Thursday, May 19, 2011

Let me introduce you to...

Summer is upon us and we have many new arrivals here on the ranch. The momentum is building and our staff doubles this time of year.  Just look at our staff room where we all eat, it is bursting at the seams with new staff ready to work this summer...



And let me introduce you to one of our newest foals. He is only 3 days old and is ALL legs...




Finally, let me introduce you to the Warnock's family addition. That's right, #4 is on the way and due December 17th...

When we went into the munchkins room to tell them about this surprise, I was holding this ultrasound picture and Becca's response was "Can we eat it?" and when I asked Will what he thought this was a picture of, he responded by saying, "It doesn't look good." We are incredibly excited to expand our family and can't wait to have ANOTHER baby to love.

Friday, May 13, 2011

"Blue Skies Smiling at Me"

This is what I woke up to yesterday....



And today I hiked up to the rock behind my house that I use as my own personal sanctuary and this is what I got to bask in...




I cannot begin to tell you how quiet this rock was this morning. I heard woodpeckers, chipmunks, and every other living creature you can think of.  I could see every airplane overhead because there was not a cloud in the sky. Solitude takes practice. It's a discipline for me to sit in quiet alone with my thoughts and alone with my Lord. I try to do this atleast once a month and it refreshes me to face another month. I pray about every relationship in my life and evaluate how the heck I'm doing from my marriage to motherhood to mentoring.  I do not hear an audible voice from God, but He speaks to my heart through His creation and through this stillness.  After about an hour, I started then having visions of a mountain lion attacking me in my sanctuary, so I decided I was refreshed. Find your sanctuary this week and sit in total quiet.  I know you too will be refreshed!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Back to my Roots

     I just returned from a trip back to my home town. My brave mom and I traveled with three small children back to Arkansas for a quick trip after Easter. It had been a while and it was so good to be back in the city.  My parents are so gracious to always give me a good dose of "city life" when I go and stay with them. Here are some of the highlights...

1. Movin' on Up!

I temporarily move from my double wide trailer to this! It's like staying in a hotel. My parents have added on the most amazing playroom for the kids and there is SO much space for them to run and play!

2. Friends

I have the rare opportunity of staying so close to several of my high school even junior high friends. They are incredible blessings in my life. This picture was taken last year, but it's quite amazing that we pick up right where we left off. I see most of these girls every time I go home. It includes a girls' night out where we reminisce about the past, strategize our present, and dream about the future. They are irreplaceable!

3. The Pampering

These are my pedicured feet! You can only imagine when living 2 hours from town, with three children under 5, and on a ranch how desperately I needed this. My parents spoil us rotten when we come to stay with them. It usually includes shopping, a nice meal, hair appointment, or pedicures. I love my parents and we are blessed by their generosity and involvement in our lives daily. I couldn't do this life without them. Thank you, Mom and Dad for another great visit!

4. Family


I was able to see one of my two sisters while I was in Arkansas. She threw her 2 year old son an incredible birthday party. (You can go to katiegracedesign.com to see pictures.) She has a gift! The best part was playing with my sister, mom, and cousin Sawyer. You can see they have a ball together.  And aren't sisters the best? We wish we lived on the same street!

5. Coming back home...

Coming back to my very small double wide with no cell phone coverage out in the middle of nowhere is still so refreshing. I can usually leave "city life" and crave again the simplicity of "ranch life". I am a busy mother of three with a ranch to run, but still love how simple our lives are. I am a city girl by birth, but I am a ranch girl now by choice and appreciate every minute of it.