Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This little piggy...

Went to town...

Went to market...

Is for sale.


He's out of a Big Screen boar and a Gourley gilt...

And we think pretty highly of him.

I apologize, because most of you who read this blog aren't in the market for a pig.

But this is an easy way to share videos and pictures with those who are.

Fear not...your time here was not wasted.

I leave you with this thought from Ronald Reagan:

"I am very proud to be called a pig. It stands for Pride, Integrity & Guts."

Here's to a little more PIG in our lives.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The road leads to...

Kearney, Nebraska


Hyannis, Nebraska


It's official.

We're moving.

A new state....well, for me.

A new office (me) and a new occupation (Clint).

I was hired as the FSA County Executive Director for the Buffalo/Sherman County office in Kearney last Thursday.

Clint's going home to ranch with his dad north of Hyannis.

It's all been very exciting.

And to be honest, a little scary.

But we're ready.


Abraham Lincoln said:

"I will prepare, and some day my chance will come."

Our chance has come - and I pray we are prepared.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I'm mostly posting this because I want to remember how last Monday night went down.

So sorry to those who find this repetitive... but my memory isn't always the greatest, and this one was one to remember.

For many reasons. :)

After leaving work early, and picking up Lindsay in Hermiston, and then meeting and picking up Sarah in The Dalles, we drove the rest of the way to Beaverton to Powell's where we met my sister Lindsay.

After arriving at 6:00, we realized that a line had been formed since early afternoon to get (magic) tickets for your place in line to see and meet PW.

Unfortunately for these Eastern Oregon girls - no magic tickets were ours to be had.

So we jostled for a place in the mass where we could see...

And then waited.

Finally, when PW arrived, it was like an explosion of cameras.

And the lyrics to Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" ran wildly through my head...

After listening to PW's opening comments and answer a few questions, the book signing began.

Ticket holders 1 through 10 were called. And ticket holders 10 through 380 waited.

And those of us without tickets - well we went and ate!

What did you expect us to do?

So after eating dinner, shopping at the Ross next door, and grabbing some ice cream, we headed back to see where they were in the ticket line up.

Would you believe 180 through 190?

Believe it. So, we kicked up our feet, and people watched.

And let me tell ya - the people of Western Oregon did not dissapoint these rural people watchin' girls.

No offense - I grew up in Western Oregon - but there's a reason I don't live there anymore.

Two hours later, all of the ticket holders had been through the line.

Hallelujah! We were next!

So after some jostling in line...

Well, let's be frank - we cut in line. But the lady who was standing in line told us to - she knew we had a four hour drive in front of us - it was almost 11:00 pm by then - and that all of us had to be at work the next morning.

So bless her heart, we could see the end of the rainbow!

Meeting PW was great - she's so nice and friendly. And very slender.

We each got our cookbook's signed, Lindsay gave PW a necklace that Angela from Blueberry Silver had made, and then we got in close for a group picture.

Then, at 10:50pm, we hightailed it out of Beaverton.

We had beds to sleep in!

But absolutely an trip and experience I'd do all over again in a heartbeat.

Just maybe not this week! :)

Thanks Lindsay, Sarah and Lindsay for the memories and a great trip!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

PW in Person!

Meeting the Pioneer Woman in person.

I wanted to shout at the top of my lungs, "How sweet is this!".

But don't worry, I didn't.

Check this one off of the bucket list!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Top 10.

So I can't exactly say that last week was the biggest week of my life....

But it was definitely in the top 10.

And I am so thankful and excited (and let's be honest here - a little scared) for all the new things coming are way.

But even more thankful for the many blessings we've already received.

We've loved this place...

Truly, and honestly enjoyed the life we have led here.

But a new road is rising to meet us.

And I'll definitely post more about what the next few months have in store later this week....

But first:

holy experience

160. Costco coupons in the mail.

161. The nicest phone calls wishing "good luck!".

162. Butterflies. Like Lorrie says, "That's when you know it really means something to you...when you get nervous before hand."

163. A confident interview.

164. A phone call at 12:30 pm saying "I think we're going to make your afternoon".

165. An afternoon (and dreams!) made.

166. The look on Clint's face when I told him the good news.

167. Best wishes.

168. Anticipation and excitement.

169. Sonic diet limeades.

170. Great conversations in the Camry on the way to Central Oregon.

171. Getting to see my brother's house he bought last year.

172. $4.67 jeans at Big R.

173. Family conversations.

174. A story I'll remember forever after shopping at Black House White Market.

175. Seeing my see-ster!

176. Altoids.

177. Sitting in the church pew next to my future husband.

178. A Sunday afternoon blissfully spent.

179. Excitement for a trip to see PW tonight!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Let there be growth.

Thick clouds of doubt laid heavy on my heart last night as I laid in bed.

Thoughts pelted my brain much like the heavy rain drops that attacked me this morning as I made my way to my car.

My mind raced as the red numbers on the alarm clock grew larger and larger.

Can I do this?
Do I have what it takes?
Am I prepared?
Am I the best one?
Is this to big for me to take on?
Will they like me?
What if I fail?


Finally. My eyes closed. But my mind wouldn't rest.

I woke up this morning not exhausted, but not rested either.

Anticipating. Thinking. Worrying. Contemplating.


But through the layers of self doubt and second thoughts, grew a calmed mind.

Self doubt was replaced with self confidence.

Thoughts of failure replaced with the excitement of a new challenge.

Much like the daffodils have pushed through layers of gravel and grit at the top of our driveway, proclaiming their tale of growth and perserverance.

