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Mission Accomplished

by Tyler

It is 12:41 AM on November the 3rd. The year is 2012. Tara is snuggled up next to me, fast asleep. I am awake and programming, busy overhauling the internals of our website in preparation for the upcoming release of Tara's first book: Bike. Camp. Cook. It has been 413 days since our offer was accepted on a beautifully wooded ten acre plot of land in Vermont.

As of this moment, after more than a year of pouring nearly every cent I've made into our loan, the final payment has been applied. A million thanks to our parents for being so supportive, and for letting us stay with them rent-free during this marathon effort. The land is now officially ours, free and clear!

"Our" Land for Sale? Our Land? Our Pond? Tyler Opening our Gate Tara Clearing the Drive to our Land Tara on our Land Tyler Walking on our Land



10 Acres in Vermont

Land Payoff Status: 100%



Many, many congratulations, Tara and Tyler! I'm looking forward to reading beautiful journal entries to come, documenting your amazing new home.
Posted by Emily Bruce on November 7th, 2012 at 1:13 PM
Congratulations guys! You're fulfilling you dreams bit by bit. Other people, including myself, just keep talking about it. I can't wait to read some stories... Kind regards from rainy Belgium!
Posted by Rudy Engels on November 7th, 2012 at 1:58 PM
Congratulations Tyler and Tara! As a long term reader of your journal I am so happy for you both. After so much effort and determination the fun starts now and I can't think of a more deserving young couple. (From a purely selfish point of view, I'm looking forward to many morning coffees reading about your new adventures). How exciting!!
Posted by Caro on November 7th, 2012 at 2:17 PM
Yay! Exciting news - so proud of you guys. Especially about the book, Tara - way to be awesome! :)
Posted by Elizabeth on November 7th, 2012 at 2:19 PM
well done, that's awesome!
Posted by jodie on November 7th, 2012 at 4:25 PM
Congratulations!! And just how do we get a copy of this book?? Looking forward to great stories to come.
Posted by Debbie on November 8th, 2012 at 8:33 PM
Well done guys! I look forward to seeing how you build your house!
Posted by Dietrich on November 9th, 2012 at 4:51 AM
AWESOME guys!!!! You are quite the inspiration!
Posted by Magalie on November 9th, 2012 at 1:59 PM
Congrats and hilarious choice of gif's!
Posted by Dustin@WeGoRTW on November 10th, 2012 at 6:44 AM
We just did a happy dance in honor of you two! You must feel fantastic! Congratulations!
Posted by Sheila & Kai on November 13th, 2012 at 4:55 PM
Thanks a million for all the well wishes everyone :)

We can't wait to get started on the next phase of the project!
Posted by Tyler on November 14th, 2012 at 9:07 AM
Congratulations you guys!
Posted by Katherine Herriman on November 23rd, 2012 at 5:23 AM
Congrats, T&T! Way to go! Proud of ur perseverance & accomplishment (s).
BTW, with a group of friends, I'm setting up an eco-commune in Maharashtra state of India. So your website has more than academic and entertainment value for me. Esp the sections on the "Mud Girls" and the Timber House construction experience. I've not been following ur blog regularly in recent times. But hope to visit it more often.
cheers, ciao, auf wieder sehen, a bientot
love & peace
Posted by meher on November 23rd, 2012 at 8:49 AM
Congratulations, that's awesome! Well done. We have just bought a house of our own after house sitting and staying with family for 14 months. It's such a great feeling to have our own place - though certainly not mortgage free... Can't wait to read about your house building!
Posted by Freddie & Guy on November 26th, 2012 at 9:12 PM
Congratulations you two! Awesome job on your timber frame, looks like an amazing course you took! Looking forward to hearing/seeing more of your updates, can't wait to see the real life versions of your models, oven mitts and all!

Take care,
your Canadian dopplegangers,
Posted by Jodi and Erik on December 10th, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Wow, just checked out this journal entry and saw a bunch of comments I've never seen! Our email alerts must be down or something. Anyway, thank you all for the sweet comments!

Debbie - The book isn't quite finished yet, but trust me, we'll be writing about it a lot when it is!

Katherine - Thanks, sweetie!

Meher - Thanks for visiting! It's so nice to hear that you're enjoying our site. :-)

Freddie & Guy - HI YOU TWO!! It's so wonderful to hear from you! Congratulations on getting your own place-- I know how amazing it must feel. Going from being alone together 24-7 to living with family is a huge change. We're so happy for you both!

Jodi & Erik - Well hello, Canadian dopplegangers! What a wonderful treat to read your comment! How are you doing? How is your land coming? Can't wait to hear more about your adventures, too!

Posted by Tara Alan on December 16th, 2012 at 7:40 PM
Just curious. After all your travels, why did you choose USA to settle down? Actually quite surprised by this
Posted by N.R. on June 10th, 2013 at 8:04 AM
We stayed in the US because that is where our family is. We do talk frequently about buying land somewhere tropical so we can move there when we're like 70, though.
Posted by Tyler on June 10th, 2013 at 8:35 AM