Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday thought.

Behold the turtle.
He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

- James Bryant Conant


If it's worth it....

Do it!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Simply living.

Do you have those days when you just know...

This is where I'm meant to be.

Time isn't hurried.
Tasks aren't forced.
Love outpours.
Blessings abound.

I love those days.

Love, love, LOVE them.

Simply living.

Simply loving.

Simply thanking God for this great life we get to lead.

holy experience

580. Gunnar Lane - We are so excited about his birth! Congratulations Brad & Dawn (and Fallon)!

581. A single flower on my desk - that reminds me that I have it far better than many.

582. Farm policy. Can I just tell you how much easier it makes my job when we have policy to back up our programs?

583. A badly needed new hair cut and color.

584. Wedding lists started.

585. Ideas gathered.

586. Phone conversations with good (great, wonderful, loving!) friends.

587. A Diet Pepsi after a day of meetings.

588. Sinking into the arms of my husband Friday night.

589. Home cooked breakfasts.

590. A day spent with family.

591. Double stirrups. :)

592. Side smiles and whispered "baby's".

593. A fun weekend for Lindsay in Boise with great friends.

594. The Beaver's game on local TV in Nebraska! (Too bad they lost - but it was a good effort.)

595. An "edge of your seat" female sale at the Hoffman Hereford Ranch.

596. Speaking without words.

597. Ice cream, licorice, and holding hands.

598. A pound lost - even after the licorice! :)

599. Having all that we need - and so much more.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Woven Differently.

“Fortunately, the time has long passed when people liked to regard the United States as some kind of melting pot, taking men and women from every part of the world and converting them into standardized, homogenized Americans.

We are, I think, much more mature and wise today. Just as we welcome a world of diversity, so we glory in an America of diversity -- an America all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands of which it is woven.”

Hubert H. Humphrey

When we first moved to Nebraska, I got asked all the time what I thought of our new home, or our new lifestyle, or my new office.

My standard answer was usually:

"It's not good or bad, it's just different."

And it was, and still is.


{Different} is hard for some people.

There's been more than one evening where I've called Clint at home so frustrated because what I am at work is too different for some people I interact with.

(Too young, wrong gender.)

I probably take their barbs too personally.

The smaller person in me just wants to shout

"I'm not good or bad, I'm just different than what you're used to - but that's OK!"

But the bigger person in me doesn't let the words come out.

But let me tell you - there are times that I've REALLY wanted to.

(Ugh, I'm still frustrated over some comments I got this week - so thanks for letting me vent about that a bit.)

I just have to keep reminding myself -

"It takes all kinds."



Anyway - back on track....

{Different} has been good to us.

We've gotten to experience a lifestyle that many never get the opportunity to.

And like different strands of barbed wire can hold up the same fencepost and keep it straight, so can different people and experiences of woven backgrounds make up our lives.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall 2010.

It's FALL in Nebraska!

And that means...

Corn is being picked.

Beans are being cut.

Farmers only come into the office when it rains. (Which it did today, so they poured in!)

Calves are being weaned.

The Huskers are playing football.

The nights are getting cooler.

And, the tornado warnings are back. (We had 'em again last night!)


And let me tell you one thing I've learned real quick here....

There is NOTHING (and I really mean nothing!) that makes a true Nebraskan more happy in the Fall, than when the corn fields get picked on time, and the Huskers win on Saturdays!

But for this "Nebraskan" (if you can call me that, and I don't know if I can yet), nothing would make me more happy than to see the BEAVERS win this Saturday!

Happy Fall! And GO BEAVS!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The {Remuda}


A group of saddle horses from which ranch hands choose mounts for the day.



(Jace likes to tell me he's named Doc because every time someone gets on him, they end up going to the doctor. But he's only kidding.)


And what {Remuda} isn't complete without a miniature pony, right?



Would you believe me if I said Orville was Clint's first pick each day?

Ahem, *wink, wink*....

I didn't think so.

Monday, September 20, 2010


A list at work that needed to be accomplished.
Errands that needed to be run.
Miles that needed driven.
Family celebrations that needed attending.
Heifers that needed to be moved.
Groceries that needed to be bought.
Calves that need to be weaned.
Love that needs to be showered.
Boxes that need unpacked.
Dishes that needed to be washed.
Floors that need to be scrubbed.
Friends that need to be called.
Plans that need to be made.
Life that needs to be lived.


Life is happening all around us right now.

And can I just tell you that I'm really enjoying it?

holy experience

560. 100% for Lindsay! Good work Paco!

561. More pounds lost.

562. Colds kicked to the curb.

563. A new shirt in the mail.

564. Boxes unpacked.

565. Our own little "Round-Up" in the Sandhills.

566. Curious calves.

567. A little fun after chores.

568. All-Star weddings.

569. Laughter and funny practical jokes.

570. Smiley face & "punk" underwear.

571. Having your cake & eating it too!

572. A lotta love.

573. Catching up over a Coors Light.

574. "Coconut" pizza.

575. Being included.

576. This crazy niece & nephew - gotta love them!

577. A nap on the couch.

578. Wireless at the ranch!

579. A start to a fabulous next week!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I've been searching for one of these to hang in my office...

