Creative Family Advent, 25 Days of Ideas for Savoring the Season

I love Christmas.  I loved it as a child, and I love it even more as a mother of children.  It is so beautiful to see their little faces come alive at the first sight of Christmas lights or trees.  Hearing them practicing their Christmas carols, thinking of the transformation that is about to come…

Dream Come True

Four years ago today, Randy and I had a dream come true moment. Do you remember this? In 2011, we started an indiegogo campaign to raise money to record The Seven Year Scratch (later titled Home), an album of love and family songs we had written to one another over the course of our relationship….

Surrender: Listening for the Song

Our baby is 3 months old now.  We have settled into our new roles and are working ourselves into a more predictable pattern of living.  Life as a mother of five small children is a blur.  Every day has its own rhythm.  Sometimes it is like a song.  Sometimes it is total chaos. Last week was particularly hard…

New Video for The Thundering Hoofbeats, our album in the works!

I am so excited to tell you about our newest project called The Thundering Hoofbeats! We have started recording the album in our home studio.  It will be a collection of original tunes and worship songs, as well as some familiar hymns, recorded with some really awesome acoustic instruments–guitar, Irish low and high whistles, bodhran…

Being Home

I spend a lot of time at home.  About 85% of my life happens behind the closed door of our brightly-colored, overflowing-with-laundry, two-bedroom house.   My husband and I and our four children (ages 6 and under) share every room.  Our bedroom is the hangout spot during the day, the living room is where we teach…

Home, a cd of love and family songs by The Josephine Knot now available!

The happy day is here!  Cds are available for purchase and/or download on our website www.thejosephineknot.com   To hear the amazing story of this album, read our post: Miracles Still Happen: How a dream came true for two struggling musicians.  And as always, thank you from the bottom or our intertwined hearts for your support!  

The Daily Turn #5: Grandma

Today is my Grandma’s birthday And also the anniversary of her death. As if she’d planned it– To live exactly 98 years and then Retire from this life And the weary work of wearing A failing body To do all the things she had missed: Traveling to new places, Visiting with childhood friends, Laughing with…

The Daily Turn #3: Practice

This is a poem that I started writing in my head while the girls and I were driving to the store.  Rosie, age 5, was practicing the tin whistle, while Paloma, age 4, was just talking nonstop to no one in particular in the very back of the van.  I only caught about 20% of…

How To Tuesdays #5: Glass Bottle Xylophone

This is the easiest project yet, and it has been the one that Rosie loves the most.  Here is a clip of her playing a song on the xylophone we made… I borrowed this idea from a really great book called Eco-Friendly Crafting with Kids by Kate Lilley.  She has tons of amazing ideas in…

The Best Years of My Life (Pitter Patter)

Sometimes I miss getting completely absorbed in a good book.  The rush of turning the next page, beginning the next chapter…  The anticipation (and bittersweet-sadness of) reading the final page.  The complete selfishness of it all–closing out the entire world and entering another, alone. Sometimes I miss college, when my mind was alive in a new…