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StarrySkyRanch
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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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The Peace of Wild Things 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... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Starry Sky Ranch
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As we reach for our sweaters today I remember a sunny afternoon in Washington this summer. We were invited to visit a friends' homestead full of different varieties of goats and fowl and flowers. You should never turn down an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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"There is no peace that cannot be found in the present moment." - Tasha Tudor Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Somewhere outside Cheyenne, Wyoming we unloaded these three little monkeys. Good for the soul they are. A smart woman kicks the suitcases aside awhile and soaks up the joy spilling out all over. “A little nonsense now and then, is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"How precious a thing is the human family. Is it not worth some sacrifice in time, energy, safety, discomfort, work? Does anything come forth without work? Somebody has to get up early, stay up late, do more than the others,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Somewhere in south central Wisconsin we slowed for the stoplight and one of them yelled, "Dad!! Can we get some of those??" We had to check the sign twice but yes they were a dollar apiece and yes we pulled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Learn to love the world and to no longer compare it with some kind of desired imaginary world, some imaginary vision of perfection, but to leave it as it is, to love it and to belong to it." Henry Miller Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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There she is. In her new apartment with the matching towels she bought and the pillows we made. Truth be told we were finishing them on the road driving to the apartment. I guess you keep fussing and fixing as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Oh how I love their expressions as they watched to see if she was successful. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Iowa officially wins the award for THE best rest stop we have ever visited. When we spilled out of the Suburban, sticky and sea-legged, the midday heat hit us with full force. Yuck, yuck, yuck. We had parked at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I can still hear the sounds of the fairgrounds in my memory today and it isn't only because of our wonderful recent trip. For a few years when I was very small we lived across the street in a craftsman-style... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We've spent a great deal of time on the road this summer. After a few false starts we are getting into the RV groove. What follows is from the notes I was keeping during our first trip pulling the trailer.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I was reading an article in Prairie Style magazine last month and noticed that one of the features was a farm east of Spokane, coincidentally where we were heading shortly. As luck would have it their monthly barn sale fell... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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One of the beautiful places my friend Michelle took us when we visited the Pacific Northwest this year was Deception Pass. Joseph Whitby found the pass in 1792. George Vancouver dubbed it aptly since the sailors were duped initially, thinking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We had an afternoon to fill while we were in Cedar City, UT for a working trip for my husband. While he was in meetings the girls and I decided to check out the Frontier Homestead State Park. You can't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I am Queen of the Out-of-the-Ordinary Afternoon Out. We missed a classic car show earlier in summer so it was fun to find another one. If hot. Really hot. Still we had a blast wandering around imagining roads full of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Life in our big family means blessing and resources are multiplied. We have full measure of both to be sure. It also means more of just everything, to include freakish illness, full days, and generally unexpected challenges. Sometimes they come... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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You will find more happiness growing down than up. ~Author Unknown Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I love a parade. Cliche but true. This year 4th of July coincided with the Cherry Days Festival so we drove north a bit for something different. Let me just say the good folks of Utah show UP for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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While I don't feel I am getting nearly enough reading done in general, road trips have afforded me some blocks of time to dig deeply this summer. As so often happens, all of these titles found me by way of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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As we approached our 31st anniversary this week we found ourselves thick into debate prioritizing some major expenditures for our home and family. We have not always seen eye to eye on the best way forward nor what should come... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Summer for me has long been a season of recharging. This year has been especially encouraging as I have been reunited with cases of books that were stored while we lived overseas. For many reasons I continue to be drawn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Believe me, life can be much simpler. And you'll discover an energy for the things in life that really matter.” ―Emilie Barnes Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"I can’t be the only one. I can’t be the only one who has these moments when I consider how I spend my days, reflecting on the poetry, art, literature, and music that I immerse myself in and ask, what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Not me (yet) but my partner in crime officially went up and over the hill right on Father's Day. We had almost a complete set of our children here to celebrate. A gift like nothing else. That $4 worth of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch