We’ve been crazy busy for the longest time, so I haven’t had a chance to post about our 2nd Wyoming trip of the year. Our friends out there, Paul and Miranda + their 4 boys under 10, invited Cara and I to come out and help at their branding. They have a herd of 90 cows so we had about 85 calves to brand/castrate the males/vaccinate. We had an awesome time. I drove out on Friday, we made it in 13 1/2 hours. LONG way to drive by yourself, but it was totally worth it! We were able to stay until Wednesday. It was an awesome time, and I can’t wait to go back. Hopefully in late July or August I can go again!
Busy day today. Our electric fence wasn’t working well, so I walked all the way around it twice, and found NOTHING wrong with it. It’s so frustrating! LOL
After that I gave up for the day, and we started working on the permanent fence. We stretched it and put the tposts and electric in. It looks fantastic! So thankful for all the help from Dad, Cara, Matthew, and Hannah.
When life is so busy, you don’t have time to post. 🙂 That’s how I’ve felt for the past month and a half. Really busy, but going great at the same time. We went on a week long trip to Wyoming back in April, thought I’d share a few photos. A little bit past due I’d say!
Scott’s Bluff, Nebraska. Pretty cool place!Checking the Cows. They have 80 head of cows. About 15 of them calved during the 6 days we were there, so we checked on them multiple times a day. Riding with my buddy Weston. Such a beautiful place! My beautiful girl, Pawnee. One day after calving. Coburn and I. Too bad he has poop on his head. LOL.These two are just too cute not to share! Fudge and Whopper at 2 weeks.Fencing with Cara, one of many fields we’ve redone this Spring! Cara’s newest lambs. They’re registered, and she’s ecstatic with the colors! Riding lesson at the riding club on Tuesday night. Helping the girls get ready to show at the fair. Puppies! All of them are sold… 😦 They start leaving for their new homes on Sunday. Sad times.
Been a long time since I’ve posted. Oh well, been busy with fencing and work. Other than that, not too much going on. A few new lambs and 2 calves, and one more coming very soon, hopefully it’ll be tonight or tomorrow!
But, the most exciting thing was Hannah’s dog Roxie, and my dog Baron had puppies! 6 of them born today. 3 girls and 3 boys. They’re adorable of course, but they have cute parents, so that’s not a surprise. 🙂
These next few are my favorites. All the girls. 🙂
The younger lambs, all born on February 28th-March 8th. All girls except for one, who is mine. LOL the others are Hannah and Cara’s.
Cara’s cow Snickerdoodle had a gorgeous heifer calf a few weeks ago. Blossom is super sweet and cute! She loves running around the pasture with us!
Polly, Dad and Mom’s cow, had this super sweet heifer. She’s so cute, her name is Crimson.
Last week 2 new lambs were born. Sadly, they’re not mine… LOL. But they are adorable regardless! Natalie, these are Ace’s full siblings. Elsa with her little ewe lamb, who Matthew named Cora. And the Ram lamb, ISN’T HE THE CUTEST??? Named Tezla, what?! I just don’t know where that name came from. But hey, not mine, so what’s it matter, right?Don’t know what it is, I just like this picture. So pretty and peaceful. I can’t wait for her lamb/lambs! Pretty girl is getting big! She’s starting to bag up. Few more weeks. She’s mine, so I’m expecting rams. 😛Midas is growing up! He’s going to be an awesome bull, and I can’t wait to see his calves next year!My beautiful baby. Love her so much! Last but not least. MOM, I’M STARVING!!!!
So many times I act entitled. That I work hard so I should be blessed. That I deserve good things. But that’s not how it works. Blessings are a gift, from God. That’s why it’s a blessing, because we don’t deserve it. I deserve nothing buy death and Hell, but Jesus gave me hope, love, and life eternal. He died for me, to cover MY sin. He has a personalized love. Not a generic love. He loves individuals, me, you. I’ve always knows this, but deep down never really considered how great a sacrifice He made, how deep His love is.
At church yesterday, the Sermon was on the Lord’s Supper. I have to say, I have been blessed so much going to a new church. It has been hard to leave friends, but overall, Christ is more glorified where we are now. I’m not saying he wasn’t previously, it just feels more involved, more understandable, than previously. A few of the points in the Sermon that really stood out to me, that I have heard many times, but felt more real, more meaningful were:
- Christ’s body was broken for me, His blood was spilled for my Salvation. How amazing is that feeling? That Jesus died for you? That he paid the ultimate price for me and you?
- What is signified by the Lord’s Supper? The Passover, pointing to the death of Christ. His people were slaves in Egypt, and He led them to the Promised Land. We were slaves to our sin, but now we are freed from sin by His blood.
- The message throughout the Bible is: I LOVE YOU. We are reminded of his love through the death of Christ. He died in our place, that we might live. For us, because he loves us.
- What is required of us in the Lord’s Supper? Nothing. Only to eat and drink. It’s a picture of Grace. We are forgiven, there is no more condemnation.
- The Lord’s Supper is not just for a memorial. Jesus is spiritually present wherever His people take communion. Jesus is the Lamb, He is the Bread, He is our sustenance. Without him we cannot live.
I need to be thankful, for everything that God gives me. To count everything as a blessing. Even the trials, temptations. Because without them, there is no growth. No spiritual awakening, no desire for God. Why do we need Jesus if everything in our life is perfect? That’s what our sinful minds think.
So, I’m focusing on counting my blessings, on being thankful when things don’t go my way, in trusting God’s plan for my life!
Since every post needs a photo… 🙂
Working at the feed mill is awesome. Can’t be better than working 6 miles from home! So very thankful for the job God has blessed me with. I only work 16-20 hours a week most of the time, but that is all I really wanted anyway. It’s perfect. Two full days of work, and plenty of other days to work at home, and enjoy family and the animals. It will be really nice this Summer having that schedule so I have plenty of time to work out here on the farm. Big plans for fencing and fixing everything up this Spring/Summer. Lots of work to be done! Bring it on Spring!
On Wednesday, we made 4000 pounds of feed in the morning, and then in the afternoon, we bagged, weighed, tagged/sewed, and stacked 240 bags of Cottonseed Pellets. 6 Pallets to ship out on Thursday. That many bags lifted at least 2 times each is a workout. 🙂 Thankfully I didn’t have to do it myself, that would’ve been torture. 🙂 I was in charge of bagging and weighing, then helping stack after they had the tags sewn on. Chad (the guy I work with) was busy working on other feed/cleanup while I did the bagging. He did the sewing, because I stink at it. LOLBags filled and weighed to 50.4-50.8 pounds. Have to be precise. 🙂Chad sewing the tags on.3 Pallets done, we did a total of 6 in 2 hours. Pretty decent timing. I hate it when we have to do 10 pallets!