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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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That's what my family says so far. We unloaded another load of landscaping dirt tonight. The girls thought that called for dessert and knew exactly which one would be best. "The Cook's Illustrated recipe?" I asked. "No! Alannah's are the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: Summer announced its commencement with temperatures approximating those on the surface of Venus. Ok, I exaggerate. (no, it's true, I do that sometimes) We have been spoiled by exceptionally mild weather for some time now. It was bound to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
It was such a rare blessing to meet friends from California and friends from Maryland in this beautiful place. We aren't exactly halfway but it worked out that we could all get here at the same time which is something... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Summer festival season has begun and we couldn't be happier. We almost didn't make this one due to tackling some home ownership issues. (I am tellin' you, folks, I'm still ambivalent about home ownership.) In the end my husband shooed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Let me preface by saying we fully intended to honor our nation's fallen heroes at the cemetary memorial service this weekend. Then....stuff....happened. A couple unnamed children decided to camp out the night before. At 3:30am I got a text from... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
The past few months have been full of training for my husband's 2017 project - the triathalon. A long time distance runner, he decided to stretch himself and try something different. This weekend we are on the road doing his... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
In the best sort of "take your child to work" scenarios, we met my husband at his base squadron's environmental awareness event this week where the children were able to do some catch and release fishing with the DNR folks.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Another track season is on the books. As it turns out track is nearly ideal for this mom viewer. Not too hot, not too cold. And bleachers. Lots of perks. Not the least of which was that what turned out... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
LA's Chinatown was a must see for me. It is smaller than San Francisco of course but definitely full of color and culture. Red and blue and yellow pretty much make my heart sing. Yes, we did have to have... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Tess has been enjoying her pack of art cards from Christmas. We randomly pulled the top card today to hang up and discuss. It was Munch's The Scream. Not my fave but we remembered some perspective drawings saved on Pinterest... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
The pages of our virtual scrapbook here are filled with adventure. Our family has been blessed with many opportunities I could never have imagined. Never think for a minute though, that they come without sacrifices or compromises. That can be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
It was late in the day when we got set up at the RV park and then got ourselves over to the waterfront. Such a beautiful welcome to California though for us landlocked folks. We walked as far around the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
The first day of our California trip took us through a bit of Arizona and some..... sparsely populated places. The canyons were incredible, soaring up high above us as we wound our way through. Also, I should clean the windshield... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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