In 2005 we went on a trip to Kings Island in Ohio for vacation with our children. We had been looking at land in Alaska and Wyoming and were trying to make up our minds where we wanted to move. On the way back home, we decided to stop over to visit my mom. We had not seen or spoke to her in about five years because of a family issue. After visiting for a couple of hours, my husband talked to the Waffle House about transferring his job to Tennessee. It was set, we had made up our minds to move back to Tennessee instead of going out west.
We left our middle daughter with her grandma in Tennessee, while we went back to North Carolina for a week to pack our things. Once in North Carolina, we sold everything we could. What we could not sell, and did not throw out, we stored in my mother-in-law’s barn. At the end of the week, we loaded up the bare necessities to take with us, in the trunk of a Mazda 627 to move the family to Tennessee. A lot of people thought we were crazy but I was tired of working for what I perceived to be nothing.
For ten years I held a good job, paid all my bills, but was unable to buy a house to raise my family in. My credit was poor because of mistakes I had made when I very young, and it continues to haunt me. Combined with a lot of bad luck, I was finally sick and tired of moving and being taken advantage of. I wanted a place in the country where I could have a few animals, a garden and raise my kids without having to worry about ever moving again.
My whole life, I had moved from place to place, and when I was younger it was fun. Now I have kids of my own and I was tired of them changing schools and having to start over making friends. I had spent 12 years in the military, but now that I was out, it was time to settle down. My family already owned the property and I had a cabin started on it, were some of our reason’s for choosing Tennessee instead of going west.
The cabin we moved to, in Tennessee was a 16 x 20 cabin. I had built it about 11 years ago but never finished it. My mom had moved into it after my step dad died. She added on a 10 x 20 section to the original cabin for a couple of bedrooms. She then insulated, wired, plumbed and finished out the inside with drywall making it into a pretty nice little cabin.
Our plan was for the kids to sleep in the cabin with my mom. Me and my husband would sleep in a tent until we could build a new cabin. After three months, me and my husband started sleeping on the floor of the living room. Winter was upon us and it was getting too cold to stay in the tent much longer. We decided to add a 12 x 16 addition to the existing cabin, instead of starting a new cabin right away. It took us about six weeks to add on the new room because of bad weather. We put a wood burning stove in the cabin for heat instead of the propane heater we had been using because it was too small.
After two years, we got a barn that we special ordered from Mountain Barn Builders and converted it into a nice apartment for my mom. It was cheaper and easier than building something big enough for our whole family. It was 12 x 28, had a bathroom, small kitchen and a bedroom / living area combined. For one person it was the perfect efficiency apartment.
Then, we added one more room onto the original cabin. It was a 10 x 12 master bedroom for me and my husband. We finally had a room of our own. Four years after moving to Tennessee we now have a four bedroom, one bath cabin. Best of all, it is ours and totally paid for. We no longer have to move and I got to have my dream of a house in the country.