Monday, June 28, 2010

Ooufta.


It has been a crazy week.

(Full) is probably a better way to put it.

Clint & Lindsay made it to Nebraska with all of our stuff.

Lindsay texted me when they got through Wyoming Thursday, "I made it through an entire state without breaking down!".

Something about a relay switch/fuse/thing-a-ma-bob and not having trailer lights at night.

I'm so glad they're there. And they even have the entire trailer unloaded and moved in....how awesome is that?

The PI show this weekend was fabulous. We're going to miss the people we worked with on that show and their friendship.

This will probably be my last post until I get back to Nebraska.

Something about cleaning a house, scrubbing the walls, and loading all of the rest of our stuff into my Camry.

(Pray for me on the last part....but a car can hold a lot of things, right?)

Have the best week!

holy experience


340. Amazing friends who helped us load the heavy things.

341. Getting it all (almost) in.

342. Finding homes for the treadmill, extra washer and dryer and other small things.

343. The donation center at Goodwill.

344. Safe travels.

345. Pretty cards.

346. Mops, wash rags and bleach.

347. Phone calls.

348. Bunco.

349. Raffle prizes, BBQ, livestock and family fun.

350. Costco still open at 8:00 pm.

351. Amazing people to work with during the PI.

352. Did I say I'm so thankful for the amazing people who I got to work with this weekend? Because I am.

353. A thank you and a few tears during the Champion Steer drive.

354. Three PR girls who were awesome help this weekend.

355. Catching a bite at Artic Circle.

356. Finished "A Tendering in the Storm".

357. Fans and a breeze.

358. A morning to sleep in past 5:30 am.

359. Sunshine.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Going...

Going....



Going....

Gone!



.......

Well, at least Clint is gone.

I'm headed out next Wednesday.

And we got it (mostly) all in the two trailers!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The wedding.

"This isn't a wedding, this is us just getting hitched."

- Clint Sexson

Pictures by Lindsay Murdock


Even though the "big" wedding isn't until June 18th, 2011...

The "real" wedding happened this June 18th.

A small ceremony with my family there and two great friends.

Nothing fancy. We want next year to be special and big and fun.

But health insurance is important, and it was good to be married before we made the move.

......

Mr. & Mrs. Sexson

June 18th, 2010




320. A new last name.

321. Falling deeper in love.

322. Small little squeezes from Clint's hand while we said our vows.

323. Having my family there to celebrate.

324. Reminders of Eastern Oregon.

325. Cakes, brownie bites and lemonade.

326. A showering of warm wishes from fellow staff and farmers.

327. Being busy, but having it all fall into place.

328. The best friends ever.

329. This special friend, who goes above and beyond.

330. Sunlight and a warm day.

331. A dinner celebration with friends and family.

332. Laughter, funny jokes and good memories shared....and re-shared.

333. A sister who spent the entire weekend and all of this next week helping us move.

334. Half of our trailer (tightly) packed...and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

335. Seeing many friends at the Umatilla Cattleman's BBQ

336. Steak, salads and scrumptious desserts.

337. Hugs, good wishes and good byes.

338. All of Katie's puppies given to good homes, except one...

339. ...who we get to keep!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wedding Day.

Today's the day!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Well, the official day.

The party day's next year - mark your calendars!


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Excited.
Not nervous.
Ready.
Hopelessly in love.


And hopefully he feels the same way!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I'll post pictures next week!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hair.

My stylist today told me to bring her pictures of styles I like so she can do my hair on Friday for our small wedding ceremony.

Hey - even though this isn't the "big" wedding, it's still a good excuse to get my hair done, right?

I've been trying to find a shape or style that will work with my curls and (shorter) length.

Here's what I like so far...





(I more like the front of the second picture, the back's a little messy, but maybe with my curly hair, it'd work.)

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A quick note.

I feel bad.

Yesterday on my blog post about not feeling connected, I was referencing not being connected to anyone at OSU anymore.

Not Oregon.

We absolutely feel connected and loved and embraced by all of you!

We were just walking back to our car after graduation and thinking about how we won't know anyone at OSU next year.

.......

The world lost a fabulous person in Aunt Judy, but God gained a hilariously funny side-kick in heaven.

We'll miss your loving ways, caring attitude and funny jokes Aunt Judy!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Over and over.


We were walking along the sidewalk in the grass towards our parked car,

warm sun heating pavement,

the halls and dorms a blur of brick around us,

bare feet blistered from *pretty* shoes feeling cool blades,

when he says,

"After this year, we won't be connected to anyone here."

Mind racing.

Feelings searching.

Heart sinking.

How many memories did we have invested here?

Too many to count.

Friends, time, family, experiences.

Jobs, school, homes, life.

Our cups over-floweth.

Over and over and over.

holy experience


300. Busy-ness.

301. Birthdays.

302. The arrival of his ring.

303. Good books.

304. Dinner out and about.

305. Honesty. Even when it's hard to hear.

306. Laughter.

307. Thoughtful presents.

308. The way things always work out.

309. Caring friends.

310. Time spent traveling, visiting and enjoying family.

311. Accomplishment.

312. Graduation and celebration for Lindsay.

313. The ending of an era.

314. The OSU fight song and memories it brings back.

315. Coolers, cakes and college graduates.

316. Cool breezes blowing at night.

317. Breakfast at Sharon's.

318. Time well spent saying (hard) good byes to great friends.

319. Family.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Graduation!

Oregon State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
Class of 2010
Magna Cum Laude
Double degrees - Ag Business & General Agriculture

*She's a smart cookie*



And in a sea of graduates....

She stood out.

Not only for being her....

But with her *sparkle*.




Congratulations Lindsay!

We are so proud of you!


Welcome to the *adult* world.
You're going to shine!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Seriously.

Resilient.

Gracious.

Hysterically funny.

Adaptable.

Convincing.

A fabulous wife & mom.

A true friend.



Happy Birthday Lindsay!

Here's to many (many!) more.

#1

Congratulations

Lady Rockets!


2010

2A/1A OSAA

State Softball Champions!



*A special congratulations to KJ & the Jensen family!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Yes. Of course. Kind of.

I've been struggling lately with the question,

"Are you excited about Nebraska?"

How do I answer?

Yes.

Of course!

Kind of?

.........

I am excited about our move.

I really am.

New opportunities, new friends (hopefully) and a new lifestyle await.

And I'm excited for them to get here.

I'm excited Clint gets to go home and do what he does best.

I'm excited for new challenges.

I'm excited to have a gym to go to after work each day.

(Hey, it's the small things.)

Just some of the things I'm excited about.

.......

But as I answer this oft-asked question, a part of me is is fighting to say...

I'm going to miss this {life} we've had for the past few years terribly.

My family.
Our friends.
Our lifestyle here.

In a way that those I'm speaking to understand.

That when I say "Yes, we're excited!"

I also mean -

Of course.

Kind of.

Yes.

.......

We've chosen this path.

And I'm thankful we've had the opportunity to make the choice.

And not have the choice made for us.



holy experience


280. Rain.

281. Rainbows.

282. Sun breaks. (Who thought I'd move to Eastern Oregon & complain about the rain in June!)

283. Knowing the person you're sitting next to on the tour bus.

284. BBQ lunches and listening to the governor.

285. New business and technology for Morrow County.

286. Bunko, baby.

287. $7 shirts.

288. Friends who care.

289. Air conditioning.

290. Back roads driven and 1 minute to spare.

291. Celebrating graduations.

292. Lost treasures found.

293. Library books.

294. The ring. Found...and ordered.

295. An emailed picture from a caring friend.

296. A state softball championship for the Pilot Rock Rockets. Way to go girls!

297. A clean(er) house.

298. An evening spent (squished) on a front porch with friends.

299. Laughter.

Friday, June 4, 2010

All the single ladies...

Our little puppies are growing like weeds - and starting to get into trouble.

(Not really, but they think tipping their mama's food bowl over and scattering her dog food is great fun!)

The females are outnumbered by the males, but they're holding their own pretty well.

They love to be played with, and I can pick them up and lay them over on their back while I hold them, which Clint says is a sign of submission....a good trait to have in a cattle dog.

I've been trying not to get too attached....

Because we've made the final decision not to keep one.

(Moving with puppies probably isn't the best idea for us right now.)

But there are two great families who have already told us they'd like a female, so I thought I'd put these up so they can start to decide which one they want.

Of the three females, one is all black and white, and the other two are marked like their mother; mostly black and white, but they have brown on their cheeks and on their legs where the black meets the white.

The Tri's:

I can tell this one apart by the wider blaze on her face -






And this one has more of a narrow blaze -





The Black & White:

She's a bit of a chunk!






So, we'll still have a female left and three males and we're looking for good families who'd like a (free) puppy!

I'll put pictures of the boys up next week.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blessed.

We had such a wonderful Memorial Day weekend -

Friends.
Laughter.
Birthdays.
Hugs.
Good cattle.
Fun times.

Clint & I are pretty blessed.

Make it {very} blessed.

And the gifts keep rolling in....

holy experience



260. America; and those who protect it.

261. Puppies with wide-open eyes.

262. A bull (& baggage!) sold last week.

263. Laughing & loving.

264. Learning the YMCA in Kearney is only a block from my new office - and that they have at least three different group classes a night!

265. Finding a good rental company in Kearney.

266. Well run jackpots - The 5 Peaks Classic was a success once again!

267. Pee wee showmanship.



268. Starbucks iced tea lemonades.

269. Babies and blankets.

270. A 22nd birthday for Lindsay! Happy Birthday!



271. BBQ, birthday cake, beer margaritas and and friends to share them with!

272. The Gohr family & their fabulous hospitality and friendship.

273. Pacos & Tacos.

274. Funny faces....and funny men.





275. Two books finished - Jane Kirkpatrick is a fabulous author!

276. Tacos, s'mores and family friends we cherish.

277. Sleeping in - just a little.

278. A day spent catching up on laundry.

279. A new CED for Morrow County - congratulations Kyle!