Esther

About Esther

Seven years ago, I quit my job and went off the Internet. It changed me. I'm still a kitchen-phobe with a long history of bulimia and anxiety, but now I tend a garden and make jam and make noodles from scratch. I still have needs and fears like anybody else, but I also have a practice of eating mystery, which is that I actually, truly, for REAL expect to be sustained by faith. And in the last three years our family has made a BIG move out of our comfort zone...into a more sustainable lifestyle and an off-grid yurt. Leap and the net will appear!

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 to the places where we clash and merge. Enjoy.

By |August 25th, 2016|The Homestead Wife, Uncategorized|1 Comment

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.

By |August 23rd, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|10 Comments

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 who started crowing the morning? That was this same chicken. Her name is Leia, aka the Rebel Alliance leader, and in honor of her wonderful spunk we now have two other white chickens named after her, Leia II and Leia III. :) Enjoy!

By |August 18th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|7 Comments

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.

By |August 11th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|4 Comments

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.

By |August 4th, 2016|The Homestead Wife, Uncategorized|2 Comments

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.

By |August 2nd, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|11 Comments

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.

By |July 28th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|4 Comments

Juneberries and reminders

I've read about animals in captivity, who still walk their little cage paths even when the door is open. A habit of bondage is a powerful thing.

By |July 26th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|4 Comments

Speaking Beautiful (VIDEO)

I sang all my instructions to the kids when they were getting ready for bed tonight. They're still the age that I have to say things like, "brush your teeth," three times if I have to say them once. That's a good way to turn yourself into a crone twenty years early, so tonight I sang it all.

By |July 21st, 2016|The Homestead Wife|3 Comments

The Most Rebellious Thing

When I was a little girl, we had a book of children's moral lessons told in story. Several of the tales were from the Bible, and I didn't realize until much later that the story of Bobby putting his baseball through his neighbor's window wasn't actually from the chapter right before Daniel in the lion's den.

By |July 19th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|15 Comments