August 29, 2010

Wildcatter Ranch Fun!!

Our family went to the Wildcatter Ranch in Graham this weekend. We had SUCH a good time I thought I would share some of the pics with you. We arrived Friday night after dark so we didn't do much looking around that first night, however we did get to hear some great country music as we were driving in from the live band that plays at the Steakhouse each weekend. The first thing that caught our eye when we walked into our cabin was this cool Teepee bed. The kids loved it! Here is Jack trying to stake his claim.


We went out to the back porch that had some rocking chairs and a very dark view that night. I took a picture of the sign that was on the tree....danger..Snakes and Rocks.


Here is Sophie after reading the sign. She is not too sure of the possibility of snakes. We did see a baby rattler one morning out by where we were feeding the Longhorns. It is Texas Country for sure.


Here is Sophie in front of the hearth. Our room was called "Famous Chiefs" so the entire room was decorated with pictures and collectibles of the famous Indian chiefs from that area. Each cabin had a different name and a different decor that reflected the name of the room.


Here is Rob just hanging out in our room.


Sophie has joined Jack, she is trying to unstake his claim of the Teepee bed.


When we woke up Saturday and opened our back door this is what we saw.



It was the perfect place to enjoy our morning coffee.



Out our front door was a tether ball game which the kids loved. I didn't get a picture of Derek on the bikes, but one of his favorite things was to ride around the property on the provided bikes not too far from our cabin.


After breakfast was over the fun really started, we all loaded up into a covered wagon and headed down to feed the Longhorns. We had to call them to let them know we were there to feed. Hooo-Weeee!!! This was one of the first Longhorns to reach the fence.


Here come a couple more. The spotted steers are pure longhorn, the reddish steers are a crossbreed of a Longhorn and a Mexican Cow. The cross breeds have a bit more meat on them, the Longhorns are pretty bony in the rear quarters.


This Longhorn's name is Cry Baby. He is a bit of a whiner apparently if he is not the one being fed!


This is Big Boy. He is the 3rd largest registered Longhorn in Texas. They measure the horns from one side to the other, so it is not a weight thing, but a horn thing ; )


Here is Jack taking it easy on the hammock.


Here is the crew in front of our door.


After the Longhorn's we headed down to the lake to take a canoe ride. We had fun on the lake, except when we had a snake swimming next to our boat...eeeek!!!


We made it back!!


Here is Sophie swimming in the Infiniti pool. It was SO beautiful.


We got to feed the Longhorns two mornings so here are my pics from today. Rob and I drove ahead to get some pics of the wagon as it was headed down to the pasture.


A close up shot of the wagon. We were at the Wildcatter Ranch so I could shoot a wedding. Mary P. who is here in the center was the mother of the bride, she was also Derek and Sophie's Kindergarten teacher.


I could take pics of Longhorns ALL DAY LONG!! I am completely in awe of them. They are such beautiful animals.


Here is the crowd feeding the Longhorns.






They are so flexible.


It's time to say goodbye ; (


We had such a good time at the Ranch, the kids didn't want to leave. There were many opportunities for fun that we didn't get to do, skeet shooting, atv'ing, horseback riding, archery. We are definitely looking forward to a return trip.

August 25, 2010

Got Doubts? Your in Good Company.

If these thoughts seem familiar, I have written alot on these verses on my blog. Here they are again.

"Look the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'" John 1:29-30

These are the words of John the Baptist as Christ is starting His public ministry. John the Baptist was absolutely sure that Christ was the Lamb of God, the One.

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Fast forward a bit and Christ has chosen His 12 disciples. He sends them out on His behalf to preach the good news, heal disease and sickness and drive out evil spirits. (Matthew chapter 10)

In Matthew chapter 11:1 the 12 disciples have regrouped with Christ, he has given them instruction and he heads to Galilee to teach and preach.

The next verse, Matthew 11:2, we find out that John the Baptist, the one who prepared the way for THE ONE from the time he was in his mother's womb, is in jail. John the Baptist finds himself perplexed, his expectations were different than what was being allowed to happen.

