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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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It has been one year since Joyce died. Her husband posted some thoughts on Facebook today and invited those who knew her to share what they remembered for those who did not. Although we were blessed to get together with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Starry Sky Ranch
Alannah and I worked side by side this weekend on our respective weekly cookups. If you haven't read Well Fed Paleo this is where you get as much food prepped as you can in one fell swoop, making quick work... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
That evening when they were playing out back and discovered what time the sprinkler system was set to go off? Magic. "Because children grow up, we think a child's purpose is to grow up. But a child's purpose is to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
Some snaps and notes from our moving days... 8am Eyeliner is wonky. I really could use a shower but husband called to confirm the plan for the piano placement. So instead I straighten my hair, fill the to go mug,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
While we are in the throes of moving in I am bumping this post (click on the word "this" for the original post link) from nine years ago. Has it been that long?? It seemed important at the time and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
I hid out strolled leisurely through Walmart tonight picking up beverages and snacks for the moving crew that will be spending the next couple of days unloading our household goods from England. We closed on our new house last week... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Hello friends! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Big changes are well underway. We travelled to CO to see our sons and daughter in law. Then we closed on our new house. We immediately dove into some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
I fell behind logging some of our hiking adventures. In retrospect now though Wheeler Creek is probably my favorite trail so far. It is just outside Huntsville, UT and runs 11 miles. We didn't see all 11 miles, mind you,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
The home we are renting is furnished and actually furnished quite nicely. Most people would find this to be a great convenience and it really is. means there has been little opportunity for me as a diehard hunter/gatherer decorator.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
It's not about the eggs. The thousands of plastic eggs scattered across the soccer field were there just to hold joy for a little while. To bottle it up and spread it around some. They did that well. Little faces... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
The day passed preparing eggs for dying and discussing the Last Supper. We prepped some material to make some small skirts this weekend. Tomorrow will be a big day. The older girls have a double header at the oral surgeon's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
There has been a lot of notebook love going around here. I am loving it too in this latest incarnation. The younger children all got simple bound sketchbooks just for lesson time. Unlike the millions of drafts and doodles on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
I was planning to share a very ordinary and wonderfully uneventful afternoon feeding the birds. Still am. It wasn't until a conversation at the store earlier that though, that I realized how eventful it actually was. While checking out I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Few things make Colorado girls feel like they've come back home like a night of college rodeo. It's about as iconically American West as it gets and it never gets old. When we found out we had arrived in time... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Because when you move back to America you should at least once have your own Slurpee. And because our family really does earn that 7th one free. A very good way to end a very good weekend. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Today is Friday, Today is Friday, Friday fish, Thursday roast beef, Wednesday soup, Tuesday string beans, Monday wash day, All you hungry brothers, We wish the same to you." It rolled right off the tongue. Right after "Friday fish" on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
It was so warm in town we figured we would venture up to a trail near Snowbasin ski resort. When we got there the trail was still pretty soggy and as you can see there was still plenty of snow.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
While responding to a letter about discerning homeschool high it occurred to me other people might also be having similar thoughts this time of year. Many of us look at our kids' education in two chunks, elementary school and high... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: We had our first rain yesterday. It was overcast today. That is noteworthy because it is the first such days since we arrived in UT a month ago. A month? No way. Wearing: We are solidly into spring clothes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
From the looks of it our east coast friends got buried again. Not sure how it happened but in this neck of the woods it was sunny and 70s. We took full advantage of that and headed to the beach.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
While we were visiting our friends the other night we got to help out with their little backyard flock of backyard chickens. In their neighborhood, like many today, they may keep a handful of hens. Understandably however, their neighbors would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Pretzels for Lent - recipe and printables here and here Mary Reed Newland describes a beautiful Good Friday pretzel practice here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir When we learned we were moving back to the mountain... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch