Tuesday, March 30, 2010

God answers our common prayers.

He watches over us and guides us.

He embraces us.

Loves us.

Cares for us.

He does all of these things for us.

Even when we think we are lost and without him.

Even when we lose sight of who is really in control.


I woke up this morning and felt calmer than I have in awhile.

Clint rolled over, and said it had snowed last night after the rain settled.

More prayers answered.

Monday, March 29, 2010


We're home from Nebraska.

It was wonderful last week to be caught up again in ranch life. Checking and feeding cows, corraling yearlings, doctoring, pulling calves, making bottles and being outside.

But we didn't get as many questions answered as we probably would have liked.

We're still working on scenarios, when we thought we'd be wrapping up paperwork.

Frustrating to not be sure of the "where" or the "when".

But we're absolutely sure of the "why".

I'm taking comfort in that and knowing that there's a plan out there for us.

We just not sure what it looks like yet.


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100. Windmills.

101. The repetition of ranch life.

102. The range and variety of ranch life.

103. Home cooking and new recipes learned.

104. Safe travels home.

105. The Murdock family - and their ability to pinch hit for us. Thanks again!

106. Country and hills seen by new eyes.

107. Scrambling when told "no" and the growth it brings.

108. Milkshakes and cheesecake with our niece and nephew.

109. Baby calves.

110. Sunshine and warm weather.

111. Conversations with my "seester".

112. Rest.

113. Warm words of kindness and love.

114. Daffodil blooms.

115. Garden seeds chosen.

116. Reminders of a simpler life.

117. Those who understand and encourage.

118. His courage to strike out on a new and unknown road.

119. Prayer.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday Thought.

“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

~Walt Whitman

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

We made it!

With only a small detour, we made it to the Sandhills!

Beautiful weather...

Cows calving...

A touch of wind...

Getting to see family...

It's all been fabulous!

Hope each of you are enjoying your week too!

Monday, March 22, 2010

X marks the spot.

The laundry is done.

The house is clean.

The dogs have been dropped off with friends.

The cooler is full.

The suitcases are packed.

The car is fueled up.

Dreams are waiting to be fulfilled.


We're hitting the road today.

Hoping my trusty Camry will safely travel us the 1,252 miles to the ranch and back.

Halfway between Merriman and Hyannis in the beautiful Sandhills of Nebraska.

Where X marks the spot.

Looking forward to a week and a place that makes us feel:


It's going to be a big week for us.

I hope each of you have a great week yourselves.

Take care. Live well!

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80. A relaxing Saturday.

81. Going Rogue, read. Good book - better as you get into it.

82. A (lost) flat bed trailer and panels - now found!

83. Being able to laugh at a mis-communication.

84. A vaccummed out car, and a clean trunk - not sure the last time that happened.

85. Caesar salad.

86. 3 pounds lost last week.

87. Jennifer making the top ten at state convention.

88. Beaver Spirit!

89. Diet 7-Up.

90. Safe travels to and from Corvallis.

91. An announcement in Kearney.

92. Yearlings arriving.

93. The Garcia kid's success at state convention.

94. A border collie who tried his best.

95. Quietex.

96. Annual leave.

97. A clean house.

98. Family.

99. You, friend.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thursday Thought.

"Politics isn't just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good."

-Sarah Palin

I just started reading "Going Rogue" by Sarah Palin.

Interesting to say the least.

What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Wee Wish.

May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

~An Old Irish Blessing

(A Heppner Leprechaun.)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


"I look forward to the future, because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.”

~George Burns

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...."

1 Thessalonians 4:11

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
~Marcel Proust

A new day.

A brighter attitude.

Encouraged. Trying. Grateful.

Thank you friends.

For your kind words, thoughts and prayers.

Thank you - they've meant a lot this last week.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Last week was like a bad game of Hide and Seek.

Except for I didn't know where to start seeking.

Hiding: Our dog.

Hiding (or rather, stolen): Clint's flat bed trailer loaded with livestock panels, bow gates, a butt gate, wire and posts.

Hiding: Answers to a lot of big questions.

I know we have so much - a home, our health, food on the table, family, love, great jobs, and so much more.

More than most.

I know that - but still, still I was bitter. Worried. Frustrated.

And knowing I should be thankful for all of the things we do have instead of being resentful, just made me feel more frustrated.


But looking back on the week, as I compiled my Multitudes post, I realize again that there is much, much, much to be thankful for.

That it's probably ok to be a little frustrated. I guess that's what makes us human.

And that at the end of each day, I need to still be Seeking.


60. For (life) reminders like this one.

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61. A friend who takes time out of their day to run your errands. Or pick up your bulls.

62. Time spent cuddling sweet baby Royce.

63. Knowing royalty. Congratulations Princess Kylie!

64. A phone call Saturday night from Angie to let us know they had found sweet Katie.

65. Making the register.

66. News of friends coming to spend the weekend.

67. Cold sodas from the cooler.

68. Pressed and starched shirts - that weren't ironed by my hands.

69. Learning a new way to put in stitches.

70. A full gym.

71. A favorite song played on the radio twice in one day.

72. Fresh fruit salads.

73. Back rubs.

74. A great sister who knows when to call and what to say.

75. A safe trip home for my mom and Grandma and life goals checked off the list.

76. 6'' of snow and the wonderful (needed) moisture it brought Friday night.

77. A day spent branding at the Jensen's.

78. Five year old's imaginations.

79. For these creatures, and the fabulous way of life they allow us to lead.


Look who's home!

A huge thank you to the Hughes family for finding her!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

AI School

Last weekend, Clint helped put on an AI school at the local community college.

