Firewood!

March 13, 2016

 

We’ve used the Craigslist Free Section for finding firewood many times. We have to be quick to respond and willing to be flexible with our schedule. Usually someone beats us to it, but on occasion we luck-out and get a huge load of firewood. Sometimes we have to split the wood and other times it’s already done!

We don’t require a ton of wood to keep the house warm because the Kimberly Stove doesn’t eat it up too quickly. We probably use more firewood on our campfires at sunset which is something we enjoy nearly every warm weather evening.

We’re so grateful for this off-grid blessing!

 

A Peek Inside

March 13, 2016

Family Tiny House Interior

I’m organizing photo files today and came across this sunshiny picture of the interior of our Tiny. Dishes in the sink but it’s tidy and lovely. Home.

Tiny House Podcast!

March 9, 2016

I was a guest on this funky podcast show! And it’s all about Tiny Living!

Check it out! 45 minutes of Michele, Perry, and Mark grilling me on our Tiny House story. 😉

Juuuust kidding. I had a great time! Thanks to Michele, Perry,and Mark for inviting me and creating a platform for Tiny House stories to be heard!

 

December 30, 2015

Kim Karl at Tiny House Jamboree

I am so psyched to be planning my trip and presentation to the Tiny House Jamboree this year!

I’lI be covering a bit about our journey, family-style minimalism, downsizing with kids, tips for Tiny House design with kids in mind, and what is increased and amplified for your family when you strip away the excess. 

Check out www.TinyHouseJamboree.com for details and ticket info!

OhMyGoodness, I hope to see you there!

Ode

December 21, 2015

Tiny House Family in a 267 square foot home that is lovely.

Cozy, vibrant, filled with warm sunlight.

Off-grid, small footprint, wood burning stove, composting toilet.

Reading, drawing, singing, praying, making, joking, cooking, pretending.

Two Lofts, a catwalk, Minnesota seasons, a lake with a dock.

Hundreds of books, four plates, four bowls, campfires and sunsets, so many pillows.

We’ve removed the pointless, the excess, the nonsense, and found that what we have left is abundance.

 

Fearless

December 15, 2015

On the cusp of our second Minnesota winter in the Tiny House, I’ve been invited to expose the dreadful details of tiny living for Tiny House Magazine’s October Issue. But, with such a compelling movement filled with homey abodes and optimistic minimalists, I struggled… what could be scary about our newly found freedoms?

Looking for inspiration, I turned to social media and asked: “If you were about to move into a Tiny House, what would be your biggest fear?” I was quickly flooded with responses spouting the same fears everyone talks about:  claustrophobia, stench, family feuds, etc…  All fears that would quickly be dispelled if the opportunity arose to step inside one.  A nasty dark cloud of negativity crept in on me and I quickly deleted the post.    

When we started praying and planning for our Tiny House we truly were fearless.  We never doubted, never talked about the “what ifs.” We just plowed ahead with the obvious and oblivious expectation that fewer things and much smaller bills would provide for a simpler and more amazing life!  Other people, however, generously offered us their fears.  What about winter?  What about equity?  What about all your stuff?  What about the kids?  Defending our family decisions became exhausting and one day fear started to sink its teeth into me.  

See, I think when you pray for guidance, hand over control to God, and fully rely on Him you won’t have all the answers.  And that’s okay!  Basically, I wanted to tell the naysayers, “I don’t know but we’ve been praying ferociously and we trust that God will have it all figured out when we get there.”  But that’s not a good enough answer.  It’s unrealistic, unorganized, unprepared.  But, whatever!  Trusting God was good enough for us!

This isn’t a passive trust.  I’m talking about the eyes-squeezed-shut, leap of faith kind of trust.

The day that fear crept in on me was dark.  I honestly didn’t know where we were going to live and finally, for just one day, that shook me.  I’d been asked so many times and had always been content to gush, “I don’t know!” with a smile.  On that day not knowing was scary.  

Fear is evil.  Fear’s goal is to derail with any obstacle that causes doubt, hesitancy, and worry.  I could not let it settle in.  These obstacles drive me forward.  There must be amazing blessings on the other side.  

I prayed a lot. I forced my focus on all the ways God has taken care of every problem that we’ve entrusted to Him.  I continued to shake off the dark cloud.

God, we trust You.  Show us Your plan for our lives, blow down the obstacles, rebuke the fear, guard our hearts, blast open the doors that you’d have us walk through, and make us courageous!

Once the fear was replaced with peace, I realized that God had used the vulnerable state that I was in to show me that He put us in this Tiny House, not for security, conventional, responsible, safe, realistic purposes but for HIS purposes.  God put us in a house with wheels.  This isn’t about being realistic.  It’s about being ready, available, and flexible to follow His plan.  It’s about being fearless.  

 

This article, written by Kim Kasl, was published in the October 2015 issue of Tiny House Magazine.

