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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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This week has been full of challenges. This isn't particularly out of the ordinary in a large family mind you. I was grateful to awaken fairly rested this morning and had an hour to myself to sit and read and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
We made a short visit to the Western Slope to see one of our sons - and the fall colors - this weekend. My phone is also down so I missed my annual sharing of St. Francis' Perfect Joy. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
from the archives: Friends know my deep, abiding love for Pinterest. Let me tell how much easier homeschooling, homemaking, and all things creative are today! I remember the tremendous struggle it once was having a list of poetry to memorize,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"He hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways." Psalm 90 St Ambrose tells us, "Every soul at the moment it is infused into the body, is entrusted into the keeping of an Angel."... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
We learned something new in our adult class on the Faith last night. We always do. We discussed Pope LeoXIII's Encyclical Quamquam Pluries, On Devotion to St Joseph. It was written in 1889, but reading through it is apparent how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
Like so many families we gathered to watch the debate last night. Like so many families - across the political spectrum - we are full of emotion and thoughts are swirling. What best summed up for me was this commentary:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
To the Little House by Christoper Morley Dear little house, dear shabby street, Dear little books and bed and food to eat! How feeble words are to express The facets of your tenderness. How white the sun comes through the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called, with all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting on another in charity, careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3 Divine Intimacy tells... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
" It was Mother who spun the stories that made the things we studied really unforgettable. If Dad saw motion study and teamwork in an anthill, Mother saw a highly complex civilization governed, perhaps, by a fat old queen bee... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
In an interview with Dr James Dobson the author Emilie Barnes relates that she found herself frustrated and overwhelmed as a young mother. The house was a mess and by the time the children were put to bed she could... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2020 at Starry Sky Ranch
"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 Sep 16, 2020 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