March for Grandma

Faith/ Family

You may hear me talk often about my Grandma Barnes.  She wasn’t really my grandma but I would sure like to claim her.  My parents met her at church when we moved from windy west Texas to Oklahoma when I was only three.  She was about 60 years old then and for the next 15 years she would babysit my brothers and me whenever needed.  I lived with her half of my senior year of high school Read More

New Year Reflections


I love the beginning of a new year.  A whole year ahead, full of memories yet to be experienced, new possibilities and a fresh new calendar. {I love this planner and this one}  I sometimes make resolutions; but I realize I have made some of the same resolutions year after year.  Read More

Butterflies Galore!

Faith/ Family

The butterflies were out in full force today!  

They were so beautiful opening their delicate wings as they dart in and around the Lantana.  (I don’t always have success planting something; but when I do, you can bet I will plant it again next year!)

I couldn’t help but think of my nephew, Wilson.  Read More

Sunday Psalm: Thankfulness


Today was the most beautiful October 1st, ushering in fall with a gentle breeze and a copper tone.  I am so thankful for a little cooler weather even though I really do like the fun, hot summers.

I may be a little early for the turkey and dressing; but bring on the thankfulness!Read More

Summer Cleanup

Faith/ Family

I am trying desperately to do some major cleanup around the ranch this summer.  It helps that I have two capable teenage daughters who need a job.  So the three of us have stripped stalls, cleaned the hay barn, organized the tack room, swept the shop building, sorted out closets, weeded flower beds, and any other project we can manage.  Read More

In the Trenches


In the last few months, I have attended two heart-wrenching funerals.  A young couple burying their baby daughter and parents mourning the loss of their seventeen year old, precious son.  There are no words to express the level of their suffering.

People are hurting.

No one, in any circumstance, is immune to the pain and evil in this world.

I look at my own prayer list over the last few days… Christian friends dealing with divorce, drug abuse, adultery, illness, teen suicide—-unimaginable pain.

We see struggles all around us.  It really doesn’t matter how the pain originated– by sin or by situation.  The fact remains: “The struggle is real.”  And what should be our response to these struggles? Read More

Vanishing Sunglasses

Faith/ Family

Between volleyball tournament games last Friday, Roger and I took our girls out for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Before we sat at the table I made my way to the ladies restroom. I did my, shall we say, “ladies restroom business” and proceeded to wash my hands. In this little one-person bathroom, I turned on the faucet then leaned over to flush the toilet.

Ya’ll, I could not have timed this any better if I had tried!  Read More

Seven Days One February

Faith/ Family


50th Wedding Anniversary

Last September, Roger and I were privileged to celebrate with his parents on their 50th wedding anniversary.  I respect and love them both very much.

This week started with a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary celebration for my parents.  50 years ago they got married in some friends’ Stillwater, OK living room at 9 in the morning.  (Incidentally the same friends were honored guests at the 50th celebration). On her wedding day, my mom wore a stylish navy suit and Read More

Rooted in the Gardener

Faith/ Food

The deep red color of this pomegranate fruit is so beautiful.  Unlike an apple or pear, where the fruit is basically one piece, the pomegranate fruit is all of these little seeds together.  They remind me of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…

They are all different qualities; but they make up one fruit.  A fruit produced within us by God’s own Spirit.

Sometimes we say “I will work on patience” or “I will try to be more self-controlled.”  We buy self-help books or attempt to practice one quality or another.  No matter how valiant the effort, it is difficult to accomplish on our own.

We need our Gardener…we need our God.

The fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians is what is produced in us when we are rooted in God.

When we are growing in our walk with the Lord, being pruned by our Gardener, fed the meat of God’s Word and drinking the Living Water; we are producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

This week we received a great, and much needed, rain.  All of this moisture is being followed by days of sunshine.  The green shoots of my daffodils are busting through the soil and Spring is just around the corner.  Many gardeners will be planting and tending the next few, wonderful months.  Fruit will be produced…

Plant yourself in God’s Word and let His light shine in you.  The fruit of the Spirit will be produced in you.  May you experience a renewed sense of joy and peace as we approach another Spring!

With Love,  Nikki

And…as a side note…the pomegranate packs a punch with health benefits including:

  • High in vitamin C.
  • Contains a large amount of vitamin K —–good for bone health.
  • Vitamin B5—helps the body metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fats.
  • Great immunity booster for preventing colds.
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
  •  Linked to inhibiting cancer growth like breast, prostate, colon and leukemia.
  • Is a strong antioxidant
  • Helpful for stimulating serotonin and easing the symptoms of depression.

Try some of this sweet/tart fruit, fresh or these products…

Ranch House Bar-B-Q Meatballs

Family/ Food

When I was eight years old, my mom sent me to my Grandma Tucker’s house for a week.  The objective:  Learn to cook.  My Grandma Tucker, my mother’s mother, cooked a big noon meal every day for my Grandpa and all the hired hands on their Kiamichi country ranch.  She was a beautiful redhead and a wonderful cook.  I remember all the recipes we made together;Read More

What Happened to My Little Girl?


My oldest daughter, Kye, is a high school senior.  Wow! What happened to my little girl?  She is grown!

We are waiting for the weather to warm up before taking her senior portraits.  But a few days ago; the weather was mild, the light was just right and I had seen a field of golden grass…so she and I took a few images just as the sun was setting.

Nothing planned, I literally Read More

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