Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Miracles abounding....

Ok, so I promised y'all that I would do a post about the Miracles God has been performing around here. :-) So, here it goes!  Oh, and I am extremely sorry if my blog has gotten boring, as of late.. I am afraid losing followers is a good sign that people don't think your blog interesting!

In order for y'all to really understand what I am talking about, I am going to have to give you a brief rundown on what goes on around here during the spring/summer months.   Every year for the past couple of years we have run yearlings on our place.  A 'neighboring' (unlike in the city where you neighbor is two blocks away, out in the country your neighbor could be 10 miles from you!) rancher friend runs some of his cattle on our property-or, as it is properly called, we lease the pasture to him.  At the end of the season, we round 'em up, weigh them, and then he pays us based on their weight gain.  Now let's introduce you to another guy: Joe.  Joe is the one who feeds the yearlings for us.  It gives him a bit of income and gives us more time to work with our own cows by not having to worry about checking on the yearlings and whatnot.

Ok, now that that is laid out, I can continue. ;-)  We feed our cows 'cubes' (cake feed) during the winter when they are calving.  We usually stop feeding in the spring months because they typically have plenty of grass to eat.  However, because it has been so dry, no rain, and we have extra cows on the place, there is hardly any grass for our cows to eat.  So, we have had to continue feeding them.  That means we have fed since around December until now.  We will have to continue feeding until we get some grass. 

Joe has also been feeding the yearlings, but for a much shorter time period than we have been feeding our cows.  The other day, though, he called to say that he would need to order more cubes because he was all out (we have a HUGE bin that we store the cubes in.. Then we just drive the truck under, open up the little chute thing, and out it comes!).   When he called, he wanted to know if he should go ahead and order us some too while he was at it. 


That's right, I said nope.  Why, when we need to feed the cows?  Well, we aren't out of cubes!! We have been feeding our cows for longer and given them more cubes than Joe has been doing for the yearlings and yet we haven't run out.  If that isn't a Miracle, I don't know what is.......

Then, of course, we have a roof over our heads, food to eat, clothes to wear, a bed to sleep in, etc, etc.  God has been good to us........

Oh, and just to let you know... it did 'rain' yesterday.  Only problem is that it is so hot and dry, it evaporated before it hit the ground!!!  I know it sounds weird, but it does happen.  In fact, it looks rather cool from a distance.  You know how if it is raining a couple miles away you can see the blue streaks coming down?  Well, instead of it reaching all the way down to the ground, it stops half way down.. Pretty interesting.

Well, I hope this post was a little more interesting than the last couple of ones I have done.

In Christ's Service,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The light at the end of the tunnel!

I can finally see the light!!  I am almost done with school!!!  To say I am slightly excited would be an understatement.  Although I do enjoy learning different things, it will be nice to be done!

I will hopefully be graduating this fall.

The books on my list?

The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (this has been truly fascinating!) This one is a huge text book that looked quite daunting when I first started!
The History of Medicine (both of these are smaller books)
The World of Physics

World History, part 2 (almost done with this fella!)
Government History

And then several math books... As you all know, math is not my strong point.  However, perseverance is always good in matters like these, and I am determined to get done. :-)

It is kind of a strange feeling to be close to graduating... I keep thinking that I will have all this time on my hands, but I know that won't be true because I will be doing all those things that are on my other 'to do list'.  Still, at least those won't HAVE to be done everyday, if you get my meaning. :-)

Are some of you close to graduating?  Or perhaps some have already graduated??

Pray for rain! Our poor cows are looking skinny, skinny.  However, God is performing miracles around here... but I think I better leave that to another post!!

In Christ's Service,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I'm sorry for the temporary shut down!

If any of you tried to open up my blog yesterday afternoon, you may have gotten the page that said 'permission denied'.  I am extremely sorry for it.  I needed to shut my blog down temporarily while I made a few changes.

Apparently there is a hijacker roaming blogger world and is making a mess of things.  I have heard of some absolutely dreadful and ridiculous things that this person has done to other bloggers.  So, I quickly shut down my blog until I had time to remove all personal pictures and whatnot.

Sorry for the inconvenience.  It is really sad when these things happen.  To me, it seems rather immature for someone to go around and steal other bloggers profiles, pictures, etc, and even more immature to go and do something with them that is totally inappropriate.

In Christ's Service,

**Edit note:  I decided not to close down my blog after all...... 

Monday, June 20, 2011

To my wonderful Dad....

I know I am a day late on this, but oh well.  I figured it was better late than never....

My Dad... well, many girls would disagree if I said he was the BEST Dad in the world because they think that their own Dad's are the best.. However, I have to say it.  Not only is Dad the best Daddy in the world, he is also the kindest, sweetest, funniest one, too!!

My Daddy can always make me laugh.  There have been times when he kept me in stitches.  He also has such wonderful wisdom.  There have been so many 'midnight chats', as I call them, with my Daddy.  He gives me so many wonderful pointers about different things in life.  Growing up, school, marriage, everything.  The best thing, though, is that he always points me back to God's Word.  Daddy also loves to follow his dreams and work as hard as he can to achieve them.  He doesn't shirk from duties or hard work.  Instead, he rolls up his sleeves (literally, in some cases!), and gets to work!

He is very knowledgeable in many ways. He is always willing to share what he knows and is very patient in his explanations of things.  He is my personal math tutor.  If I ever have problems with math, I always know I can go to Daddy to help me out.  History, however, is a different matter entirely.  He likes to say, quite jokingly, that there are 52 states- don't forget Alaska and Hawaii..! ;-) 

Although my Daddy is all of these wonderful things, there is one particular thing that he isn't.  He is not perfect.  But you know what? This is the thing I admire most about him.  He isn't perfect, and he knows it, but he is teachable.  A man who is teachable and willing to listen is what a man should be.

