a hundred times before

You need something to open up a new door To show you something you seen before But overlooked a hundred times or more You need something to open your eyes You need something… Continue reading

{pre-school} at home

If you’re new to homeschooling or trying to figure out where to start with your 3-5 year old (beyond play), two of my very favorite curriculums are Handwriting Without Tears (handwriting and literacy)… Continue reading

when spring comes

Maybe it was the way last week’s muddled grey clouds hovered like dust over my soul or the unexpected chill that forced us back into winter coats. Maybe we needed an event to… Continue reading

a backyard birthday dinner

A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It… Continue reading

on the table | common, everyday life

As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. ― Laura Ingalls… Continue reading

only once

Things never happen the same way twice. ― C.S. Lewis The morning is slow, rare for us on any day, especially on a Saturday. Mark has left town for the weekend and the kids… Continue reading

February + March outtakes

It is raining this evening. Our windows are open allowing the delicate chimes and water and air to sing to us. April has come: a welcomed relief from our own March madness. Arriving… Continue reading

On the table | strawberry pancakes

Seeing that we had several pounds of strawberries to use and preserve, the girls and I decided to make strawberry pancakes for breakfast last weekend. Blythe and Olive love to help, which I… Continue reading

strawberry fields forever

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed. ― Mary Oliver, Evidence: Poems Last week the days grew so warm that on one afternoon the kids even ran through the sprinkler… Continue reading

THREADS {two ways}

  JACKET (similar here, here, or here) DAY: dress | boots | earrings | sunglasses | bag NIGHT: blouse | jeans | earrings (similar here or here) | clutch | heels When it comes to… Continue reading

visiting the pioneer life

Normally, we spend our Spring Breaks visiting friends or family out-of-town and filling our days with fun, atypical activities. Not this year. This year, we cleaned out and organized (most of) our home… Continue reading


Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our father’s love — difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul’s miseries, her burdens, her needs — everything, because through them, she learns humility,… Continue reading

the earth’s poem

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. ― Rainer Maria Rilke Spring has arrived here, wrapping us with her warm, delicious breath, signaling new birth, disrupting… Continue reading

Light, the visible reminder

In these almost seven years of living in our home, I have learned to trace the light within it through seasons and hours. I plan my day around this light, now knowing which… Continue reading

F O U R!

The other night at dinner, you sat by my side — not necessarily a coveted position these days because you tend to use your neighbor more for a napkin than a conversation partner… Continue reading