What I Didn't Expect Homeschooling Teens

When I first began this homeschooling journey, I was amazed how many people would ask, "Do you plan to homeschool the entire way? Through high school?" There always seemed to be an emphasis on that last part with a little bit of judgement…
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Dawning | A Playlist for Spring

I took a walk in the backyard this week, noticing the wildflower "weeds" rising to the early morning sun in adoration. Perhaps at the first warm light of Spring, we appear the same, pulling upward, our bare feet rooted, our heads lifted…

Date Night at Home | A Charcuterie Board

Some of my favorite dates with Mark have been fairly simple ones at home. In the years when our children were really young or our budget really tight, an intentional evening at home together after tucking the kids in bed was our salvation.…

With Hope

I've been thinking about hope this year, that fragile confidence Emily Dickinson described as a songbird with feathers, perched in the soul, singing against the wind and the coldest of circumstance. The writer of Hebrews calls faith the…

A Mother, A Visionary

We mothers wear a lot of hats, and it's no wonder that we quickly lean into multi-tasking. Sweeping a floor while taking a business call or scheduling a play date. Wiping down the bathroom counter and sink while potty training a toddler.…

Our Pantry | A Renovation + Organization Project

This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond.     On the day we purchased this old house nearly four years ago, Mark fell through the pantry floor. Read: he landed in the crawl space below (gratefully, unharmed). The space was in poor…

Why Date Nights Matter in Marriage + How To Prioritize Them

I will be the first to admit, I am not always very good at protecting or preparing for dates with Mark, often finding myself at loss for ideas or in a rut or too tired to "get ready to go out" at the end of a busy day. But before we head…

Five Ideas to Simplify Traditional Family Meals with Toddlers + Preschoolers

Most Friday evenings, our family gathers around our large table to enjoy our borrowed tradition of Shabbat, the formal finish of a week of work and the beginning of a day of rest (Sabbath). We are in our third year of practicing this ritual,…

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Cloistered Away is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.

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