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StarrySkyRanch
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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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There she is. In her new apartment with the matching towels she bought and the pillows we made. Truth be told we were finishing them on the road driving to the apartment. I guess you keep fussing and fixing as... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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Oh how I love their expressions as they watched to see if she was successful. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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Iowa officially wins the award for THE best rest stop we have ever visited. When we spilled out of the Suburban, sticky and sea-legged, the midday heat hit us with full force. Yuck, yuck, yuck. We had parked at the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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I can still hear the sounds of the fairgrounds in my memory today and it isn't only because of our wonderful recent trip. For a few years when I was very small we lived across the street in a craftsman-style... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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We've spent a great deal of time on the road this summer. After a few false starts we are getting into the RV groove. What follows is from the notes I was keeping during our first trip pulling the trailer.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I was reading an article in Prairie Style magazine last month and noticed that one of the features was a farm east of Spokane, coincidentally where we were heading shortly. As luck would have it their monthly barn sale fell... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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One of the beautiful places my friend Michelle took us when we visited the Pacific Northwest this year was Deception Pass. Joseph Whitby found the pass in 1792. George Vancouver dubbed it aptly since the sailors were duped initially, thinking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We had an afternoon to fill while we were in Cedar City, UT for a working trip for my husband. While he was in meetings the girls and I decided to check out the Frontier Homestead State Park. You can't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I am Queen of the Out-of-the-Ordinary Afternoon Out. We missed a classic car show earlier in summer so it was fun to find another one. If hot. Really hot. Still we had a blast wandering around imagining roads full of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Life in our big family means blessing and resources are multiplied. We have full measure of both to be sure. It also means more of just everything, to include freakish illness, full days, and generally unexpected challenges. Sometimes they come... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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You will find more happiness growing down than up. ~Author Unknown Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I love a parade. Cliche but true. This year 4th of July coincided with the Cherry Days Festival so we drove north a bit for something different. Let me just say the good folks of Utah show UP for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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While I don't feel I am getting nearly enough reading done in general, road trips have afforded me some blocks of time to dig deeply this summer. As so often happens, all of these titles found me by way of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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As we approached our 31st anniversary this week we found ourselves thick into debate prioritizing some major expenditures for our home and family. We have not always seen eye to eye on the best way forward nor what should come... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Summer for me has long been a season of recharging. This year has been especially encouraging as I have been reunited with cases of books that were stored while we lived overseas. For many reasons I continue to be drawn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Believe me, life can be much simpler. And you'll discover an energy for the things in life that really matter.” ―Emilie Barnes Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"I can’t be the only one. I can’t be the only one who has these moments when I consider how I spend my days, reflecting on the poetry, art, literature, and music that I immerse myself in and ask, what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Not me (yet) but my partner in crime officially went up and over the hill right on Father's Day. We had almost a complete set of our children here to celebrate. A gift like nothing else. That $4 worth of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Do you want to ride along to the meeting? I don't think there's anything to do." That's how the conversation about this road trip began. It ended the way it usually does. Of course we wanted to go and of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It is said to see the birds you must become part of the silence. If that is so then it is especially interesting that it was Brendan who found the little quail (yes? I am pretty sure but could be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Summer kicked off for us with a hike high above Causey Reservoir. This was a new-to-us trail. It's rated moderate and is an undulating (read: uphill both ways) path with a good balance of shade and views. Incredible views. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The timing could not have been more perfect. We had been sitting out back last week talking about our zoning and our place and the plans I once had for my life, how they overlap and where they depart from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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While hunting for some patriotic ideas for our main dining table (ie the workhouse we use three times a day) I had been both inspired at Pier 1 and then quickly discouraged by the sticker shock. My friend Rebecca suggested... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"The plays of natural lively children are the infancy of art. Children live in a world of imagination and feeling. They invest the most insignificant object with any form they please, and see in it whatever they wish to see."... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"What I am doing is wrestling with my own sin that lures me into thinking that if my work and daily life isn’t considered amazing, or isn’t recognized, then it isn’t important. And so I’m learning to practice the beauty... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch