Our Family

Skip the “what” and get right to the “who.”

Our “Mission” can be summarized in these four points:

Tiny House

“for us, being a big family living in a tiny house will bring us financial freedom, closer relationship, & enormous life opportunities.”

Environmentally Conscious

“We started caring about our environment when we started caring about our food — and as a big family, we eat a lot of food!”

Self Sufficient

“We are working toward providing our own food, our own water, our own electricity…”

Life Simplification

“Bottom line is that “Stuff Equals Stress.” A big family usually means a lot of stuff, which means a lot of stress. We are working towards reducing stress.”

Tiny House People

While our journey is not only about living in a tiny house, there are certainly some stats that make that part of the journey incredibly exciting.

Just look at the stats on the right. While you are looking, make sure you begin each sentence with “% of Tiny House People that ________.”

  • Have Less Credit Card Debt than Average Americans 89%
  • Have Zero Credit Card Debt 65%
  • Are Living Mortgage Free 68%
  • Have More Savings Than Average Americans 55%

So finally, here we are. All the players in this journey.




In addition to working a full-time job as a project manager, Darren is a researcher, an experimenter, a builder, a general jack of all trades. He loves his wife and his children immensely and could not be more excited for this adventure for SO MANY reasons, but chiefly how it will bring our family closer together.




Melody is a full time mother, CEO of the Mike household, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, BeachBodyCoach, 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.

Our Kids

Our Kids


I don’t see very often where Tiny House people allow their children to have a voice in their journey. I’ve often wondered what the “kiddos” thought processes are on the journey & so we are giving voice to ours. It should be a fun part of our site as our kids are very opinionated and aren’t afraid to share.

Check Out Some Recent Posts!

Happy New Year

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...

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Begin Again

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...

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Tiny House Photos of Our Tiny – A look inside

I just realized we have never actually shown you our tiny house! I mean if you follow us on Facebook, you have seen shots here and there. And now that we have listed them for sale, you may or may not have seen them. But we have never put our tiny house photos on here....

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Here We Go Again!

Here we go again! We are exiting our 4th trimester!  With the birth of our journey came a lot of excitement, , a lot of change, a lot of work, a lot of decision-making, and a lot of hopeful expectations.  We spent a good part of the last 3 months like many mother’s...

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In The News And On The Air

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT the Tiny House Nation episode airs! Yay! Make sure you either tune in or set your DVR to record “Tiny House Nation – Family Edition” on Lifetime at 9PM Central. There is so much that has gone into this whole process and we are happy to at last be...

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I’ll be HOME for Christmas

I have celebrated almost 34 Christmas seasons, and yet there is one aspect of the story of Jesus’ birth that I have never really considered.  How can that be?   Do you know the story? Read Mathew chapter 1-2 HERE!  As you may recall, Joseph and Mary leave their home...

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Urgent Needs

This post is brought to you by:  S.O.S.  WE NEED HELP! Since Darren broke our silence, many questions have been asked on how to help! THANK YOU!  First, we are struggling with what should have been a somewhat easier goal than we ever imagined.  Our basic goal was to...

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Breaking the Silence

So, where have you guys been? What have you been doing? How is the tiny house coming along? These are questions that are SO COMMON to us right now. They are also questions that are incredibly difficult to answer right now. Let me tell you a story… It was the night...

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Love and Sacrifice

The girls and I read a story tonight at bedtime about how love is an action, and not just a few nice words.  We read in the Bible about a lady named Dorcas who sewed clothes for those who were poor and homeless, and how she showed her love for Jesus and others by not...

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Fear.  It can be crippling.  It can suck out the joy in our spirits and replace it with insecurity, distrust, depression, panic, and many other paralyzing traits.  We’ve all felt it, and know the differing tolls it takes on our mind, spirit, and body. I am a planner. ...

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