In 1921, someone built an 893 square foot house. Small and modest, but a safe haven for their family. In December of 2017, this house will become the new “Tiny Home” for the Mike family! A place we can begin again!
A few weeks ago, Darren and I took a deep breath, called the bank, and looked into getting a mortgage on a small house in Omaha. Within the first 2 days, we found a house that will be a great place for us to begin a new tiny journey. Where we can still yet accomplish much of what we set out to do with our Tiny House On Wheels (THOW).
Don’t get me wrong, as the slogan has been said, “We Will Rebuild…” in due time! Right now we need a place of our own to regroup, recover, and relax! As we know, houses don’t typically use vertical space — and this house is small. So we get to build lofts and bunk beds in the bedrooms to create more space to live! Fun! We’ll most definitely post pictures once we have finished those projects!
Our home will consist of a tiny 3 season porch on the front, a small living, dining room, and kitchen, and 3 very small bedrooms! However, we will have a fully 6 foot fenced backyard to play in, and maybe even get chickens again! Piper will be a happy dog to be able to run outside! The girls are very excited that we will be one small block from a very large park and city pool. (dad said we can get a summer pass!)
So what about our THOWs? Good question! I’ll admit that this last year I have had a lot of trouble on what to write. I have been grieving a lot. Trying to work through my thoughts, feelings, and truths learned through our journey going tiny. To be quite honest, I’m not sure how to eloquently and concisely sum up and tell our story. I loved our place on the meadow and our tiny houses. It was a dream come true. I felt at home, free, and so very happy, and yet, it only lasted 6 beautiful weeks.
My heart still feels bruised when I look at all the pictures I took during that time and reface the fact that we cannot be there — that that chapter has ended. Slowly, ever so slowly, I am healing as I lay those houses and the dream of the meadow back to God. Like anything in life, the feelings ebb and flow. One moment I feel peace, and the next moment, I look at all the disappointments. As soon as I take my eyes off of God’s sovereignty, I begin to struggle again.
I’ve learned there is a much bigger picture to life and God’s plan, than my small mindedness. That I can plan perfectly, but not everything goes as planned. I’ve learned that God wants my everything, including my desire to control my own outcomes and desires. That as an imperfect person, I can not form a perfect plan.
God knows my heart, my downfalls, my weaknesses, and desires to make me more dependent on Him than on anything else. This is a good thing, even when it does not feel like it! I’ve learned to be humble and thankful in all circumstances. That I am not complete in a secure, convenient and comfortable life, but a life that chooses moment by moment to bow to God’s plan. I’ve learned that as He directs my steps, He has not planned a flawless path, but one that leads me to Him, and that He is always with me. He NEVER promised that life would be easy and comfortable. I’m learning to love more completely, forgive more honestly, talk more freely, and grieve deeply, and yet I still have a lot more growing up to do!
I have learned to adapt and go with the flow, to be more flexible. That I really don’t “need” a lot to make life work and meet the needs of my family. I’ve learned to rely more on God in my marriage and as a mom. To have more grace on myself, and that it’s ok to take one moment; one season at a time. I honestly admit that I can not wait to be in our own space again and create a new normal once again soon! It’s been stretching to create new rhythms constantly, but I am hoping a season of rest and a gentle rhythm awaits soon! One that can begin to give our minds and bodies a break!
As this coming Thanksgiving approaches, (obviously posting this after Thanksgiving… Darren was procrastinating) we continue to thank God for all the ways He has provided. Some of those ways being through some of YOU! Thanks to you who have loved us by helping us this last year and a half. To those of you who have prayed for us! We continue to pray that God would bring the right buyers to us to purchase our beautiful tinies. That they would find joy in them and love them as much as we do!
We thank God for the new home he is providing and that it can not only bless us, but free us to bless others. We’re thankful to Him most for everything He’s done for us, including laying down his life. We thank God for the work he’s done and is doing in our hearts preparing us for the next season of life. For Darren’s 2nd job as a Worship Leader at our church. We’re also so thankful that we will be in our own home for Christmas! Even an empty home is more than many in the world have, and we are so grateful so be able to Begin Again!
Speaking of thankfulness… I love this video. Check it out.
It's time we change our perspective and give thanks for the big & little things in everyday life! Join us as we kick off a series on gratitude: http://bit.ly/1RyHTsHPosted by Forest Hill South Park on Saturday, December 3, 2016
We LOVE to hear from YOU! Please leave questions or comments in the section below! We are always willing to dialogue and love to know we are not alone as we travel a road less traveled! Or you can e-mail us at BigFamTinyLife@gmail.com! Blessings on your Thanksgiving travel and plans, and we will keep you posted as our Tiny Home plans unfold!
Melody is a full time mother, CEO of the Mike household, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Beach Body Coach, Norwex Representative, Singer/Songwriter, Organizer, Jesus Lover, Wife, and well, you get the idea, a woman of many hats. Adventurous and creative, she loves spending time outdoors and encouraging others to be Lean, Clean, & Green.