The One Thing You Should Give Up


We all have that one “Thing.”

You know the one.  The one thing you stew about throughout the day; stirring it over and over in your mind.  Depending on your season of life, it may be work or marriage or money or age or regret or health or whatever.

Lately, for me, the “thing” I worry the most about is my young adult children.  They are 18, 20 and 21 years old and navigating life as adults.  I pray everyday they will make good decisions.  Sometimes it was easier when they were little and you could tell them what to do!

What is your “thing?”  The thing you worry about throughout the day.  The one thing that takes your energy and adds to your stress.  “The Thing” can grow and grow until it overwhelms every other thought.Read More

Pasture Golf and Couch Vaulting

Faith/ Family

When my brothers and I were kids, we would watch sports on television.  By “sports on television” I’m not talking about ESPN or one of the hundreds of channels we have today.  No, we watched whatever sport happened to be on one of the TWO channels we received (Channel 10 or 12).  And yes, someone had to actually get up and change the channel.

The Olympics were an all-out sports extravaganza in our living room.  Pretend pole vaulting over couches.  (We didn’t call them sofas.  People with sofas had lawns.  We had couches and a yard).   We competed in speed skating on the carpet.  We were off and racing with aluminum pans under our socked feet to get more sliding action.  We also had some amazing wrestling matches which usually ended in someone (namely me) being upset.  It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

One spring, we must have watched quite a bit of golf because it became our new sport of choice.  Living on a ranch, we didn’t have access to a real, manicured golf course or proper equipment.  We were not to be deterred. Read More

Sunday Psalm: Bad News


We always try to watch the local weather before heading to bed.  If you are a rancher or farmer, you live by the weather.  It affects what plans we make for the following days.  No one likes to work cattle in the rain even though it is sometimes necessary.  We pray for rain when it’s dry and hope it won’t rain when we have fresh cut hay curing in the field.  In Oklahoma, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a moment.  A storm can roll in quickly and just as quickly be replaced with sunshine.

In waiting for the weather report, we usually have to endure a lot of bad news.  Some nights it seems like one depressing story follows another.  Evil running rampant.Read More

Friday Roundup: 9 March 2018


Hallelujah!  Spring is just around the corner!

Don’t you just love the featured image of two boys jumping from their horses?!  Super props to the photographer, their mom, Stephanie Nuce.  She is doing a fabulous job raising these two young cowboys and being an example of a Proverbs 31 woman.  Thank you, Stephanie, for letting me share your photograph.  You can follow her on Instagram at @sdnuce.

March 9th is National Meatball Day!  I’m not sure who comes up with these holidays.  Lol.  But I have just the recipe to celebrate.  This is my recipe for awesome beef meatballs.

My kids absolutely LOVE them.Read More

Nothing You Desire Compares


In “March with Grandma,” I mentioned I am reading through the book of Proverbs this month; one chapter per day in honor of my Grandma Barnes.  (If you missed the post, you can read it here.)

All different verses speak to our individual hearts.

It is amazing how God’s inspired word meets us right where we are in life.

Some verses do not stand out to us until we need them or we are ready to grasp their meaning.  It is just another way God blesses us.  We need only to go to His word.

As my Grandpa Ray always said about the Bible, “Either sin will keep you from this book; or this book will keep you from sin.”Read More

Are We Making Progress?

Faith/ Family

My kids have been driving John Deere Gators, Kubota RTV’s, and tractors around the ranch since they could reach the pedals and see over the steering wheel.  Knowing this did not make driver’s ed. any easier for me.  When they received their driving permits and I sat in the passenger seat as their licensed driver, it tested me.  My knuckles were white, I felt me chest tighten and I had to force back the urge to give instructions.  Read More

Pulling Power and Taco Soup

Faith/ Family/ Food

Saturday I posted this picture of a bulldozer pulling our tractor out of the mud.

Then my Aunt Kay shared this picture with me.  My Grandma Dorothy kept a silver box of mementos and this picture was one of the things she always kept.  It shows 5 tractors pulling a school bus out of the mud in rural Iowa 1944.Read More

What are You Reflecting?

Faith/ Family

When I married Roger, I learned there is a whole new time of day I had rarely experienced:  Daylight. He’s all about getting up early. My family, on the other hand, is all about staying up late.  I grew up in a family of night owls.  They are the noon to midnight crowd.

We have all competed in a lot of rodeos over the years and I guess noon to midnight fit that schedule better.  We would take turns driving through the night to reach the next destination.  If you needed someone to talk to at 3 a.m., my mom was the one because she would still be up.Read More

Sunday Psalm: Set My Feet on a Rock


Up until a week ago, it was so incredibly dry here.  We were worried about ponds drying up and we had to sell our cattle on wheat pasture a month early due to the drought.  Then the Lord sent the rain.  Praise God.  We received lots and lots of rain.  We are thankful; but we are also deep in mud.

So deep in mud the tractor got stuck pulling the grinder/mixer to feed the steers.Read More

The Road Less Traveled

Family/ Fitness

This morning I took the road less traveled…

And Robert Frost was right.  It made all the difference!

I ran through puddles, jumped over logs and climbed to higher levels.  My heartbeat, joy and mood climbing with every step.  My two buddies joined me…Read More

5 Reasons to Log 10 this Week…


“The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”  John C. Maxwell

We are the sum of our daily habits…

I have made it a habit over the last couple of years to walk/run at least 10 miles a week.  Ten miles may seem daunting to some and laughable to others; but it is doable with any schedule.   I keep track of my miles on a calendar in my pantry.  Then I can make up any miles I miss and here’s why…Read More

It’s Pig Day! How are You Celebrating?


Today we are celebrating National Pig Day!  (Yes, that really is a thing and apparently it’s March 1st) . Coincidentally, today is our county livestock show and Kaitlyn is excited to take Rubin and Shiloh before the judge.  I have enjoyed both their little personalities but Rubin; well,Read More

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