Monday, February 28, 2011

We can do hard things.

A few weeks ago, Lindsay had recently mentioned this blog she has been following, and I jumped on her bandwagon and got hooked.

Last week they featured this Etsy store, and I fell in love with this sign:

And you know what?

We can.

All of us can.

We can all do hard things.

But what separates the good from the bad, is the attitude with which we do them.

It's easy to whine, complain and say "the world isn't fair".

Seeing the glass as half full can be hard.

Seeing the world in a positive life can be hard.

Making lemonade out of lemons can be hard.

But we can do hard things.


Can I just tell you how great our long weekend in Oregon was?

It did my heart good.

Don't get me wrong - we have great family & friends here in Nebraska.

And we love them (you!) all so much.

But I just feel like when I'm back in Oregon...I'm home.

I think I have to be OK with the fact that wherever we live,

whether it's here, or back in Oregon,

we're going to be missing something.

The glass can't always be full. But then, I'm not sure if it has to be full.

I think I just have to see it as fulfilling.

It's been a hard concept to grasp.

But I can do hard things.

And so can you.


And the blessings keep multiplying....

780. Two boys {whose excitement when we came to pick them up} just made our day.

781. A very profitable bull sale for our fellow Red Angus friends.

782. Catching up with so many friends. I just love bull sales for their ability to bring so many great people together in one space like that!

783. Being late for the annual "February Birthday Dinner", and our graceful friends who didn't give us a hard time.

784. Tacos & beer margaritas. Is there a better birthday meal?

785. Lounging around for a little bit Friday morning before hitting the road.

786. THE dress. Found. Chosen. Measured. Loved!

787. Dinner with family & another birthday celebration with my dad.

788. A beautiful wedding - Congratulations again Beau & Allison!

789. A shared bottle of wine - thanks Roommate! :)

790. A table full of laughter and catching up.

791. Traeger grilled meat and the Wooden Nickel's green beans - Mt. Angel's best!

792. A very.very.very fun wedding reception.

793. An impromptu trip to Corvegas!

794. Friends who shared their house with {many} of us. Thanks again TJ & Sam!

795. A trip home in the Jet-pack.

796. Hugs, showers, and a trip to PDX.

797. A long, leisurely lunch with Clint in the Denver airport.

798. Getting all the way through PW's new book. A good read!

799. Safe travels.

800. Over 800 Oregon miles driven last weekend....800 miles of memories, laughter and love.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

To run.

My mother-in law called Sunday night, and told us that she'd bought "Secretariat" on pay-per-view, so if we wanted to watch it, it'd be on all day at both houses.

I told her "thanks!" and that we'd check it out.

One word. Amazing!

Like, we watched it again after the first time.

(Well, that's a little bit of a lie. I fell asleep on the second go around after the first hour....but Clint watched it all the way through!)

I think some of you have seen it. But if you haven't - you need to.

It's a great movie with an even more amazing lesson.


"This is not about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it! Because you never know how far you can run unless you run."


Life is a little crazy/hectic/unknowing/uncertain right now for us.

But we're running.

Hopefully in the right direction.

Trying to make good decisions for our future.

We're running AT life.

Because we don't know how far we can run, until we run.


We're headed back to Oregon for a long weekend tomorrow.

And we're going to run.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Talent at NCC.

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

Talent is often uniquely packaged...

But one thing I know for sure - there are a lot of students across this country who have a talent for livestock.

Congratulations to all of the teams that came out to Kearney to compete this weekend at the 2011 Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic (NCC) Livestock Judging Contest!

Your talent shined!

Top Ten Individuals - Jr. College

Top Ten Individuals - Sr. College

Colorado State University Livestock Judging Team

California State University - Chico Livestock Judging Team

Blue Mountain Community College Livestock Judging Team

College of Southern Idaho Livestock Judging Team

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Hebbert's

At Christmas time, Clint told me we were going to make a stop in town.

I didn't know the folks we were going to see, but he warned me that there'd be a lot of them.

{He wasn't kidding.}

When we pulled up, there had to have been fifteen cars parked outside.

"This was one family", I thought to myself.

As we walked in, we were greeted with

"Oh my goodness, I haven't seen you in forever!"
"Hello there!"

Warm smiles.
Warm hearts.
Warm people.

The Hebbert's have lived in Hyannis a long time.

They're well established Charolais breeders, and excellent horsemen.

But I think most importantly, they're just really good people.

I'd heard a lot about them before we ever moved back to Nebraska.

