I Don’t Even Know What to Say

Truthfully….  this is exactly how I feel.  I. Don’t. Know. What. To. Say.

A part of me feels as though I need to explain away the past 10 months and why I’ve been absent.  Another part of me feels that its not important.  Life happened, is happening and that’s the long and short of it.

A part of me has greatly enjoyed this long break from my daily sharing and yet, another part has greatly missed it.

Regardless of how I’ve felt, the truth boils down to time.  I haven’t had it, not have I felt that I could squeeze it in.  I don’t want to apologize for my absence because that would be false.  I’m sure all of you can relate to the need for a change.

Change…. THAT is the reason that I’m able to come back to you at this point in time.  My, how things have changed.

Three and a half months ago we made a HUGE life decision.  We took on a new adventure that would change our lives.  We were scared.  We were nervous.  Most of all, we were EXCITED.  We uprooted out kids, left my husband’s hometown of 38 years and moved an hour away for an incredible ranch job in the heart of Kansas.  Due to the nature of the calling we felt very strongly that this was a blessing from God.  It has always been our dream to manage a ranch and raise our children the way we were raised.  After years of prayers, trials and tribulations we were given this amazing opportunity.

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Now, I’m a stay at home mom/ranch hand.

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Grady is learning the ropes under the current ranch manager with the title being passed on to him within a year.

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Tucker is in an amazing school district full of country kids just like him.  He goes to school four days a week, which means he gets to work alongside his parents every Friday.

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We have been blessed with AMAZING friends in such a short period of time.  Arms have been open, welcoming us to this community.

Don’t get me wrong.  There have been adjustments.  Being a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) was never something I desired.  I love working.  Being at home with Monkey has proven to be a challenge for both of us at times.  I think we’ve finally fallen into a good routine.  Mornings are spent at home and afternoons are spent on the ranch working, unless, of course, we’re needed for the whole day.

The best part…. my EXTREMELY happy cowboy!  He is on cloud nine.  This has been his calling.  He was born to do this.  Seeing him (US) get to do exactly what he (WE) loves/(LOVE), day in and day out, brings great joy to me.  …and we get to work as a team.  I know… this isn’t every couple’s desire, but we do a pretty great job.

So, there you have it.  Our current life in a nutshell.  I hope to be able to keep you updated with fun stories of life on the ranch.

Peace, love and country living.

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The Liebster Award

Over the weekend I was blown away when I got an email from a new follower awarding me the Liebster Award!!! Thank you SO MUCH Ravenously Disappearing Woman.  I’m SO excited!!!

I’ve never been given a blog award.  So bear with me as I fumble through this.

Like all blogging awards, it comes with a few rules, and here they are:

The Rules:

(1) Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog

(2) You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you.

(3) Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination. (I’ll be honest and tell you I’m breaking the rules!  I don’t have 10…  I’m sorry.  Do I have to go to blogger jail?)

(4) Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Here are the wonderful questions that RDW asked me:

1. What’s something about yourself that you’re most proud of?

Well, there are many things that I’m really proud of.  I’m proud of the babies that God gave me.  They are truly my pride and joy.

But… if this is personal and just about ME…  Well, I’m most proud of the 45 pound that I’ve lost in the past two years and KEEPING it off.  I’m proud of the person, INSIDE and OUT, that I worked hard to transform myself into.  It was a long, sometimes challenging road, but I DID IT!!

2. If you had to spend a year in one place, where would that place be and why?

I think I’d love to go spend a year traveling in Europe.  I’ve never been and would love the chance to just go and roam all over the country without an agenda or time constraint.

3. What’s your most embarrassing moment?

So, I’ve given this one lots of thought and I, honestly, can’t come up with a good one.  I have lots of really personal moments that I can’t share that are/were embarrassing.  I’m certain there’s a really good story floating out there somewhere that I’m blocked from my memory.  I apologize, but I’ll have to let you down on this one.

4. My guilty pleasure is watching trash TV, what’s yours?

Oh, I LOVE some of the trash TV.  I try really hard not to watch too much of it because it really is TRASH, but….  I can’t go without watching my Real Housewives of New Jersey, Orange County, and Beverly Hills.  The B.H. gals are, by far, my favorite.  I always say that watching these insanely wealthy women go through as much drama and nonsense as they do makes me feel pretty good about my “simple” life.