11 people showed up for two days of fun and excitement.


11 people learned how to artificially inseminate cows.

Some were high school students. Some were ranchers. Some wanted more livestock experience.

Everyone did really well (passing a cow's cervix is NOT as easy as it looks!) and hopefully they'll remember Clint's opening comment....

"When breeding - have patience and be consistent."

Here's to a successful breeding season!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Donkey Basketball

Pilot Rock vs. Heppner

A historic sports rivalry.

Well, historic 'round these parts.

Great competition.

But usually - it's basketball, football or softball.

But last night, the competition was - Donkey Basketball!

And I am so thankful I was not put on a donkey...I don't know how those kids were able to jump off of their donkey, grab the ball, and then hop back up on their donkey (no saddle, just a pad) with the ball and ride.

It was a great event - and pretty stinkin' funny too!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I got home early last night.

And as I pulled into the driveway, only one dog ran out to greet me.

When normally it is two.

I called.

"Katie! Katie! Come here girl!"

Nothing. Nothing.

I ran inside and began calling the neighbors.

No one had seen her, but they'd keep an eye out they all graciously said.

Mind running. Where is she?

Two years ago, when we first moved into our big yellow house, both dogs wandered down to the neighbors.

(And I use the term wandering loosely....our neighbor to the east is 7 miles away, and our neighbor to the west is over 7 miles away.)

I got back in my car, and started up our mile and a half long driveway, and then down the grade, honking my horn to get her attention and calling her name.


I turned around at Vinson (now dark) and headed back up the grade.

Honking. Praying. Calling. Praying.

Clint came home and we tried to figure out where she could be.




Went to bed praying for our little dog who loves to be loved and petted, who we always joke about giving to a good family with kids because she isn't the best at working cattle but is great around kids.

I take all of the jokes back.

I prayed that she wasn't cold or hungry or thirsty.

I prayed that she still be alive.

I prayed that I would wake up this morning, and she'd be on the front porch with her little tongue sticking out.

Yet this morning, nothing.


Come home Katie Mae....we're lost without you.

Monday, March 8, 2010


This weekend was full.

Full of activity, growth, learning, and great friendships.

Full of laughter, cows, manure and hard work.


There are others who don't lead a full life. Those who don't or won't fill the extra hours in a day.

I can't begin to imagine a life like that. And for that, I am thankful.


And for....

40. This wonderful weather!

41. Arriving home before dark almost every night after work last week.

42. The curiosity of children. And ability to be thrilled with finding "treasures" found in a parking lot.

43. Clint. I am so proud of him, and continue to be impressed daily.

44. 11 people who furiously and willingly threw themselves into an A.I. (artificial insemination) clinic this past weekend. (Post w/ more pictures later this week.)

45. A (fabulous!) dinner at Cimmyoti's. Thanks again CRC.

46. A carwash and oil change. Even if it was 3,000 miles overdue.

47. Conversation surrounded by the (music) of xylophones.

48. $2.99 basil plants.

49. Great recipes to fall back on....even at 11:00 pm at night.

50. The many friends and true friendships we have.

Photo by Lindsay Murdock

51. A great (great!) day spent in the Murdock's branding pen and working cows.

Photos by Gary Sundberg

52. Safety. He was looking over all of us yesterday. Multiple times.

53. Whipped cream cheese frosting from a can.

54. New friendships.

55. Advil.

56. Cell phones. And sometimes, more importantly, cell service.

57. The amazing depth and breadth of knowledge our good friend "Doc" (Dr. Garcia) has, and his willingness to share and help others.

58. My wonderful job. And the great people I get to serve.

59. Homemade meals and a handsome man to share them with.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Which one?

One of these things is not like the others,

One of these things just doesn't belong,

Can you tell which thing is not like the others

By the time I finish my song?

As we were driving through the Snake River feedlot with Wade and Cara last weekend, we stopped to look at a heifer in a pen of cattle that Wade and a business partner were feeding out together...

And when I saw this Highlander influenced calf - I about doubled over laughing. I mean, it's not like I've never seen a calf like that one before, but never in a feed yard.

But instead of laughing, I whipped out my camera (with the Sesame Street song "Which one of these is not like the other" running through my head) and snapped some pictures for posterity. :)

I thought I'd share these two -

hopefully they bring a smile to your day!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Road trip warriors.

21. For the great employees at Les Schwab. And their ability to swap out an old battery for a new one in under 15 minutes.

22. My Camry's fuel mileage. We covered almost 1,000 miles this weekend on less than $100 bucks worth of gasoline.

23. A safe trip.

24. Sweet, precious, petite baby Paisley. So thankful to meet, hold and cuddle her this weekend.

25. A strong desire to have babies as wonderful as our friends'. And a future husband who wants them just as much.

26. For Wade and Cara and all that they do. We're blessed to have them as partners. And more importantly, as friends.

27. The ability to crash a dinner party - who knew we had it in us? :)

28. Wagyu meatballs. Wagyu roast. Wagyu anything!

29. For friendships that never grow old. Even if you only get to catch up once or twice a year.

30. Breakfast. And funny conversations.

31. Feedlot tours. Fat cattle. REALLY fat cattle.

32. For the many great people at Spring Cove Ranch.

33. For Stacey Butler's cooking skills - I learn a new recipe everytime we stay there!

34. A customer who is still pleased with their herd sire prospect.

35. A herd sire who has thrown some pretty exciting and unique calves.

36. My Worthington Curvy Fit dress pants. These were a life saver this morning.

37. Anything that requires zero ironing.

38. A night spent in our own bed. Even if it wasn't the Small's feather bed.

39. For home. And views like the one this morning.

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