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…

Little Changes

I like making big, sweeping revisions. I’d rather dump the whole drawer and replace it all, or pull the house to pieces and remake it. The tiny, daily things are difficult. Maintaining motivation is difficult. Grand gestures make more of an impression – and it’s so satisfying to start over again and again. But reclaiming…

New Year, New Words

My goodness I’m a neglectful blogger, aren’t I! How was 2021 for you all? It’s been good and calm for me – cozy and hidden. By the end of the year though, my soul has been aching for something fresh. And now it’s almost 2022 and I’m looking back – feeling a bit like I…

So I Finally Ditched My Smartphone

It’s weird to think of off-grid life with a smartphone, isn’t it? When we first moved to our land, in July of 2010 smartphones seemed like just another annoying fad. We drove to local cafes when we wanted to check something online. I wasn’t freelancing, Seth wasn’t selling his art, and only about 20% of…

Nourished Health

Last night, I sat up late with my books and papers all around. My husband was camping in the January snow, the kids were tucked into the big bed – sleeping cozily; while I was making charts and lists and filling my mind with images of a peaceful, abundant 2021. As I was planning, I…

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….

January Goals

Today is the feast of the Infant of Prague! We’ve been preparing with a novena especially to Him; and now, almost at January’s mid-point, I’m checking in on my commitment to renewal in 2019. Mind I’m slowly easing back into a more engaged reading list. Books that have been waiting for me to “have the…

Renewal

How was your 2018? Full of challenges and struggles? Full of unrealized dreams? Yeah, me too. 2018 was a rough year for a lot of us. For some, most of the struggles were frustrating and exhausting. They forced us to reach out, ask for help, and accept the generosity of friends and family. Last year…