Happy New Year from The Mike Family!
2018 is a year of STARTING OVER for us! No, we have not given up on our Tiny House, Sustainable, Chemical Free, Simple Living dream. In fact, just the opposite. We hold all the same values, but needing a place of stability and rest, we moved into our new “Small House!” on December 8, 2017. We have gotten to work at making it feel like us, and “tiny housing” it! Can I coin that phrase?! 🙂 With tiny bedrooms, we have a loft bed/desk for Carter, and Darren (an AMAZING builder) has built us a queen size loft bed with storage stairs, giving us room for a desk and small couch beneath it! Next on the list is building the girls a fun bunk bed room, like their Tiny House bedroom!
We are also planning on moving our 2 tiny houses into our backyard to rent them on Airbnb! Of course, as Darren completes projects, we will post pictures for you all to see! Our tinies are still listed for sale, but until they sell, we will enjoy being airbnb hosts. We’ll be sure to post about it as soon as they are up and running!
I, Melody, am using this new year as a chance to start over on other things as well! I am starting up again with my BEACHBODY business, and am looking forward to undoing some of the effects of the stress of this last year. Ready to DO SOMETHING about your body, mood, mental clarity, and other ailments? Let me know! I can tailor make a PLAN that fits YOUR needs and desires! Or join us in January on our “The Ultimate Reset Cleanse” journey to clean out your body and reboot your digestive system and metabolism! If you’d like to join us, please let me know ASAP as ordering the Detox is time sensitive! Let’s do this together!
Another thing I am taking off the shelf is my NORWEX business. I joined Beachbody because I desire to be Lean and Green. I joined Norwex because I desire to be Clean and Chemical Free…ok, and because I want the kids to help clean the house! 🙂 I hope to start a section of our blog about being Lean, Clean, & Green! Look for it in the near future! In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about making your home chemical free, please message me!
NEWEST? I have taken on the role of Event Coordinator for TINYFEST MIDWEST! TinyFest Midwest is a festival about tiny dwellings and simple living, and this year TinyFest Midwest is joining TinyFest California and collaborating with United Tiny House Association to create “Tiny Houses Across America,” a HUGE event that spans the entire country: West Coast, Midwest, East Coast held June 15-17, 2018. TinyFest Midwest will be held at Falconwood Park in Bellevue, NE! I am looking for Tiny Houses, Vendors, Speakers, and Volunteers. Please message me if you know anyone who would like to be a part of this EPIC weekend!!!
In August, Darren accepted the part-time position of Worship Director at Grace Life Bible Church! We LOVE this body of Jesus lovers! We feel so at home and part of the family, and it is wonderful to be able to use our gifts to serve there! Darren wrote a Christmas song this year, and I directed the choir! We are excited to grow more in our faith with these beautiful believers! Are you looking for a church body that feels like family? Let us know! We’d love to have you visit! Both Darren and I have also found an open mic night at a local coffee shop that we love! It has been fun to start to play and write our original music again!!! And play Darren’s self built beautiful guitars! Did I mention how amazing he is yet?!
Carter is loving the theatre department at school! He was in a play this fall, and will be on tech for the upcoming musical, which he is SO excited about! He is so much fun to watch on stage and dialogue with as he grows and matures! He is an excellent student as well! We’re pretty proud of him! 🙂
The girls continue to homeschool at Firm Foundation Academy (our technical name), and I continue to tutor McKenzie’s class with Citylight CC. (Classical Conversations) We really love the program, and even more have loved getting to know our homeschooling community more this year! What a HUGE blessing CC is for our family!
Piper continues to be a great dog! We really love her! I even think somewhere deep down, Darren even likes her! 🙂 Ha Ha #NotADogPerson
We wish you all a WONDERFUL 2018! Please let us know how we can pray for you this year! We’d be honored to!
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.