Friday, August 1, 2014

5 on Friday.

Happy Friday friends!

I feel like this week has flown by, but not in a hectic crazy way - just in a "Oh gosh, it's Friday" kind of way.  And that is the best kind of feeling. :)

Today I thought I'd just post a few random things and link up with the always fun "Friday Favorites".

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Keep living the dream!



I've owned the domain name above for a year now....but I only took the time to attach it to this little blog this week.  Isn't that the way some things go?   Hopefully I'll have time to update my header this weekend but for now you can reach this little space in {internet land} two ways - by using the same as you've done in the past, or by typing in my new URL -

Don't worry Grandma & Mel - you can still use the same link you've always used to get here.  :)

Both URL's will bring you here, to read about our little lives, living on a cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon.  Isn't technology neat? And have I told you lately, how glad I am that you are here? 

Because I am. Thank you friends for stopping by.  :)

2. My favorite thought this week:

From Max Lucado:

Ulrich Swingli found himself at odds with Martin Luther.  Swingli did not know what to do until he saw two goats traversing a very narrow mountain path from opposite directions.  When they saw each other, they backed up and lowered their heads, as though ready to lunge.  But then....the ascending goat laid down and the other stepped over his back.  The first then arose and continued his climb to the top.

Zwingli observed that the goat made it higher because he was willing to bend lower.

Didn't the same happen to Jesus? 

"So God raised him to the highest place.  God made his name greater than every other name so that every knee will bow to the name of Jesus" (Philippians 2:9-10)

Love this.

3. A few new favorites from the #NAS

So the nice people at the post office have become VERY familiar with my face lately, as my boxes from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale have rolled in.  Many have held Christmas presents (yay for getting half of my shopping done in JULY!) but let's be honest....a few have held fall wardrobe staple pieces for myself.  :) 

At Bunco last night we were talking about the amazing-ness of the legging, palazzo pant and maxi skirt.  Seriously - these three items are God's gift to women to help us be comfortable in the fashion department.  Who doesn't love an elastic or drawstring waistband???

No one!

So I thought I'd share my favorite pair of leggings - Hue's Extrawide Waistband Legging.  I've been brave and worn these twice now!  They are super comfortable, have washed well so far, and are flattering.  (And right now they're on sale for less than $24!) You just have to make sure you wear them with a top that covers your hiney.  Because it's the rules.  ;)   

Two of my favorite tops are the Caslon Knit Tunic and the Pleione Mixed Media Tunic - both are under $40, super comfortable and very flattering.  Can you tell I like to wear things that are comfortable?  The Caslon tunic is a knit, but somehow it's not hot to wear or clingy which are two reasons I normally stay away from knits.  The Pleione tunic is a silkier shirt that I wear with a long camisole underneath and it really looks polished.  Love, love, love these two tops - I've really had to practice some self restraint, because I want to order more in other colors I love them that much!

*Linking up with Friday Favorites*

4. Friendships.

We are blessed with some pretty great friendships.  Friends who don't care what you look like, what time of day it is, or whether or not you've cleaned your house before they come over.  Friends who pick up things, check on things and will drink a cold beer with you after a long, hot day of work.  The other night when RJ stopped by to show us his new {horned ram} I had to capture the guys talking out in the driveway.  These two are like family to us, and it was time well spent.

I just wish I'd gotten a picture of RJ's ram (he was inside the trailer) - because his horns were pretty neat!

5. I love this life.

Seriously, we are blessed to get to live this lifestyle.

Plus, who else has this kind of view when they go to take out the trash? ;)

Happy Friday - enjoy the weekend!


Thursday, July 31, 2014


Hot days and warm evenings.
Hot dogs and cattle that laid in the flood waters to cool.
Harvest that seemed to come on like a whirlwind as everything {turned} at once.
Slow weekend days that lingered.

July - you've been filled with pleasant surprises despite what our bill for the AC may say.

May we see you again next year....

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Splish splashing.

It was the perfect evening for a pool party.
The weather was welcoming as friends visited, kiddos played in the pool and the obligatory annual group pictures were taken.

There was diving...and cannonballs...and chicken fights.

And laughter.

Yes, there was lots of laughter.

Like I said, it was the perfect evening for a pool party.

2014 Estes Pool Party Group Pic

Funny faces :P


Cannonball-er extraordinaire.

Chicken fights!

Every great pool party needs a pool boy, right? :)

The fabulous view from my little spot in the shade.

Thank you Estes family for including us again this year - we are grateful!


PS - I had to post this picture, even though Brandi will probably kill me. ;)

I'd arrived a bit late to the party, and had quietly taken a seat in the shade at Grandma Bev's.  My camera clicked, capturing kids, as I visited with Amy and Anna.  Later on, Brandi came over to say hello and that she hadn't even seen me come in.  I'm not sure who said it, but somewhere the phrase "Creeper with the camera" got let out and we all had a good laugh over it.

So the next time you see a girl sitting in the shade, capturing memories with's not a creeper. Just me, lol.  :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's Wallowa.


It's how the gears and four wheel drive shift into low, as we climb graveled drives lined with thick rock.

It's the clanging of the trailer door as horses and a wheeler are unloaded, saddled and a final cold beverage grabbed before we get to work.

It's the "whiskt, whiskt, whiskt" of the sprinkler pipes as they sprinkle gravity delivered water across the fields that we pass along on our way through the gate.

It's the way soft prisms of light dance across horses, trailers and tent tops.


It's how the light filters through the pines and hits soft green blades of grass.

It's the shifting of the gears as I navigate the four wheeler over branches that pop and snap under the weight of tires, looking for heifers to count heads and check health.

It's the "clip clops" of the horses as the guys head the opposite way from I, both accomplishing the same tasks.

It's the silent moments.

It's the unexpected beauty found in a bubbling stream, in a group of deer who stop to look and linger before darting off, and in a new fence built just right.

It's the silent reassurance found when cattle are located - healthy and well fed.

It's the gratefulness felt as we find that all is healthy, and nothing needs the doctoring items that remain idle in the pickup.

It's the "whizzz" as a rope flies round a lone bull's neck and the time it takes to load him into a trailer in the middle of a field. 

A mad, horse fighting bull did not equal easy loading for us, unfortunately, this weekend.   Good thing Jesse and Clint are handy....and still had a bit of their inner "track star" left in them!   That bull quite literally gave them a run for their money, but their horses and whit served them well and at the end of the day - he was loaded.

It's the heft of the trailer, loaded with that one canktanerous bull, two horses and an assortment of dogs, as we pulled out the drive with a final wave, headed for home.

It's all of these things, and more.

It's Wallowa.

And it will always be a special place for us, and fabulous country to summer cattle in.