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Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)

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.

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.

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

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

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

Small Good Things Matter

This is what makes the world make sense again, when terrible things keep happening. This is what makes it possible for me to feel my feelings in a world where good things and bad things live right next door to one another.

Of Magic and Mercies

I told the kids only one or two little chapters each day, because I don't want to be done soon. When you find a book that is medicinal, that heals broken things, you don't want it to run out. You don't want to waste it.

By |June 29th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|8 Comments

In Defense of Tiny Things

I wanted to write today in defense of tiny things. And going slowly. And being very much in process all the time.

By |June 21st, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|11 Comments

Sweet Summer Days

here we are, right in the middle of this messy life, that seems so right unless you look at it from the wrong angle and then you can't justify it at all.

By |June 7th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|26 Comments

Seeds and Water and Cold Days in May

I'm still fighting the good fight, trying to love this ordinary life, even when the world is so full of shiny things and distractions.

By |May 10th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|13 Comments

Big news, beautiful people

We slowed down and ate a lot of fried potatoes, and promptly TED released my TEDx talk on YouTube and Zondervan released my gorgeous book cover and Chris Verkerk found us a swarm. But it's cool, really. This is normal. It's just spring.

Swinging Back Home

This week I’m swinging back home. I’m spreading chips and planting seeds and clearing weeds of all kinds.

By |April 15th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|3 Comments