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I am a 40ish girl who absolutely loves her life! I am blessed beyond all imagination - that doesn't mean times are always easy - but they are always do-able! My husband is so stinking cute!!!...and my kids are the greatest, I really like them a lot! We run our Century ranch together as a family, we put up our own hay, raise hereford/angus cross cattle, and do all the ranch work together as a family, with the help of "Papa", and our friendly neighbors. I love being a homemaker, helper, friend, mother, wife, coffee drinker, and stall mucker! Sometimes though - things happen around here that "I didn't sign up for"! Sometimes they are funny, sometimes not......

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Summer time!  Love it........but OMGosh, could it be any busier right now?  Haying season is in full swing.  Swathers are running 12+ hours a day, raking night and morning...and Shannon's bayling like crazy.  Last week was Austen's, our oldest son, college orientation.  He's headed to William Jessup University this August and we couldn't be prouder.  This week is football camp for Colten (our middle boy).  So, momma's running all over the state getting these kids where they need to be...whew.  I think we have something planned just about every day this summer, whether it's work or, if I'm really lucky, Fun!
For all of this busyness, I'm so thankful.  We've had a few tragedies lately, a cousin who was in a horrific one-vehicle accident, who is - Praise God - recovering like the miracle that he is, and our son Austen's best friend, Andrew, who was in an awful head on collision.  Another Miracle Boy!  It's amazing that both of the boys made it thru their accidents, I believe it was only by the power of prayer and their will to live.
so, yes, it's crazy busy right now...but a good crazy.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday, Monday.....

What is it with Mondays....for some reason we seem to dread the day rather than celebrate the day.  I think we should turn things around and start getting excited for Mondays!  Sound Good?  Are ya starting to feel it? hhmmm, maybe not.
Well, we could start with the anticipation of Friday.....that might work.
See, I knew I shouldn't blog while on narcotics.  Yes, I have a legitimate prescription.  Hurt my back so I was prescribed some muscle relaxers.  "do not mix with alcohol" that put that on their to "tempt" us?  "I wonder what would happen if I did have a glass of wine?".... to me it's sorta like telling your child "you better wait a half hour before swimming now that you've eaten that lunch"...weren't you tempted as a kid to see exactally WHAT would happen if you DID jump into that pool?  I know I was.... I'd get in the water and wait.....and nothing.  Yep, nothing ever happened.  So, if I do decide to have a glass of "Ellen's Apple Wine", I wonder what might h...a...p...p....e....n....zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Praise the Lord and Pass the Peas....

okay, don't ask about the title.  I have no idea where it came from, just sounded good to me.  besides, I hate peas.

Life on the ranch is good.  Sorta a slow time right now, just feeding our heifers some hay in the morning.  The cows are out on the refuge right now, so that helps as far as feeding goes.

The two youngest kids are in full basketball mode, and Austen (our oldest) is trying to figure out which college to attend this coming fall.  Austen's a great kid, and has always been good at whatever he tries.  He was in the top 4% of California Seniors and because of that is automatically accepted into any UC he applies for.  Hopefully he'll get some good scholarships.  He's leaning toward UCDavis, either that or William Jessup University, which is a private Christian college.  He wants to either be a psychologist and/or pastor.  We sure will miss him, he's a great kid and a lot of fun to be around.   As I've said before, I really like my kids!

Lately my back's been flaring up.  Miserable.  I feel like a sloth.  I'm not in the best shape either, so that doesn't help.  This week I head to my doctor to talk about my weight and my back issues.  It's sorta like going to the dentist, you hate it, but know you have to do it.  What makes me so mad is that I am so active here on the ranch, I really should weight 100 pounds....but it doesn't work that way. hehe

anyway,,,I do praise the Lord for all he's blessed us with, but I still don't like peas.