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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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21. Just sit right there a minute ok? ok. Why are we sitting here? Because I want a picture. I need to freeze this in my mind. Because like two minutes ago your Dad was walking, walking, walking his swollen... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Starry Sky Ranch
Laura D. I am sending Katie your info now. Congratulations! Your beautiful floral crown headband will be winging its way to you soon. Thank you so much to The Fierce Chipmunk for gifting so generously. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
“Every summer there are a number of nights, not many, but a number, when everything is perfect. The light, the warmth, the smells, the mist, the birdsong – the moths. Who can sleep? Who wants to?” - Fredrik Sjoberg Reminding... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
I have some very happy news for you today. Earlier this year I fell in love with The Fierce Chipmunk, an etsy shop of pure awesomeness. Like, fell hard. I mean, people, she had me with the red mushrooms. And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Revisiting some thoughts from a long time ago. Namely, that you don't have to slay all the dragons, just the next one. Overwhelmed much? Maybe you will be reminded too over here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
When I saw him crashed on the bathroom rug the other day I knew I better get pictures before he doesn't fit on it at all. We call this rug his Poodle Puppy Camo.... zzz..... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Ogden, Utah has kicked off its annual Pioneer Days celebration. Many cities across the state have a holiday air around July 24, the commeration of Brigham Young and his followers entering the state. It has grown to emcompass a wider... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"For most American children summer break is at hand, bringing with it the promise of cloudless, blue skies overhead, sprinklers spraying, and fireflies to chase before bed. There are ball games, freshly cut grass, and leisurely mornings to sleep in.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Where I come from houses are white and barns are red. Not always, but very often. It just seems the way it should be. My mother-in-law's farm is such a place, Wisconsin perfection with mown lawns and flowers planted near... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
There was some debate over where to see fireworks this year, our first in Utah. Zach and Megan were in town and voted Park City since none of us have been yet so that's where we headed. First stop while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
My story telling is out of order, which is par for me, but it seemed a perfect day to share the Rushmore visit. This group of our kids had not been before so we made a little detour in our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
It was flukey, this little detour. My friend Lisa and I have a knack for never being in the same place at the same time, yet we move in similar enough circles that the rest of our families have been.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Before the road trip we hit the Ogden Arts Festival on a hot, sunny afternoon. Live music, great booths, and a fabulous vintage fashion fair. Back story - I was something of a hippie kid. Summer weekdays in Milwaukee were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Please call." My phone was flashing this message when we stepped inside from the deck two weeks ago. That call set into motion a long road trip to the midwest where we buried my father-in-law's widow and have begun to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Abide {stay, concentrate, give your full attention} in Me. Now part of this abiding means being focused on the example before us rather than being distracted and filling our eyes and ears with things that encourage what used to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Alannah made a simple dessert cake, deliberately opting for a flat knife buttercream finish. We set it on the beautiful vintage cake plate Rebecca sent. This could be considered the 20 part of the 80/20 plan, wherein we gravitate towards... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
We are in deep. Way deep, head over heels in love. My husband had been begging talking about getting a larger dog when we returned to the States. Seeing how we tend to opt for "or not" given "ready or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
This summer is about taking inventory, something of a State of the Union. I am taking a hard look at where my time and money and emotion is being spent and fixing any little (or big) leaks that I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"For the struggling Christian it may seem that joy is at the bottom of a well. It is never obtrusive, but there it waits, cool and clear, promising to refresh. We have to practice our faith, to send down the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
I explained to him that the penance Jesus wanted from him was complete obedience,; obey and that’s enough. "Can’t I do some other penance?" "Yes, you can allow yourself the penance of being patient with others and the unpleasant things... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Pulling together a room is intuitive for me. Despite thousands of Pinterest pins and what some would consider an unreasonable quantity of decor volumes on my shelves, when actually decorating it comes down to me sitting in a room and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Homemaking is seen as a mere detail that can be amply covered as secondary to a job or career, which is "real life." however... People and their everyday lives matter more than things or status. Serving others is the highest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Yesterday morning began like most mornings do. Coffee was brewed, breakfast made, lunches packed, and people sent off to work and summer football practice. I was giving myself the celebratory pat on the back (you know, go Self! They are... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: Rain. A whole bunch. It doesn't look much different outside my window today than it did outside my window last year this time. Listening to: Simon and Garfunkel. A lot. Because...Simon and Garfunkel. Thinking about: "Slow down, you're moving... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch
This last week's adventures included weeding, painting, beginning to repair the gas-fueled fire pit and a crash course in cactus 101 - which I'm gonna venture to say was nearly as unpleasant for the person removing as it was for... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Starry Sky Ranch