Broken Mouth, Broken World

A month ago my husband and I were hanging outdoor lights to adorn the screened-in porch. You know, the Edison bulb ones everyone’s been getting from Costco? Yeah, those. We also wanted to replicate the feel of the Parenthood set in our backyard. The sounds of our four children frolicking around on the freshly constructed stone retaining wall and concrete […]

Meet Hedgerow Folk: Music Review at Altarwork

Imagine yourself on the front porch of a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. The fire inside is crackling, pushing puffy plumes of grey out the chimney. Lush hills are rolling across the horizon and the first rays of a glorious orange and pink sunset are appearing. There’s a faint hint of mildew mixed with evergreen […]

The Hope of Rootedness

Welcome Home! New Birch Trees It’s been two months since I’ve published a post. Here’s a summary of what’s been going on: we finished building our home, moved across town into said home, moved back out while the first floor was re-sanded (the wood floors were the wrong color initially), and have been dealing with […]

On Moving

I find myself surrounded yet again by boxes. Tall, white wardrobe boxes. Short, shallow boxes for books. Medium boxes that can accommodate lamps, pillows, and art. I’ve packed up a home so many times before, it has a familiar rhythm-one that isn’t all that unwelcome. The possibility of a new start and fresh aesthetic extends a welcome […]

On Being Creatively Constipated

A friend of mine commented the other day, “I noticed you haven’t been posting as much as you used to.” It’s true, and it bothers me. Writing infrequently in recent months has morphed into some combination of guilt, frustration, and shame. Maybe you can relate regarding some creative endeavor of your own? I feel like […]

Home Building Updates

We’ve been building our house for years. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but it seems like it. When we moved to Wisconsin the fall of 2015, we looked at homes for a few months and decided that building was the best option for us. We found a lot location that provided walkability to downtown with it’s coffee […]

Long Days of Small Things

  My word this year is compromise. It’s a word that has been more incorporated into my life since motherhood found me eight years ago. I’m constantly deciding between choices that feel decidedly less-than ideal, something’s always getting compromised… The amount of sleep I get versus productivity in meeting my goals. Writing versus being a present […]

On Sickness, Death, and Winter

This past week was pretty crappy. Because I like things neat and tidy and to go the way I want them to go, it was a sucker punch to the face to realize, once again, that I’m not in control of the universe. I’ll start with the less trivial things. All week, I was wicked […]

The Time I Went Gray-zy: Picking the Kitchen Cabinet Color

Some of you know we’re in the middle of having a home built. Exciting! Because we’ve moved so much, this is our 3rd new construction, but it’s our first custom build. For the other homes, we had to pick out a handful of things like paint colors and  tile, but for this one, we’ve had […]

#OneWord365 2017

Are you familiar with the idea of choosing a single word and seeing where it takes you in a year? It’s not too late to join the official movement here: This past year my word was restore; and did I experience restoration? I think so, yes. More about that in a moment. It’s both a […]