, you wouldn’t just go buy that for...

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Why I Want to Be My Daughter When I Grow Up

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Breathe, Kids'-Eye View, Parent, Recent Posts | 63 comments

Why I Want to Be My Daughter When I Grow Up

Every time I read this post from almost two years ago and your comments of encouragement to our little girl, I want the whole world to read it. I want individuality and creativity to rule and kids like Ella to keep on with their original outfits and ways that don’t make sense to others. It’s the willingness to do things a bit differently that keeps this whole darn experience interesting. I am grateful to my husband, Karl, for being the daddy he is, and for my dear Ella, who is one of my greatest teachers, and for all the students I’ve had in the classroom who share their struggles with me–I wish you a life of creative freedom! April 29, 2012 Last...

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A Cold Winter’s Night in the Tiny House

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Breathe, Parent, Recent Posts, Remember | 24 comments

A Cold Winter’s Night in the Tiny House

I’ve sifted through thousands of words I wrote since moving into our tiny house in preparation for my upcoming ecourse–a step-by-step guide to dreaming, planning, and designing a mortgage-free lifestyle. I came across this essay I wrote last winter. Winter is a real challenge in a tiny house, and I am grateful for it. In the darkest time of year we can most clearly see our own light. These years in this tiny space are healing us. I’m happy to say, the pain I wrote about in this essay isn’t as intense as it was then. Being honest with myself and others about the pain is an important part of healing. Opening the restaurant wasn’t stupid, it...

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Hooray for Family Day

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Kids'-Eye View, Parent, Recent Posts | 6 comments

Hooray for Family Day

There’s much delayed gratification when building a mortgage-free home. We live in a tiny house and sometimes long for more space. All we have to do is look up the hill to know…it’s coming. Maybe not as fast as we’d hope. I said not too long ago, “We can’t do another winter in this tiny house.” But maybe we will find ourselves here this Christmas. If all this rain has anything to say about it, it will be longer than we thought. While we are delaying gratification, the rest of our lives happen. Family Day to the rescue. Family Day has gotten us through many difficult times. During the time of our restaurant, New Day Cafe, we...

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How We Created a Delightful Christmas in Our Tiny House

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Parent, Recent Posts | 10 comments

How We Created a Delightful Christmas in Our Tiny House

The wind has blown in the cold, and even though the calendar says it’s fall, it feels like winter. The jack-o-lantern sits frozen on the deck, and the heat is cranked. Donna the Kitty is cleaning her fur next to me while Sunna, our giant dog, runs up and down the hillside protecting the chickens from bunnies, squirrels and neighbor dogs. I’m thankful sitting inside our warm and cozy home listening to the wind howl. I thought I’d do a quick post to tell you that I am now a regular contributor to TinyHouseTalk.com! I am thankful to Alex Pino for giving me to opportunity to share with his community. For the next few weeks, I will share some ways that we...

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Meet the Chickens

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in Kids'-Eye View, Recent Posts | 16 comments

Meet the Chickens

This is me, Ella, the chicken watcher showing you all of my chickens. This is her mama posting for her.   Simply, Hari P.S. Enrollment for the Winter 2015 session of our eCourse, Creating Your Path to Mortgage-freedom, is now open. Read about the course here! Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of open enrollment for future sessions and receive our seasonal newsletter. Share...

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Tiny House Living is a Real Option for Families

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Kids'-Eye View, Parent, Recent Posts | 25 comments

Tiny House Living is a Real Option for Families

On Friday, Kent Griswold of tinyhouseblog.com posted a few pictures of our house along with a short write-up from me. I am astounded at the response this post has generated on our blog. Before he featured us, we had about 4,500 all-time hits, now we are at 21,000, just two days later. Thank you, Kent and tinyhouseblog. Welcome to our new visitors, and thanks to our friends and family who have encouraged us to share our story. We hope you find encouragement through our story to live life YOUR way. It is a new experience for us to open our lives to such a public arena. Opening our choices to public scrutiny makes me feel quite vulnerable, but also powerful. I am happy to...

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Sister’s Haikus for Winter Solstice

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Kids'-Eye View, Recent Posts | 1 comment

Sister’s Haikus for Winter Solstice

Mister snowman is wearing a long orange nose and a strange top hat.   In a cold winter field, a young doe rests on bed of wilting flowers.   Every soul sees some light in the darkest dark time of Christmas happy. Share...

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Tiny House Kids’ Tour De Creek

Posted by on Nov 5, 2011 in Kids'-Eye View, Recent Posts | 3 comments

Tiny House Kids’ Tour De Creek

What a great learning tool! They didn’t want to post it, since it isn’t perfect, but they said “Oh, go ahead.” They’ll keep getting better. I, of course, think it is perfect. Tiny House Kids’ Tour De Creek Simply, Hari P.S. Enrollment for the Winter 2015 session of our eCourse, Creating Your Path to Mortgage-freedom, is now open. Read about the course here! Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of open enrollment for future sessions and receive our seasonal newsletter. Share...

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