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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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“November is usually such a disagreeable if the year had suddenly found out that she was growing old and could do nothing but weep and fret over it. This year is growing old gracefully...just like a stately old lady... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Starry Sky Ranch
We decided to be proactive and make some things ahead this year. You know, instead of waking at dawn and killing myself for 6 or 7 hrs straight before we graciously dine in thanksgiving. I realize to most normal people... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
This time of year the outside of our house looks a lot like the inside of the house. quote in print here banner printable here Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
“For whereas speaking distracts, silence and work collect the thoughts and strengthen the spirit. As soon therefore as a person understands what has been said to him for his good, there is not further need to hear or to discuss;... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
So many stories to tell. Don't mind if I just jump right in and insert this one wildly out of chronological order, do you? So that trip to Dartmoor a couple months ago was a huge bucket list check mark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
There has been precious little outside walking happening in recent weeks between rain and schedule. I stepped out for a bit after it let up to soak up the smell of wet earth and run my hands along the cold... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
Long stewing chicken soup, a staple for these damp November days. This pot with chunks of leftover butternut squash. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
When I was one, I had just begun. When I was two, I was nearly new. When I was three, I was hardly me. When I was four, I was not much more. When I was five, I was just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
"What are you doing?" The new cashier looked puzzled as her trainer walked over to the register and stuffed handfuls of leftover Halloween candy stock into my grocery bags. "It's ok," she replies, "I KNOW her! She's got kids! LOTS... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
Big thoughts and big news have taken all our waking hours lately. Come evening I sit down here and mean to share it all and then.....nothing. I am all thought out by then. There seems to be too much to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
Moira hosted a birthday party for a friend of hers the other night. I learned so much just watching her friend's mom set up at our place. Such a talent she has for awesome party decor. I took notes and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
Does anyone else immediately break into song when they see wash on the line? Perhaps I have lived with tiny people so long I can't help myself. Perhaps during particularly busy seasons it is the simple daily routines I long... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
One of the most moving visits we made in Rome was to a portion of the Vatican museum which held the earliest Christian artifacts. The sarcophagi were decorated with biblical symbols from the Old and New Testaments and engraved with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch. ~Robert Brault It has been a delightful, if incredibly full several days preparing for and celebrating All Hallow's Eve. We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
Visiting the pumpkin patch was a regular occurence this fall since the farm rotated the fields making pumpkins very accessible to us. There were some varieties we have never seen before which were rather wart-y. A couple weeks ago they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
Postcards from the Devon coast line. While we are at it, I thought it might be good to share some insider info about traveling the world with children just to dispel some myths. Despite the awe-inspiring views and fresh air... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." Nathaniel Hawthorne here The quote caught my eye but now I want the journals. Speaking of which I am going back through this one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
So what's a boy to do when it's 80something in Rome and the water's run out? Well one's mind immediately turns to these.... and these.... What are they? They are nasoni, a slang word for the public fountains all over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
This is the self-guided tour since it's super late here. After nearly two months of away from the house activities we are bringing our focus back to home. We have one child who recently arrived on the continent and another... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
The more painful the cross, the greater our advantage. The more contradictory creatures are with us, the dearer we will be to our Creator. A single moment of tribulation assures an immense weight of glory. Never to suffer would be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
I love seeing how other people live around the world so in that spirit I caught a few pictures of the flat we rented in Rome to share with you. The white walls were so nice. The white sofa....less nice.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
We have been in Rome and my camera card and my brain are both completely full up at the moment. Such a different world. Maybe that is a continuing thread weaving through my life right now. There was a discussion... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
Just this, because every time I come back to these it makes me smile. Such strength. Such a blessing to come so close to majesty in ordinary moments. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Give me a simple heart which will not retire within itself to savor its own sorrows, a heart magnanimous in giving itself, easily moved to compassion, a faithful, generous heart, which does not forget any favor received, nor hold resentment... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch