We’re Mark and Emily!

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We’ve been married for 10 years, together for 16, and have a little boy who is the light of our lives.  By day, we’re professional musicians and educators. By night, we’re a bunch of composting, gardening, baby-wearing, cloth diapering, house-building, off-grid hippies. We weren’t exactly trying to be this way — it just sort of happened!  We evolved into this lifestyle and want to share our know-how with you!

Our Story

Would you believe it if I said we met in Kindergarten? We went to the same school from Kindergarten through high school and always sort of knew each other, but got to know each other better in our freshmen year of high school marching band. We started dating at the end of our freshmen year. We had NO idea the adventure that was ahead of us!

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16 years later we’ve been through one tiny apartment, 2 rental houses, 1 house we owned, and now we have our dream: 16 acres of beautiful trees, fields, and sunshine.

We’re building a cordwood home with our own hands. Learn more about the project here.

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Ready to dive in? Check out our most popular posts!

6 FINANCIAL TIPS FOR BUYING LAND FOR YOUR HOMESTEAD

If you're dreaming of one day buying a piece of land to build a house or start a homestead, there is some important financial information you NEED to know before you take the leap from DREAMING to DOING. Don't jeopardize your homestead success because of money -- start off on the right financial foot! #homesteading #smartmoney

CORDWOOD FOR BEGINNERS

Info for the aspiring cordwood builder. Great for sheds, coops, playhouses, garages, and full houses! Valuable resources and tricks we learned along the way! #cordwood #diy #building

HOMESTEAD BUILDING WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY

If you are looking at building your own house one day, or if you want to start a homestead but don't know if you can do it when you and your partner both have to work, what are some of the realities of such a situation and how can you deal with it? Here's what we're doing to make it work. #homesteading #buildahouse

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO USING BOTTLES IN CORDWOOD WALLS

A complete guide to using bottles in cordwood walls, including our biggest FAQs from readers. Includes tools/materials list and links to get you started!

 

  1. March 13, 2017

    This building project is crazy cool! I love it.

    1. Emily
      March 14, 2017

      Thanks for the kind words!

  2. March 14, 2017

    Oh my gosh having a homestead is my dream! I’m in communications and my husband works in politics but I keep trying to convince him to let me get a huge farm!

    1. Emily
      March 14, 2017

      Sounds like you’d really enjoy a podcast called The Self Sufficient Life by Tim Young. You both sound like him and the people he’s interviewed. I binge listened to it when I first found it. Go check it out!

  3. Nicole Niverson
    April 4, 2017

    what are you using for gas?

    1. Emily
      April 5, 2017

      Propane for the stove, water heater, and radiant heat.

  4. Katherine N. Kirzinger
    May 18, 2017

    Hi! I just found your blog. I’m also a teacher, and I’m in Central Ky (near dead center!). What part of Kentucky are you in?

    1. Emily
      May 19, 2017

      Cool! As a personal policy, I try not to disclose where we are in the state for privacy reasons. 🙂

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