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Who Are We?

Our “Mission” can be summarized in four points…

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Here We Go Again!

More Change on the Horizon


Is home REALLY where you hang your hat?

Welcome to Big Family Tiny Life!

We are the “Big Family,” although a family of six doesn’t seem that big to us. We both come from families that are larger than the national average — which dating back 50 years has been less than 4 people per household — but certainly not HUGE families. Especially if you look at some other countries like Saudi Arabia or Morocco where the average household is greater than six people. Bottom line is that by today’s standards, we are a large family. We are on an adventure to lead a Tiny Life, which is a little misleading. Our plan is to shrink our consumption, live a more intentional, cost-efficient and sustainable life. By doing these things, we will be able to live SO MUCH BIGGER! Obviously, we are focusing on fitting a BIG family into a TINY life, but the site should not be read “Big Family, Tiny Life,” but more as “The Big Family Tiny Life.” Join us on our adventure! It’s going to be fun!

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Sell it, Give it, Pitch it … Plan it!

What can you NOT live without? No, Really, think about it. We have all probably thought about what we would grab if the house caught on fire and we only had time to grab a handful of things. If you haven’t, think about it for a second…

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Reducing Our Consumption

It’s always interesting to look back at origins; how things begin. Often, movie prequels get horrible reviews – mostly because we are already used to the actors that play the older versions – yet still, we are drawn like flies to watch them. Weird, huh? This is not a...

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That word means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some it’s a country, a childhood house, a city or state, a special place that holds cherished memories, a group of people that accept you or live together, among others. Every time I drive north to the beautiful areas of northern Minnesota, I hear…

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Self Sufficient

Self Sufficiency. We have a two year old. As parents know, kids go through a stage where they want to do EVERYTHING by themselves. Ok … several stages! Sometimes…

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We Have Plans!

Melody & I are opposites in a lot of ways, which is what makes us great together. Opposites attract, right? We are also opposites in some ways that tend to make us clash. I would say style is one of those ways. If I like a modern look and feel, she likes woodsy. Where she prefers…

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If It Were Only That Simple…

If it were only that simple, everyone would do it. I’ve heard that phrase more times than I can count in my life, on many differing topics. Or how about, “Just be yourself?” Or I like this one…

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The Fairy Tale Garden

Close your eyes with me and imagine for a moment… Well, don’t actually close your eyes because you won’t be able to read what I want you to imagine. Pretend instead, that you are closing your eyes and imagine a 16 x 32 rectangle piece of land surrounded by a white picket fence. The bottom two feet of the fence is wrapped in chicken wire to prevent any wildlife from passing through

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Operation Simplify

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU – that is taking on a whole new level for us this year, and we have a lot to do! LOTS of baby steps! Though we have practical things to do (selling a lot of our stuff, finishing incomplete house projects, converting photos to digital, books to digital, movies to digital….well, you get the point) we have a lot of mental work to do as well — rhythms to change, new habits to adopt!

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My name is Darren. My wife Melody & I are the main contributors for the site. We have 4 children (ages 13, 5, 4, and 2) who will also contribute to the site, and a dog. You’re probably wondering why we are writing a blog and what exactly this “BigFamTinyLife” stuff is all about. Well, first of all…

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So this is a brand new blog. We promise there will be oodles and oodles of content here soon. In the meantime, our home page (and the sidebar on this page) will update you as to our newest content. If you would like to help us with blog post ideas, please go to the...

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