April 23, 2018

It sounds a little funny to put words to what happened and why, because it wasn't a very conscious action and more of something that happened without much spoken word. It was the beginning of a change in both of our lives in the most profound way that neither of us...

March 14, 2018

It's habitual for me because it feels so much easier to do all the steps of something myself, here, I'll cut the string and tie the knots and hang them and you can do that last easy part because it's uncomplicated and quick, but to take a step back and surr...

November 26, 2017

Celebrations and festivities bring so much magic out of us and I wonder why our every days aren't always like that too. Not that every day has to be full of wonder and magic and presents and rainbow stardust covered cupcakes that make us fly after we burp while eat...

October 15, 2017

Our children no longer learn how to read the Great Book of Nature from their own direct experience or how to interact creatively with the seasonal transformations

September 15, 2017

Say yes more if you can. Yes. Yes to joy. Yes to dirty. Yes to encouraging play. Yes to squelching noises. Yes to supporting exploration. Yes to being okay with mostly always stained clothes. Yes to dirt trailed into the house up the steps and into the kitchen, living...

April 26, 2017

Fallen trees, branches, twigs, bark, aged with each passing season, becoming worn and weathered in the most perfect of ways, unable to be synthetically recreated with as much perfection as mother earth.  Coat rack, towel rack, curtain rod, cup holder, candle holder, pl...

April 6, 2017

When Zeke is pulled away from the house more to complete a job, bringing him lunch becomes an even more valued time in our day. The kids need to see him just as much as he needs to see them. Reconnecting midday is like a ray of sunshine, warm and full of light. Heading...

April 2, 2017

"Come meander within us, we'll help guide you" seems to rustle off their leaves. Makes me think, if trees could talk, would they have enough to say about us? We're trying to make it so.

March 28, 2017

She was given her first pocket knife and lighter with words of caution, consequences and ideas. After trying out the two and realizing they were more difficult and a bit scarier to use than she expected (even giving herself a tiny cut with the pocket knife), I felt com...

March 19, 2017

Winter's snow has all but vanished and the decay of last falls remnants have resurfaced, leaving the aromatic scent of earth in the air. The invigoration felt by those little specks of green peaking through the brown is palpable, just waiting to draw in the verdant...

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