Family Update and Happy New Year!

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Hello everyone and Happy 2016!

I know it’s been weeks and weeks since I last posted. It turns out that raising four young people can be quite the rodeo. Who knew? πŸ˜‰

Although my mind swirls with topics to write about (if I was fortunate enough to get more than 6 hours of sleep the previous night), I thought that a little housekeeping and family update would be best to start the year off.

We’ve seen a lot of new readers around here in the past several months, so this post will serve as one big HELLO! to people who have joined the Smallish community recently.

Ahem. So. Hello new readers! Hello also to all you sweet faithful ones who have been alongside us for awhile. As most of you know, we are a (kind of) normal family just trying to intentionally live small, light, responsible because we’ve found joy and freedom in less.


Man and baby

Meet my husband, Dan. (pic) You’ve known him as “Caveman” since 2012.Β  He is as much a part of this blog as I, so I figured that you all should know him by his real name. πŸ™‚ Dan is a dreamer and a maker. He loves burgers and is currently working on starting up a furniture design company which will feature items similar to our toddler bunk beds. He is the best husband and father you ever saw.

(By the way, I am also reassigning our kids’ online monikers. I can’t keep renaming them when their hair color changes or we discover a new personality trait. So I’ve decided to default to completely boring and call our offspring Kid1, Kid2, Kid3, Kid4. Easy. Simple. And their birth order will never change! πŸ˜€ )


Meet Kid1. Bright, inquisitive, intellectual.



Meet Kid2. Smart, relational, super athletic, big heart.



Meet Kid3. Sharp, independent, sweet.


baby smiling

Meet Kid4. Super laid-back, cute as a button, darling baby.

That’s us these days.

Lastly, if you haven’t signed up to receive Smallish posts in your inbox, you should. It’s just the easiest way to know that I’ve finally written something new. I promise the only things you’ll ever receive from me are notices that there’s a fresh post up here, and I also promise to never accost you with a pop-up demanding your email. Sign up, if you want,Β in the side bar. πŸ™‚

We are looking forward to a sparkly new year with countless opportunities to grow personally and continually learn how to better intentionally live small. Glad to have you with us.

P.S. … please help me with my lack-of-sleep-induced writer’s block. What would you rather hear about first?
a) the kids’ room: four kids sharing a bedroom
b) our attempts to move toward zero waste in 2016
c) a house tour of our “woefully half-done but good enough for now”Green House

πŸ™‚ Comment below to vote!

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  • Jillian
    January 12, 2016

    I’m so excited to see a post from you! Your family is just beautiful!
    I’m super interested to hear about the kids sharing a room! My two oldest have always shared, but they’re only 16 months apart. With our new little man there’s a 3 year gap from him to the middle guy, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to work the big guys and the little one sharing a room once he’s big enough to move out of my room.

    • Evelyn
      January 13, 2016

      Hi Jillian!!! Hope you guys are all well!

  • Athena
    January 12, 2016

    I would love option c. I would love to see what you guys have done with the house.

  • Leslie
    January 12, 2016

    I would love to hear about option c, although the other options would be just as enjoyable!

  • Kristin
    January 12, 2016

    Four kids, one room! I’m amazed by this. πŸ™‚ Even thinking about two kids, one room (as we start to plan baby numero dos) seems overwhelming to me.

  • SarahW
    January 12, 2016

    It was so nice to “meet” your kiddos

    I’d love to hear about the four kids sharing a room!

    But would you also, at some point, write about zero waste? We’ve had a serious increase of waste since out little dude arrived and honestly weren’t very good about not being wasteful to begin with!

    Hugs to your whole family!

  • Amy
    January 12, 2016

    House tour would be wonderful which would also be a great lead in to the kids bedroom! ! πŸ˜‰ I don’t know which I’m more excited to read about!

    • Evelyn
      January 13, 2016

      Ahhhh good thinking Amy! πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsay
    January 12, 2016

    Four kids sharing a room please! I’ve been considering putting our four kiddos in one room. It would be great to hear about your experience.

  • Lisa
    January 12, 2016

    I have missed you!

    I vote for the house tour!
    I would also love to hear more about the connections between simple livivg and your faith. Blessings from Sweden!

    • Evelyn
      January 13, 2016

      Hi Lisa! Thanks & blessings back. πŸ™‚

  • Ashley M
    January 12, 2016

    4 kids in one room, please!! I get sweaty just thinking about how we’re going to transition our two into one room πŸ˜‰

  • Linda Stone
    January 12, 2016

    A house tour would be wonderful. A happy New Year to you all. It’s so good to hear from you again.

  • Linda Stone
    January 12, 2016

    Good to hear from you again . Happy New year to you all. I would love a house tour to see your progress.

  • Rebecca H
    January 12, 2016

    I’d love to hear about 4 sharing one bedroom! I shared a room with my 2 younger sisters growing up. Now as a parent, I’m worried about my youngest (5 months) messing with the sleep of my oldest (20 months)… Although I’d love to also hear how you maximize the space! Happy New Year!

  • Rachel
    January 12, 2016

    Great to see a new post!
    I’d love to see and read more about four kids in one room. My three in one room was short lived: the baby was waking up #2 so we moved his crib int our den/office. Someday…

    • Evelyn
      January 13, 2016

      Hi Rachel! Yeah the transition period is usually difficult. Sleep is more important most of the time! πŸ˜‰

  • Jen
    January 12, 2016

    A house tour would be awesome!

  • Molly
    January 12, 2016

    A, please!

  • Margaret
    January 12, 2016

    Zero waste followed by a house tour.

  • Laura Beth
    January 12, 2016

    Definitely the kids room. I’m in the middle of trying to get our 5 month old in the kids room with his 2 year old twin brothers. Reading about your family has been encouraging over the years as we are living pretty small with 3 kiddos. Thanks!

  • Jen F
    January 12, 2016

    A, C, then B.

  • Shari
    January 12, 2016

    Zero waster, for sure.

  • Jill Foley
    January 12, 2016

    zero waste…
    then house tour…
    then room sharing…

    • Evelyn
      January 13, 2016

      Hi Jill! It looks like I’ll be going in opposite that order, but I promise to get to the house tour and zero waste aspirations soon. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

  • Tabitha
    January 12, 2016

    Yay for new beginnings! I am really excited to hear about the four kids in one bedroom – and though you didn’t mention it – I would love to hear how you keep your perspective ‘small’ as well as your home – if that makes sense… not being tempted by discontent and more…

  • Annaleah
    January 13, 2016

    I would love to hear about all of those things! We, too, are a large family living in a small house (our five kids share a room) and I love seeing how other families do it, too! :). It’s so encouraging and inspiring!

    • Evelyn
      January 13, 2016

      Hi Annaleah,
      Fun to hear from another kindred spirit. πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting!

  • Stephanie
    January 13, 2016

    House tour please please please! : ) we are in a similar situation to when you started smallish. We have chosen for me to stay home with our daughter and for us that currently means putting a house way down on the priority list, and therefore being content in our apartment. But it is an encouragement to see you guys finally find the perfect house and be settled in as a family. Thank you for sharing your sweet writing gift with the world and being willing to open your home to us!

  • Sarah T.
    January 13, 2016

    Option B all the way! This is my heart, but I’m encumbered by the details of it all. Like how to go about shopping sans packaging.

    My kids love sleeping together! Even my 9 year old son would rather share his room with a sister than be by himself.

  • magnoliachica
    January 13, 2016

    All three! But if I HAD to pick a first one, it would be the bedroom-sharing post because we’re currently making plans to move our kid1 and kid2 into the same room (and soon-to-be kid3 will likely join them at some point, too).

  • Vanessa
    January 16, 2016

    They all sound interesting but all kids sharing a room!

  • Amber
    January 30, 2016

    Hi Evelyn! I just found your blog & am ecstatic to ‘meet’ someone as crazy as my family! We’ve never lived in a space bigger than our current home which is 780-ish sq ft with a now (since Dec 22) family of 6! We are in the process of figuring out how to put all 4 (3 girls & 1 boy – 7 yr old & under) into the bigger bedroom of our home so I’d love to see your solution. And since we’re on a gradual journey to zero waste I wouldn’t mind reading more about to.
    Thanks for the great information you’ve already posted!

    • Evelyn
      January 30, 2016

      Hi Amber! I’m so happy to meet another small space Crazy! πŸ™‚ 780 with 6 people would be tight… hats off to you, friend! We’re working on getting the kids’ bedroom more put together. I’ll post soon! The real trick is our toddler bunk beds that my hubby designed and built: Thanks so much for commenting! Hope to “see” you around. πŸ™‚

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