How Clint worked for Mose & Merla, and Dave & Mickie in high school, and how his love for good Charolais cattle was fostered there.

He spoke of people who didn't mind taking the time to do things right.

And after meeting them, they've been all that....and more.

They're people with common sense and generous hearts.

People with a great attitude.

People that are a part of why there's a "Charolais" at the end of the SS.

We spent last Saturday with them
helping clip bulls for their sale on April 9th.

And while Clint, Dave & Matt worked on the bulls,

Mickie and I played with our new {twin} cameras.

A well spent Saturday afternoon.

"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." - James D. Miles

Monday, February 14, 2011

Forever and ever.

I first saw it about a year ago.

We were at Wade & Cara's, and headed to bed in the school room.

If you've been to their house, you know what I mean. The whole world is at your hands in that room!


It's on a wall at the bottom of their staircase.

I asked Cara where she had gotten it, and she said it was a wedding present.

But it was so much more than a wedding present.

I don't have one of my own, and I'll probably never find one like it...

But the saying stuck.

And while Clint probably gets tired of me telling him over and over...

I'll still tell him.

I'll still leave notes with its words scribbled out.

I'll still mean it.

I'll love you forever and ever.
And no matter what.


Love wins again.


And a very Happy Valentine's Day to all of my dear friends.

I'll love you too forever and ever.

And no matter what!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love wins.

Clearly, this picture isn't perfect.

Rather it's blurry, it isn't cropped, and it's certainly not edited.

But it's real.
It's Katie at her best.
Wanting desperately to be loved on.

And despite the imperfections,
it's one of my favorite pictures of her.
Because it's {her} captured.

And while she's not perfect;
what dog or human is?
she's loved.

And at the end of the day;
it's not about being perfect.

It's really not.

Love wins.

Monday, February 7, 2011


On Clint's birthday, we headed out to the ice to play around a bit.

Jace grabbed the four-wheeler, and Clint hooked his new Rhino up to the calf cart.

Calf carts make excellent sleds, didn't ya know? :)

But as soon as Clint had the Rhino hooked up, Jacobi kicked him out of the driver's seat, and took the wheel.

The girl knows what she wants....birthday or no birthday.

Just joking, we love you 'Cobers.

So once we had all the gear, we headed out to the lake (which is really just the hay meadow flooded with a few inches of water that's frozen over) to play around. Jace hung back for a bit, but then figured out that this ice thing can be pretty fun.

The calf cart soon got ditched for a rope and a floor mat, and we spent the next hour goofing off. There's a couple of videos at the end of these pictures, if you want to get the true effect. ;)

There was a reason I said yesterday,

"Give Clint a rope and a four wheeler,

and he'll show you a good time!

Sunday, February 6, 2011


My handsome husband turns 37 today.


37 things about Clint on his 37th Birthday:

He's a great husband.
He has a huge heart.
He likes good horses.
He's 3 days older than his sister who took this picture.
He likes Tillamook cheese and crackers.
He likes good cattle.
He probably likes good Charolais cattle the most.
He's kinda handy with a rope.
He's the shortest of three boys. (Imagine that.)
He loves being an uncle.
His friends & family mean the world to him.
He's a mean 15-passenger van driver.
He has a minor in Statistics.
After good horses, and good cattle, he likes having good dogs.
He likes John Wayne movies.
Even if it happened twenty years ago, he probably remembers it.
He's a proud Plainsmen.
And a Ram.
And a Beaver.
Don't ask him to cram five guys, their saddles and tack into a tiny car - he can.
Fat Tire's his favorite beer.
He hasn't had 37 roommates over his college career, but the number comes pretty close to that.
He's not afraid to take on a challenge.
He likes his steaks medium rare.
And he doesn't eat chicken.
Buck Taylor is his favorite artist.
He's a great teacher.
He knows a good bargain when he sees one.
And he doesn't mind waiting for the bargain.
He can usually do math faster in his head than he can on a calculator.
Give him a four wheeler and a rope, and he'll give you a good time.
He's not a big fan of sweets.
But he does like a Reese's peanut butter cup.
Spades is his game.
He can even beat you at Spades while driving a 15 passenger van.
He'd rather ride than drive.


Happy Birthday babe - you have a wife that can't wait to celebrate the next 37+ years with you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Feeding cows.

Feeding on Friday...

"Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution."

- Hank Aaron


We're in a little bit of a guessing game right now.

And until some of the guessing turns to reality...

we're focusing on executing the things we have control over today.