So you know the saying that women tend to marry men like their fathers? When I met and later married Jon, I didn’t really see many similarities in my dad and Jon. In the last couple months, as I’ve seen Jon sitting around producing wood shavings while carving, I laughed because that is such a familiar scene from my childhood.
My dad is typically a head of the curve. He always wears new balance shoes. My sister, Anna and I thought they were dorky..until they later became quite hip. He was regularly combing beaches and wherever he could reach from his kayak to find local stones and would make jewelry out of them. Now many local stores feature jewelry out of local stones. A couple years ago when I was brainstorming what type of business I’d like to start the one that kept coming to mind was “My Dad’s Favorite Things”. It would include his famous “muffies” (wholesome banana carrot oat muffins-he’s eaten one nearly every day for about 20 years…let me know if you want some!), blue stone & beach glass jewelry, woodcarvings, fresh spicy greens, and homemade applesauce. One thing I think my dad was behind the curve on was tiny houses (he looked at us like he thought we were crazy when we first said we wanted to build one…)
I didn’t let go of wanting to share some of Dad’s Favs so include some in thestore on our website (the carvings are Jon’s work but connect me to my dad).
The progress on For Now Tiny Homes has been slowed in the past month as I have dedicated many hours to efforts to find Malvi, a friend of mine and a part of our local community. I am grateful for the media coverage, those searching, and all those sending prayers and positive thoughts. If anyone is headed to the Upper Peninsula and is willing to post some “Missing Person” flyers, email me and I’ll get you some.
The work that is happening for For Now Tiny Homes is currently a lot of the behind the scenes variety-I look forward to the day when I can share photos with you of building taking shape…spring of 2017 is the schedule for that!
“Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?”
-Questions asked in the book jacket for Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
I’ve found myself talking about this book a lot lately…and want to refocus on applying the principles it presents moment to moment, day to day. The author, Greg McKeown, encourages us to figure out what is truly essential and cut out everything else so we can contribute the very best to the things that really matter. I know ‘right livelihood’ really matters and am honored to share some of our journey with you.
In November, I am planning on doing a presentation to a local group that helps folks like ourselves connect with funding to really get going on our next tiny house while continuing to spread the word so folks know we are offering this service locally (had one friend say her friend was headed to Wisconsin to visit tiny home builders and she didn’t know we existed so lots of work to do!). Next month, I plan to share some of the story of our current tiny house with you all. We’ve had a lot of awesome guests enjoy the tiny house and I realize it holds so many beautiful stories that haven’t been shared.
Yes…lots to do but important to do the right things, the essential things, and leave space to be. Happy Fall!
Lisa & Jon
p.s. A couple plugs for some friends…For those you here in NW Michigan wanting awesome native and medicinal plant landscaping, check out our friends and neighbors at Sacred Earth Initiative. Jon helped to build their beautiful wooden yurt with peaceful plastered walls and ash floor joists. For those of you in the Toronto, Ontario area, our friend Tyler is doing up some beautiful furniture.
A journey in living simple. An experiment for a wholesome life, good for others, oneself, and the environment.