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House Building Update: Energy Efficient Windows + Mud (January 2017)

House Update 2017

An update on our house build, our plans for a more "green" house, and our energy efficient windows. And lots and lots of mud! We are closing in on our one year mark of our DIY house build, and I thought I'd share some of the progress we have made this winter. A year ago this picture would have just been of our beautiful mountains but now, 12 months later, there's a shell of a house! We broke ground on January 23, 2016 and hope to move in sometime this year (before Christmas is the goal). Building a house is one of Continue Reading →


Zion National Park Vacation Rental

This summer I have had all kinds of people email me to ask for food and lodging recommendations near me and I've also been lucky enough to host multiple families that were passing through my neck of the woods (Hi, Katie!). Living near Zion National Park has it's perks. I have a dear friend that just remodeled a 100 year old house (the home her husband grew up in, no less), and now it's a Zion National Park vacation rental. I had the honor of taking pictures of her home, so I wanted to show them all to you just in Continue Reading →


Bless this Mess Builds: House Update (July 2016)

In February I shared a little update on finally starting to build our house! When I say "we are building a house", I don't mean we are organizing laborers to do it for us. I mean Thomas is out there as often as he can and is putting a house together piece by piece. I have spent hours moving rocks, using a pick ax to level the ground for concrete forms, picking up trash, and a million other little things. Thomas for sure is doing the bulk of the work (I'm just on the support team), but slowly it's moving along. We've Continue Reading →


The time I got teary-eyed picking up trash…

Yesterday was one of those days that just felt good. The weather was nice, the kids spent the morning watching Princess Sophia while I worked in my robe. We had an early lunch. We all worked really hard to clean  the whole house and yard, the babies took naps, and then we all went to visit Dad while he was working on building our house.  I haven't been able to help much on the house project. I don't really drive backhoes or dump trucks. I have no idea how to run utilities, and I'm pretty useless when it comes to digging a basement hole. Continue Reading →


We finally started building our house! (January 2016)

This past weekend was a pretty big deal in our little family. We officially started building our house on the beautiful property that housed our garden and chickens last summer. I've been struggling with how to relay the impact, meaning, and depth of this small step in my sphere on the internet. Part of me feels like it's bragging, or that people won't care, or that people will think I'm making a big deal out of something small. Friends, this is such a huge deal to me. I'm naturally a nester, a settler, a homemaker, and a bloom-where-you-are-planted kind of girl. In Continue Reading →