Why do I bother to save and invest? With so little, what do I hope to accomplish?
When my husband and I got married, I knew he was a gifted preacher. I have heard hundreds of preachers, a different one every week at Bible college, and tons online. My husband's preaching is among my top three favorites. Even though I hear each sermon once or twice, for practice, before Sunday morning, I am always moved by his words from the pulpit.
He is finishing getting his degree and we are looking into some open pastorates. We are looking forward to a time when he has his own pastorate, although he loves the pulpit supply work that occasionally comes our way.
We live in Maine and there are a plethora of churches without a pastor. Most are small churches in rural areas. Many cannot afford to pay a full-time pastor. Most pastors have to have another job on the side. A parsonage is not always provided.
We want to have a large family, but I actually aspire to have a small home. Small homes are more energy efficient, green, and promote (or force) a close knit family. With my husband's career future uncertain, a mobile home sounded like a great way to go for me. Then, if a pastorate doesn't work out, or if it is a few years before we get one, we can just take our home with us. This is especially beneficial where we don't know if a parsonage will be provided.
My husband, along with the majority of the population, was not as excited about a mobile home as I was. So I started looking into alternatives. I found this:
Yep, that's a house on wheels. It's not trashy, in fact it's quite chic. A teeny house is green, and I want solar panels! This is my goal, which fits in nicely with my husband's. I'd like to start building within the next year. Yes, I'm taking the role of "home-maker" quite literally.
I would like to have our life be as sustainable as possible so that even if my husband only gets $500 a month from a pastorate, he won't have to have a second job. That is what I am working toward.