At Home in the Rebellious Quiet

I love quiet mornings. The sun has risen long ago in these early hours, but the light is soft and slanted. The air is cool and even the grass has a new-born freshness to it after sleeping through the night. In the morning, I make coffee, take vegetable scraps out to the chicken yard, and…

Reclaiming in Easter

I’ve mentioned that my word for this year is Reclaim. It’s a slow goal, not something I can snatch up and be done with. It’s more about remembering who I am than checking off a list of goals. I want to reclaim the Masha who read piles of books in a room of incense and…

Cleaning House

It’s Passion week. The statues are all covered but the Icons can keep watch. I love draping statues, but it’s always felt rude to do the same to the Icons. This week I’m deep cleaning all my spaces – thus far I’ve found a mouse nest, my long-lost recipe for doughnuts, and the little, wooden…

Today…

The sun is shining down on the snow. At the edge of the forest, tea-berry leaves are peaking out from under the snow. We’re expecting another storm on Friday, but today the warm air and sunlight are mingling with pre-lenten joy. We’ve been splashing in puddles, bringing in wood, slow-cooking chili on the stove, and…

Tiny House Living with Children and Artists

Our little house gets cluttered up quickly.Four people in a one room, 460 sq foot house doesn’t always feel comfortable. All the lovely, bright, and clean images of #tinyhouseliving on Instagram seem to focus on the homes of urban, minimalist, or obsessively clean people.I would love to be an obsessively clean person. But, even if…

Making Domesticity Stick

We all know I like to dream big. Actually working my way through those dreams is not one of my strengths though. Maybe that’s why my New Year’s resolutions tend to fizzle out by the end of January.   This year though, I have some serious motivation. This year, it’s all going to be different!…

Word of the Year, St. Stephen’s, and Domesticity

Happy Christmas all! I hope this season finds you sipping tea with beloved friends and family! Today we’ve got leftovers on the table from Christmas Day’s feasting. The kids are sledding outside, and the sunlight is pouring in. I’m hoping for a bath later, next to the woodstove, but for now, I’m planning my 2020….

Collecting Thoughts

It’s been too long, friends. I’ve been so neglectful of you. So full of other projects; and sometimes, just coasting through the weeks. So, how have you been? What’s been absorbing your days and weeks recently? I’d love to read about your life in the comments, if you have the time. What have I been…

Maple Sapping

We tapped the trees last weekend. My husband went out in snowshoes with buckets, spiles, and drill to welcome early spring. The snow is still so deep, and the nights are cold, but we’ve been told that this week will be warm enough for running sap. It’s a late season, I’m expecting the whole year…

Approaching Lent in Simplicity

If you’re on social media, you can tell Lent is near by all to kits, books, and other paraphernalia for sale. Whether it’s ‘sacrifice beads’, devotionals, Lenten journals, or homeschooling crafts to make Lent fun and engaging, the internet is full of ways to make Lent as consumer-driven as Christmas and Easter have become. Seriously,…