Reflections on November, 2017

clay paint

We’re now moving into the 5th year of building our home. At the beginning, I assumed it would take 2-3 years. However, my mother’s death, the birth of 2 baby boys, finances, and weather set us back months at a time. I know now more than ever what kind of dedication, attention, and especially time […]

Reflections on September and October, 2017

alis paint over earthbag walls

Ah, the power of music! I’m going to let you in on a little October secret: if you are facing a tumultuous task, turn on some music. You won’t be disappointed. I have been nudging Aaron to get us a subscription to a music service for a long time. “It will motivate us to get […]

Reflections on August, 2017

green august porch swing

Welcome back to the homestead, readers. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Our pastures are as green as my birthstone, the emerald, and it’s been this green all month. A birthday blessing just for me! I think we surpassed August’s rainfall average in the first week. And our spray-foam-elastomeric-coated-pallet roof is […]

Why Build with Earth?

“In a bitter irony, “modern” homes not only threaten the health of the planet, they threaten the health of those they are intended to shelter.” ~Dan Chiras, author of The Natural House First, a Look at Conventional Homes:

“Modern” home with modern storm damage.

Mother Earth’s Wear and Tear

The third little piggy built […]