Hello & Happy Summer from the Corsons!
Yes, its true- we did get married! 4 months have passed, so we figured it was about time to update the blog…
Now, I know you’re all wondering, “well, DID you have a ‘simple wedding??'” Especially all you brides out there a couple of months after your big day. I can just hear you, “ooohhhh yess… that funny girl who thought her wedding was going to be ‘simple’ and then she invited 400 people. HAH! She’s cute.” Well, was it simple?…
We definitely did stay true to our original vision of keeping this wedding as simple as possible for the sake of focusing on the things we care about. We quickly found out that the things we really care about are people. We both loved looking around the room at the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and potluck reception and seeing how many different people were here to celebrate with us. We also realized that weddings, no matter how much you try to weed out stress- just ARE stressful. Yes we kept things simple, yes we look back and love everything that happened, and yes we were super stressed the week of the wedding- trying to work out details or organizing people, spending time with people, and spending time with each other. It’s a huge week in the life of any human making a lifetime commitment like marriage to another. Add in other humans who you both love and want to spend time with and you’ve created something more complex than just having a few conversations with out of town guests. Also, we had the help of SO many people in actually pulling this thing off…could NOT have happened without these friends.
Our conclusion? Weddings are stressful. And worth it to us because, with the help of friends, we were able to create space to celebrate and set aside time designated as a very important event with very important people. If you ACTUALLY want something simple and stress-free… we suggest you elope :)
Tiny House Update
There has been SO many changes in this area since the last blog post!
(1) We found a trailer
(2) We have been collecting materials
(3) and building and designing… (let’s be honest, Ryan designs everything)
(4) AAAAAAND…… we moved in!!
While it is SO exciting to get out of the renting cycle and to actually be living in what will soon be our completed home, this adventure has been so much different that I (Hannah) pictured. I have always really admired and looked up to pioneer families who rode in a wagon across months of unknown territory and adventure to their picturesque cottages and babbling brooks. Of course it was a hard life, but didn’t they realize that they were starting something new and that the challenges were totally worth it, even in that moment?
Shoot dang those folks were amazing.
Now, don’t worry – I feel almost completely silly at comparing what we are doing to the pioneer families (except we don’t have running water or electricity). And I don’t exactly think that Tiny Houses are going to be the next “thing” (um hello, homeschool families like my own would have to have a train of these things) – of course I could be wrong ;-) But here’s what I see the value for us right now:
we can do it.
Financially. Physically. Mentally (some days better than others).
It may take us longer than we initially expected, but we will finish. And have a HOME that is paid for and fully functional!
But honestly, living without things that I (still Hannah here) am used to having (like running water and electricity) has been so much harder than I thought it would be! I thought that I was ready to be camping out in a partially finished home, working long hours, learning as much as I can about construction…
Yup. I definitely admire those pioneers.
But I AM learning so much. I am thankful for a husband who is patient (most days) with me to teach me what he knows about construction and perseverance. I am thankful for Zella Cameron, the kind woman who is letting us build this monster in her front yard. I am also thankful for her bathroom and kitchen (which she recently offered to let us use until ours is complete). I am thankful for friends and family who have given their time and muscles to help us do a little bit at a time. I am thankful (most days :) ) for the ways that this project is challenging me. To do something I’ve never done and honestly, am really not good at. I’m thankful that we are building a home and will have no debt.
That’s pretty cool.
That’s about it for now… Thanks for reading! You can keep up with more current updates if you’re on Instagram, look up hannahcorson and follow her, she has updates more frequently there regarding the Tiny House construction! You can also keep up with us at gofundme.com/restoringsimple . Thanks!!
I love reading about your journey! I can’t even begin to imagine the stress. we just bought our first home and will have a house payment for the next 20 years unless a-one of dies and the other collects the insurance money lol or b- we win the lottery! Haha so I so admire your choice to live simply! Look forward to the finished product :)
Thanks Meredith!! It’s not such a horrible thing to know what the next 20 years will look like ;-) There is definitely some value in that kind of stability. We are looking forward to seeing the finished product too!! Haha! Hopefully we won’t be waiting TOO long! Hope all is well :)
I love what you’ve written here and admire your vision and plans for simplicity too. NO, I don’t know you. In fact just read your comment on that Church’s OKC blog where I too left a comment. Wishing you and your husband all the best. It’s great to see trendsetters and believers alike.
William, thanks a ton. Love the crazy internet world that connects folks :)
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