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With Love, From the Little House

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A lot of people told me that speaking for TEDx would be fun. Or, what an amazing opportunity. Or wow, that must feel great. I love these people. I think these people, in general, are geniuses. But also that was not exactly true. I think what I needed to hear was something like, “You will get through it. And then you can go to bed right afterwards.” That’s the kind of wisdom that I need painted all over the walls, and maybe on the back of my hands, too, whenever I work on vulnerable, soul-baring, challenging, creative things.

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In Defense of Doing Hard Things (VIDEO)

This talk is for you if you're spinning your wheels, or if you need a call to courage, or if you need to be kinder to yourself. This talk is for you if you're doing something hard and you need a friend. And certainly it was for me, because I needed all those things.

Getting Stuck in the Snow, and What Else I’ve Been Up To

Hello, friends! If you follow me only when I write words you're a little bit behind. I've been short of words lately. Run clean out of words. But don't worry, you didn't miss much. We [...]

It’s Here!

In some magic world, launch day is the day to say wise, conclusive things about the importance of story and the importance of community and how wonderful it is to share our gifts with the world. HAHAHAHAHA.

Deep Snow and Soft Mercies

I'm so ready for Christmas. As so many of us are. Whether it's the coming of Christ or the coming of the snow or a needed vacation, or all of the above, so many of us just could use a little bit of star-shine right about now.

The House in the Woods

The first snow of the year and the kids were too sick to play in it. The head cold is working its way through from youngest to oldest. Sadie had it first and now she’s [...]

New Days and Superpowers

It's November and the yurt is pierced with cold. We've entered the darkest season of the year. Night falls long before you want it and sticks around long after its welcome is worn out. The worst part is that this isn't even the worst part. For the next four weeks -- the weeks of Advent -- the days will get shorter and shorter yet.

Secret Messages and Beautiful Things

I read somewhere in the midst of my Facebook feed yesterday that God's voice through all this is saying, "I love you. I love you. I love you." It may be drowned out by all the things. Real trauma, real nonsense, real dialogue. But it is still there, through the mist: this beautiful truth that we are loved.

A Fireside Chat (VIDEO)

Today's Thursday video is a hopeful and restful chat beside the fire, with emphasis on self care and the question of whether you can identify a certain obscure literary reference.

Lessons from a Life Without Electricity (VIDEO)

The video I posted this morning is a sweet story for hope in dark places, and also a glimpse of my life without electricity. Enjoy!

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  • After three weeks on the road, I finally reached a thin place. In a field of daisies, on the Yaak River, with my family and a campfire and a silly children's song about a rooster. 
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But mostly just the quiet of the sky. 
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I know hard it is to sunk into the quiet. It isn't just that the world makes it hard, but that we dread the sight of our own messy hearts and throw up a million more obstacles. 
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It's hard. But it's possible. And there is great healing there, in the quiet, and the rest...under the sky. 
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Find your own field of daisies, my loves. A good book, some art, the chair by the window. :) I'll meet you there. ❤️❤️
  • Happy Father's Day to this man, who is not afraid to love...or to show his love. We are blessed to call you ours, Nick Fouch!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • We met these lovely ladies (and lambs) on the @grassfedhomestead this week. We put up a video today on our friend Dan's method of sustainable grazing with a paddock shift system, which was one of our two priorities -- the other one being water -- to learn about on our permaculture learning vacation. Mission accomplished! Also...how cool is it to see these sheep just nailing being sheep??!! Go to either our channel or the grass-fed homestead channel to see more.
  • We're on the road again! It has been a sweet vacation in Northern Idaho. Lots of like-minded folks and friends. But now we're done being social and off for a little bit of family road trip experience (cue music here...) camping our way to Yellowstone National Park!!! (Because we're gluttons, is why.) What's your favorite thing to see at Yellowstone?
  • We just finished a lovely visit at the @grassfedhomestead! We love their animals and the beautiful work they are doing. My video isn't up yet, but you can see our visit on the grass-fed homestead channel on YouTube. Check it out!
  • Here is our Sadie making homemade ice cream with Alyssa of @purelivingforlife. We spent a great afternoon with these fellow off-grid timber framers in Northern Idaho before coming home to the sweet pop-up trailer that is our home away from home. 
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We liked each other well enough, but the deeper connection was over our DIY values. We got pretty deep pretty fast, and an afternoon with them was too short. 
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I hope we'll get to make off-grid hand-crank ice cream together again sometime. Or better yet, help sometime with their sweet DIY house!!!
  • Did you take a moment to breathe today? Here's a good spot if you need one. ❤️❤️
  • Loves, I needed to sleep for 24 hours after all the work and excitement we've had around here. 
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But of course I didn't get to. ;)
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We're on the road RIGHT NOW for our permaculture vacation. (Aka permaculture class while camping in our pop-up trailer named "Tubby.") Videos will be on the Fouch-o-Matic channel.
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Of course they'll be videos of me sleeping while excited kids crawl all over me and beg for things. :) But trust me, they'll be great! 
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See you on the road!
  • On the Dear Daughters podcast, @susiedavis asked me what advice I would give to my twenty year old self. This is what I came up with. We also talked about my book, #whatfallsfromthesky, and other books I love.
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What advice would you give your younger self?
  • These sweet boys were sold today. I tried not to get attached, but humans are softies, and I hope we always stay that way. I'll miss them. 
#tumblebabethegoat #thorthegoat #homesteading #homesteadlife #goats #goatsofinstagram #wethers #nubians
  • The next challenge is on. Nick has one week to get all these logs milled into lumber and this spot clear. That way we can do the dirt work to level the site for the new shop before we leave on our summer trip. 
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That's a pretty good problem to have, really. Do you think he'll make it?
  • Have you read (or listened to) my ebook "Twenty Tiny Stories from the Woods?" It's all short stories from our life in the yurt -- all mad and beautiful the way those days were -- and it's going out to all my newsletter subscribers TODAY! 
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If you want some Esther words right now, click the link in my profile. And if you're already on the list, check your email! #happyMonday #nicethings #goodmailday