Dreaming Big Living Small

About Our Family

You may not end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you were meant to be.

Our Journey

Some years ago, when we purchased this domain name intending to create a blog, it had nothing to do with what it has become. We had intended to move closer to family, get an RV, and travel the country.

We started to plan our trips and even bought a truck to pull our rather large RV. But it never worked out. The draw to be close to family and help with GGma (Ashley’s Grandma) never went away. We ended up selling our big truck and resuming life as normal.

One thing led to another, and we started to see that when we stepped back and listened to God’s plan instead of our own, it all worked out for the best. Despite being ‘stuck’ as I like to say it, we have been protected from harm and gained a closer connection as a family.

I look back a think, ‘Where would we have been stuck?’ if we had been traveling during the beginning months of the pandemic. Instead, we have taken the gift of living with family and used this time to grow and learn.

View on the homestead in Priest River
View on the homestead in Priest River
Spokane WA Temple
Spokane WA Temple
Garden Ladybug
Ladybug in Saint Helens, OR

We have started a family garden, gathered food storage, and learned many valuable skills that we would not have gained any other way. As a family, we have been able to focus on what is most important to us.

In late 2023, we moved with family to North Idaho to start a small multi-generational family homestead. Each day we learn more as we build and work towards becoming self-reliant and prepared for anything the future can throw at us. And the experiences and knowledge we can share will continue to grow.

Why a blog

As the world continues to spiral out of control, more and more people are looking around and wondering how to protect themselves in the coming days. The fear of societal collapse is very real for many.

Each of us has a great amount of knowledge. We each have something to share. To teach you only need to be one step in front of someone else. That one step lets you share what you learned while taking it to the people who follow behind you.

So, we invite you to follow our journey and learn how to become more self-sufficient, cook healthier, live more naturally, and teach your children the things you want them to be taught.

Our blog is for those who dream every day of growing a homestead but have no idea where to start. Those who want to preserve their food or are afraid of leaping into homeschooling their children.

No matter where you are in your life, we hope to inspire you or entertain you with our adventures.

Our Family

We are a family of six plus one on the way. We enjoy taking nature walks & drives. The kids love hanging out with their grandparents, playing with Legos, and making all kinds of things. Both Ashley & I take turns writing articles for the blog, recording new videos or podcasts, and running the social media spaces.

Alex's Photo

Alex – Husband & Father

Ashley's Photo

Ashley – Wife & Mother









Baby Girl 2024

Baby Girl

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