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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Our daughter's new family is chock full of creative women. They hosted an incredible bridal brunch for us all last week complete with mimosas, fruit cups, and the cutest pancake-on-a- stick platter I've ever seen. Such fabulous taste they have!... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
Working on pretty projects this morning. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” Louisa May Alcott Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
“It's sad if people think that's (homemaking) a dull existance, [but] you can't just buy an apartment and furnish it and walk away. It's the flowers you choose, the music you play, the smile you have waiting. I want it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Listening to the rain fall and watching the snow melt. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Fewer words, more experiences. Less conflict, more harmony. In an increasingly dissonant world, I am so very grateful there are still cheap seats at the symphony. I do believe music was meant to be heard live. We can lecture about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Our new traction cleats have been a huge success. The maiden climb was to the top of Waterfall Canyon to see the frozen falls. I don't know why it didnt occur to me that you could do such a thing.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
I came across an image of a vintage transferware mug that really caught my eye. I couldn't save a picture so do follow the links and see how wonderful it is. On it was imprinted a sentiment that appears to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
There on her wish list last fall it was: Romeo. "Romeo?" we asked. This little dog has been part of the family for seven years now. She explained that she really wanted him to be her special dog and she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: The snow still blankets the yard and has formed high walls along the driveway as tall as I. Temperatures have been low but Abbie and her neighbor friend especially have been undaunted and still get outside for a while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
“If thou of fortune be bereft, and in thy store there be but left two loaves, sell one, and with the dole, buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.” John Greenleaf Whittier Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
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 Jan 17, 2017 at Starry Sky Ranch
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
“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
"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
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
"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
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