And again I remind myself:

"When you're green, you're growing."

It's a new day for growth.

Will you be green with me?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

3 things.

I am lovin' these three things this week.

And I thought I would share.

Because it's the little things in the life.

1. This blog.

I found Ann through Lindsay and if you've never read her blog, I would encourage you to check her out. When I read today's post and Sunday's post, it was like she was reading my mind. And sometimes it's nice knowing that you're not the only one.

2. This facewash.

I saw a review for this in my Good Housekeeping magazine last month, and when I went to buy my normal Walmart brand Oil of Olay knock-off on Saturday, I decided to pay the extra $2 and splurge. TOTALLY worth it. My face feels as smooth as a baby's bottom when I'm done using this stuff. And it may be wishful thinking, but I'm pretty darn sure this little scrubber-number is making my pores cleaner and smaller. (I know, because you wanted to hear about my pores today, right?)

3. This book.

So I'm a sucker for Nicholas Spark's writing but underneath the love story is an amazing story and lesson in personal growth and walking with God. Be prepared to cry.

Spoiler alert:

Underlying message and a verse used often in "The Last Song"...

"But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." - Galatians 5:22

Monday, April 12, 2010

Always enough.

No pictures today....

Just simple thoughts of thankfulness.

holy experience

140. Found out why the carrots in my carrot cake turned green - too much baking soda!

141. The unconditional love we receive every night from our two dogs.

142. $2 won.

143. Our small community.

144. Phone calls from friends.

145. Listening to Allison Krauss on the way home from work.

146. A full week finished.

147. Self confidence after highlights and a fresh cut.

148. "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks. Loved it. Felt it.

149. "Living Life God's Way" sermon Sunday.

150. Lessons in prayer.

151. Phone calls with family.

152. Exciting plans made to see The Pioneer Woman in Beaverton...want to come?

153. Clearance jeans.

154. A limeade after a long afternoon.

155. Finding just the right piece at Lucky Endz.

156. The full life we are privileged to lead.

157. My Worthington curvy fit dress pants...once again, saved the day!

158. Interviews granted.

159. An exciting path laid before us.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


I've been working on managing at work.

Delegation skills.
Following through.


Part of the job description, and always an area where there's room for growth.

Lots and lots of room to grow in, actually.

"The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work." - Unknown


I went to HHS today to talk to the freshman career's class.

You should have seen the looks on their face when I told them what the salary range was for an individual who works for FSA.

Managed not to laugh at loud.

But then again, I did follow the 19 year old who talked about pumping gas.

So many bright, attentive, hopeful faces....


What are you managing right now?


Whatever it is, I wish you grace!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Peeling potatoes.

If this doesn't make you want to make a potato salad tonight...

Or mashed potatoes....

I don't know what will.

Love, love, LOVE this trick!

*And yes, the lady on this video is a bit kooky. And I've never watched Gilligan's Island, so maybe this is to be expected.

But trust me....the tip is worth the kookiness!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A day late.

I'm a day late...

A dollar short...

Well, two. I caved into temptation and bought two lottery tickets at lunch today.

I blame it all on my boss.

With his winning streak, he'll probably end up the big winner.

Yesterday was crazy. But I love writing down my thankfulness from the week prior.


holy experience

120. Eastern Oregon weather. If you don't like it...wait 5 minutes.

121. Dinner with my mom & sister after a meeting in Portland.

122. Shopping at Costco with Paco & the "extra" items one can always find.

123. An evening to catch up with friends over friendly (competitive!) games of Bunco.

124. Meeting deadlines.

125. A day off to catch up on sleep, baking and laundry.

126. Checking heat in the morning light and the sweet memories it brought back.

127. Barb's Easter dinner. And "Thanksgiving" dinner the night before. Yum.

128. Celebrating Terry's birthday!

129. The convenience of having two pickups.

130. Another trip around the sun for Melly. Happy Birthday Mel....we love you!

131. Easter phone calls with family.

132. Jelly Belly sour gummy fish. So good. Sooooo goood.

133. Carrot cake cupcakes and green carrots.

134. Small wedding decisions made.

135. Applications mailed.

136. Days that fly by.

137. A well spent half hour at the chiropractor's.

138. Our health.

139. Our family & friend's health.


April (snow) Showers....

Will they bring May flowers?

Or better yet...May grass?

So much for my whole "spring has sprung" post last week! :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring has sprung.

As I was driving to Hermiston last night for Bunco, Spring was showing its beautiful face all around me.


Ummm...I won the 2nd place prize at Bunco last night for most wins! I only brag because I've never won anything at Bunco yet and was so excited.

And I think I was even more excited when I saw that our prizes were gift cards to Lucky Endz, a local gift store with TONS of western stuff!

Seriously. (For you.)

It was a fun, fun, fun night.



Anyway, back to it being Spring...

Wheat fields were filled with green shoots making rows turn into fields.

Brilliant blue skies filled with lazy cotton clouds.

Farmers in the fields working towards harvest.


And today, as I was looking for my Thursday Thought - I found this:

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." ~Rainer Maria Rilke

And I like "yes!"

This totally describes how yesterday looked.


But as I was driving, I couldn't help myself.

I had to roll down the window and grab some pictures of the wind turbines set against the blue sky.

If I were cool, and had Photoshop, I could probably make this one look better.

But I'm not.

And I don't.

And I'm OK with that. :)

Happy April 1st!

And no, me winning the gift card is not an April Fool's joke.

Anyone want to go shopping?