When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" Matthew 11:2


Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me." Matthew 11:4

I don't know what has me thinking about this group of verses this week but I keep coming back to them. In my Psychology class yesterday, the professor mentioned that he appreciated people with questions, and those that struggle with doubt. He has in the past taught some classes on the subject of doubting and faith. I have heard it somewhere before that the opposite of faith is not doubt and I appreciate those words. I take comfort in the fact that John had doubts about Christ when he was faced with being jailed and ultimately he was executed. John believed, John was confused because he was in jail and it seemed to him as though Christ was doing nothing to change that, then Christ tells him all the good that is going on and then the words, "Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."

I wonder how many times in my life I have not liked what was happening and wondered if God was real, or what kind of God would allow "fill in the blank," to happen. I find peculiar comfort in the fact that John the Baptist was raised to prepare the way, he was prophecied over in his mother's womb to the purpose of his life, he would make the way clear for Christ, but he had doubts when things got bumpy for him.

If I was John I might have liked to hear, "I'll be coming to get you a.s.a.p.," or "I'm sending an angel for a midnight jail break." Christ's words "Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me," are difficult to read, however, we are not promised the easiest or most comfortable solution, we are promised persecution and difficulty if we follow Christ. He could have fixed John's problem, but in this case for whatever reason, it was Kingdom business that John stay right where he was, but he was blessed for it.

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We might not understand it, we might not agree with it, we might be outraged by it, but if we don't fall away on account of Christ we will be blessed.

August 13, 2010

Really? Is it almost over?

Summer vacation is so close to being over I can almost feel the morning breeze of ACU's campus with the hustle and bustle of all the students walking to and fro. I will step onto the campus this year as a Sophomore!! Very excited about that. I still have a couple of 100 level classes to take, i.e. math and english. I am very excited about English, but dreading the math. This semester will bring forth new learning and new possibilities, for me both of those are such a blessing. I will start beginning Greek and have memorized half the Greek Alphabet, will try and finish the last half today. I am taking 12 hours as I did last semester.

I have enjoyed the relaxed summer this year. This is the first summer since my kids were born that I haven't worked a lot. As I had put my wedding business on hold until I decided if I could do school and weddings at the same time it left me with some much enjoyed and cherished downtime. The feeling of waking up and deciding what I would do with my day ahead with the kids was very fun, being your own boss has certain pro's, but you always know there is work to be done and it is hard for me to totally forget about the stress of that. Because I wasn't working a ton there wasn't a large amount of stress or guilt for not focusing on editing/designing/shooting. The other side of that coin is not working/no extra money. So we have pinched and squeezed every ounce of value in each dollar this summer. It is all good though, it has led to a simpler agenda which I have loved. My kids...not so much ; )

I have devoured numerous books in the last 6 weeks. My two favorites were The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I was surprised to read that The Help was Ms. Stockett's first novel.

I got back into a weekly Bible study group on Sunday nights with a group of ladies at church. We are about to finish the book of Ruth study by Kelly Minter. It has been a great study, I love the book of Ruth and this book has allowed me to savor the lives of Ruth and Naomi and our Faithful Father. Truly inspirational.

I also started on my own the study of Revelation by Beth Moore. I unfortunately could not attend when the ladies did this study at church so I am doing it on my own. It is not as much fun, but I am sure the learning will be wonderful.

I can certainly testify to the fact that school can easily crowd it's way into your spiritual walk. Even if the classes I take have the Bible in them. Learning the Bible and searching the Bible for your own growth and worship are two very different animals. I have decided that this year I will stay in Bible study at church even if my schedule is a bit tricky because there is no substitute for the fellowship of believers and digging deeper into God's word for the soul purpose of knowing God and trying to walk more closely to Him. Good intentions had me at the beginning of the year in my own study, The Covenant, by Kay Arthur, but without that weekly gathering and accountability I find it difficult to stay on track each and every week.

Yesterday was Rob's and my 15th Wedding Anniversary. We are celebrating with a cruise in December, so we kept the day pretty simple, we did however enjoy a nice meal and Artwalk with two of our three kids, the other was at a sleepover.

I am thankful for Jesus, and his undying call for our affection.