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.

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When W-O-R-K is a Four Letter Word (VIDEO)

Today's Thursday chat is a story of big city lights and dirty dishes. In debt to Alexandra and all the Alexandra's of the world, and to the Western pioneers of my own heritage. But especially [...]

On Round Windows, and Purple Trim, and Other Necessary Things

This is the weak point in our little family. This is the chink in our off-grid power couple armor. We are so darn attached to our creativity.

I’m Off-Grid and I’m Not a Superhero (VIDEO)

Happy Thursday! Today's video is about my favorite chicken, and the stories we tell ourselves about what is and isn't possible. Does anyone remember that when we didn't have a rooster I had a hen [...]

Why Sadie Isn’t Getting a Day in the Life Video

I'm just kidding. Probably Sadie will, eventually, have a day-in-the-life video on our YouTube channel, just like her big sister and brother have had. Probably Sadie will, eventually, have a little spotlight on her. But it didn't happen yesterday, and it isn't happening today.

How I Became a Radical Homemaker (VIDEO)

Today's Thursday story is in debt to Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture.

Idle and Blessed (Sweet Summer Days, Part Two)

This is my secret to how I accomplish so much in a day. Strong nettle tea and Kairos time, gratitude and sleep.

Shout Out to the Women Homesteaders (VIDEO)

Are there really no women homesteaders? The Thursday video.

All In

It's way more fun, to feel like we're living one life together, rich with both work and play, than to feel like we're competing for a little bit of air.

Why I Don’t “Believe” in Herbal Medicine (VIDEO)

Hi, folks! This is just a quick post to let you know that the Thursday video is up on my personal channel.

Latest From Instagram

  • Sadie: Do you think I look fancy?
Me: Yes. I don't think that coat is appropriate for this weather, though. 
Her: But it gets a little windy. 
Me: ....
  • Yurt in summer. #offgrid #mountains #homesteadlife
  • This book!!! For Christian moms who feel like having little children means they are benched, Don't Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket is a readable, skip-around kind of book full of ways to build the kingdom even when you're buried in diapers. I'm featured in chapter three and I feel like Jenny Rae Armstrong really gets me. May it find the people who need it!! #donthideyourlight #momlife #wholemama
  • "Frogs have feelings," says MiloJohn the Baptist. The red blanket is just his cape, because, you know, frog catching should be done in a cape for best results. #offgridkids #summer #love
  • Mama's house has doors!!! #mountaindreamhome 😍👊💪
  • Where do you go when there's an hour between the wedding and the reception? #mountaindreamhome #plumbing #diylife #neverstops #fouchomaticcleansup #sortof
  • When you had some chocolate chips...off grid in the summertime. #chocolatelover #offgridliving #makingitwork
  • Peach pit jelly. So pretty!
  • Pretty dress and a bug in the hand. That's our Sadie. #nature #naturelove #caterpillarsofinstagram #betterthanabuginthemouth
  • I encourage my kids to talk to plants...and listen to them. This morning I overheard Milo saying, "My, my, squash. That's a very large flower. Are you expecting someone?" 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 #dying #offgridkids #homesteadhumor
  • This is our rooster, Rory, hanging out on the back of our queen goat, Tulip. They're buds, basically. #supercute #lovemyhomestead #goodrooster #goatsofinstagram
  • Well, we got through 6 flats of canned corn yesterday, though the last batch came out of the canner at midnight. Yikes! I was asked to make a video, and I did, but it's on my personal channel, follow the link in my profile. ❤️❤️