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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Over the years we have developed a both/and approach to lesson planning for our home school. I appreciate having the big rocks (math, grammar etc) divided into the appropriate number of pages per week. It has also been a blessing... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
Time with our adult kids is always in short supply so I relish days like this full of coffee and exploration. They know I appreciate wandering through colorful districts and interesting shops and lined up both. My kids have such... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
We had a little outing, my oldest daughter and I. I tagged along to her salon visit and she then came with me to a photo session. I haven't been downtown in far too long. It was so inspiring to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Our high school boys just wrapped up their big prom weekend, the last for Aidan who is now 18. It was wonderful they could do this together. They had lovely dates and a huge group of two dozen friends to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
"As a kid, I loved to do nothing too. There were many afternoons when the weather was warm that I’d wander through the woods beside our family home. Often I’d end up at what I called “my rock” – a... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
When we were in Denver my daughter in law told me about a Polish Pottery outlet she found near the house. Time was short but I snuck over there one morning to take a look. Turns out it was larger... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Sorry. That was lame lol. The girls made some really nice embroidery hoop art pieces at their sewing class last week. The projects called for lots of new techniques for them. They drew their designs on paper and cut them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
It's been said that a Sunday well spent brings a week of content. If so we got off to a very good start. It was the first Sunday we were all home together and it was warm enough to eat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer." Anne Morrow Lindbergh Whether or not spring has actually arrived OUTside this year,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Wearing: by late afternoon on Sunday when we took our annual Easter family portrait (with whichever combination of children happen to be home) this is what we looked like. The teen boys and I are shopping this week for some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
It has snowed, and rained, and been sunny. Sums up lol. The girls are creating A to Z Geography notebooks like their brothers before them. They are amazing! Every day I am in awe of each new entry. They have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
This month's installment of Teri Maxwell's Mom's Corners raised some insightful questions. If you had been hired to do the work you do (as mother, teacher, home keeper etc) would you be up for a raise or on probation? You... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
If ever there was a man who had reason to be bitter and faithless it was Patrick. Born in a comfortable coastal community he enjoyed the best his era could offer - until that day when at 16, with his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: It's sunny and 60 degrees. This is temporary we are told. Snow is forecast for the end of the week. If you see my images on social media in a crazy procession of sun and snow just know it's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: March has begun - in like a lion over here. It's been snowy but mixed with enough rain that we have to get RIGHT outside take best advantage. And that they do... On my desk: Workking hard at my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
That's what this weekend has been and for good reason. We have had some fabulous travel opportunities this month. Field trips, soccer tournaments, 7 on 7 football. It was all trucking along incredibly well until I picked up what we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Around the house today: I made a new centerpiece for February with the lovely potted plant my husband brought home. Since Ash Wednesday and Valentine's fell on the same day this year the girls worked yesterday to make up sweets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
I had another unit in the works when I pulled the biography off the shelf at the library. It told the story of a new-to-me artist whose palette and subjects - pastel pies and candies and other familiar goodies -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: It's dusk now as I sit in the kitchen and the sky is fiery. Winter has been so mild. It was 51 when I drove out today. Wearing: Knit swing dress and scarf over leggings and boots. Quite often.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
From the learning room: Wearing: Listening to: Creating (the 9yo, not me): Book stack: Thinking about: Dawn's reflections on an old and dear read about intentional living here. The purpose of our to do lists here. And that reminded me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
So I am thinking about the flip side of the Boomerang Errand today. Those are morale suckers if ever there were and we all need to stay pumped up in between those. This was my morning motivation today: "If a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
"As I grapped with some of the more difficult items on the to-do list though, I faced a discouraging number of "boomerang errands": errands that I thought I was getting rid of but came right back to me. Eighteen months... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
As 2017 began to wrap up the annual new planner internal debate began to heat up. We have a fair amount of plates to keep spinning at any given time. I know with absolute certainty that if the many big... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
A wonderful thing has unfolded over here recently. My husband has taken up cooking. Turns out he is good at it! He has much more interest in putzing around with recipes than I tend to and has made some great... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch