For years we dealt with drought-tolerant plants that would live through a 115 degree summer day in the Glendale area. Learning what will live in the mountains of Overgaard through a zero degree winter night has more than shown us we are starting over from scratch.
In a way, our story started in 2002, when we purchased 2.60 acres of land in Overgaard on which we would retire. Big decisions soon came when we had to decide if a manufactured home, or a site built home, would be going on the land. Budget became a big deciding factor, along with time constraints, so we went with the manufactured home. Days after it was installed on the land, the Rodeo-Chediski fire came through the Rim and for the next month and a half we didn't know if we still had a home. When next we would be allowed into the area, we found that we'd been blessed by God and he had kept the fire half a mile from our place.
From then, until now, we've been planning our little homestead. Many things to add, but I'll save it for another time.
The house just after being put on the land.