I finally found one of these for my very own!

(And it was only $3 at Hobby Lobby - a steal!)

Monday, September 13, 2010

The wood knocked back.

Last Friday I was sitting in my office with two of the gals I work with, one who wasn't feeling so good.

And I was like "Oh, knock on wood (as I'm rapping on my desk), but I rarely ever get sick. Don't worry about me."

That wood bit me in the butt this weekend.

So instead of getting up to the Willow Tree festival in Gordon, Clint was stuck with me on the couch this weekend feeling like crap. (But he did get an extra field baled since we stayed home!)

And while I thought I had shaken it off yesterday, this morning my sinuses & headache were back - and they were not happy campers.

And to cap it all off, we've had tornado warnings all day.

So, instead of pictures (since I've taken zero since last Monday), I thought I'd link to some posts that make me laugh or feel good....even when I'm not.

A lot like wire.

Wondering why God makes life impossible sometimes.

Why I'd like to run....but don't.

What it means to join the sisterhood.

#11 makes me melt.


Love at the ranch.

holy experience

540. TAZO Passion hot tea.

541. Coricidin.

542. Nightime Coricidin. (And here I thought regular Coricidan couldn't get any better - it can!)

543. Pajamas. All day long.

544. Being able to run out on the four wheeler and check cows in my pajamas....and not worrying that anyone will see.

545. Easy dinners.

546. My wonderful, fabulous, loving husband. Love you Clint more than you know.

547. A solid night's sleep.

548. Waking up and feeling like we had slept in - but finding out it was only 7 and we had the whole day in front of us.

549. Brand new baby calves. So sweet!

550. Fitting Clint, myself and both of the dogs on the four wheeler for the ride home.

551. Making it work.

552. Round Up Week! Let 'Er Buck! (We wish we were!)

553. Getting through today - not complaining, just thankful.

554. Naps.

555. Target - I love the one stop shopping right around the corner.

556. Lots of birthdays this week (and month)!

557. Happy (belated) Birthday Robbie!

558. Happy Birthday Uncle Lyle!

559. Happy Birthday Gramps!

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm headed back to bed.

Have a great & healthy week friends!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


We got a little "tanked" with the Stumpff's yesterday.

Basically, you load up yourselves, your coolers full of goodies and a few life jackets (for cushions) and head out into the river.

We floated the Middle Loup, and it took us about 3 hours to go two miles. Besides getting stuck on a few sandbars, getting the tank wedged under a snagged tree, spinning in circles down the river, finding a place to stop the tank and climb the banks for a quick "break" and a wet pair of jeans - it was FABULOUS!

Really, we had a great time. Thanks Kristi for organizing it!

And in the words of Clint:

"This really should be Karl's next business venture."

And because I was too busy after we got home catching up on laundry to post this:

holy experience

520. News of two brand new baby boys - Congratulations Gray Family and Hoffman Family!

521. Finally hitting the 10 pounds lost mark.

522. Two great days spent at the state fair with Clint.

523. Catching up with old judging friends.

524. Meeting new faces - new to me, old Nebraska friends to Clint.

525. Steak on a stick. Yum.

526. Sharing a blooming fried onion. We forgot to go back the next day for the fried dill pickles though.

527. Watching really high quality livestock classes.

528. A really great book to read this week - "The Help".

529. Browsing, but not buying.

530. Fresh fruit.

531. Three silly dogs who can't wait for you to step out of your car & pet them.

532. Ice cold drinks.

533. Lunch at George & Lori's - thanks again!

534. Getting tanked.

535. Spinning around & around.

536. Laughter & funny conversation.

537. Great memories.

538. A night spent snuggled up (it was cold last night!) next to my husband.

539. A beautiful drive back to Kearney this morning.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's A Grand Affair.

Clint & I just spent the last two days at the Nebraska State Fair.

Which this year moved locations from Lincoln (where it'd been for over 100 years) to Grand Island. And let's just say that people in Nebraksa aren't always accepting of change (I mean, look at how much ruckus has been caused with UNL's move outside the Big 10) so there were a few skeptics about how the NEW state fair would look.

I'm here to tell them - it's flat out AWESOME.

The facilities rock. There's no two ways about it. No corners were cut, and the facilities are nice enough to hold any national show. They make anyone want to come show cattle here - the facilities are just that nice.

There's air conditioning in all of the barns and the arena (or heating in the winter), jumbo-trons in all of the barns (so you can be in the barn fitting and still see the action in the show ring), indoor wash racks that can be heated in the winter, drop down electric outlets w/ 4 plug-in's at every stall space (and they're each on their own individual breaker too!), huge fans in all of the barns and arena, offices, a VIP lounge that overlooks the arena, the list just goes on.

See for yourself.

And I mean, if you're going to do a state fair right....

Well, you hire Clay Weber to come judge the sheep show.

We didn't know Clay was coming out, but it was fun to see him sort through the show and catch up on the latest Oregon news.

Congrats to all of the exhibitors. It was fun to see the caliber of the livestock match the caliber of the facilities.

One thing is for sure....

It was a Grand Affair at the 2010 Nebraska State Fair.