FAMILY

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On Removing the Television from Home

We spontaneously removed our family's television a month ago, wrapped up it up, set it in the hall closet, and rearranged the living room. At once, we noticed a difference in the spirit of the place. Our home is not large. We have a six…

On Working from Home

Possibly the hardest part about living, schooling, and working from home as a mother is establishing boundaries, even as they fold into one another. I am a perpetual student learning the balance. And yet balance isn't exactly the right…
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Growing Character

Our family has been studying the 19th century this year, and while we are only scratching the surface of events and topics, it has been incredible to read the various narratives of women before women had the right to property, work, or education.…
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Nurturing the Whole Self | Retreating

“a series dedicated to nurturing and nourishing the self from the inside out” I have always appreciated winter's wisdom, its encouragement to retreat and to listen. It merely requires a window or a walk outdoors to understand there is…
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Thirteen | A Welcome into Manhood

Mark and I always knew thirteen would be a monumental year for our children. We want it to be. The teen years are such a unique and sweet window of time, chocked full with beautiful and large changes––puberty! driving! hormones! oh my.…

real talk real moms | on comparison in motherhood

I imagine much of the comparison that happens between mothers begins simply and honestly, a way to observe and emulate other women we admire for one reason or another. We actually need one another in this way. We need other mothers in our…
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one equal temper of heroic hearts

I gave Mark a wallet for father's day in June with the last line from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Ulysses, "to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." I might have inscribed the last seven lines, if it would have fit, and so I inscribed…
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printing childhood artwork + homeschool notebooks

Childhood art is magnificent, isn't it? Children have a way of seeing and coloring the world in the early years without the constraints of reality, without the pressure of perfection. I'm not exactly sure why or when the majority of us…