Two years ago, Debra and her family lived in a nearly 2000 square foot home on an acre and a half of land. Then her husband lost his job and they began to work 4 jobs between them to pay the mortgage, until one day they remembered they had a choice.
Before having their son, Debra and her husband Gary had spent 9 years living in very tiny homes in South America. Living small hadn’t felt like a sacrifice, but a way to stay focused on what is important. They decided they wanted to get back to that.
They stopped working so hard, sold or gave away all of their extra stuff and began looking for the perfect tiny home.
Debra had always liked the Mississippi shotgun style homes, and one day, while browsing craigslist, they noticed an ad for a local Arkansas company custom building tiny homes for a price that could mean an end to house payments.
Six weeks and $15,000 later they had their own fully paid-off dwelling. Today, Debra, her husband and 13-year-old son live in a 320-square foot home that is not a sacrifice, but exactly what they need.
“It’s not what you don’t have, it’s what you do have,” Debra says. “We just wanted a simple life and this helped contribute to that peaceful feeling. Not always rushing to make payments on a gigantic home.”
I like it. This family decided to put a stop to greed and materialism that our culture is so immersed in. “I want bigger this, more of that, upsize this, upgrade that.” Very good stewards of wealth. I also like how she described the intimacy that this tiny home brings to them - that they learn to develop good manners everyday by saying, “Excuse me”, “Could you kindly please hand me that..” or the like. I pray that God will continue to cultivate in me the same attitude that this couple exhibits. This is such a nice mindset to bring into marriage and family life.