About Me

Welcome to Digging up the Roots!

I am Theresa and I want to share my tiny house adventure with you as it unfolds. My husband Trent and I live in the Northwest and are building a 28′ tiny house together from scratch for our family of 6. (Whaaaaat? Six people in a tiny house? Is she crazy?!? Well, maybe. Read this blog post to understand why we decided to live in a tiny house.) We’ve been working on it since Fall 2016 and we’re hoping to be done by Summer 2019. Come along for the adventure! If you’re curious how we’re preparing to live in a tiny house with four kids, read this post.


Trent and I both are fascinated by bringing back the good of the past, and we aren’t the only ones. We like to think of ourselves as being part of the second wave of back-to-the-land-ers, a current movement to revive old traditions (such as soap making, building your own house, gardening, herbalism, and food preservation) as well as living on land and using it and living off-grid.

So many times when I have shared our dream with a peer, they gasp and say something like, “Oh we want to do that too!”

 Trent and I are figuratively “digging up the roots” of how things were done in the past, seeking to fuse the best of the old with the best of the modern. We are also literally “digging up the roots” as we harvest plants from our garden and wildcraft herbs, both activities being great hobbies of ours.

We believe very deeply that we want to leave a beautiful, well-cared for earth for our kids and grandkids. We can make good decisions in our purchases and contribute as little as possible to the garbage in the world, but ultimately we are most responsible for how we treated the land we live on. We want to do that well. 

I’m glad you’re here. I hope you are inspired or encouraged or at least get some good entertainment!