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Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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It is now, when the world around us is speeding into a frenzy of shopping and parties and plans, that the Church reminds us of the truth about eternity and time. She puts before us a a wreath shaped in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
It's our first Thanksgiving in our new home. We are used to new, thankful for home, and we definitely have snow. This year I am the grandmother looking out over the drifted snow to see if a little boy will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.” ― Elisabeth Elliott Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
There is a lot to unpack in this short passage from a new book, Cozy White Cottage. It’s funny I bought it at all, considering my utter lack of restraint with color. Perhaps the fact I do NOT have a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
"As long as I could stay in the light, figuratively speaking, by keeping my focus on what I could control, worry and fear were kept at bay. That's why I pinned my concentration to the tasks in front of me,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
It is the anniversary of a terrible tragedy in our nation, one which will be played out on screens and broadcasts throughout the day. This is rightly so, we could argue. We, adults, should reflect on days like these. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
” It happens that the best efforts of a devoted teacher seem to be lost on many pupils. Even this will not discourage the religious teacher. He will remember that his model, Jesus Christ, did not reap the fruit which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
Since the main floor of our new home is all done in warm neutrals I decided not to commit to a specific color scheme but rather change with the seasons. This vintage chocolate print barkcloth was a great find locally.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
“The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.” - Victor Hugo Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
So very pleased to announce our granddaughter should be making her appearance early in the New Year. Please join us in praying for the health and safety of her and her momma as they ride out the second half of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
Serendipity found me down the street from Old Glory in Denver last week. It’s been on my wishlist to visit in person since I have followed the Instagram feed. The brick and mortar store did not disappoint. I love the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
About that magnesium. I hesitated to add that bit yesterday, but since it is such an integral part of my regimen, keeping me mobile and well, I included mention of it. I'll elaborate some, include a hefty sprinkle of links,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
"...the way of thinking he had worked out in his solitary life had been completely eclipsed by the petty concerns that now beset him... When he got home in the evening he would jot down in his notebook four or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
I sat musing in this very unfinished space and snapped a picture of my clock, hanging once again in this new place. An online friend, who has gifted me with years of conversation over literal life and death matters, as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
It’s a known fact I have an aversion to retail anything whereas I will happily sift through flea market and junk shop bins and shelves for hours just for a few treasures. Fortunately a few of my kids have inherited... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
The Correct Thing for a Citizen It is the Correct Thing: For a citizen to remember that he owes a duty to the community in which he lives. To know the difference between statesmanship and political wire-pulling. To remember that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
Part of starting over is establishing or, in the case of a return, reestablishing your relationships. It is important to unpack in a timely manner for your own sake and your family. Order is good. It dispels that disorientation so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
Consecration of the Family to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Who didst manifest to Blessed Margaret Mary the desire of reigning in Christian families, we today wish to acknowledge publicly thy absolute dominion over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
It's been a minute, hasn't it? With good reason. Just when I thought I was catching my breath life took a hard left. We came to realize what was needed was not simply tweaking but a complete reworking of our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
A leggy, blush pink geranium sits soaking up the sun in its crock near the kitchen window. When it came time to pull the annuals last fall our dear, disabled friend protested loudly. He lobbied hard for this one and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
This particular passage never fails to convict me. It is easy to overestimate the strength of our self-command until we are irritated, contradicted, or spoken to (or about) unkindly. They say the true test of what is inside of us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
As so often happens the spiritual and the practical overlap in our lives, applying layers of meaning to both. This lent coincides with some tremendous home improvement and spring cleaning. Tremendous. Cleaning and sorting our physical space provides a visual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
I don’t have many stories about my paternal grandmother, but one of them made a big impression on my mother. When she was newly married she spent the day with her mother in-law. After my grandfather left for work, grandma... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch
“We may say of a man that he is more often kind than cruel, more often wise than stupid, more often energetic than apathetic or vice versa; but it could never be true to say of one man that he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Starry Sky Ranch