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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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"Four times a year, approximately three months apart, near the beginning of each season of the solar cycle (winter, spring, summer and autumn), the Church set aside three days (a total of twelve days in a year) to ask for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
Quick share of my September BuJo pages. Still going strong with the bullet journal planning system. I have settled into a daily format that has worked well over the past two years and am now changing up and incorporating more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
I meant to share here a wonderful reflection Father shared about The Good Samaritan. It expounded upon Origen’s commentary which I had not read. It falls in the category of stories you think you know but later realize you've simply... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"In this world of corruption there is a real danger that the earnest Christian may overreact in his resistance to evil and become a victim of the religious occupational disease, cynicism. The constant need to go counter to popular trends... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"We must read our newspaper of course- newspapers on both sides; but he who founds upon his newspaper is an ignorant patriot and an illiberal citizen. His opinions are no more than parrot-like repetitions of other men's sayings; whereas he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
Lindsay Boever who wrote regularly at the wonderful My Child, I Love You blog is now on Instagram. She shared a particularly convicting short story today here. When she entered the novitiate years ago the novice master asked her one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Mothers should cultivate their souls so that in turn they may cultivate the souls of their children." Karen Andreola penned those words long ago and later picked up the the term Mother Culture from a Parents' Review magazine. For years... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"We should speak only when circumstances or the glory of God or love for our neighbor requires it. Apart from these cases it is better to be silent. In silence we find the spirit of recollection and the grace of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." I have observed this holiday... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. The love of God is of a different nature altogether. It does not hate tragedy. It never denies reality. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
After months of climbing over food storage and bulk packages of dog food and paper towels our 1990's pantry was in a state to say the least. When we moved in last summer it had damaged walls, a peeling wallpaper... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Somehow we have gotten swept into a millrace, and it's nonstop flailing and thrashing just to keep ourselves from drowning. The sheer necessities of modern life sweep us farther and farther from any sense that it is all hallowed, really.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: We had our first real afternoon hail of the summer just before dinner. This, right after I had made a note to myself to buy hail netting for our son's vegetable pots. It may be futile. We shall see.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
Parental celebration holidays can be warm and wonderful affairs for close, healthy families. For many others they are at least somewhat complicated. For some they are altogether painful. We did not all have the same experiences and days like today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: The newly restored fountain has become a haven for songbirds. I assumed we mostly had birds of prey here in the high forest. The addition of this water source is drawing all manner of small colorful birds to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"The parlor at Green Gables was a rather severe and gloomy apartment....but it is wonderful what flowers can accomplish if you give them a fair chance." - Anne of Avonlea Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
My queen and my mother, I give myself entirely to you; and to show my devotion to you, I consecrate to you this day, my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Wherefore, good mother,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: The rain has begun to fall regularly once more. The bloom times are quite delayed at this altitude so we are just beginning to see the first spring flowers. The yard is our escape right now. We have cut... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
Wearing: Athletic wear. Does this make me an athlete? You decide. ( From the kitchen: Kitchen-ing has been a challenge with local food shortages. I have just begun curbside pickup at Walmart and it is a game changer. SO much... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"....she is a confirmed busybody and I told her so!" growled Mr. Harrison "Oh that must have hurt her feelings very much," said Anne reproachfully. "It was the truth and I believe in telling the truth to everybody." "But you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"With our pitchers we sometimes attempt to water a field, not a garden." Anne Morrow Lindbergh "Balance is not an achievement in itself, but a journey - and I am always on my way there, never fully arrived. The world... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
So many families find themselves trying to keep learning going on at home right now. There is no shortage of advice about how to do that. A friend mentioned the other day another challenge she has: incorporating the daily prayers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"For I remember it is Easter morn, And life and love and peace are all new born." - Alice Freeman Palmer This will go down as a most unusual Easter celebration, one that found us in our houses deprived of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"We shall divide the days into teaching thy mind and teaching thy hands, then weariness shall not give thee excuse for discouragement. Because he had something interesting to do and to think about... the days were passing more quickly. God's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch