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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Outside: Snow, sun, snow, sun....lather, rinse, repeat. I am totally good with that. There are boys to shovel and everything has looked crisp and clean and white all winter. Wearing: Brown velour tiered skirt, tan long sleeved tee, faux fur... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
Today's feast speaks to the very hearts of Irish hearth keepers. The story of Brigid of Ireland inspires us to grace and forgiveness in the face of grave injustice. It encourages giving from our need and not our excess. Generosity.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
"I was fortunate because my mother had a flair for making mealtimes a pleasure and food nourishing, all on a low budget. She balanced the colors on the plate and the textures as well as food groups. The table was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Ok so when I pictured us and snow shoes I was envisioning tennis rackets like Pa Ingalls wore. It being about 150 years later and all they handed out aluminum frame models. In yellow. That made the kids' class look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
San Antonio, summer of 1994, what can I say? It was rough. It had been a rough year in fact. My husband and I had married nine years earlier, after he finished his second semester of college and he had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
This. This is what I love best when we are all together and what I miss most when we aren't. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Something about those little hands covering her eyes caught my eye in the mirror. "Ok, I'm ready, Mom!" How many times has this scene played out in our family in 30 years: gently brushing out little tangles, making straight parts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: Wet snow is falling. It has been falling on and off for a few days and warming up in between. (These are actually from an earlier snow.) The deer have been coming up very close to the house day... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
On my shopping list were two requests - binders and some glue. The little girls now each have a scrapbook full of ticket stubs and birthday cards and tooth fairy letters. Simple, child made, and much loved. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” - Walt Streightiff It has been a week of big thoughts and some heavy conversations. We finished Making of a Murderer. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
"For us, then, this New Year is a time of promise. We should begin each day with the high spirit of dauntless courage, never with quaking heart. God has promised, and that promise cannot be made void. All we need... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
It was a quiet feast day here. No cake this year. Just some stars with a dusting of sugar. Epiphany marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas. It is the day we begin to wind down our celebration... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Art Projects for Kids is one of our favorite how-to sites. We have been enjoying several recent tutorials using the new brushes and paper Santa brought. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Sharing the pillows I mentioned yesterday. Like I said, they were created from seasonal placemats I had been picking up throughout December and were super easy to sew up. I pinned two placemats right sides together and simply straight-stitched around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: It is sunny and cold but has not snowed in several days. We have been able to walk/run outdoors since the roads are clear. The dogs needed this. Wearing: Layers. Lots of them. See above. Watching: Movies. It's been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Dick Clark show on tv. Photobooth silliness. Ringing in a new year. May it be full of happy surprises and great graces. God bless you! “For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Because Christmas is not a day but a season, we save some projects to do throughout the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany. It both spreads out the fun and cuts down on the pressure to "do it all" ahead... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
All bundled up for a stroll through Salt Lake City by Christmas light. Magic. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
On the second day of Christmas, we put together a skating party in downtown Salt Lake City, "though the frost was cruel" as the song goes. Those smiles were worth every shiver. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
“There is a Christmas song upon the air, There is a joy innate within the heart; An inner sense of peace, a holy light Illumines life and sets these days apart.” ~ Edna Greene Hines Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Holidays and other large scale events would probably come together more efficiently if I traveled straighter paths than I tend to. I would argue the way there would be a lot less delightful, however. One thing I know about myself... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"One o'clock tomorrow if you can make it!" We hadn't gotten the memo from the piano teacher til last minute, but a quick check of the calendar showed us clear the next afternoon. Honestly, I wasn't sure if the children... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Starting the morning with our traditional St Lucy rolls using our special family recipe. (here, giggle) Read aloud here Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"It worked!" She was beside herself as she raced back into the house with the news. "What worked?" I asked "The letter! It worked! I wrote a letter to Santa. Tess helped me to spell it. Then I took it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch