One August night, sitting on the tree swing in the Sturtevant's backyard, Caleb popped the question.
Well, it was actually the "tiny house" question. (They weren't engaged until October).
Pulling his phone out of his pocket, he showed Kayla a heart-warming, honest blog called tinyhomedream.net. The two were intrigued and excited as to how this little family made a beautiful living space out of a trailer turned "tiny home." After wracking their brains as to how they too could start a life together on a modest living, this seemed to be the answer!
Caleb shared that his grandpa had a trailer that was very homey in its prime. In fact, his Grandpa Ellis & Grandma Geri lived in it while traveling in Alaska! And so the story continues, they brought the trailer back to be parked in their home town of Deadwood, Oregon--a town where there is never a creek, only a "crick."
A few years back, his grandpa allowed some tenants who were in poverty to live there. Unfortunately, the trailer was trashed, and abandoned.
That was two years ago. This meant, there were two-year-old piles and "surprises" to be uncovered! This go-getter, "tiny-home-dreaming" couple were in for an adventure....
Caleb introduces his girlfriend to an old family favorite during the 3 hour drive: Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried."
It would be nice to say those grins stayed. However, they quickly turned to grimaces once they saw the state of the trailer...
Upon arrival, it Caleb & Kayla quickly realized they had walked into a TV show episode of "Dirty Jobs by Mike Rowe" meets "Horders." It was jam-packed with all sorts of junk imaginable. The tenant could not get rid of anything. And to top it off, the mice had a feast day living here, with poop filling the sink, and covering the floor.
These video clips show snippets of what remained to be cleared in the kitchen. The tenant (a lady) had come back with a "friend" who we were pretty sure was high, and had started moving stuff 20 minutes before we arrived. It was not pretty.