Something exciting is happening – Building our Sugarberry Cottage

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Jack and Cole on the pad.

Hi friends, I am so, so happy to share this news with you. As you may know, my husband and I have owned 16 acres of land for about 4 years. We have dreamed of building a home and starting our own family farm, but it always seemed out of reach. We are finally making it happen and building our farmhouse (Sugarberry Cottage), but that is not all I want to share with you.

Watching the building process begin.

Changing our priorities

We always had this idea of what we needed in a home, but after living in Texas for about a year and a half we came back to Oklahoma with new priorities. The time we had in Texas made us realize that we just needed each other. We just needed family, not the stuff. We wanted to do what we love. What we are passionate about. This lead my husband to spend a week in Missouri learning the art and science of permaculture design and for me to begin my yoga teacher training. We didn’t think we could do these things at the time because we had two toddlers (before M was born), but we did it so we could learn and grow.

The stem wall is up.

During this time, our home in Texas was still for sale. After several offers had fallen through, we were discouraged. Finally, 8 months after we moved, we closed and said goodbye to Texas forever. We were so thankful that this season was behind us and we were ready to move on.

After several months of thought, we finally decided to build our dream home on our land. Our dream home is about 1,800 square feet with 3 bedrooms. I cannot tell you how many people have said it will not work. It’s too small. What about a play room? Your kids will hate sharing a room. The list goes on and on. I know everyone means well, but y’all, my husband grew up in an 800 square foot house with two other siblings (they built a larger home when he was a teen). We can totally do this! Plus, I think it’s so cute so cute. I can’t stand it!

Our home – The Sugarberry Cottage. Image courtesy of Southern Living.

We decided on a smaller home because we hope to pay it off before we are retired. We want to live, not just work. Plus, we have 16 acres of play space! J will be doing a lot of the work himself. I’m not excited that he has signed us up for painting, but it will save a lot in the long run!

This post isn’t just to say, YAY WE ARE BUILDING A HOUSE. I hope it encourages you to pursue your dreams and stay positive. Make it happen. Strive to live your passion. Yes, we still have our day jobs, but we have more than that. We want more than that.

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7 Comments

  1. January 11, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    How exciting! I can’t wait to continue to follow the process of your home building and as you pick out all the things you want to make it individual and unique!

    • January 12, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Aw yay! Thank you! I cannot wait to pick stuff out.

  2. January 11, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Holy Effing Cuteness. I’m not only obsessed with y’all, but I’m also in LOVE! The cutest! I’m so excited for this next chapter. If you need more room you can just rent my upstairs and leave the kids here hahaha I NEED BABIES IN THIS HOUSE!

    • January 12, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      I love you. Yes!! Can we all just come live there now? You totally have space for us! haha!

  3. January 12, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    I love Sugarberry Cottage and that your home has a name. Good luck and gob bless. Aunt Karen

  4. January 16, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    My husband was the oldest of six growing up in 1000 sq ft with 1 bathroom. The 3 boys shared a room as did the 3 girls. They’re all grow. They all lived through it, still alive, still like each other. It’s only been the last generation or two that had a playroom. Used to be outside was your playroom. Good for you! Stay strong!

    • January 18, 2018 / 1:22 pm

      Sounds a lot like my hubby! They will survive haha! Outside will be the best playroom. Thanks for reading!

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