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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Santa Fe has long been a bucket list destination for me. Literally some 25 years now. From the first time I saw Mary Emmerling mixing chintz and kilim and turquoise and blue willow in her historic adobe home there the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
It has not been that long since we painted and set up the current pantry but it has already needed to be reordered and straightened up more than once, thanks in part to bulk food stocking. We also cleared, sanitized,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
The book we read for book club last month was He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek. I did not print a notes pdf for this study unfortunately but have been mulling over different passages, particularly relevant during the Easter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
This morning during my reading I dug a little deeper into the original "twelve steps" program St Benedict laid out for us. It is not to break addiction from substances but from pride, which is ultimately even deadlier. The original... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
What goes around comes around. The cool part is that the ratio of big hands to small is more evenly balanced with grandchildren. Just pure pleasure. "Look at everything as though you are seeing it for the first time, with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
These are the most beautiful pictures I have from St. Patrick's Day and they were actually taken today since yesterday was so full. There was no month of St Patricks Irish dancing and pub performing this year thanks to Covid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
The forecast sounded ominous all last week. A fierce winter storm was projected to move through our area and power outages were expected. We replaced the generator we sold when we left the mountain West and stocked up on food... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
Our copy of the unabridged Butler's Lives of the Saints has been such an inspiration to me. How we came to own it is a funny story. I had borrowed the first volume from the library. Upon returning they insisted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
We just finished this month's read and I am pasting our notes below. This was my third go at Bradbury's classic. My son encouraged me to read it about 5 years ago. It spoke to me on so many levels... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
One of my favorite organizing books has been Beautifully Organized by Nikki Boyd of At Home with Nikki. I am inspired by everything she does - her book, website, and YouTube channel. I have been treating myself to her videos... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
Change, big and small, always creates a certain amount of tension. As Frankl said in last month's book club read, some tension is optimal. It provides the impetus needed to propel us forward. Without it we risk stagnation. There is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
A little group of local friends are reading together this year. It is probably flat out absurd to add more titles to my ever growing stacks when I have school literature to cover with the children as well. The workload... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
"...we shall not fail to observe the fasts, disciplines and periods of silence which the Order commands; for, as you know, if prayer is to be genuine it must be reinforced with these things; prayer cannot be accompanied by self-indulgence.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
Some moments hit you that way. I realize that this is no longer just my story but a complex, interwoven story that is ours, theirs. The love among these brothers and sisters, between them and us, between each other -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
If you don’t follow Lindsay Boever of My Child, I Love You on Instagram I want to tell you to go read her posts from this week. I have long admired her most inspiring mother. Here she shares some of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
One year ago Avery's other grandma and I had just made a rather white knuckled trek across town from the hospital where we had spent the previous day and half while Avery was born and settled in. We were pretty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
Today marks one full trip around the sun for our first (just by a hair) granddaughter, Avery Marie. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
It was a beautiful morning for Candelmas today. We got up before dawn to make it to the early mass and procession in the neighborhood around the church. The tiny smoke trails wafting up from the children's candles in front... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
These announcements are different today than the ones I made when I first began writing in this space. Our family is growing through marriage and grandchildren these days. We have recently gained a daughter of the heart through our third... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
"People read for a multiplicity of reasons. Nearly forty years in I can tell you why I inhale books like oxygen: I am grateful for my one life, but I'd prefer to live a thousand - and my favorite books... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
'Been studyin' 'bout that blue hoss," he said when we were halfway to the corral. "awful full o'fight, ain't he?" "Yes, he is," I said, "but he's been letting me feed him some pieces of biscuit this past week." "No... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
My friend Maureen shared an excellent essay today about, of all things, an alien force which inhabited the starship Enterprise. Intrigued? It stoked rage between the Klingons and humans by implanting false and exaggerated ideas in their minds about one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
Quit Gossiping Anticipating evils in the future Faultfinding, nagging, and worrying Dwelling on fancied slights and wrongs Scolding and flying into a passion over trifles Thinking that life is a grind and not worth living Talking constantly about yourself and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch
"In the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bend in Heaven, on earth and in Hell." Sometimes the seemingly simplest things have so much more power than we suspect - for good or ill. On the Feast of the Holy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Starry Sky Ranch