Our New Home ♡

November 11, 2015

Tiny House Parking Spot

The Tiny House has a new forever home!  …at the very least, this parking spot is semi-permanent.  🙂

Its on a Minnesota lake!  Previous to our ownership this land hosted a Park Model RV.  So swapping out for the Tiny House is perfect!

After exactly one year of campground life the move was a huge celebration.  We’ve been here for a week and completely adore our new parking spot, incredible south-facing view, neighbors, lake, location, and chapter.

Check out the *after* photo on my instagram page: Our New Home!

If you’ve ever ______, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.

September 25, 2015

A little Tiny Life insight/humor.  : )

If you’ve never been to jail yet you call your previous residence “The Big House,” you might be a Tiny House Dweller.

If you’ve ever capitalized the T in tiny when you weren’t even typing about Tiny Houses. You might be a Tiny House Dweller.

If you’ve ever wondered if you should just.stop.capitalizing Tiny House, you might be a Tiny House Dweller. (We can stop now, right?)

If you’ve ever run back to the front desk immediately after stepping into your hotel room to ask how many square feet it is, you might be a Tiny House Dweller. (…just out of curiousity!)

If you’ve ever yelled “Hangers aren’t allowed in my house!” while whipping sneaky hangers out the front door, you might be a Tiny House Dweller. (I’m telling you, hangers are theworst!)

If you’ve ever filled your Costco shopping cart completely full and then freaked out just-a-little because the cart itself is actually bigger than your entire kitchen, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.

If you don’t know where you’re going to live next but you do know that you don’t have to pack your stuff, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.

If you’ve started wondering if you should just go ahead and wave at the people slooowly driving by, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.  (It’s awkward… either way.)

If you keep track of how often you stir the poop, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.

If you have bulk paper towels and toilet paper stashed in your trunk, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.  (I’m not going to stop buying in bulk!)

If while someone is generously offering you something you accidentally interupt-shout “NOthankyou!” before they finish their sentence, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.

If you’ve ever been asked if you “live in that,” if your home is an ice house, if you’re homeless, or if your house is just a fancy camper, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.

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Tiny House Life is Bliss!

September 7, 2015

A year ago was a whole different life.
One of my favorite things is the mega creative rush of wild ideas that flood my brain along with a drenching of espresso three minutes after my first sip of an uber-caffienated black coffee. Ryan knows the phone call that follows well. 🙂

A year ago. I think back to the wild ideas we had then. It’s a culmination of crazy dreams that now make up our reality.

I LOVE our life. The only way I can describe this strange feeling of just plain loving the life we’re living is like …ya know when you’re so mad that your blood is boiling?, well its sorta like that but the opposite. My blood is tingling with joy. All the time.

Yes, admittedly, if you drew my blood you’d probably find a staggaring level of caffeine. BUT STILL! The ideas, opportunities, and adventurous paths that can branch off of what this life is mind boggling to me!

And the Tiny House, yes, is a huge variable in that it has wheels. Wheels = opportunity and availability, new environments, new adventures.
But GOD is devine! He can do immeasurably more with our lives than we can ever even fathom. I could have pure espresso pumping through my veins and still not even come close!

This adventure didn’t start when we said Yes! to living in a Tiny House. It started when we realized our brokeness and incapability to continue of the path of debt, struggle, and insufficiency that we were on. God nudged us to give Him one piece of the puzzle, the house. Everything changed when we started praying for a house (ie. no mortgage). Yes, the mortgage is completely huge in our eyes but for God the puzzle piece was no different than any other.

God did amazing things with that puzzle piece! We started giving God control of more puzzle pieces and now I’m here telling you how my blood is tingling with joy! Yes, I know that is completely bizarro. Lol! But it is. Tingley, caffieney, Jesus-Praising, JOY!

Morph Speakers Rock!

September 7, 2015

A photo posted by Kim Kasl (@kimkasl) on

I love everything off-grid!
I also love everything small-footprint, minimalist, mindful, sustainable, crazy-creative, real, and pretty!

So, goodness, when I learned about Morph Speakers I (we, really) were so psyched!
Is it small? Check.
Will it use minimal electricity? Check (None, actually!)
Is it amazing!? Ha! Yes.
It is pretty? Yessir.
It meshes with everything Tiny House.

Truly, it blends with the whole organic vibe in our house, its raw wood like all the wood in our home, and it serves a purpose. We don’t have a tv and the computers are usually stashed away. So Ryan just pulls up Pandora on his cell, I use the TuneIn Radio app, and sets it up on the Morph and we rock out!

The sound is pretty impressive. I really, really, really love that it’s repurposed wood and that it requires no power. We’re getting so close to reaching the point of unplugging from The Grid! and we celebrate every little victory that supports that! So, *HighFive!*

A photo posted by Kim Kasl (@kimkasl) on

Engraved. Delicious!
Bless This Tiny House… as it totally rocks out.
Amen!