Books for sale, tuppence a bag.

I want to let you know that Trees Tall as Mountains is now entering a phase of its fledgling life called "Permafree," which means that it is the open gateway into the world of my strange little mind, the free introduction to far too many words which ramble on and do in fact form a cohesive whole. In other words, the digital format of Trees Tall as Mountains is free on all ebook sites into the foreseeable future. From this shining gate, other people out there in the world may decide to step farther into the glittery quagmire of my writing, or perhaps, decline. Either way, it has been a free ride! No feelings hurt! This is what is known in the Internet world as FREE UNTO THINE HOURS AND HOURS SPENT READING, or the UNPAID VORTEX CAPTURE, or any other variety of names that I cannot remember at this moment.

To the lovely, lovely people who bought this book and are now like, Wha? Rae, bra, why are the things free now and not when we bought them? I want to say, every one of your dollars was cherished and went into my children's bellies, not as it was, but first changed to baht and then changed to food, which is known on the Internet as DOW JONES. I think. I'm not too clear on financial matters. And neither is Chinua because we're artists! Tra la la.

What this means for you is that your cousins and great-aunts who got ebook devices or tablets for Christmas can get Trees Tall as Mountains for free on their device, and then go on to buy Oceans Bright With Stars and A Home as Wide as the Earth for $3.99 or The Eve Tree for $4.99.

Trees Tall as Mountains for Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo

Enjoy! I hope you get to curl up in a warm corner with a cup of tea and a book today.

Maybe convoluted, but not leaky.

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We love Thai street food.

Sometimes I pick up little sticky rice treats for breakfast, but this morning I walked down the street to the place where the morning vendors have their doughnut carts. The vendors make Chinese doughnuts, breakfast food that is eaten with soy milk or condensed milk here. (They seem to be eaten in the evening too, but they're only sold first thing in the morning or in the evening.) They aren’t sweetened—they’re even a little salty, and have sesame seeds on them—and fresh out of the oil they are amazing with coffee. Every once in a while I pick up a few for breakfast, and this morning I looked at the cup of coffee in my hand and thought, “A doughnut would go great with this.”

I went to the man who always seems to be singing as he works. When I arrived, he didn’t have enough for my large order, so he told me to sit down and wait while he cut up and fried ten more doughnuts. There happened to be a woman already sitting and chatting with him, and the only thing odd about her was that she was holding a large rooster under her arm, stroking him to calm him down. We sat; the lady with the rooster and I, while the friendly man cut dough into long strips and threw it in oil so I could bring doughnuts back to my family.


Yesterday it rained steadily all day long, which means that the river has certainly risen and I’m concerned about the bridge that leads to our space. It was already damaged. It’s a simple bamboo bridge, built by the guesthouse owners across the river, and this year it had been fortified with iron to get it through the rainy season, but still, it wasn’t doing so well. I’m hoping that it will be replaced soon.

The rain brought snails and worms into the open, and Kenya showed me a chart she had made. The title was: Saving Worms and Snails Club. Underneath were two columns. Worms Saved: 1 / Snails Saved: 3

It was a very exclusive club, with just one member. Kenya is very proud of her worm and snail saving abilities, she tells people about all the worms she saves often. This morning she asked me if she could start a project about birds around our house, and was soon busy with the iPad, looking up birds of Thailand. Her love for animals of every kind shows no sign of waning.


The day ahead is a typical Saturday, with cleaning and organizing and work in the plans. I need to make this weeks meal plan and go shopping, sort through toys and get my room in order. I need to see to the gardens at the meditation space. I’ve been working hard on the second Journey Mama book and it’s nearly ready for publication! The only thing we need is a title, and the search for the perfect title has my brain in knots. The arc of the book is from traveling and arriving in India (and panicking) all the way through that first two years of living in India (and learning to love it) until getting ready to travel to North America for a visit.

Some contenders are:

Shores Wide as the Earth (follows the formula of the first book)
Falling Into Flying
Moments of Truly Flying
A Different Way of Walking
Greener Than You Can Imagine
A Home as Wide as the Earth

What do you think? Have I overwhelmed you yet? Chinua and I were tossing ideas around, and with a couple of them, I said, “These are too positive. I mean, it’s positive writing, but it’s still me, you know?”

So he suggested, A Convoluted and Leaky Black Brain.

Well. There’s no call to go that far.

I’d love for you to weigh in. Comments ahoy!

Books and more books

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I love the reading that goes on around here, all the time. Kai is reading a new series- Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins- and is totally engrossed. Leafy is reading The Hobbit-- his choice of reading material, coming directly after Amelia Bedelia. I had him read me a page to make sure he was up to it, and was pleasantly surprised. All I can say about this boy is Look Out World. You won't know what hit you with the sweetness, the brains, the inventive beauty. 

Erin from Coffeebeings has written a lovely review of Trees Tall As Mountains, so please, head over and check it out, and then stick around for some of her amazing recipes and homeschooling inspiration.

And I have been having perhaps the biggest promotion I've ever had, giving away ebook copies of The Eve Tree and Trees Tall as Mountains at the same time. If there was any reason you were hesitating about getting a copy, you don't need to anymore.  

As I write this post Chinua is playing his guitar beside me. I love Saturday mornings.

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Ahhhh, trekking on. Thank you for listening to me. Writing it all out and being ridiculously honest helps so much. It's all day by day and I'm reminding myself of all the rules.  (Get enough sleep, eat well, be very soft with others and myself, try to see the humor in things.)

I've been working on a project for a while that I've mentioned here and there, and now I'm so very close to being finished. I've compiled a book of the best posts of Journey Mama from the years before India, and I'm excited to say that I'll be releasing it into the world next week!

Here's the cover. Once again I'm blown away by what Chinua has done.



Yes, I have two books with the word "tree" in the title. I think that says a lot about me.

Here's the blurb: 

In 2005, Rachel Devenish Ford, 25-year-old pregnant mother of two, moved with her husband to the woods of Northern California and began her blog, Journey Mama. In writing about her life—all the funny things, the sad things, and the beautiful— she found a way to see it again for the first time, and a way to cultivate joy in a life that had been overwhelming to her. In the process, she encouraged and inspired people around the world.
The first in a series, Trees Tall as Mountains is a collection of the best posts of the first three years of Journey Mama. In them, Rachel Devenish Ford describes life in an intentional community, her love for her Superstar Husband, her dysfunctional relationship with large grocery stores, and the antics of her young children. As Rachel works to overcome sometimes crushing anxiety, love the people around her, and grow in her faith in God, she writes about it all with tenderness and humor. Funny and profound, Trees Tall as Mountains is a life-changing book.

Why am I publishing this book? I want to share the writing from these years, all these shoeboxes, with more people, people who don't normally read blogs. I want to share it with you in a nicer format, if you'd like to have it. I thought it would be fun to sort through all those days and weeks and find the very best stuff, make it beautiful, and put it out in the world in a new way. And I've really enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it too!

I will be looking for people who can leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads! If you can do this, let me know and I'll get you an early copy of the book.

And thank you, so much, for being such encouraging, wonderful readers.