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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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!

The Magic of the Woods

I've just finished my October (sort-of) fast from social media. I let my phone sit out of reach. I didn't answer all my emails. I didn't produce as much content as I sometimes do, or [...]

Rain and Chunky Applesauce

I'm not the best at telling people when I need a break. You'll find me creeping back afterwards, a little sheepish, pulling meadow weeds out of my hair. I just don't realize how much I [...]

The Case for Joy (VIDEO)

One thing about living off the grid is that it's very inconvenient. Here's my explanation of how it isn't the cold showers that make me happy...and what does.

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  • I had to come down off the mountain today. But in return I got a quick visit with my dad, the most dapper old-fashioned cowboy I know. ❤️
  • Because one of my most treasured possessions is my copy of my mother's book, signed, "love, Mom," I have given similarly signed copies of What Falls From the Sky to all three of my children. The way Stella treasures it is breaking me in all of the best ways. #writermom #motherdaughter #love ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • This...is a very spirited game of war. #offgridkids #cardgames #simplelife
  • Hazelnut, our little baby Alpine, is all grown up and ready to be bred. But still as sweet as can be. Love was given into this goat and love is coming back!
  • School work in the big chair. #stellabella #homeschool #ordinarythings
  • We're not living in that little yurt, but we thought you all would like to see it in its snow dress. ❄️❄️☁️☁️⛅️Wishing you all warm places and beautiful views.
  • Snow!!!!!! ❤️❤️❄️❄️❄️⛄️
  • The little house, with its new wood shed. Though the inside is beautiful, the outside is still naked as a newborn. But it's starting to gain some distinction, don't you think?
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  • Off grid kids. #books #booklovers #headlampsforlight #siblings
  • Moving day! This is really happening! #mountaindreamhome #fouchomaticoffgrid #homesteadfamily
  • My boyfriend's back. 😍😍 It has been a long ten days of solo homesteading. I didn't hit all my marks and the kids and I are sick of each other. But the blue truck came down that long dirt road last night and I don't have to hold quite so much weight. #fouchomatic #mountainman #whatlovelookslike