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StarrySkyRanch
England
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Each evening draws to a close without me sitting down to write, it seems. Truth is it is difficult to string together a thoughtful piece this late in the day. It occurred to me it might also work to share... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Snow is falling outside and all is peaceful and still. In such moments it is possible to believe that the world could still be good.” ― Richard Paul Evans Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Our favourite amusement during that winter was tobogganing. In places the shore of the lake rises abruptly from the water's edge. Down these steep slopes we used to coast. We would get on our toboggan, a boy would give us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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From where I sit I'm looking out onto miles and miles of snow covered pines and rooftops. We were snowed in for Christmas which has its perks. The day was necessarily spent at home together and a great deal of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We made it! It's been a busy but prayerful advent and here we are already at the end, putting finishing touches on gifts and wrapping up cookies. We've had our issues with "little foxes" here lately, which my friend Ella... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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In an age like ours, which is not given to letter-writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people's lives. ~Anatole Broyard I am part of a cusp generation, the last of those who may have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Tess has wanted so badly to go ice skating and we had every intention of taking them this weekend until we caught sight of the temperatures forecasted. Not only was it cold by the weekend but we still had opened... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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She didn't have a lot of requests. "Can I make my own dinner? Whatever I want?" That is always a yes answer. They set to work making lasagnas, which were not exactly perfect because their supervisor has yet to master... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Hear and let it penetrate into your heart, my dear little son: let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you. Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance. Also, do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Why did she make things? Well…She enjoyed it of course; but it also somehow helped her remember who she was and where she came from.” - Anonymous Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Moooooom! There's deer out back!" "Where??" "Coming up over the hill!" "Don't tap the glass. Don't let the dogs out!" "I can't see. MOM! Tell her I can't see!" Can you see? We have to peek out the window and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Hymn for St. Nicholas From every land and every age We sing of those who bravely wage The saintly fight with Spirit's sword In mighty battle for the Lord. Saint Nicholas the Shepherd true Who brought his flock to faith... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"The next day, the second day of December, we all, even John, even Daddy when he got home from the office, made Christmas cookies." - The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas My favorite line comes a few pages later, however. "After... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Favorite project this week was the winter trees against the snow and sky. The children cut a undulating edge off the blue paper and glued it over the white. Then they used sharpies just below the snow line and "grew"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"For Mrs. Sharp's family, the holiday excitement begins as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey starts simmering on the stove for soup. Then we put away the everyday china to make room for the Christmas crockery and bring out the Advent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It should be understood that everyone in the family has a present for everybody else; these presents should be precious, though not in terms of money, as they should not be bought, but home-made. This is quite a task in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Outside: The rich autumn reds and oranges we were blessed to enjoy so long have been blanketed with beautiful snow cover all week. We need the moisture and I just plain love the snow. Then again I loved the leaves.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The days leading up to Thanksgiving were all over the map. We knew we wouldn't have everyone here. That didn't really bother me since that's more the norm these past years than not. It didn't bother me that much anyway.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Things have come together for my husband after some weeks of research. He had been looking for sources of local, preferably grass-fed meat for our family as well as a new (to us) freezer. After calling too late for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Eight trips 'round the sun and a few trips partway around this big globe we walk on. Five houses she has called home, as well as many short term rentals. Her feet have splashed in the ocean and stood on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It's been a while since I have done a share of what we are reading and watching so I am officially typing out my notes right now. I have begun the third and last volume of Kristin Lavransdatter. There are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"It is infinitely well worth the mother’s while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in the second place, to infuse into them,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Since the moon had to rise higher than the mountains directly behind us before we could catch a glimpse, we weren't able to see a SUPER big supermoon near the horizon tonight. It did give us a beautiful color show... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Telling stories out of order again. It's a weakness of mine. We have now wrapped up football but up until the last two weeks this is usually where we were at the end of a week. Looking at the pictures... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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My street is lined with flags planted by the boy scouts in the early morning hours today honoring those who have served our nation. Some of them hold a special place in my affections. Looking at these snapshots leaves me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch