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  • 6 Books When You’re Looking for Change {Video}

    On Friday, April 26 th, 2013

    A pig on the stack? Well, that little piggie went back to the barn — and these 6 books on the stack linger around in the inner caverns. 6 Books when You’re Looking for Change: Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning, by Rebekah Lyons I first met Rebekah when she invited me to speak at the Q Conference, which she co-founded with her hu...

  • 10 Great Books for Soul Growth {a farm weekend}

    On Saturday, December 08 th, 2012

    10 Books for Soul Growth Some happy reading recently here on the farm … Here what’s on the bookstand {besides um… a little piggie!}: Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live – A Journey that Will Change Your LIfe Ken Davis is truly one of the best speakers I’ve ever had the privilege to hear. And this book? Made me laugh out loud, made me turn mor...

  • Best Books Review {Farm on Friday}

    On Friday, May 04 th, 2012

    TThat’s what I tell Hope when she says she fell asleep reading a good book. “Falling asleep with a good book in your hands is about as close as you can get to someone rocking you to sleep.” And I wink and she laughs, “Is that why you have all those stacks by your bed?” And I nod and laugh with her. And the hens peck and cluck happy on a Frid...

  • weekends are for love {books on marriage}

    On Saturday, February 11 th, 2012

    M ay all your wanderings this weekend, kindest friends …. look up and see that banner over you is love.   :All is grace because of Christ alone, :: :: Beauty for the Weekend : On a Saturday morning… look at our Father’s World? … Creative Inspiration for the Weekend :  Van Gogh’s Starry Night like you’ve never seen it before Kitche...

  • A Creed for the New Year

    On Tuesday, January 03 rd, 2012

    It’s like someone shook the world up. That’s what the Farmer says that on day two of the new year, us looking out the window, us in this snow globe. At noon, I  swing a pot of steaming vegetables off the stove and the boiling water sloshes out over my hand. I run cold water over the burn and smile weakly at the Farmer. After lunch, I read Shakespeare to the childre...

  • Good Reads : On the Stack

    On Friday, September 23 rd, 2011

    Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing How to live creatively with our children? How to see and think and write well? A book for those seeking to write, but drawing still from stories out of her life as a mother and educator to her two daughters, Rumors of Water is about art and intentionality and the gentle making of a thoughtful life of beauty. “Then on...

  • 10+ Helps for Really Busy Moms

    On Thursday, March 24 th, 2011

    10+ Real Helps for Really Busy Moms   1. Life is not an emergency. Life’s a gift. Just Slow.   2. Now is not a forever grace but amazing grace. Do whatever it takes to wake to wonder right here.   3. Sometimes the slowest way is the fastest way to joy. Make time today, even a moment, to read Scripture and memorize it. Without the lens of His...

  • Why Do Lent? Why A Failing Lent Actually Succeeds (& a Booklist)

    On Wednesday, March 09 th, 2011

    I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent. Which makes me want to just give up Lent. Which makes me question Who I am following. Which may precisely be the point of Lent. Last week, I’m standing on a table, snapping the shutter on a bouquet of roses, when by brother calls. Levi picks it up, his eyes twinkling, stars risen early. I can only hope Levi does...

  • weekends are for curling up with good books

    On Saturday, December 11 th, 2010

    W hen the snow piles high and the light falls dim, the books can stack high too …. and the blankets and the pillows and one quiet moment gently upon another. The turning of pages is the silent rhythm of the early winter evenings. I confess, many books keep me a dabbler, but Mark Buchanan’s  Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul kept me righ...

  • what a home really is

    On Friday, September 24 th, 2010

    ‘We weren’t thinking about ghosts, and the meaning of home, when we started our family. We were a thousand miles from where we grew up, we had a new baby girl, and we were living new lives. We had yet to learn the things I am going to tell you. We didn’t understand that, however much he may love us, God allows his children to be wounded.  We didn’t yet ...

  • Best Ways to Organize a Homeschool Classroom

    On Tuesday, August 17 th, 2010

    ‘Education is an atmosphere.” I once wrote Charlotte Mason’s words on a chalkboard, just so I’d remember. I wanted to live in the air of that thought. Education is the atmosphere we breathe, the envelope of wonder that surrounds us, held by the gravity of our daily habits. We try to create an atmosphere of pure, clean oxygen that feeds the mind and th...

  • List of Best Picture Books: Some Key Titles to Build a Library

    On Tuesday, July 27 th, 2010

    Library cards are these free little tickets to sign out the world and we have three and we get giddy every single time we step right up and carry baskets of the adventure home. But then there are these books…. the ones that we carry through the years. The papers and the paintings that become our own, become our friends. That we return to again and again, bobbing orange b...

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