Our Debt Free House: AFTER

Ta da!!!! As promised, here is the after video of our debt free house. So yeah – I realize I promised this video over a year ago when we posted the BEFORE video, but life happened. And honestly, we didn’t know what we were getting in to with a home renovation. “We’ll be done in a year…” I bet some of you probably openly snickered when I said that.

The big changes we made:

  • New heat pump
  • Converted car port into garage
  • All new plumbing (almost)
  • All new wiring (almost)
  • Entire house painted
  • All new appliances
  • Added back porch and covered it
  • Landscaping
  • New flooring and tub re-tile & seal in bathroom

We are very tickled with how this house has turned out – we love living here and have learned SO MUCH – including exactly what a basement smells like when it’s been showered with poop from the septic line.

I hope you enjoy the video. Holler at me if you have questions. :-)


High Protein: No Powder

High Protein: No Powder

Guest post by Tiffany from Don’t Waste the Crumbs.

Early in our marriage, my husband and I spent nearly three years living on as little as possible so that we could pay off our debt. The process of becoming debt free requires a lot of determination and discipline, but as many of you might know, the work doesn’t stop when the last bill is paid. Poor spending decisions are a hard habit to break and if we’re not careful, we’ll end up right where we started in the first place!

That’s exactly where I found myself a couple years ago when I started an “official” exercise program that came with an “official” nutrition program. Ordinarily I’d just eat what we normally eat – wholesome, real foods – but I really wanted to give this program 110% and see the amazing results that everyone else was seeing, so I wanted to follow their diet plans too.

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A Letter to My Eventual Daughter in Law

A Letter to My Eventual Daughter in Law

If you missed last week, when I shared a letter to my eventual son in law, you may want to go back and have a look at that letter to give you an idea of why I’m bothering to write these letters in the first place. To sum it up: I have hopes and dreams for my kids and I want the person each of them ends up marrying to know a little about what my expectations are. Even though I only have about 11 years of marriage under my belt and a little less than five as a parent, I want to capture my thoughts now and share the wisdom I can offer today because I know at least a few of you reading this right now are about to “give away” your son or daughter and could sure use some input.

You’ll probably notice a lot of similarity in the two letters – that is intentional. I want my kids to know my expectations are high for both of them and similar for both of them. The letter to my eventual son-in-law was tough. I’d bet you this one won’t be any easier. Here we go…

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Using a Nutrimill: The Video

Using a Nutrimill: The Video

You’ve been asking for the longest time for me to do a video showing you how my grain mill works – so here it is! I hope you enjoy. Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll put the links that I mentioned below so that you don’t have to go hunting for them. Continue reading


What We REALLY Want for Mother’s Day

What We REALLY Want for Mother’s Day

Okay, I know that Mother’s Day is a while off…but I like to be prepared. And honestly, you need to prep for Mother’s Day in advance…if you wait till the last minute, she’ll know it (I’M TALKING TO YOU, HUSBAND). Know who else will know it? Mass retailers that feed on last minute husbands, that’s who. You and every other man in the county will be fighting over the last Hallmark card, so take my advice and get this done now and keep your limbs.

Now, let’s get something out of the way right now before I get bashed by a bunch of angry women – I don’t think women need gifts on Mother’s Day. I know, big shocker. Mass marketing would have you believe we all want a big diamond, a gold necklace, or 2 dozen roses marked up about 500%. I do not fall in that list, and I would have to say that from getting to know a lot of you, you are probably in the same camp as me.Continue reading