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StarrySkyRanch
Utah
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Membership in "the littles" has varied through the years. The original "littles" got big a long time ago. For quite a while now it has been understood to be the youngest three. Who am I kidding? None of them is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Starry Sky Ranch
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What we did: Listened to this speech Portrait step by step Lapbook (If your library books do not have enough data for the lap book, the wiki entry sync's up with the mini book topics) Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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We made a trip up through the canyon to the reservoir to catch the fishing and skating happening out on the frozen water. There were scattered ice fishing huts and a group just arrived and working to clear the snow... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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I was so pleased with the collages the children made for the Epiphany, even if we didn't make them prior to nor even ON the Epiphany since we had a full weekend. Sometimes they are actually in a better frame... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
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As we pack up the Christmas decorations this Epiphany weekend we hang onto the cards sent to us. They go into a little drawer near where we pray in the evening. We pull out the first one and include their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Pithy quote from my commonplace book this week. It makes a lot more sense to me at this point in life. Change - in myself or others or my circumstances - has rarely come in the time or ways I've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Our house has been wonderfully full and loud and busy over the Christmas holiday. The last "away" kids have returned to their homes and we are started a new year with gusto today. I finally sat down tonight and gathered... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"These are days when the great notes struck on the feast of Christmas echo and re-echo in our ears until the Epiphany gathers them into a great golden chord." THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - ELSA CHANEY Catholic Culture has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It was a bit of Germany in Utah. The open fires, the food, music and dancing, and of course the wonderful wooden ornaments were all there. Fortunately it was also uncommonly mild which made for a long evening of leisurely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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God approaches gently, often secretly, always in love, never through violence and fear. He comes to us as He himself has told us, in those whom we know in our own lives. Very often we do not recognize Him. He... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The first Christmas we spent in the Utah house we realized that the tree we had purchased some years earlier was not quite right for a room with a cathedral ceiling. We bought another that suited the room better but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Gaudete! The foundation of the Christmas decorations are in place. Reason to rejoice right there! We have a steady stream of arrivals starting early this week so this is essential. From here out we will be making rooms ready and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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There was a knock at the door the other evening. Our neighbor spotted a small screech owl in the trees and called me out to try to capture him. (in camera, that is) He allowed us to get near enough... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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While Tess served as St Lucy this morning I thought back over so many, many cinnamon rolls served by braided little girls in our home. It takes a little extra planning to remember to pick up the rolls and set... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I came across this small prayer catching up on Katrina Kenison's blog which is always so encouraging and calming to me. It seemed a good one: "I humbly ask for the healing power of your grace to help me sit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The city is only a half hour or so away but it usually takes company to prompt me to drive in. Colin's visit got me downtown. We hit a museum first and were a little overconfident about the crowds. When... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Our phones were upgraded last week. I was expecting this to be a non-event for me, other than taking the plunge to the larger screen. I long ago gave up taking photos on my old phone. They were bad from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Happy New Year! Happy new liturgical year that is. It is the first Sunday in Advent. I'd like to say it was full of holy contemplation but the truth is I have been all sixes and seven's, my attention divided... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Each day or so in this interim week between Thanksgiving and the beginning of advent I have been reading little portions of Leane VanderPutten's wonderful advent book. It is chock full of wonderful snippets of old classics, some of which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I often quote a line from a column I read back in the day that encouraged women to look around themselves and consider what was right in front of them already. "What is in your hand?" It is both a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Our firstborn was here last week. He was here ALL of last week. We had such a long list of things to do that we didn't squeeze them all in, but we hit a lot of them. Like checking out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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She knew exactly what she wanted this birthday to be. No question at all - a soda shop/sock up/50's bash with her friends. Thanks to her careful planning via Pinterest (I'm thinking there may be an as yet undiscovered Pinterest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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So grateful for: watching the deer leap across the lawn in the early morning a firstborn sitting at our table this week able hands in the kitchen a husband who is keenly aware of when I need to be done... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"This earthly life is a battle," said Ma. "If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another. It always has been so, and it always will be. The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch