Monthly Archives: January 2015

Working Heifers in January.

The heifers needed some shots this week, so the neighbors were called, and yesterday the cowboys rode out and gathered the heifers in to the corrals.  I walked out for a few minutes and snapped few quick pictures. It wasn’t particularly inviting – the 40 mph wind was whipping the dust into my eyes (and my camera!)  and I had to keep brushing my hair out of my eyes so I could see through the veiwfinder. :)

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Waiting on the cowboys to finish giving shots…

 

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Hi!

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Sorting off a heifer...

Sorting off a heifer…

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Daniel working the alley.

Daniel working the alley.

Coming into the chute.

Coming into the chute.

Syringe at the ready! :)

Syringe at the ready! :)

cowboys, horses, heifersMeanwhile, I was in the house, stirring, chopping, baking, and simmering. As lunch drew near, the aroma of roast beef, hot rolls, and cherry cobbler filled the house. My dear 6 year old thought lunch took forever, and kept asking: “When are the cowboys coming in???” 😀

Ready for food.

Ready for food.

Rustic Cherry Cobbler.

Rustic Cherry Cobbler.

The Menu:
Roast beef
Cheesy potatoes.
Carrots with browned butter.
Lettuce salad.
Fresh dinner rolls with blackberry jelly.
Rustic Cherry cobbler with ice cream. 

Book Review: Forever Mom by Mary Ostyn

Forever Mom is a book about parenting adopted kids. Written by an adoptive mom of 10, it touches on the issues adoptive parents may face. But really, I think it is a great book for every parent!

I really enjoyed this book from the first page! I have followed Mary Ostyn’s blog for awhile, and was excited to see her newest book, and to get a chance to read it. It is chock-full of real-life stories, honesty and encouragement. Hope for those impossible situations, and empathy for the hard days. forever momIt made me really examine my own parenting and consider the reason behind the behaviors that my kids display. I would recommend this book to any mom. It has lots of interesting information. One thing that really intrigued me was the brain development in regard to bonding. I don’t have time to discuss it at length, but suffice tit to say that early bonding in a baby’s life is essential to good relationships later in life.

Check it out here: http://store.faithgateway.com/forever-mom

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

When Dreams and Reality Collide.

Have you ever had these really big dreams and goals that you are all excited about? You know, the kind that keep you awake at night – planning, figuring, imagining… Yes, me too! Then you get up and begin your day and there is 1,000 tasks to do that are in no way related to your dreams? Yep. All the time! When Dreams and Reality Collide.

When dreams and reality collide mid-air, bright fragments float down around your heart, surrounding you in what-if’s and why-can’t-I? But you know what? Reality comes first. It is essential for your soul to have a bright vision – a dream to work towards. But when God cuts into your dance with His own steps – then you give way before His plans. His plans are usually different than mine. Much different.
Harder.
Greater.
Bigger. So much bigger!

I want to write on a regular basis. I have wanted this since I was a tiny tot. I want to craft beautiful stories that enthrall children and make grown-ups laugh and weep. I want to make people ask themselves what they are here for, and what is the bigger picture?
Could I make it a priority and treat it like a business and get’r done?
Absolutely. I am a strong determined woman. I can do anything.
But I believe with all my heart that my calling and purpose in this life right now is to be a mother. A mother who is present and connected and a worker at home. (Titus 2:5) What this means for me is to put dishes and laundry above my writing.

What good would it be if I became wildly popular but my children don’t enjoy being with me?
What if they reject the Christ I love because they never saw Him modeled through me – all they could see was my back as I typed?
What if they send their babysitter roses on Mother’s Day when they are grown, because they had a closer relationship with them than with me?

This might sound like a stretch, but it really isn’t. I know personally people who, as adults, called their ‘replacement mother’ “mom”, instead of their own mother. What a crushing hurt that would be! To wake up one day and realize my children have no connection to me?
I tell you, my paltry dreams pale beside the weight of my children’s souls.
My ‘dreams’ can wait. my children cannot.

Do I still write? Of course! I always have in some manner, and I always will. (In fact, I have two books in the works right now… with about a dozen more ideas! :) )
But if it’s only mere scratchings on a cheap notebook, a few lines before I fall asleep – that’s ok. In these busy seasons of life, God is teaching me LIFE. When I have time – I write. When I don’t – I don’t. It’s that simple.
When Dreams and Reality Collide.

Bringing the Mama Cows in…

It’s getting close to calving season. So the guys rode out this morning and pushed the mama-cows to the calving pastures. Closer to the ranch headquarters, which makes it easier to check them while they are calving, and easier to feed them in the winter. It’s a chilly day, as you can see by the layers these guys are wearing! :) ranch workranch workranch workranch workranch workRanch work goes on, 24/7. I’m thankful that this southern girl can stay inside in the warmth and cook today! :)

Menu: 
Beef enchiladas
Rice
Refried Beans
Salad
Dinner rolls
Strawberry Cheesecake

I hope your Saturday is warm and bright and full of tasty food! 😉

Christmas in the Country – gift reveal!

 

wyoming sunsetWho doesn’t love a box full of goodies in the mail at Christmas time?! :) I do! So I signed up for the Christmas in the Country Gift Exchange… What I didn’t remember to take into account, was all the hurry and scurry that this December brought. A trip out of state, lots of overnight guests, and some unexpected ones as well. So yeah – enough excuses, the fact remains, my gift was poorly thought out and hurriedly sent off, and then I forgot to write a note explaining each item, like I was supposed to do! Grrr. So I do apologize, my dear Jan.

Yes, my blogger buddy was Jan from over at http://mybarnyardview.blogspot.com/. A dairy farmer and teacher from Minnesota, it was interesting to get a peek into her life and interests! :) She sent a wonderful box of carefully thought out gifts. ( I also forgot to snap a photo right away. :( )

There were delicious cookies which – I’m not kidding – were devoured on the spot! 😀 My kids all gathered around eagerly as I opened the package, and oohed and aahed with each new thing. :) There was this awesome book for my kids, a funny little snowman ornament, and a cute dish towel that my son promptly tried to copy with Wyoming facts, haha!

(And I am certain I am missing something… Jan, please forgive me if I’ve missed anything else! We loved your gifts! They were/are much used and appreciated. )

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The Last Rescue by Howard Wasdin, with Joel Kilpatrick

This a story of how a US military hero went from being number one and important – to dealing with surviving, grief, and being forgotten. Focusing on the daily life struggles to find identity and meaning as a survivor, Mr. Wasdin takes you on a journey of discovery with him.

the last rescue

While I did enjoy the story (who doesn’t admire and respect a military hero?!), I have to say that the story was a little slow-paced. After the well-written, thrilling first chapter, it descends to little more than a man’s journal of a betrayed life.  It did not capture my attention very well.  I did read it all, mainly because I wanted to see what happened to him later in life. 😉 I appreciated how he gives God credit for being his strength. That is admirable.

I did enjoy hearing what life is like for a veteran after his military stint is over.  I would recommend it IF you are bored or just really love personal stories. But if you need a spell-binding book, it is not for you.

However, I still highly respect and honor Mr. Wasdin for his service and hard work for our country! Thank you Sir!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255