Documenting Life’s Stories

Jar of Grasshoppers

Our professional work deals a lot with documentary and commercial production. However, this blog will mostly serve as a way to document the biggest production of our lives so far: Transforming 20-acres of completely raw, wooded land into our homestead.

Invasive Species: Grass

First of all, let me provide an update on a blog entry from a couple of weeks ago. In trying to discern whether we had an infestation of carpenter ants or field ants (both native), we now believe we misidentified them as the ground nesting field ant. One evening last week we decided to take a peek outside our door for any sign of ants, and discovered a small army of what we now believe were indeed carpenter ants progressing along our porch, up our...

Patience in Permaculture

Here are a series of questions I ask myself on a daily basis. What should we do with our farm? How can I make our farm profitable while keeping in line with fundamental ideas such as sustainability? How do I maintain a balance between, being a wife, a mother, a project manager and a farmer?   Well, to be quite honest I’m not doing so great. My kids are well taken care of and that is of great importance. It also helps that they have a very...

Home Sweet Home

It’s been a while. But you know, we've been busy! I'm happy to report that after almost a year of construction, we're finally in our home.   Being a homeowner comes with a variety of worries—from paying the mortgage to homeowners insurance and just day to day maintenance. Building a home that is out of the norm comes with a whole other degree of worry, especially for someone such as myself.  I’ve had nightmares about all of the straw getting wet and having to replace straw and...

Wildcrafting

In 2007 I began film school at Oklahoma City Community College. I had just came back from a 7 week stint backpacking solo through Europe. When I came back to the states I brought with me a desire to make films that connect people to the earth around them. The European countries that I visited all seemed to have one thing in common that I felt was missing in the United States and that was a connection to the past...

Let’s Build a House

Hey, guess what. We still don’t live in an Airstream. I know, broken record. But seriously? I thought we were going to be living in it all the way back in June of 2015! Haha, no. It’s still in the shop. Has been since August 5th. Maybe the repair place is playing a joke on us. Maybe even they don’t think we should actually live in an Airstream. Oh well. That’s another blog post for another day. Let’s talk about our house!   This is huge. It’s...

How Hard Can it Be?

We’re not even in our airstream yet, and I’m constantly thinking about life after the airstream. You know, that time in our lives when we won’t be traveling gypsies, moving from one parent’s home to the next. A time when we won’t be living in an airstream. A time where we’ll be living in our newly constructed straw bale home. And yes, if you weren’t already aware, we’re building a house with straw bales. Not just straw bales. We’re just using them as the in-fill...

Living a lie…kind of.

Since April of 2015, we’ve been writing about our adventures in selling our home, buying 20 acres, starting a farm, and eventually building a home. The header of our blog tells you right there: “…this blog will mostly serve as a way to document the biggest production of our lives so far: Transforming 20-acres of completely raw, wooded land into our homestead. All while living in a vintage Airstream Trailer.” It’s that last part about living in the Airstream that’s a lie. Not a deliberate...