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StarrySkyRanch
England
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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It was during a lesson about dividing fractions that I noticed something peeking out from under his cuff. He sheepishly rolled his sleeve up and a silly grin spread across his face. And mine. “What it's like to be a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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A favorite this week was Boxes for Katje about a penpal relationship between a Dutch and American family in postwar Netherlands. It really drives home how easy it is to bless people that cross our paths and reminds us that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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If growing up means It would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up Not me! - Peter Pan Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart." -Last Child in the Woods After a long day in the car but before unpacking the suitcases their... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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A welcoming home is a place of refuge, a place where people worn down by the noise and turmoil and hostility of the outside world can find a safe resting place. A welcoming home is a place that you and... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The motto was "Pax" but the word was set in a circle of thorns. Pax: Peace, but what a strange peace, made of unremitting toil and effort - seldom with a seen result: subject to constant interruptions, unexpected demands, short... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Maybe we call it a May-book? Outside: Sunny and 50's. We have had a lot of stormy weather recently. We watched our big aspen lurching into the open part of the yard as a couple roots snapped right in half.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We have another runner in the family. It's still not me. This time it's not long distance either, but track. It's been a lot of fun to watch his events. It's like a three ring circus in a good way.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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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 May 2, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"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 May 1, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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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 Apr 30, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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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 Apr 28, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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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 Apr 27, 2016 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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