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2018: Year of the Homestead

It’s been too long since we last posted. The last 3 years were very long and hard, but in the summer of 2017 we purchased our first home, a 1922 farmhouse on a third of an acre, and after some remodeling, we’re moved in and ready to work on all our long dreamed-of self-sufficiency plans. […]

When the going gets tough

A few kind souls have asked for a house update, so here goes… June 14 we became home owners. Today is July 26. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we'd still be living sporadically without running water or a proper lavatory. But that's the nature of home remodels sometimes, especially the DIY kind! […]

Hey, it’s been a while…

As I write this, a handful of unpublished posts sit in my drafts. It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us as we’ve struggled to write much over the last 2.5 years.  When we started this blog and began documenting our vision, our dreams and our goals, we were in the preparation process; honing […]

The Long Road

It’s been quite a while since we posted anything, and that’s because the past year has been very busy. The little one turns 2 in just a few short months; she’s been more than a handful for Ari, of course; and I’ve had my nose to the grindstone working to build up our down payment. […]

Debt: a Free Spirit’s Perspective

I’m positive if you read my husband’s latest post on debt, you might think him insane and a little too polarized on the subject of debt and finances. Goodness knows we’ve encountered plenty of people along our journey who can’t seem to understand why we live the way we do. However, our seemingly offbeat perspective is actually […]

Traditions: Babywearing

You will probably find that most of my hobbies and interests lately revolve around being a mom and having a baby. For a little while I was nearly obsessed with cloth diapers (can you say, “stalking online diaper stores with limited-edition diaper releases at 3am?!”). I’ve read lots of books and articles on breastfeeding and where and […]


“And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: Tradition!” ~Reb Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof   If you’ve ever had a serious conversation with my husband, you will surely have heard him say “It’s a balance!” a phrase which seems to always land him the last word in […]

The Shame of Debt

Up until about 60 years ago, borrowing money was generally frowned upon by society. Even today, nobody likes that one “friend” that always tries to mooch cash off you. Borrowing puts you in a place of disadvantage. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. —Proverbs 22:7 Why, […]

Simplifying Everything

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry We bought bicycles. We live in a world where it is so very easy to overcomplicate things. Technology has reached a point where complex machines are easy to fabricate, and we don’t give […]

A New Season, A New Normal

Recently a post circulated Facebook about Seattle and the coming of Fall rains and how comforting they seem to be to us native Seattleites. I found it surprisingly true. Though we long for the warm Summer months and often complain of the dreary skies come April, the transition from Summer into Fall brings a certain […]