Sunday, March 10th
We've had some sick kids the last few days, so we let them sleep in and then worshiped at home. While I love gathering with a multitude of brethren, I also appreciate the decision we made a few years ago that when one or more of us needs to stay home due to illness (ours or our children) or any other reason, then we would all stay home and worship.
Doesn't that seem so common-sensical when you think about it? How many times I have rushed about all morning helping to get everyone out the door and then stayed home with a sick child or a newborn. Then, I would trade The Cowboy places and leave him home in the evening while I went to evening services. Who needs our encouragement and fellowship more, in such a situation, than our own family members? (More on what our home worship looks like in those instances in a future post.)
|Some of the folks at the Redeemer House get together.|
In the afternoon we are blessed to get to spend several hours with families associated with Redeemer House Orphanage in Jinja, Uganda. Kathy Vaughan, who founded the children's home, was in the states for a bit and many of the families who have been blessed by her work came together for fellowship and love. We are blessed to be a part of it.
|Jaja Kathy and 9 children who have come from her home in Uganda, to a number of loving homes in a little bitty farming community in Oregon.|
Life is so very good.
Monday, March 11th
The Cowboy took some horses out to a nearby butte. He spent the time collecting much needed wet saddle blankets while the kids and I spent our Monday in the usual way: catching up from Sunday. We really try to not do anything but what is necessary on Sunday - which requires a lot of catch up on Monday. Since the children have been sick and are still a bit clingy, this took longer than usual.
Every day, we have the same outside chores: Morning and evening, The Cowboy feeds (and checks waters for) the cows and the horses - and the dog. All of those critters are instrumental to his work and he knows what work they have been doing - and what work they will be doing - and feeds accordingly. Mornings and evenings, I feed and water "small animals" - which, right now, consists of chickens, ducks, cats and pigs. I also clean corrals. Midday I go out and feed and water the pigs again and then let out all of the chickens and ducks and collect eggs.
|Pig walking is a chore nearly everyone loves. Except when the pigs don't want to return....|
Tuesday, March 12th
The weather has turned nicer and Clint and his Tuesday clients met up on the butte to get some good outside time on their horses.
The kids and I ran errands in town and worked on some dejunking projects. We managed to get some time with the kids' pony, Sugar - and I managed to work on our business newsletter. Winter is the only time that is remotely slow for us, and things are surely ratcheting up right now!
|Deciding who gets to hold the lead rope is usually a challenge. This day, they all did it together.|
Wednesday, March 13th
Another beautiful day - for March. We had a change of plans with the newsletter, so I hustled to get out an interim flyer advertising The Cowboy's spring clinics and classes. I didn't get as much dejunking done as I wanted to but the kids did get more time on Sugar and the flyer went out.
I chalk that up as a success.
|Big sister is old enough to lead little sister on Sugar as long as she has supervision.|
Thursday, March 14th
The Cowboy arranged for several lessons in a neighboring town so after chores and breakfast, he was gone for the day.
I spend time fielding inquiries into the various clinics and classes, then load up my sewing machine and the kids for a trip to my in-laws' house. My mother-in-law is helping with the Clothespin Apron Project and we decided to sew together. I pick up lunch on the way and then we spent a relaxing several hours sewing, watching the kids jump on the trampoline, and watching my mother-in-law help a friend with a horse.
As usual, any time I leave the house during the day, we rushed back home for afternoon chores before dark.
Friday, March 15th
The little girls aren't feeling well again and we had a restless night with both of them. My kids are such good sleepers that I've become quite spoiled. Although this had become somewhat common with this cold, it was still unusual to have them wake so much.
The boys burned parts of the front pasture today (which helps get good growth as Spring gets wetter) and the girls helped me in the house. Eventually, I couldn't stand it any longer and we meandered out to at least enjoy the view. Burning fields is one of my favorite ranch chores.
|The far pasture is burned and horses Ace and Rush find the whole experience uninteresting.|
After we got the youngest down for a nap and the others set up with lunch and a movie, The Cowboy and I got away for a sweet lunch date. We have been trying to find time for a dinner date (which happens every 3 to 6 months for us) and it just wasn't happening - so we settled for a sweet 45 minute escape - and took a sample of eggs to the local restaurant to see if they'd be interested in pastured eggs.
|The youngest Little wanted to help with chores and insisted on wearing the bonnet Aunt Melissa sent her for Christmas.|
Friday evenings we usually try to watch a movie as a family, but we were just too tired after our long night and we all hit the hay pretty early.
Saturday, March 16th
About a week prior, we learned we would be having a very exciting guest on Saturday. The founder of one of our favorite organizations, Every Orphan's Hope, happened to be in the state and wanted to stop by. What a glorious time of fellowship and friendship. We got to learn so much more about Every Orphan's Hope - and we even got to video tape a message to send to our sponsored kids. (I will be highlighting this organization in a coming post. We are so impressed with their work - and their hearts for Jesus as they go about doing this wonderful work.)
|Gary Schneider, of Every Orphan's Hope, videotaping the kids - to show to our sponsored children in Zambia.|
Saturday nights are spent preparing for Sunday, but this Saturday was not as busy as most. One Sunday a month we get together with another family for worship. This month we were at their home, so I had very little to do. On these days, we worship whenever it works for all of us (usually around 11), share a meal and hang out for the day. It is one of my favorite days of the month and Saturday night we were all glad to know that tomorrow would be one of our extra special Sundays.
There you have it - the down and dirty on a random Spring week on the ranch.