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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Some afternoon fun with their friends. Maybe it works, maybe not. So far they have loved watching the seeds sprout at least. I will be watching a patch in the yard since the dog walked through and upended one tray.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
"Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations;... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
Or that time we had ice cream for dinner. They serve some epic ice cream at the roadside market in Mount Vernon, WA. People stand in lines that trail outside the building and out into the garden. If you ask... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
When I walked to the driveway the other day the boys mentioned, "Bat." "What?" I said. "There's a bat stuck in the tree." For whatever reason the first thing that came to mind was they had thrown a baseball bat... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
I'm a little slow on the draw with travel documenting. It was such good luck that our trip to Washington State coincided with tulip season. To be honest, we had no idea there were bulb farms there until days before... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
"God arranges everything for us, so that we need have no more fear or trouble and may be quite sure that all things will come right in the end." Heidi It has been a couple weeks of challenges that hit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Cupcakes, that is. What happens homeschoolers grow up and become college anatomy lab instructors? They treat their students to thematic cupcakes at the end of the semester of course. Extra credit question on the final was to identify the organs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Or what is on my phone right now. Provides a decent snapshot of life this week. Orange love. I was peeling absent mindedly while reading morning devotions. When I stood up to clean up I saw this tiny heart. Abbie's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
It's been quiet over here because our days have been anything but that. We have been to four states in the past two months, Air Force groupies following Dad around the country. We have seen temperate rainforest and redrock high... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Old buildings always draw me in. The sun was heavy and low in a hazy sky when we ran across this forlorn place in Montana. I was transfixed. So many, many thoughts about home and place and being and belonging... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
How does that saying go? "Happiness is a road trip with a great playlist." We couldn't agree more. That's why if you're in our car for any length of time, sooner or later it's gonna look like this. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Because what better frame of mind to begin the day with than a blanket cape and paper crown? Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
There was some thrifty DIY home improvement going on this last weekend. A couple weeks ago I was wandering through Hobby Lobby's deep discount aisle and found this fixture For less than $20. We have been talking about putting something... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Glimpses of a very happy Easter Sunday. At different points this weekend I worried it was a bit of a lame Easter celebration (menu and activity wise) only to hear Brendan declare tonight it was the best Easter dinner we've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Everything we have done as a family during the forty days of Lent has led us to this day. It is time for rejoicing! It is appropriate to bring out the very best of everything for the feast of Easter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
Tonight's dinner was a repeat from last week. It was that good. The recipe was from Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go Contrary to what the title implies, many of the recipes are not quick and easy due to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
It's nearly here, the pinnacle of our liturgical year. It has been a prayerful lenten season. We have managed to read through three of the four gospels together in the evenings and now we are talking about the Passion. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
The sun was shining in beautiful Moab, UT last weekend and we were race groupies once again. It was the first time since we moved back and it felt good to be going through the familiar paces: picking up race... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
There is no mandate that you must adore your child's inlaws, but let me tell you how wonderful it is when you do. When I grabbed this towel for the 20th time this busy day, the towel sent by the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
So. Disclaimer ok? 90% of the time I'm a hard core, from-scratch, crunchy mama. The other times it is a holiday, birthday, or bring-a-treat event and I pull the semi-homemade card. The nice thing about this sort of compromise is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
"We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us." Jane Eyre Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
We have been cooking our way through Well Fed Paleo once again. Just finished off a lunch of Waldorf Tuna salad on juicy round of red delicious apples from Costco. So good. Seriously. SO good. The apples turned out to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
We have a winner for the book giveaway. Congratulations to Dayna! Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
"I would like to make a dinner by myself, like pick out the stuff and do it." You don't have to tell me twice. I don't fight people for that job. Though when the volunteer is under 12 that really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
This seemed ambitious to me - building the playset ourselves. Sooooo many pieces labeled with letters and numbers. "Oh yeah," he said. "We can do this. It'll be good for them," he said. "They need to learn to this kind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch