A few years ago we made the decision that we would live in a Tiny House.
Looking back I realize, I have never even considered the possibility that living in a Tiny House could be challenging. (207 sqft? Psssshaw, no problem. ...Haha!) :) I think that's why our transition has been so easy! We’ve celebrated every change as a family and treated the entire experience as an adventure and a gift. The kids share our energy and attitude and have embraced the Tiny House completely.
As Sully and Story’s Momma I am proud! Proud to provide this exciting lifestyle for them, proud to have set up a foundation that opens up new opportunities for them in the future, proud to show them that sometimes it's okay to not know exactly what-the-heck you're doing but to trust God, say Yes! and do your best, proud that they have been happy, engaged participants in the dramatic changes we’ve made over the past year.
...I’m going to overuse the word PROUD! I am proud of Ryan. I admire his determination and dedicated hard work to provide for and lead our family! He is a special education teacher and has been going to grad-school full time for the past seven years, maintaining a 4.0 GPA! (I think that warrants at least a high-five!). I am proud to be his wife. I love that, as Ryan's work will soon get more challenging, we have already simplified; upgrading instead on our experiences and adventures! I want the weight of nonsensical (that silly mortgage!) excess responsibilities and bills to be
Paying off a mortgage plus student loans (that total much more than the mortgage) would have been a life of financial lock-down. But we didn't want to just live within our means, we want to live within our means.
I'm writing and researching at my little desk, kids sleeping soundly above me, Ryan fell asleep praying with them, everything is nice and toasty from the fire, we have exactly what we want and need, and we're looking forward to an adventurous future of freedoms and options.
Not any part of this is sacrifice.
We're savoring God's goodness.
And anticipating whatever it is He reveals to us next.