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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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A few weeks ago the little homeschool group we have been joining for field trips had planned a tour of the capitol building. Since we had a commitment that morning I hadn't expected to attend. Our appointment wrapped up early... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
If you drove down our farm road in England in the early morning hours of springtime you had to be on your toes not to hit the dozens of tiny bunnies that dodged into your path. Or at least I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
“You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle No fancy lesson plan here, just the fun of taking things apart and looking inside. Don't worry. No garden perennials were harmed in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Two exerpts from my reading found their way into my journal today. The first was from the gospel reading of the resurrection of Lazarus. We get a glimpse of Jesus' deliberate pause in the face of urgent prayers for rescue.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Life has been moving along at a quiet hum, reasonably steady but at a swift pace. I enrolled in an ambitious course for myself this spring which has impacted our schedule and my own peace of mind considerably. It was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Years ago there was an article called by Kym Wright (she's so inspiring!) called How a Textbook Mom Does Unit Studies. She described going through the texts and jotting down the topics that will be covered and keeping that list... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
It has warmed up considerably which means the children are rushing back outdoors after dinner to catch the last rays of sunshine before the light is gone for the day. On one of those evenings this week they came back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
St Patrick's day arrived with few plans this year. I did sit a while and read his autobiography this morning during my quiet time and have been scribbling down bits of it into my notebook. What especially strikes me this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
A box came in the mail the other day. Someone snatched that up right quick. I won't say they don't like actual toy toys because we have a metropolis of Calico Critters that says otherwise. Still, you can't beat a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: We have had all the weather. Warm, sunny, no coat weather. Windy weather. Now it is getting ready to snow weather. There was a window of time to go walk the dogs to the top of the neighborhood today... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
"I am going to show you a secret to holiness and happiness. For five minutes every day let your imagination be quiet, close your eyes to everything they see, and shut your ears to of all the world’s noise so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Lent is nearly upon us. Great Lent has in fact begun for Eastern Christians who keep a very strict fast. Traditional fasts in the West were historically also much more rigorous than many observe today. In fact, many of us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: The sun is setting over a snowy hillside. That's right. While Instagram is showing me the beginnings of spring from my coastal friends, we just got another six inches or so of snow. In fact, we just took advantage... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Valentine's Day happened to be the day before we left for the wedding trip. It was a 'last minute' day if ever there was one. A day of list checking and packing up and averting little disasters. Surely it was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Our daughter's new family is chock full of creative women. They hosted an incredible bridal brunch for us all last week complete with mimosas, fruit cups, and the cutest pancake-on-a- stick platter I've ever seen. Such fabulous taste they have!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Working on pretty projects this morning. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” Louisa May Alcott Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
“It's sad if people think that's (homemaking) a dull existance, [but] you can't just buy an apartment and furnish it and walk away. It's the flowers you choose, the music you play, the smile you have waiting. I want it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Listening to the rain fall and watching the snow melt. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Fewer words, more experiences. Less conflict, more harmony. In an increasingly dissonant world, I am so very grateful there are still cheap seats at the symphony. I do believe music was meant to be heard live. We can lecture about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Our new traction cleats have been a huge success. The maiden climb was to the top of Waterfall Canyon to see the frozen falls. I don't know why it didnt occur to me that you could do such a thing.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
I came across an image of a vintage transferware mug that really caught my eye. I couldn't save a picture so do follow the links and see how wonderful it is. On it was imprinted a sentiment that appears to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
There on her wish list last fall it was: Romeo. "Romeo?" we asked. This little dog has been part of the family for seven years now. She explained that she really wanted him to be her special dog and she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: The snow still blankets the yard and has formed high walls along the driveway as tall as I. Temperatures have been low but Abbie and her neighbor friend especially have been undaunted and still get outside for a while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch