The comfort of silence




DSC_0791 I find that what I give here on the blog is most often what I am needing for myself.

From encouragement on homeschooling to guidance toward peaceful parenting; from recipes for bushel upon bushel of tomatoes to imperfect homesteading confessions.

And sometimes – for days that stretch into weeks – what I need most is the simple comfort of silence.

Just a bit of space in which to breathe.

I remember when Sara (Farmama) stopped blogging she said that she was too busy doing the things she had been writing about to write about them any more. (I'm paraphrasing, of course.) That there wasn't time for both. And there are days that I understand that sentiment entirely.

Sometimes there isn't time for both.

And a single focal point feels just right this season.

More and more I find myself choosing to simply can tomatoes (or milk the goat, or move the sheep) instead of photographing and writing about it along the way. That's what feels right right now. Because my cup is full just where we are in the moment. Will it last forever? Certainly not. I'm too much of a talker for that.

But right now, simply attending to the work at hand without distraction feels like medicine.

It has been a gloriously/dizzingly busy season at LüSa and much the same on our little farm. And I have a big, delicious plan in my pocket for the coming weeks. (More on that soon – I promise!)

As I bustle through over here I hope that you too are knee-deep in the day to day of living your lives, healing your pain, and loving yourself and your family without reservation.

There is nothing more important than that.

What do you need these days, friend? Give yourself that gift – with no strings attached. Drink it deeply and let it soothe you.


Big love from the Driftless,




5 thoughts on “The comfort of silence

  1. Susie says:

    Hi Rachel. Your words are so welcome in my day. Thank you for taking the time to create and maintain this space. I’ve read your blog for years and rarely commented (I’m a quiet type) but I just wanted to say thank you and let you know that I’m listening (or reading? I’m not really sure which verb to use!). In more ways than you can ever know, you are a positive force for me.

  2. Megan says:

    I miss Sara’s thoughts. I follow her on Instagram but he was one of a handful of blogging mama’s that I would check in with every morning with my cup of coffee in hand to recharge for the day. I’m glad I still have others to follow but her words are still missed years later.
    Dear Rachel, I hope you find the time you need to enjoy life and not just live it. Your words in the morning with my cup of coffee get me through my days and remind me to slow down and be present with my children. Thank you.

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