My Daddy is honest, honorable, and perseveres to the best of his ability.  He also gives the true meaning of JOY:


That's my Daddy, only ten times better!  Words just sometimes can't explain everything you feel....

Thank you, my Heavenly Abba, for giving me this wonderful Daddy here on earth to give me a little taste of what it will be like to spend eternity with you! Amen.

I love you Daddy!!!

Your little girl forever,

PS. As you can tell by the scarcity of the photos, my Daddy also tends to avoid the camera if he can help it! ;-)  And all photos were taken by Becca at the '10 bull sale.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Down life's pathway

While traveling down life’s pathway,
The road, it seems so rough.
To know which way to go,
Oh, why must it be so tough?

Which path should I choose;
The smooth or full of gravel?
I sit here and muse,
Just which way should I travel?

I have no map to guide me,
Nor stars to chart my course.
And as far as I can see,
This just makes matters worse.

A stranger passes me by,
Stops, and gives me a little book.
I have no choice but to comply,
And give the pages a look.

As I read the pages within,
I begin to find to my personal Guide.
He gently gives me what I need,
And walks right by my side.

Though His lantern gives little light,
I trust Him for each step I take.
For me to know, it’s not my right,
And so I follow my Guide.

In His presence, I feel so humble,
He always shows His love and mercy.
And when upon a rock I stumble,
He always lifts and helps me.

I know He’ll ever be my Guide,
And show me what I need to know.
He will never leave my side,
Whichever way I go.

This one came to me today.... I am not exactly very good at poetry. I mean, I certainly can't sit down and write it all the time like some can. However, every once in a while, God gives me one, so I write them down.  I hope you enjoy this one.

Thank you, also, to those who have sent sweet notes full of love and comfort.  I really appreciate them! :-)

In Christ's Service,

Monday, June 6, 2011


Need I say  more????  Yes!  Thank you God!!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Government at work..

This is really too true to be too funny, but I thought it might at least bring a smile or two.......

In Christ's Service,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A bit more of my book

Ok, I decided that I would go ahead and post some more of my book.  I kind of hated to leave you hanging like that.  So, I will probably post a chapter or two and then that will be it.   Thank you so much for your kind comments on my last post! I really appreciated it.  Also, if you have another questions/suggestions, please feel free to share them.  I am always looking forward to hearing what people suggest, so fire away..... just don't be too hard.. ;-) haha!  Oh, and I did include a tiny bit from the end of the last post, just to refresh your memories....

He awoke with the feeling that he was being drug.  Yes, he was most certainly being hauled along through the tall, dry grass, but he couldn’t remember what had happened.  Trent summoned his strength to lift his head off of his chest and look up at his captor, or perhaps rescuer, but to no avail.  Licking his parched lips, he struggled to remember what had happened.
            He noticed that whoever was carrying him was breathing hard, is if he was a heavy load for them.  Once again he tried lifting his head.  Fresh blood from his wound came trickling down his face.  Trent became dizzy and rested his chin on his chest as his  eyes slowly closed and all became dark.

When Trent woke again, he was lying in the grass with his head gently propped up on a blanket roll.  He slowly turned, grimacing as a sharp pain shot through his head.  He was lying in a small clearing in the woods.  A fire was crackling a few feet away, offering a welcoming warmth.  A few articles of clothing were stretched out on a log on the opposite side of the fire.  There seemed to be a pot of something cooking, but other than that there was no sign of another person being there.
            Above him the stars twinkled brightly, peeping through open spaces in the canopy of tree branches.  Reaching up, he gingerly touched his head.  A bandage had been wrapped around it and bound tightly.  The blood had been cleaned off his face.  His armor had been removed and a blanket covering placed over him.
            A branch snapped in the woods to his left.  He swiveled his head to look, instantly regretting it as another sharp pain shot through.  Half closing his eyes in feigned sleep, he scanned the edge of the clearing.  There!  Another branch snapped as a form appeared. The tall figure was cloaked and hooded, hiding any identity that Trent might perhaps recognize.  When it had drawn nearer, it paused as if looking at him for a moment.  Then it walked over to the fire and neatly deposited it’s armload of wood next to it. 
            Trent slowly turned his head again and watched as the figure neatly stacked the wood.  It’s back was toward Trent, allowing him to open his eyes wider and get a better look.  The figure, though rather tall, was small in form.  It’s hands were also small and slender.
Another twig snapped, accompanied by the crunching of leaves.  The figure by the fire straightened and looked out beyond Trent in the direction it had just come.  Trent held his breath and waited.  Footsteps drew nearer and nearer until they stopped right next to him. 
            Opening his eyes ever so slightly, he watched the person still standing by the fire.   Whoever it was hadn’t moved.  He could barely see the face inside the hood.  A slight glimmer from the fire revealed where the eyes were.  They seemed to be staring directly towards him.  The person beside him now gently touched his bandage.
            “How long since you brought him here?” a man’s voice came from the second figure and joined the first by the fire.  The answer wasn’t audible.  The man looked over at Trent and sighed deeply.  “You’ve done a good job on bandaging his wound.  I am afraid that when he awakes he will find more to wound him than simply the gash in his skull.”
The first figure said something as it clasped it’s hands in front of it.  The man simply nodded in reply and squeezed the shoulder of his friend.  “Here, if your soup is ready, perhaps you should feed him some of the broth.  No doubt his body could use it.”  The man sat wearily on the log and put his head in his hand.  The other figure picked up a wooden bowl and put a ladleful of the aromatic broth into it.  Walking over, it kneeled next to Trent, then reached up and removed the hood from it’s head, revealing long, brown hair.  Trent’s eyes instantly flew open as he gazed in bewilderment at the young woman that was bending over him.

Well?  Whatdya think??