I would very much like to think that we are close to our dream of full-time farming, closer still to actually being parents to children that we can call our own, and hopefully reducing the impact we have on the earth by living a simpler life. But, as the saying goes, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Careful planning and much research set us on a path to building a straw bale house. Have you guys heard of these things? Oh my, are they ever awesome! My first introduction to them took place shortly after I married Josh and (as most newlyweds do) we began discussing our dream house. The “dream house discussion” should probably take place during premarital counseling sessions, now that I think of it. We really lucked out since we had never discussed living on a farm before marrying. It was during the “dream home discussion” that we discovered that we were in complete agreement on where and how we would live. Both of us, as it turned out, were very concerned with conserving energy, using recycled materials, gardening, and farming.
What are the odds of finding such a counterpart in today’s dating world? Does Match.com even offer a block beside “wants to make own bread, participate in back-breaking work, and basically return to pioneer life”? Probably not.
With sheer joy in discovering that we shared more than just religious views, morals/ethics, and simpatico, we scoured the Net together for green construction tips, farm-building advice, and more. One such search brought us to A House of Straw. We were hooked. With the steady rhythm of the Northwest rains and gentle thud of Golden Retriever tails against the floor in the background, we clicked on every page of the site, looked closely at each photo, and turned to each other with big sloppy giddy newly-married grins.
We realize that our dream property and home is still part of the shining future, but we have mapped out how to get there and still keep our values and budget intact — a tricky task but one worth the effort.
This leads me to ask you what you are doing or have done to make your home more eco-friendly. What changes have you made? What will your dream house be like? How did your first “dream house discussion” go?
Please watch the following video. I think you’ll be equally impressed with this amazing single mother: