our year of resolve

Did you know that when a tree sheds its leaves for winter, it’s not as dead as it may look? Despite its beautiful, barren appearance, it is already full of tiny buds, breaking their way out through the branches in preparation for their blossom into spring. Therefore, while we view winter as a time of…

Read More

rest in our reality

Today, it’s raining. The air outside our home smells like wood fire, cold temperatures, and wet leaves. There’s a goat screaming in the pasture; she’s hungry, as always, and she’d rather stand in the rain and tell us about it than curl up with her family in the shed we built for them. I’m about…

Read More

have yourself a mindful little christmas

As our Christmas morning festivities drew to a close sometime around 3:30 PM on December 25th, I felt that familiar sensation of post-yuletide sadness beginning to set in. Many of our extended family celebrations just aren’t what they used to be (or cease to exist), the holiday gifting/decorating inspirations that gave me hope a week…

Read More

how to “winter up” after the thrill is gone

After some rainy December days and some beautiful 70 degree January weekends, we’re finally experiencing some truly cold weather here in Tennessee. I have yet to see any snow hit the ground, but that doesn’t discount the frigidity of the winds this morning and the frozen water in the goat trough. When I got in…

Read More