saving seeds from the home garden


We didn’t plant a spring garden this year, minus a few yukon gold potato plants (which we’ve already harvested) and a handful of herbs. The spring felt heavy with projects around our home, and I felt the need to let the soil and my management of it rest for a season. In reality, I’m a novice gardener, […]


real talk real moms | on preschool at home

One of the greatest gifts in my thirteen years of motherhood has been friendship, having other women in my life to hash out the hard questions and celebrate the victories of this beautiful, complicated journey. I also appreciate hearing…

the slow renovation | a small, white bathroom

I realize white for the home may seem rather dull or unoriginal, but I love it unashamedly, especially in small spaces with ample natural light. It always looks fresh and broadens the visual space, and I knew from the moment we purchased…

our homeschool in pictures | april + may

Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.  ― Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air _______________________________ studying…

taking risks, changing course

Mark resigned from his job this week, a somewhat spontaneous decision following months of weighty conversations after dinner or over morning coffee. He and I are generally not the risk-taking types–more often falling into the first-born,…

the hidden gift of boredom

I'm not quite sure how or at what point the word bored enters a child's vernacular, but it has here. In the last six months I've heard the word more than ever, and I find myself sorting through reasonings, attempting to connect dots, as to…

nurturing the whole self | morning rituals

NURTURING THE WHOLE SELF As a mother, it has become easy for me to define nurturing as something I give to others–whether in marriage, mothering, friendship, creative pursuits, or service–but I'm slowly realizing as life increasingly…



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Making demi baguette sandwiches with roasted chicken, spinach, and goat cheese for dinner. But it seems all they want to eat is watermelon. 🍉
Some people bring home t-shirts and bumper stickers from family trips. We brought home a ladder for the bathroom. 😂
Weekend projects. 🌿 #peelsticklove #mywestelm #theslowrenovation
Quieting my soul a bit this morning, listening to Sinatra, reading a little Luci Shaw, and blissfully sipping the last coffee before I get dressed for the day. #weekend #thecloisteredtable
Life is good with him, even on the hardest days.
Olive and I are putting together a small market bouquet to bring a hurting friend this morning. Small generosities do much to mend the soul, especially the flowers and hugs of a friend. / Also the sweetest dress from @munydesign
We returned home today, unpacked, cleaned up, and went to the market to fill our fridge again. Does anyone else feel an enormous sense of gratitude when your fridge is full? 🙋🏼 As always, it's good to be home.
S'mores for the kids. Red wine for us. The last sunset in his thirties.
On the hottest summer day, with cold drinks in our hand and an icy river on our toes. #cloisteredtravels
A special birthday breakfast and blessing time for Mark, just before we meandered out the door to the farmer's market. #cloisteredtravels #gracelacedvistalaplata
I took this image of Olive in our garden a few springs ago in her early preschool years, and I still can't believe how quickly all of my children have changed in such a short time period. Today I'm joining a few other mothers on the topic of education and sharing a few lessons I've learned over the years about homeschooling during the preschool/kindergarten years. I hope it's an encouragement for those of you stepping into this journey for the first time, or even for those who feel uncertain whether you could. Link in the profile. #cloisteredaway_homeschooling #realmomseries
We took a brief afternoon hike with the boys this afternoon, where Liam found part of a snow patrol sled. Naturally we dragged it uphill to a path of snow for a little June sledding.