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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Outside: It's not playing around. It's fall now. We have had our first freeze and in fact when the breeze picked up this morning it was like we were inside a little snow globe as stray frosty flakes blew off... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." Nathaniel Hawthorne October is well underway. It brought much needed, long awaited rain... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
It has been said that marriage is not about saying "yes" at the altar, but about waking up every morning and deciding to be married all over again. Today's reflection about Matthew 22 reminds me that this applies as equally... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
"People nowadays seemed to busy for gaiety, and what was worse, appeared to frown upon innocent enjoyment. Life was too dreadfully real and earnest these days, thought Mrs. Bailey, and all the young people were middle-aged at twenty. If only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
I caught a Call the Midwife episode by myself tonight. Just a little respite. The closing lines of the sisters' spoke to me as we dodge and adjust to all life brings. Some things welcome, some not. All somehow working... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Yesterday was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. While it took me longer than hoped to sit down here I did want to still share a bit about this devotion that rather found me. You see, not only was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
I am sitting at the table in my bedroom (not the bedroom above, which one sister just passed down to another) with the windows thrown open to catch the Indian summer breeze we are getting more often now. It is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
"Mom can you put my hair up and roll it tonight?" she asked very hopefully. I did. It took all of 5 minutes but when we were done we were both smiling. There is no shortage of advice on how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
It was late in the evening by the time we all sat down around the table tonight and not all of us were here. Still, the girls and I decided to set the table with the red transferware to go... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
The new school year is beginning - or has begun - for most people around the country. We have had a soft start consisting mostly of "Morning Time +" meaning we pray, read, discuss, do math, practice dance/music etc, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
"I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of heaven. Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
One of the highlights of the summer was showering our daughter and son-in-law as they prepare for their first baby's arrival in a few weeks. Several of us were able to travel from Utah and Colorado to be together. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Mrs. Sharp's Traditions closes out August with an entry about preserving summer and looking ahead to fall. She suggests a last summer project of making jelly. We have some lovely little fruit trees eeking their existence out on this foothills... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Outside: Summer temperatures slow rolled but they are here now. It is still very green which is a wonderful treat in the mountain west. We have discovered a young cherry tree at the edge of the woods which appears to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Thank you, For organizing birthday games, For dressing up at Halloween, For helping with taxes and insurance forms, For shopping for first cars, For tying ties, For making walls pink or taupe or gray or whatever would be SO cool,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Some days it's called for. We found ourselves uninspired at home so we piled into the van and found a local ice cream shop. Before dinner. #worthit Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Good stuff, y'all. I prefer mine slightly steamed before carrying on with the roasting part. Makes it less bitter. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
We are doing a modified year 'round schedule this year since we have a lot of travel opportunities once again. Right now we are in the thick of all things dirt - on a literary and a literal level. Once... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Summer has officially kicked off. We have been working hard on the yard and helping some of the kids begin new ventures. Weekends at home are sacrosanct however - especially holiday weekends. This first long weekend of summer took us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
The pull of the deck on these pleasant, warm evenings is irresistible. We eat outdoors often and linger long. When dishes are finish we wander back to the yard. Respiration deepens, pulses slow. During one such evening we heard a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
Since we are always up for a new challenge to try together, the at-home clan decided to sign up for a terrain race this spring. I say this all the time but I wasn't sure the younger's could hang with... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Starry Sky Ranch
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 May 21, 2018 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