Saturday, January 31, 2015

Celebrate!


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 minimized, eliminated(!) so he can excel and we can be free to do awesome things together. 

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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The answer to the BIG question you've all been asking.


Of the most common questions I receive, it is evident that you guys are verymuch concerned about our "privacy."

Although this is a topic I'd like to, and really probably should, avoid...

Here we go.  :)   

I'll paint a picture for you while giving zero detail and keeping a sense of, ahem, privacy.

This evening, in a midnight attempt to start the wood stove that went quite awry, the fire alarm went off.  While we opened windows and cleared the smoke it refused to silence and continued to blare for nearly 5 minutes (it's a really, really good fire alarm! Thank you, Freiberger Family!).

It's very loud, all the lights were on, many windows were open, Ryan and I were talking above the noise, and the dog was barking. 

*The kids slept through it.* 

You CAN have sex in a Tiny House! (Juuuust clarifying, in case you're not yet clear on the topic, ...am I seriously writing about this!?)

So, thank you so much for your concern... (?) but it's okay.  The size of the house doesn't matter. 

:)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tiny House in the News!



Did you see the news!? :) It's supercool to bring Tiny Houses to maintstream media. Although, it's usually such a gloss over and there's really no depth or education. So even though it's presented in a "Can you believe it!?" fashion, it's at least an introduction for people who might be interested to learn more. And we're glad to be a part of that. Here's a link to our story by Fox 9

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Welcome to the Tiny House!

Hi!  Did Fox 9 News send you on over? 
AWESOME!

Well, Thanks for Visiting!  :)  We're happy to share with you!

If you have a question for me, throw it down in a comment!
I'll do my best to answer and/or address it in a whole new blog post.

If you'd like a photo tour click here: 
http://matthew1525.blogspot.com/2014/09/tiny-house-for-family-of-four-yes.html

You can also find more Tiny House pictures on my instagram:
http://instagram.com/kimkasl

Frequent Tiny House updates on facebook, www.facebook.com/kim.kasl

We're grateful to be on this Tiny Journey and are excited for whatever adventures God has planned for us!  Best Blessings and Happiness to You!

A photo posted by Kim Kasl (@kimkasl) on




On the NEWS tonight!

Fox 9 News came out to the Tiny House today! 
Talked and Toured.  :)  It was really nice! 

We'll be on tonight at 9!

Here's the link if you'd like to watch it live:  http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/category/237218/live-video

I'll share a link afterwards when it becomes available as well!  :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kickstarter


I was going to make this post when my blog hit 50,000 visits but that quickly got away from me and today the total reaches 53,184.  Wow. 

Sharing Tiny House Family experiences is really fun for me.  On our way to this point we battled a lot of doubting questioners and although we didn’t have all, or even many answers, we just plowed through.  With uneducated confidence.  Faith! 

I love sharing what we’ve learned and experienced.  For families especially.  And we‘re really only three months in!  With so much more to learn and experience, there’s so much more to share! 

Thus far blogging has gone pretty smoothly. 
It's pretty obvious that I need to reevaluate how I share information with you.

Here's what I'm thinking:

1.  Teeny <30 second clips will provide more life and reality to the info.
2.  Better pictures.  I could really use a photographer for all my post so I don’t have to shoot everything selfie-style.
Solution: a GoPro.  We watched how slick those little cameras clamp on to almost anything and result in the best wide-angle shots during filming this summer.  (You’d be surprised how much of those episodes are shot with GoPros!)

3.  The site right now is such a bland blog!  I can’t change that picture!  The url obviously needs to be memorable!  And it is not at all user-friendly!  The design is so lacking and you have to dig to find the good stuff.  I’ve tried to update but I’m not a skilled website person and I don’t know where to start.
Solution:  I’ve consulted with Eva Lovisa, an amazing website designer, artist, and friend.  She is ready to pounce!  And create a website with a real name (BlessThisTinyHouse.com!) that is easy to navigate for both me in posting and you in accessing the stuff that interests you! 

4.  Thus far my laptop has done the trick.  But it is seven years old (um, past the apple care coverage!) and showing signs of quitting completely.  Every day it turns off at random with no warning. !!!
Solution:  Just buy a new computer, duh.  I know!  But our "big" house hasn’t sold so we’re paying the mortgage and the $700 winter campground rent, Ryan’s student loans bills start coming in the spring.  The New Computer for Kim Fund will be at zero for like 2 years for sure.  Which is totally fine!  But if funded, the rest of the kickstarter budget would be for a laptop I can continue to correspond with Tiny Housers via the Tiny House Family website with no break in the action. 


I think if the Kickstarter Campaigne gets fully funded it means that these are things that you want, too, right?!  Pictures, video, better website, shared Tiny House info and answers! 

So if you’d like to see these things happen and wouldn’t mind throwing $10 at it that would just be the coolest! 

THANK YOU! <3

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tiny House Weather Report

I know what you're googling.

tiny house winter
tiny house cold climate
tiny house insulation
tiny house heating options

Ultimately, you want to know if you can live in a Tiny House in super cold weather and not freeze to death.
AmIRight?

Well, tonight might be a good example.  It's December 30th, -6 degrees outside,


with a "feels like" temp of -20 degrees,

  
and the Tiny House is a toasty 70 degrees. 

The Kimberly Stove is burning a mix of firewood and Eco Bricks
The temperature fluctuates a lot in the Tiny House (from warm to uber hot).  I should get a good thermometer and give a better report.  Last night we were roasting in the loft and I had to open a window; it was left open for several hours (with an outside temp similar to tonight's).  I'm certain we must be in the high 80s up there often enough (with the windows closed of course). 
I like the heat but I don't necessarily want to sleep in a sauna.

We like to throw the Eco Bricks in once in a while -or when it's super cold out- because they burn really hot and for about two hours before the stove needs to be reloaded.  The Kimberly Stove inventor dude highly recommends Home Fire Logs, claims that they burn hot for 8 hours, but they're only available on the coasts!  I'd love to try them!  But paying for shipping is a pain.  Next time I'm road tripping to Oregon visiting my sister I'll take the truck, buy a ton of it, and pray it's as awesome as he says!

We have spray foam in the walls.  So apparently that works really well.  (Likely terribly toxic and I would have chosen that denim stuff -I mentioned it- but whatever.)
And, as I've said before, we're skirted.

So!
Tiny House + Extreme Cold Climate + Kimberly Stove + Skirting + Spray Foam Insulation = really nice, warm, better-than-just-surviving, cozy Tiny House Dwellers.

So when people say, "yeah, but what are you going to do in the winter?"
You just tell them, "The Kasls are Tiny House Living in MINNESOTA and they're staying so warm that they have to open the windows when it's below zero outside!"

Does that answer your question?

*If not* Ask me!
:)