Friday, February 26, 2010

Thankful.

As this is auto-posting, we are driving to Idaho to look at bulls, visit good friends, meet Wade & Cara's brand new baby girl Paisley (love, love, love that name!), and see the Charolais cows that I haven't had a chance to see since the Fall of 2007 when we shipped them to Wade & Cara in American Falls.

I have loved the Multitude Monday posts friends and others have been writing....For their way of speaking thanks and their way of recording small moments to reflect on in the future.

This week I'm posting these on Friday, but I'm going to keep doing this starting next Monday.

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Committed - My word for 2010.

Resolution # 1 - Living life fully - and being thankful for all I've been given.

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So here goes...


1. For the life I get to live.

2. A hand written note card in the mail and the way it lifted the end of a long day.

3. Multiple evenings this week socializing with friends.

4. For my soon to be husband and the way he loves me. He is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

5. For great conversations on the cell phone, even if I am driving illegally. :)

6. An expected package from JC Penney with an extra, well fitting, surprise.

7. A significant other who had already forgiven me the next morning over my grumpiness about having a conversation in bed the night before when all I wanted to do was sleep.

8. For Baxter Auto (trustingly) leaving a new starter outside the store door for my Camry when I couldn't make it there by closing.

9. For Clint knowing that I probably don't need the new (ie. expensive) starter, but probably just a new (less expensive) battery.

10. For returns!

11. For a third vehicle.

12. Not eating a single fried item (yet) during Lent.

13. For finding other ways to eat hummus and guacamole. (Ummm...when I gave up fried foods I did NOT realize that I was giving up corn tortilla chips - ugh!)

14. A dentist appointment that went just as planned - no extra "surprises" this time!

15. Health and dental insurance.

16. Wine tasting. Live music. A great friend to share it with.

17. Others understanding why we still "hadn't made it" by the 4th quarter of the game.

18. A job that challenges and rewards me.

19. For Costco cookies and their ease when you "need to bring something".

20. A great dad who turned 60 this week. Happy Birthday again Dad!

holy experience


*** My mom and grandma flew out yesterday for a once-in-a-lifetime two week trip to Australia. I'd be thankful if you kept them in your thoughts.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pause: For Thought.

I've been (slowly) reading Max Lucado's "When God Whispers Your Name".

So slowly that I've had to renew it at the library three times now. But I will get through it!

About halfway through the book, he offers some of his "Maxims".

And while the entire book has been interesting and thought provoking, I really paused when I read through these:

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Greed I’ve often regretted. Generosity – never.

No one is useless to God. No one.

Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.

Succeed in what matters.

You’ll regret opening your mouth. You’ll rarely regret keeping it shut.

Never underestimate a gesture of affection.


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Working on succeeding in what matters.

And trying to keep in perspective that while we fail daily, it's the journey and acts of kindness and lessons learned along the way that really matter.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, February 22, 2010

2010 Bulls

The Lorenzen Bull Sale is right around the corner, so Clint and I spent last Sunday afternoon walking through the bulls.

Since the last time we walked through the pens, the bulls have been scanned (ultrasounded for rib-eye area, backfat and marbling) and sorted into lot order.

We were excited to see how they've progressed.

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This is Lot #35 - He's out of a Mario bred bull we call Orange 4 and Cherokee Canyon cow we call 3450. For those of you who know 3450, she loves to be scratched - and her calf takes after her gentleness.




This is Lot #47 - He's also out of Orange 4 and a Grand Canyon cow we call 5580. This one was Clint's favorite heading into the test - a complete package.











Then there's Lot #69 - I'm going to go out on a limb and call this one Thayne's favorite. He's a Mission Statement out of a Major League cow we call 5588 - and he's got numbers to burn.



And my favorite since day 1 - Lot #104 - Teddy Bear! He's another Orange 4 out of a great Paradox cow we call 6603.

I didn't get a very good picture of him (or any pictures of Lot 156) - while I was trying to get this bull off by himself and profiled, Clint called me over to help sort another bull off that needed to be doctored. But I couldn't leave him out - no matter how bad the picture is. :)




This is Lot 121 - A Commander out of a Cherokee Canyon first calf heifer. Not to bad for her first calf!



And my favorite of the day -



I love this picture of Clint evaluating the cattle - it's what he loves and is so good at.

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We won't be able to be at the sale Thursday due to work schedules, but hopefully we'll be able to catch up with everyone at the dinner Wednesday night.

Success is Reason Enough!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday Thought

"You have to have confidence in your ability,
and then be tough enough to follow through."

-Rosalynn Carter


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I'm working on the above.

We've got a lot of irons in the fire right now....

Some are screaming hot and ready to be attended to.

Others are warming up.

And I'm sure there are irons that I don't even know are in the fire but will have to be addressed sometime in the future.

And right now, I just hope that I'm focused on the right ones.

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Here's to a Thursday filled with confidence!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lent - 2010

Lent begins tomorrow...

Whew! I thought it began last week, and that I was way behind. Has anyone else felt this way this entire month?

...and anyway, I've been struggling with what to give up for the Lent season.

In 2004 I gave up drinking coffee during Lent.

Prior to, I drank a 16oz skinny iced mocha every day. If I didn't, I got a huge headache. (I know - we can talk about my caffeine dependence another time.)

So I gave up coffee in 2004 - and haven't drank the stuff since then. Not even when I worked at a coffee shop the first fall after college!

(I do drink 3 cans of Diet Pepsi a day though now....so maybe not so much of a success.)

Last year I gave up swearing - but unfortunately, that one wasn't like my coffee sacrifice....

But I'm trying to be better!

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This year - 2010 - I've decided to give up fried foods.

I know -

No more mini tacos or stuffed spud bites from the grocery store deli.

The migas I've been wanting to try (per Lindsay's recommendation) from PW's cookbook will have to wait.

Weekend breakfast's from McD's will have to be without hashbrowns and ketchup.

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And while giving up fried foods isn't the most worldly sacrifice, I thought this quote was important for this season:

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” - C T Studd

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Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the deli to get in one last snack! :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

36 too.


She's the younger version. Three days younger in fact.

Hilariously funny. Strong willed. Strong, period.

Mom of two. Wife of one. Friend to many.

A great person to have a conversation with.

Always behind the camera taking great shots.
(Hence my three year old picture - sorry!)

She's the one who told me in her kitchen four years ago:

"Blood doesn't make a family...love makes a family."



Happy Birthday Kristi!

Here's to many more - We love you!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Surprise!

Well, kind of....

Clint's birthday was last Saturday and I had told him that I wanted to take him out to dinner.

(What I didn't tell him what that I'd also invited a bunch of our friends to join us.)

So I called everyone up, and asked them to meet at La Palma in Hermiston.

And then once I had everyone called - I called La Palma to make a reservation.

Turns out La Palma doesn't take reservations for Saturday nights.

Er....

So we changed the location to El Erradero in Stanfield - which is pretty much our favorite Mexican restaurant here, but not as convenient for everyone coming.

And when I called El Erradero (first!) to make a reservation, the conversation went like this:


Them: "Bueno" (Heavy spanish accent.)


Me: "Hi there, I'd like to make a reservation for 18 for this coming Saturday evening."


Them: "No english. Bye!" (Click)


So I took my chances (they're usually not that full anyway - even though their food is great!) and called everyone up to change the location.

I shouldn't have worried - we had a ton of room (like the whole restaurant) and a heck of a time!

While it wasn't totally a surprise (he got pretty suspicious when after a few normal phone calls, no one would tell him where they were), Clint absolutely loved getting to see everyone.

And we even got to sing Happy Birthday to Clint while he was wearing a sombrero -

Classic.






Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated with us!

We really enjoyed getting to visit with everyone - we love all of you!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

36.


He's my rock.

Consistent. Strong. Steady.

Caring. Loving. Big hearted.

A cattleman. A stockman.

Smart. Quick witted.

A wicked good Spades player.

Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.

I'm lucky he's mine to love and be loved by.

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And today, he turns 36.





Happy Birthday babe - I love you more and more each day.

Here's to many (many!) more years of happiness and life well lived!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Need a laugh?

This was emailed to me by a lady in our office this week.

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New Law for Cell Phones

January 1, 2010, the new law went into effect and you are no longer able to use a cell phone while driving unless you have a 'hands free' adapter.

I went to Future Shop and they wanted $50 for a headset with a microphone for my cell phone.

Having a friend in the cell phone business, I talked with him and was able to come up with an alternative, working through Office Depot.

These kits are compatible with any mobile phone and one size fits all. I paid him $0.08 each because he bought in quantity.

Then we tried it with Motorola, Samsung, I-phone and Nokia units and they worked perfectly.

A photo is attached so scroll down & take a look and let me know if you want one.

Also, forward this to anyone you know, who has a cell phone, and who may want one!






I can hear you laughing! : )

Monday, February 1, 2010

A blur.



Hello February! Can you believe it's February already?

January seemed to fly by in a blur....

- Pigs were born. And a sow we thought would farrow in January - well, didn't. So now we'll be getting February pigs. (I'm sure they'll be just as nice.)

- Workshops were attended. And this month we'll be headed to the bull sales.

- We started sign ups for a crop disaster program at work. And we'll still be taking sign ups in February....and March....and April....and....well you get the picture.

- Snow fell. Water froze. And then the next week we had 60 degree weather. But it wouldn't last. More snow would fall.

- I've stuck to at least one of my resolutions and was able to get to church twice this month - hopefully I can double that number in February.

- Christmas presents were (finally!) mailed. Birthday presents are coming right around the corner.

- Speaking of Christmas....January was NOT the month I took down my Christmas decorations, but I'm pretty sure February will be :)

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Goodbye January 2010 - and HELLO February. Bring on the month for lovers!