Giving Thanks and A Tiny Update

Hello world,

This week, we find ourselves in Ithaca, NY honoring the privilege we have to have what we have…and giving thanks to those and the places we love. We went for a 7ish mile run, a dip in the pond, played in leaves and the next day all was covered in snow…So we went cross country skiing.

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Lily & Abby before their 7.18mi run

We give thanks for the company we keep and the food we can afford to put on our plates.

One such example of deep thanks and love we can think of to share and inspire us, is Nick Johnson and Melissa Johnson, both part of our Earlham College family. Words cannot to justice to their story of perseverance, love, support and hope, so here’s a video ūüôā

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As we move through the world, we are again, reminded about the difference one day can make…In 24 hours we can make a big impact. Or a small choice that adds up to a big change in the world….


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23 November 2016

Record snow fall in the area…27″ at the local airport.

A Tiny Update

Variance of Use:¬†Earlham College submitted a¬†variance¬†to the Board of Zoning Appeals in Richmond, Indiana to gain permission to park our tiny house on Earlham’s campus. There will be a¬†public hearing in December the 8th, 2016 at 7pm in Richmond’s Council Cambers, 50 North 5th Street. (Note: our case may not appear exactly at 7pm, because there will be others, but that is when the hearings begin).

Water works: Our dear friend has nearly finished installing our plumbing system. Stay tuned for more photos- here are a few for now. Rich has installed the pipes, pump, sink and a hole to fill the internal water storage tank.

We are holding space for everyone in these tumltuous times.

Thanks for keeping up with our story.

With love and light,

Lily & Abby


Four Walls

Today was incredible as we placed our four fully framed walls on our trailer.  With help from family and friends we were able to complete this task in a few hours.  The time lapse video we took makes in look like a piece of cake, but between leveling, squaring, and placing braces it was quite a day! Stay tuned for the link that will be on our youtube channel!

We can’t wait to continue our build!



We are overjoyed to share with you that our proposal has formally been approved! ¬†We found out this morning from Laura Hutchinson, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, that our proposal was part of the senior staff’s agenda last week in which they were able to talk through concerns. ¬†Their conversation was positive as Laura was able to enthusiastically tell us this morning that we have been exempted from on-campus living requirements for the 2016-17 academic year! ¬†We will officially be living in our tiny house for our senior year at Earlham College.

We are both still in a bit of shock after receiving this news as we were not expecting Laura to share this with us when we set up our meeting with her for this morning.  Although, I do have to say that it was the best surprise I have ever received and has made for a very happy Wednesday!

We cannot stop smiling!

With love,

Abby and Lily



Our Coverletter

Hello friends,

Here is the e-mail we sent out on Monday to our Earlham friends, 

Date: February 29th, 2016

Subject: Tiny House on Wheels Project Proposal Feedback

‚ÄúEveryone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.‚ÄĚ

Leo Tolstoy

Dear friend,

If we hope to be leaders in reducing our collective environmental impact, we must actively seek to live out our values as intentional sustainability advocates in our community. The structure of our society forces us to seek out the resources, knowledge, and methods in order to be more ‚Äėsustainable,‚Äô yet we say an affordable, sustainable, and intentional livelihood should not be difficult to achieve or difficult to understand. We are ready to be examples of how living sustainably is possible in this modern world. But we need your help. ¬†¬†¬†

We plan to submit a proposal to live in a tiny house on campus for next academic year (2016-17). This tiny house will be 100% off grid and 100% built by us during this summer (2016). We plan to integrate this project into the Earlham and Richmond community, academics at Earlham, and extracurricular activities on campus. This project may be proposed by us, but what it symbolizes is intentional community living out our collective values. You can make a difference here.  

Our proposal will be submitted to the proper personnel/department on or before Friday, March 11th, 2016 and we will request a formal response by April 11th, 2016 at the latest. As we assemble a formal proposal, complete with all relevant information, we will be reaching out to various community members, like you, to seek feedback, support and/or advice to create an innovative, practical, and tidy proposal.

In our research of other schools that have said yes to this project we found an article about St. Mary‚Äôs College that echoes Earlham‚Äôs cross- disciplinary approach in that their ‚Äúpartnership between environmental studies and art exemplifies the college‚Äôs investment in cross-disciplinary studies as well as its commitment to sustainability and community engagement,‚ÄĚ (

With collective knowledge in assembling this project we can all share the ownership. We would like to meet with you, if your schedule allows, to discuss areas of this project that we might not be able to anticipate thus far. In the meantime, or if meeting in person is inconvenient please think about who needs to approve this initiative, what roadblocks we might face in seeking approval (e.g. liability), and what concerns you personally have.   

Sincerely yours,

Lily & Abby