My Favorite Books for Homesteading & Homemaking

Picky doesn’t even begin to describe my attitude toward homestead and natural living books. I’m definitely discerning; some people might say ‘harsh’. And honestly, they’d be right. I want books that are useful, beautiful, enjoyable, and lasting. As I mentioned in my review of The Grace of Enough, I’m just not interested in owning printed…

Book Review: The Grace of Enough

I’ve been wanting to read this book for months. It had been recommended to me by some lovely friends, who thought it’d be a lovely little book of inspiration in my life. The book was pretty disappointing. It was kind of crushing in a way, to read and walk away frustrated and uninspired. I’d hoped…

Books & Papers: Shadow Play

I’m reading Clare Asquith’s Shadow Play – a book about the beliefs and politics that may be expressed in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s fascinating, especially since a recent commission of my husband’s has brought our minds back to the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics. The icon commissioned was St. Nicholas Owen, a man I’d never heard of…

Autumn Schooling

We came back to our fully school schedule this past Monday with all sorts of renewed enthusiasm and the crisp, autumn air to encouraged us! School is such a delightful opportunity to fall into new habits and rituals, and recommit to old ones. We’re greeting the mornings with an early ‘Coffee Time’¬†period – reading our…

Baiting-Cakes and Books for Rainy Days

It’s a rainy, cooling sort of day after another long week of heat. Thunder-storms are expected later this afternoon, but the gray drizzle we have going right now is as cozy as can be. I’m making lists of books we’ll need (‘want’ is probably a better word) for the fall – not only for the…

Lenten Reading

Lent is such an idea time for more serious reading, don’t you think? This past weekend I started up a couple new books and began rereading a long-lost favorite. It’s so nice to have new books around, they’re kind of distracting and – while only two of them actually fit in my purse, they all…

Bookish Thoughts: The Quotidian Mysteries

It’s no secret that I adore the writing of Kathleen Norris. I found The Cloister Walk¬†to be such a rich work of poetic reflections and gentle spiritual imagery. Dakota is an equally compelling look at rural life, and in The Quotidian Mysteries, the blend of lectio divina; a deep, quiet feminism; and joyful domesticity earns…

Homeschooling Notes: Fairy Tales

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis They’re essential. Fairy tales are at the heart of our homeschool. We read them, play them, tell them, and fill our imaginations with their rich colors. Fairy tales are formative here. Not just the ones everyone knows either, while we…

January Schooling

It doesn’t feel like January today. The stoves are burning low and the rain is pouring down, washing away feet of snow in a day. It’s warm enough to be out without a jacket, except that the rain is chilly and soaking. We’re all indoors today. Even the goats refuse to step out of their…

Bookish Children in Autumn

These cool, sunny days are ideal for my little readers! Under red and gold trees or wrapped in blankets with slices of apple-pie and mugs of tea..they have books around them constantly! Ilya is not an actual reader, but he’s not shy about asking me or Seth or Yarrow to read to him! And he’s…