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StarrySkyRanch
England
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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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 May 24, 2016 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 May 23, 2016 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 May 21, 2016 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