Hello everyone in internet land!
I’m very sorry I kind of fell off the map. I was busy with creationsbykyla, the new baby (oh yea, we had another baby!! Who’s now 6 months old.), moving to Dallas, and quite honestly a bit of a “21’st century reality” depression.
We lived in an apartment….. it wasn’t huge, but all of us, and our crap fit in it just fine. All my crap I should say…..
We moved into a house that we are renting 2 rooms in with a close family friend.
We still have the hhr that we acquired after that wonderful 16 year old rear ended me right before Christmas, right after we just bought a BRAND NEW car(bad idea).
But, it’s under my MIL’s name because losing the car and the insurance paying it off immediately gave us bad credit. (I DON’T GET IT!!!!)-_-
So basically nothing but our kids, clothes, beds, and computer are really OURS.
And that really bummed me out to think about.
We looked into buying a house for a while.
Save a huge down payment, fix our credit, spend a butt load of money making the place “flow” (water, electric, gas etc…) if something breaks, we are paying for it, and if we have a bad few months,guess what? They’re going to take “OUR” house. You know, that thing we “own”…..Which that whole process would take about 5/6 years.
Then I saw this documentary on natural built houses. Cob, adobe, straw, earth for well under $10,000….. and that got me saying, “Well that’s awesome, but I wouldn’t want to live in a cave, have no electricity, no hot water, or poop in the ground. Thanks but no thanks.”
So I dropped the subject with myself and moved on.
But it stuck in my head pretty hard…. I want to grow my own food, I want to collect my own eggs, and watch my kids run around on our own land knowing they are safe and not going to run into the street,
or get nabbed up by some pedophile that lives 4 blocks away. (hypothetical, not real. Unless some A-Hole didn’t register with the city, or hasn’t been caught yet.)
In some very rural places, land is only $2,3,4 (and for the huge plots)5 thousand dollars. To OWN and do as you please with!!!
I’ve researched having water sources, and rain water tanks, solar energy, wind, and hydro. All of which will easily power lights for the night, heating water, and yes…. having a computer. But no TV. (I’ll get back to you and your scoffing in a minute.)
Our home would be more modern looking for my husbands sanity, and a touch of artistic whimsy for me.
(I wasn’t going to discuss with my husband much about it until more extensive research and drawing up a few plans. BUT my husband is actually on board! My “internet hogging, cell phone game loving, xbox/ps junkie, I need to go to walmart at 2am” husband said let’s do it!
He actually saw an earth house, half underground, half above ground hobbit house and said he wanted that…..I think we will go more modern with it, but glad to know he’s open!!)
Ok, so back to my enlightening moment.
What makes me happy in life? What will make me happy in the future?
Does a brand new car make me happy?
No! Payments, gas, having to fix it all the dang time because we are driving everywhere.
Not to mention the fear of wrecking because someone else was being careless. (Like what happened in 2011 for me!)
Does a new cell phone that is all the rage make me happy?
No. Once again, a very large $250 cell bill so I can be stuck on facebook, instead of spending time with my family (which yes I am guilty of sometimes. But that’s going to be one of the things going. You will mostly only see me post to connect people with my blog, and show off my kiddos.)
Do new clothes and accessories do the trick?
Hahahahahahaha no. I am not a fashionista, and I couldn’t give a crap about brands. If it fits, I like it. Why would you care SO MUCH about what other people think about your brands? Seriously.
I’d rather buy things for quality and durability. Not because people are going to look down on me if I don’t have it.
What would make me happy?
To see my children not stuck to a TV or electronic device all day. To see them out on the land, playing together, and learning how to care for the animals and garden. Getting their hands dirty.
To be self sufficient. Not to rely on anyone else to take care of MY family that WE chose to make.
To strengthen the family bond, actually all sit down for meals together, do chores together, and not letting them sit in their rooms all day stuck doing something that won’t benefit them.
To learn new skills, and hopefully master them.
To be able to answer the question, “What did you do today?” with a novel of things that don’t include spending half my day in a car running errands for most things I can make and do myself.
So, now that you all think I’ve gone crazy…. I’m planning on taking you guys through my journey into self sufficiency.
Ridding ourselves of the unnecessary, and downsizing. Finding land, and how we are going to save for it. Learning all about gardening and livestock. (Yes people that really know me, I am going to have to get the cajones to kill a chicken.) And am very much hoping to be able to take you through the process of building our home!
I’ll leave you with a few cool places I have found, and gave me inspiration.
Alright just a few. But seriously. Go search Cob House on Pinterest. And I dare you not to fall in love.