By some other conspiracy of providence, we found a lovely rental cottage on the property directly next door to the Kozaks. The owners, who are also our neighbors, have been very accommodating of our sometimes chaotic and weird living. We are very grateful to have a place here.
Since starting our farm and especially since getting married, however, my concerns have turned towards the future. As ideal as things are right now, will it feel the same way in a few years? Will we be able to save money and start a business? How will we ever be in a financial position where we could buy our own property? What if our living situation fell through? These kinds of questions can weigh heavily on me at times, especially because I know that they implicate much larger questions about security, starting a family, and ultimately, our ability to do our lives' work.
While my tendency is to be burdened, Kelsey's tendency is to come up with creative and fun solutions. A few months ago, during a particularly stressful week for me, Kelsey uttered a possibility that immediately took hold and began to work its magic. Pretty soon I was able to visualize a sustainable future for us here on Vashon that meshes with our values and ways of going about things. After a month or so of pondering, we committed and are now commencing on our most exciting co-venture to date...
A tiny home.
We are going to build a tiny house on a flatbed trailer and live in it essentially in the Kozak's back yard. We will be overlooking Venison Valley, be even closer to our farming, be in a position to save money, take advantage of our family's loving support, and build our creamery without stressing over what might become of us! Clearly a tiny house is not a permanent solution. But it gives us the time and space to develop something that could be.
More to come soon!