September 2017 • Update #8 • Half Way Up The Earthbag Tiny House!

We’re halfway up the earthbag tiny house! The charity of our friends and family continues to drive the process forward. Gary and Jim (our neighbors) have been stopping by frequently to volunteer their time. Gary’s got earthbag building down now – he’s just as fast as we are! Tennessee and Collin (Neal’s sister and her […]

July 2017 • Update #7 • Earthbags, Door Frames, Soil, & Camper Repairs

These past few months we have been blessed by more family and visitors who travelled all the way to Missouri to help us breath life into our home. With their help we’ve been able to make tremendous progress. The concrete thresholds are to set the door frames on a level surface. Unfortunately, we positioned them incorrectly and had to […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #6: December 2016 to March 2017

The locals declared this winter a ‘mild experience.’ To our Texas bones, though, -5˚F is uncomfortably cold! Though we mostly stayed indoors we still managed to make lots of progress and have some fun. One of our indoor activities has been to earn a PDC. (Permaculture Design Certificate) We’ve been taking Geoff Lawton’s online class while […]

Interview by Girl vs Grid

Our good friends over at Girl vs Grid have published an interview about our journey so far! We hope you enjoy it. While you’re there, please take a minute to sign up for the newsletter; they have wonderful content on sustainability and some delicious recipes! [Interview] Building an Earthbag home with Lake of the Ozarks Permaculture Full […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #5: November 2016

Last month we finished leveling the land, digging new trenches, and buying a bunch of supplies. Our next step was a big one: the rough-in plumbing. It was a HUGE task, especially since Neal and I had zero plumbing experience previously and he had to do most of the work by himself. Luckily we had […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #4: July to October 2016

We’ve been making steady progress on the land these past few months! In the last update, the foundation trenches for 3 circles were dug and ready to be filled with gravel. Unfortunately, July had heavy rainstorms – TONS of them – which caused our trenches to cave in before they could be filled.  Yet another lesson learned for us homesteading […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #3: June 2016

June was full of some amazing progress, as well as a difficult setback. Some of the exciting news is that the Permaculture Research Institute republished two of Neal’s blogs! He’ll now be contributing work directly to their organization, check out for some great knowledge. Also, we found out today that one of his articles was featured by one of […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #2: May 2016

  May was a busy and exciting month for us! We finished up some projects and sited where the home will be built. Neal’s brother stayed with us for a full week to lend a hand and we couldn’t of accomplished what we did without him. So, a BIG shout out and thank you to […]

Neal and Elisha Homestead Update #1: April 2016

We did it! We finally made our move to Missouri. I wanted to provide an update so our friends and family back home can keep tabs on us : ) but also to be transparent for those interested in learning from our experience. A common curiosity we encounter is the logistics of what we’re doing, mainly […]