Letters from the Yurt

Receive our quarterly letter from the yurt once each season as the seasons change. Thank you so much for being part of our homesteading journey.

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.

Latest From The Blog

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!

Latest From Instagram

  • The girls got spring haircuts. Sadie thinks hers is pretty cute. 😂😂
  • Mountain school.
  • Little yurt on a misty morning. #ilovemyhomestead #spring
  • I don't know if you know who these children are. Ahem. But there's a 30 Random Facts video up on the Fouch-o-matic channel today if you want to hear more about them. :) #throwback #nickandesther #twentyyearsandcounting
  • The little house has eaves! And the Wednesday night update is up on the Fouchomatic channel on YouTube! Enjoy. #mountaindreamhome #nickfouch #fouchomaticoffgrid #offgrid
  • It's dark in our off-grid home on a rainy evening, so it was hard to get a picture. But we did celebrate my birthday tonight with the carrot cake that Nick always makes for me...and our three favorite young party guests. Thanks for celebrating with us, everybody! #goodthings #birthday #offgridkids #cake
  • True signs of spring at our homestead. The trampoline got put together today. Happy Easter everyone.
  • The Wednesday night #mountaindreamhome update is up on the Fouchomatic channel. We're back. We're building. It feels good. As always watch to the end for the best part.
  • Today's FREE BOOK share is @amy.fewell of The Fewell Homestead. Follow here on IG for great homesteading pictures and information. She's a pro photographer and makes homesteading beautiful and inspiring. Go over to YouTube and subscribe to her there. And find your way to her website for her book giveaway! #free #freebooks #WhatFallsFromtheSky #giveaway #homesteadfriends #shoutout #goodthings
  • I'm so grateful that I have children who love books. #booklovers #homesteading #offgridkids
  • I put a video up today in defense of being messy, trying anyway, and not giving up. It's on the Esther Emery channel and on my blog, which is the link in my profile. If it's for you I hope you find it. ❤️❤️
  • Creek school.