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StarrySkyRanch
England
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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One thing I loved so much during the preschool years were our Montessori trays, self-contained activities presented on a wooden tray complete with all the materials needed. Truth is, I loved dreaming up Montessori trays, but my days were not... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Starry Sky Ranch
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In the aftermath of the canyon fire, the county set up dumpsters in our community to encourage homeowners to clear their property of debris and undergrowth which can ignite and fuel damaging fires under the right conditions. We were talking... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what's working and what's not, so that we can... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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"....for the place where you stand is holy ground." Acts 7:33 Four years ago this week we made a pilgrimage to Fatima. I realized I never shared those images here. Today, celebrating the centennial of the apparition, seemed like a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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Extroverted introvert, they call it. The sort who can be perfectly content with lots and lots of alone and quiet time but will chat it up with no problem when the opportunity arises. I am so that and sometimes it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Decor magazines have long been my "one weakness" as Miss Lane would say. (see below) I seem to have acquired this great love early in life. I am still carrying around vintage volumes my mother purchased in the 70's. True... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Friends know my deep, abiding love for Pinterest. Let me tell how much easier homeschooling, homemaking, and all things creative are today! I remember the tremendous struggle it once was having a list of poetry to memorize, for instance, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“A true home is one of the most sacred of places. It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the world’s perils and alarms. It is a resting-place to which at close of day the weary retire to gather... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It wasn't the most expert job ever but the girls' first go at designing and making doll clothes 'all by ourselves' was fruitful in so many ways. When I caught wind of what they were working on my mind began... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The date I tentatively expected to wrap up my Facebook fast has come and gone. A funny thing has happened this time. I am in no hurry to rejoin the conversation, which does not appear to have become less abrasive... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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These are a smattering of the notebook pages the kids have created this month. Not perfect, but perfectly delightful to me. So one of my favorite lessons grew out of our recent thrift store find of Classic Poems to Read... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air ... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Do you know what this old man who has spent his life for his dear boys, wants from you? One thing only: that, due allowances being made, the happy days...may return; the days of affection and Christian confidence; the days... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Exactly halfway through the 1990's a young woman found herself transplanted to Texas from the midwestern state that had been home to her young and growing family for seven of nine years of married life. She had a new baby.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Our first "official" field trip of the new school year was to the television and radio stations in Salt Lake City. This ended up being a very cool day. Even if it involved driving to the city. And parking there.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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People talk about it hypothetically - the things you'd grab in a fire. For most of us that remains an intellectual exercise, the kind of thing you muse over when you are feeling particularly introspective. It became a very real... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Tess took her first sewing class away from home this month. She made a notebook cover with pockets and ribbon tie. Her overall impression was that there was a lot of pinning, cutting, and ironing involved and it was worth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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In a few stolen moments this week I sat and read a bit from JRR Miller. He spoke of friends of St Paul and how the apostle described them as "men that have been a comfort unto me." He went... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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After what began to feel like an interminable pause in the remodeling process we began to make incredible progress in the house this summer. The biggest job was finishing the reflooring in the family room/schoolroom so we could move everything... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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This has been a stargazing sort of summer. We have studied constellations before and I will tell you straight up I am NOT very good at finding them in the sky. That may change this year given some of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We were not in the totality of the eclipse yesterday but we did make the most of the 93% experience in our neck of the woods. It was last minute chaos-as-usual, not for lack of preparation. My party food ingredients,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We have been discussing this whole self-perpetuating phenomenon lately. We are more eager to do what comes easily. The more we do a thing, the easier it becomes. This whole year has been a personal challenge to push myself into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one's self. To mind one's own business. Not to want to manage other people's affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It's often very warm after dinner. We move slowly, as a rule, gathering the dishes and putting the leftovers away. I am happy for my window over the sink. It faces out over the valley where the sun sets. Right... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Some quick takes? Soccer is in high gear again. I have been using my practice hours - and any other hour not spoken for - to get lost in Anna Karenina. It is a book I didn't want to read... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch