If you follow me on Instagram ( and I hope you do! – I share pictures and updates regularly there), you know my family has been camping for the past month. We have been bouncing around this idea of downsizing our home, getting some acreage, and living minimally for a couple of years now. We started putting this idea in motion a year ago when we packed up our house in Texas and put everything in storage. We put our house on the market, and we alternated between crashing at my parents’ house across the country and living in our empty house with no furniture. After our house sold, we thought we had found something that fit the bill for our next home. Smaller house, a larger lot, much cheaper sale price. In fact, twice we found something that seemed to fit the bill, and twice things fell apart.
Things came to a head in September when our second opportunity fell apart literally hours before closing. We were forced to make some hard decisions and fully rely on God. We decided to step out in faith. We picked a town halfway between my parents and my husband’s parents, packed up our camping gear (and we haven’t camped since before our oldest was born almost 9 years ago!) and we set off for Florida. We decided on our way down that we would camp until we found our next home.
We still had the same basic criteria – a smaller house, a larger lot, and CHEAP. We decided to go all in with this plan and find something we could pay cash. We found a house that needed a lot of work but that was still livable, on an acre, and that cost exactly what we were hoping to spend. Closing went smoothly, and we have already started the hard work of making this our home. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are just taking it one day at a time, one project at a time. This could end up being our forever home (or at the very least our Long Long Time home) so we know we have time to do things just the way we want.
We are in a rural community and I love it! Life moves at a different speed around here. I am so excited about getting involved in the community and meeting people – fellow homeschoolers, folks who love natural living and being self-sufficient.
So our month-long camping trip has finally a come to an end and now we start roughing it in our fixer-upper. Our homestead. Our home.