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My Book Tour lit a fire under me about our Tiny House

Financial Freedom, Book tours, Travel and Building a Tiny House. This month has been full of travel, adventures, and a couple of big steps toward the tiny house build. Almost every single weekend this month, I have been on a stop during my book tour. I think being away from Tashina and the kids so much has really lit a fire under me as to one of the many perks of having the tiny house! Traveling with kids can be expensive with hotels, eating out and entertainment. But the tiny house will bring the ability to cook at home and have lodging no matter where we travel to. For me, one of the major points to tiny house living is all about spending more time as a family and doing activities outside of the house. Visiting museums, parks, and so many other adventures. While on my book tour, I think it really drove home for me how many people desire the…

Help me wish Father Nathan a Happy Birthday by being turned into a Disney Character

Today is Nathan’s birthday. Every year, I ask him what he wants for his birthday, and every year, he tells me the same thing, “there is nothing that I need.” I follow it up by asking if there is something he wants, and he always tells me that he has everything he wants. It makes for some pretty difficult birthday present shopping! Most years we just end up with pizza and carrot cake. This year was different. I asked the obligatory question of what he wanted and he said, “To be able to get started on the tiny house.” I was pretty shocked to get a real answer this time. So, for Nathan’s birthday today I am taking over his social media and trying to make his birthday wish come true! We have nearly reached half of our tiny house goal by selling copies of the book or other perks, but today I am asking everyone to go give Nathan a…

Stop calling me homeless.

The other day, I was watching a wonderful follow up story on a guy by the name of Ted Williams. He was sort of homeless-viral-sensation ground zero. Long before ‘homeless guy who spent money on others’, ‘homeless guy getting beat by police for using restroom’, and the latest, ‘homeless guy playing piano will blow you away’, there was the ‘homeless guy with the golden voice’. Ted has a beautiful voice and used to work in radio, but fell on hard times. He was discovered by a random passerby who recorded him on their cellphone and an internet moment was born. In this news video I saw of him, he discussed his struggles since becoming famous, dealing with his sobriety and gave a tour of his new home. He has a job, a house, and even a new relationship. If he had a case manager, they would be considering him a success story worthy of putting on their non-profit literature. However, halfway…

As a Homeless Kid He Always Dreamed of Going to Disney World…Then This Happened.

The boat approached the landing where we would soon dock in a foreign land of magic and mystery. My wife leaned over and held my hand tightly, our four year old resting snugly on her hip. The laughter and joy was happening in slow motion around me. In just a few moments I would join the thousands of others in the reverie, but first I had a funeral to attend. When I stepped off of that boat and onto this sacred ground, I would be burying the broken parts of my childhood, and yet at the same time reclaiming something special. “Simba didn’t have a home, but he was king, Cinderella rose from the ashes, and a pauper named Aladdin had his wishes granted… maybe there was hope for us after all?” When I was a child, my father lost everything and our family became homeless nearly overnight. The heartbeat of my normal childhood came to a sudden and hard stop.…

These children are casualties of the lost American dream.

I received a call around midnight that there was a homeless family living in a tent in a city park. Today, I was able to put them up in a hotel while we work on housing. This is the story of the lost American Dream, of stolen family vacations, and of innocence lost to greed. Ending this silence is why I finally wrote my book, because the story of the homeless youth needs to be heard. And it is why  the Tiny House project is so important, because we have to try something bold and different, because whatever we’ve been doing as a society so far isn’t working. It’s past time to do the impossible and end childhood homelessness.

Do you believe in magic?

Every day since we filmed the video launching our crowd funding campaign, our 10 year old daughter, Kira, has asked me for updates on how much we’ve raised so far. She considers herself an activist, and is very anxious and excited for us to reach our goal so we can move forward on the tiny house build in a tangible way. Tonight, she lost her last baby tooth (well, more like pulled it out because she couldn’t wait for it to come out on it’s own…) and she specifically asked if I thought the tooth fairy would bring money toward the tiny house project. Kira is Autistic, and if you know her, you know that fairies have always been one of her favorite things. I just can’t help but think how excited Kira would be if I was able to tell her that the tooth fairy granted her wish and helped with the tiny house campaign. If everyone reading this gave even…

I’m moving my family of 5 into a tiny house… here’s why:

  When I was a child, I could have never expected for our family to become homeless. My early childhood was the appropriate level of normal and dysfunctional. I fought with my siblings, but we also played together every day in the field outside of our house. Financially speaking, my parents couldn’t always say yes, but we always had Christmas, birthdays, and the occasional candy bar while checking out at the grocery store. Then, suddenly something changed. At first it was little things like introducing food stamps, or mom and dad started yelling more. It did not take long before we were bouncing from one hotel to the next or sleeping in our van. The stability of a childhood home was replaced with extreme uncertainty and fear.   People don’t want to talk about family homelessness because it is scary and unsightly. It isn’t something that should be happening in a first world country. However, every single day, families find themselves…

Why is a family of five moving into a tiny house?

When I first announced to some close friends that we would be moving our family of five into a tiny house, they sort of gave me a, ‘…but have you met your kids?!’ look. It is true that our children can be loud and theatrical, especially when company is over. However, the other reality is that our little family is very close and we love being around each other. Whenever something is going on inside our house, we are all piled into a small area discussing  ideas, crafting, or cuddled up reading a book. Because at the end of the day, its just nice to have a home at all. When I was a child, my family fell into poverty, and that poverty quickly translated into homelessness. We lived in motels, supermarket parking lots, and eventually in a dilapidated house set for demolition. This experience growing up made me yearn for solutions, originally for my own family, but soon for other…