Hello, and welcome!

We are a little family living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest: a mama (Alanna) who loves baking, growing food, crafting, and reading; a papa (Brett) who loves tea, music, and good food; our six-year-old daughter (C) who is sweet, sensitive, and goofy; our four-year-old son (D) who is curious, active and happy-go-lucky; and our extremely patient cat.

We live in a tiny, nearly century-old house that we recently christened Chickadee Cottage. Inspired by books such as Radical Homemakers, The Urban Homestead, and Simplicity Parenting, we have begun to work toward producing more of our own food and other products (toys, clothes, cleaning supplies) on our own land. In the summer of 2011, our homesteading ideals were put to the test when Brett lost his job. We quickly found, however, that there was a huge benefit to this unexpected event--all of a sudden, we had so much time together as a family. Time that could be spent doing meaningful and productive work for our home. We have found that work with a purpose, that is done with mindfulness and engages our creative and artistic spirits, does not feel like work at all. In fact, these have been some of the most joyful years of our lives, and we are thrilled that there is so much still to learn.

This blog is a chronicle of how we spend our days, of who we are right now, of how our lives evolve. We may not have much money, but we recognize the riches we do have. Through these years, we have noticed how so many things can transform from straw to gold, with the aid of a little intention, time, and love.