Monday, December 16, 2013

Waiting on the Lord

For the answers to my questions and desires
He knows my heart
And my anxieties
It's better for me to do nothing at all, then to do things in my own way and my own strength.
He knows what is the best way for Him to use me
And He know's I have no idea what I want for myself!
So that's why I'm waiting on the Lord for something, anything, to come up as and answer. And if it doesn't, I guess my answer would be to wait on the Lord.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Summary of Spring

Springtime has sprang and sprung. I kept thinking I would post different posts of some of the activities and things I did...but with my computer breaking down, and time a-flying, and the lack of exciting pictures I'm pretty late in doing so. So anyway, I thought I would do a quick and not very exciting summary of my spring. :)

In April we went back to the Eastern side of the US and visit relatives in several different states. It was SUCH a blessing to see loved ones, some of whom I haven't seen for several years.

We stayed with some cousins in Ohio

In May Joe and Duane went riding/bear hunting and Kaylena and I decided to join them just for the ride. 
We had a lot more rain than usual this spring, and Joe's horse ended up sinking to his waist/belly in mud.

This was right as Joe was telling me to quite taking pictures and help :p

There is absolutely NO BETTER PLACE to take a nap than in the sun up on a mountain! Of course, it was cloudy, and rainy that day...but I still got my nap in overlooking this view :)
For some reason I didn't see any bears :/?

Rode right by this young bull-who thought we we're pretty weird looking

In June we planted our garden. As of now it is producing beautifully (except for the peas) but that's cheating, I'll have to save that for another post!

It was so totally a WONDERFUL spring! I had a lot more time off work and got to do a lot more 'fun' things than usual...along with the sweet little hidden things that makes life blueberry milkshakes!

A neighborhood friend invited Karissa and I to go explore Spirit Mountain Cave with them. Unfortunately most of my pictures turned out terrible due to the dust getting in the lens...but I did get one of Karissa. We had so much fun. I totally loved spending time with them :) I forgot how fun and cute kids and their comments can be :D

In addition to my fun moments I started training a couple horses. I have thoroughly enjoyed (almost) every moment of it! In fact...I fell so in love with them that I've been offering to buy!! I hate the thought of spending all the time working with them (which really amounted to quite a lot!) and never riding them again...but, on the flip side my horse has hardly been ridden and has gotten to be quite 'stiff' :/ Like they always take time for something else besides your own! 

There were a lot of other super fun, and sometimes not so fun moments...but unless they are captured by a camera it just doesn't seem the same. But, at least the fact remains that I DID have a wonderful and beautiful spring, and that I AM alive and still kicking in spite of my supposed absence. there is proof that I got my computer fixed...$300 later. So, hopefully I will start to continue blogging, even if it's only for the reason of my own reminiscing :D

Monday, January 14, 2013


Driving home for working the night shift on Sunday morning I could hardly resist the temptation to close my eyes for a moment. 

It was a cold Sunday morning, and we were scheduled to sing at a church's dedication service and had to leave in a half hour. I pull into the driveway and quickly walk through the drifts of snow into the house. Shocked at the realization that I only had a half hour to get chores done and get ready. I skip any thoughts of getting breakfast and head downstairs to change my clothes to something that wouldn't matter if it got wet and muddy. 

Grabbing my awesome knee high totally waterproof boots I rush out the door. It is -5 outside with a crisp breeze, but the snow makes it beautiful.

Hurriedly I grain the colts, and to my dismay I find that they had 'somehow' pulled the water heater out of their tank. "This is where my boots come in handy" I think instead of having to grab the sledge hammer to break up the ice I stomp my foot on it, breaking it into enough pieces that the colts can easily get a drink. Next I head to the dogs. Their water bowls are also frozen as hard as rock. I turn one over and jump and Jump, and JUMP! "This is a better workout than jumping on a trampoline!" I holler to Luanna, who was taking a walk past where I was. Eventually it did come out though, I continue on with chores.

After the dogs came the steers turn. Because I take turns with the water heaters between our horse's water tanks I have to break the ice on his water too. No big deal. I hop inside his corral and jump on the ice. Jump, jump, SPLASH! The ice wasn't nearly as thick as I thought it was! Instead of cracking it, and then using one foot to break it up I fall completely through. Now, my awesome boots are waterproof, but they still have holes at the as water runs in from the top I grab the metal corral poles and jump out as quickly as possible. The gloves and the front of my skirt immediately freezes to the poles.Wow! This is unique! It is cold out here! and now I'm SOAKING!!) I just have to laugh! What and adventure!

Hungry, tired, cold and wet I head to feed the rest of the horses. Surely nothing can go wrong with that. So simple...but, I do have to knock down some hay bales from the top of the stack. Okay, that does come with a little problem. The stack is as straight up and down as possible, and there is no easy way to climb to the top. The little nooks and cracks I normally use are filled with snow, and my now ice coated awesome boots are pretty slippery. Well, I have to get them down somehow. I quickly found out that digging your knife in the hay as an ice pick doesn't work with skinny kitchen knives, it just bends! After clawing my way to the top I start knocking down hay with my feet. I smile at the thought of possibly falling down with them, and 'carefully' climb down. "As crazy as this seems to be, I like the country life! So many things seem to happen when you're in the biggest hurry, but it just adds to the challenge! Maybe I should write a blog post about this." 

After chores I run in the house. I have exactly eight minutes to get ready! Forget the thought of a shower. I get dressed, grab a yogurt and seeing the ring binder we keep our songs in I decide to be the good guy and grab it on my way out because we surely don't want to forget that!

"Ah, life is good! It's so fun to have a challenge and get it all done. I'm pretty amazing if I do say so myself :p"

With breath that smelled like yogurt, and clutching the songbook to my chest I manage to climb over and through all the stuff in our crowded van to the window seat on the far side of the van. Whew! I had made it! "Haha, Julie, why did you bring the recipe book?" Oops...It would be a little interesting to sing about meatloaf and potatoes soup! Of course, I had to laugh!

The day continued to pass with little or no other events to cause a disaster to laugh at (Other than the mounds of dishes to return to at home, which I don't think I laughed at.) 

I do have two frozen puddles of ice on the bottom of my boots to remind me every morning and evening at chore time of my memorable Sunday. I found out that with the awesome amazing ability of my boots to keep water OUT of them, it also has the awesome amazing ability to retain it in once they get in them as well!

With that fact....

For some reason it's not so funny anymore...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I love little fluffy ducks,
old pick-up trucks,
slow movin trains, and rain.

I love little country streams, 
sleep without dreams,
Sunday school in May, and hay.

And I love you too.

I love leaves in the wind,
pictures of my friends,
birds of the world, and squirrels.

I love coffee in a cup,
little fuzzy pups,
old TV shows, and snow.

And I love you too.

I love honest open smiles,
kisses from a child,
tomatoes on a vine, and onions.

I love winners when they cry,
losers when they try,
music when its good, and life.

And I love you too.