(Editor’s Note: I wrote this the day after Gregan was born, and his first birthday seemed like a good day to share with the world. Plus, I procrastinate a lot. Happy birthday, my son! Not a day goes by I do not in some way think of this amazing experience.) After weeks of prodromal labor […]

As we prepare to welcome our fourth baby, I’ve been thinking a lot about the births of our three children. They couldn’t have been more different. Each birth was amazing and life-altering. And each had a lesson to offer. Our first was born two weeks before her due date via a very fast, not very […]

Last week, after months of indecision, we decided it was time for our youngest child to say goodbye to nursing. To be honest, I wasn’t really tired of it, but it just seemed like it was time. I don’t want to bore you with details about how I wean my children, but suffice it to […]

  When our oldest child was three years old, she began to have severe nightmares.  Terrified and shaking, she would always relate the same strange story to us:  there was a black shadow beast that was trying to capture and devour her. It had long glassy fangs and was covered with black smoke. She described […]

Don’t tell him I said this, but my husband and I are suckers for chick flicks. A few months back, we found ourselves watching Julia & Julia. If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s  about Julie Powell, a blogger who cooked over 500 recipes from Julia Child’s famous Mastering the Art of French Cooking […]

Every morning I wake up before sunrise, go outside, and pour five gallons of ice cold water over my head, back, and chest. Twice. Then I do it again just before bed. The weather is cold at night and early in the morning, around mid-30s these days. It’s never easy, but I think of it […]

I’ve learned through the years, and particularly since becoming a mom, that stress is sneaky and has to be attacked aggressively and consistently. Otherwise it will drag you down, as well as everyone around you. Unfortunately, I have a history of poor stress management habits. I was a heavy smoker throughout college while working two […]

Part of living in a natural or ancestral way is using what you already have to create the best environment possible. Most of us can squat (hopefully), walk, run, jump, and climb. Fostering these basic skills is a great way to improve your fitness and general well-being. It doesn’t have to be complicated. How can […]

A year and a half ago we decided not to blog. Peter was founding a K-9th grade school, Nikki’s work responsibilities had skyrocketed, and the kids… well, let’s just say their writing and photography didn’t make the editorial board cut (see exhibit A below). EXHIBIT A Now, months later, having traveled through several time-space warps […]

“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the […]

I’ve always hated commercials. But today, I’m here to tell you why everyone should hate commercials – or at least a certain insidious breed of commercials. I try not to make blanket statements like that. I like to think I have a gentle nature that allows people to take their own course and find their […]

You’d think eating would be simple. You wouldn’t think food would incite feelings of passion, irritation, or contempt. But we humans are funny creatures, and it seems that it does. How many times have you heard statements like these: “I want to eat what I want to eat. It’s a free country. Stop telling me […]

At first glance, it would seem that my husband and I are natural parents. We like to brew homemade beer, we shop at the farmers’ market, and we have had chickens in our backyard. We like breastfeeding. We even let our kids run around naked most of the time and don’t force them to wear […]