5. What teacher had the most impact on you in school and why?

My high school Anatomy/Physiology teacher, Miss Robinson or Miss “R”, had to be one of the greatest teachers.  There was no doubt that her class was TOUGH, but she was always encouraging us to learn more and be better.  Her catch phrase every Friday was “Be Safe.  Be Legal and come back to me on Monday!”

6. What was your favorite vacation ever?

When I was about 13 we took an extended family vacation to the remote mountains of Colorado with my dad’s family.  It was spectacular!  We stayed in a rustic cabin owned my mother’s step-mother’s family (get that connection? LOL!)  There was no electricity so all the light came from kerosene lamps hung from the walls.  No television, no phone and no music for a week.  Even for a 13-year-old it was heaven.  We hiked, fished, cooked fabulous food and enjoyed each others company.

7. What book or movie is your life most like?

I don’t know that there’s a book or movie that my life is most like, but I can definitely relate to a few television shows.  I love the crazy relationships in Modern Family and Parenthood.  I think that both of those shows put a fun twist of the reality of life and all the insanity that the daily grind brings.

8. Who or what is the main inspiration for your blog posts?

My “crazy” life.  I started this blog because I wanted to share my country style life with the world and those who don’t get to experience the world of cowboys, horses and cattle.  After a while, I realized that my blog became more about the funny stories of my children, my love of photography and passion for good food, and more recently, my passion for good HEALTHY food.

9. Have you ever made a prank phone call?  Tell me about it!

Oh, mercy.  I’m certain I made my fair share of prank calls in my youth at various slumber parties, but I don’t remember any specific one.  I was the kid who was scared to death to get in trouble, but LOVED to watch everyone else do it.

10. What’s the funniest You Tube clip you’ve ever watched?  Can you share it?

I know I watched it for the first time on YouTube, but it was an actual commercial.  Several years ago K-Mart made a commercial called “Ship My Pants”.  I have NEVER laughed so hard at a commercial as I did that one.  I actually watched it at work with co-workers and we were all rolling.  I saved the link for my “bad days” when I needed a good laugh. If you haven’t seen it here you go.  Ship My Pants

Here are the questions for my winners:

  1. When you die what’s the ONE thing you hope you’re remembered for?
  2. Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing 15 years ago?
  3. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
  4. What’s the most interesting place you have ever lived?
  5. What’s your favorite book and why?
  6. Are you a “relax on the beach bum” or “big, crazy adventurer”?
  7. What inspires you?
  8. When you’re having a bad day what do you do to get out of the funk?
  9. I can’t leave the house without….
  10. Do you watch the Olympics or not?

…and here are my winners:

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Thank you again, to The Ravenously Disappearing Woman!  I think you rock and your story is INSPRING!!!

Peace, love and honors!

Goodness Sakes

I’m having a week of no inspiration.

4th of July wiped me out. 

The big ranch rodeo weekend wiped me out.

Getting geared up for another big ranch rodeo weekend is taking up my time.

My internet at home is acting up which frustrates me to no end.

And all of this leaves me with having NO inspiration for posting.

I know that happens to bloggers. 

So, you’ll have to be patient with me as I take a little breather and try to get my creative juices flowing again.

It shouldn’t take long.

Hopefully, my fun travel weekend coming up will re-inspire me.

Peace, love and brick walls.

This Is Getting Ridiculous!

I need some help.

Like…therapy.

I’m so addicted to blogs!  It’s becoming a problem.

Here’s the problem…  I have about 3 or 4 that I regularly follow, but then THEY put links to THEIR favorite blogs and I HAVE to check them out.  And then….  I’m hooked.

Here’s my new discovery

 This girl is A-DOR-A-BLE!!!!!

Not to mention she makes the stinkin’ cutest stuff!!!

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I want one of these in EVERY color!  Aren’t they precious!?!?

Her style is what I would love to strive toward.  Fun, funky and yet simple.

Moreover…I REALLY want to learn how to make those awesome little rosettes.  They’re just beautiful.

If you’re up to checking out a new blog.  Go see this gal.  She’s pretty cute and has some remarkable merchandise.

 

 

Peace, love and little roses.

Tidying Up

Yes, I’ve been playing around with my site.

I realized that most all the blogs I love to follow have very clean, crisp, WHITE backgrounds.  I really liked it because it felt uncluttered and easy to read.

So, I’m on a mission to “straighten up” my blog.

I apologize in advance if you find it irritating or annoying.

They say change is good…  Right?

Peace, love and dusting cobwebs!