A Birthday "Fix-Up"...

May 3, 2016

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This Boy of mine lives life.
 He has since is was a very small child. 
He isn't fearful, which can be both good and bad ;) 
Everything he does, he does with great intensity, which I love.
 He has done a lot of living in his short life and has a few scars to show for it. 
 One of those "scars" was the problems that go along with having
 his nose broken many times. Before his mission we took him to a
 Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, fully expecting to schedule a major surgery to repair
 the damage. What we found out was that he was not fully grown and we needed 
to wait until he returned from his mission. 
He has really suffered with chronic sinus infections for years. 
 He hasn't been able to sleep well, and was sneezing and blowing his nose all the time! 
He was miserable. Thankfully we found a great Dr. and took advantage of 
The Boy and his Bride being home with us for awhile...and we scheduled the surgery. 
 It wasn't invasive like we thought it would be. 
No additional scars...and now we have a Boy who can breathe! 
He says it is amazing!  His little birthday "fix-up" has been a success!

Rooster On The Farm...

April 13, 2016

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He does it again! 
Another beautiful photo from our Rooster!

This Boy Of Mine....

April 12, 2016

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This Boy of mine is 23 today! 
How did that happen...and...where has the time gone? 
I know...I say that each and every year of his life. 
This Boy has done a lot of living in his few years, 
 More than I think a person should have to...but it's his plan. 
Really it's His plan and I am ok with that.

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 It seems that for several years now, this Boy has celebrated his birthday in the hospital. 
 One year it was a car accident... 
another it was a broken arm...
and this year he will be celebrating with a surgery on his nose 
that he has desperately needed for a long time. 
 I guess the universe has him on some kind of schedule ;)

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The burden of being a "first-born" is a heavy one. 
 He has shouldered it well.
 He is a protector...a defender...a worker...a dutiful son.... 
responsible and now he has added to the list...husband. 
I can look into his eyes and see a little of his soul... 
I can see when he is sad, when he is worried...when he is burdened. 
I can also see is joy and happiness...his desire for good. 
He has and is a blessing to his family and a joy to his parents.

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These are the things I want to remember about you now.... 
You are thoughtful... 
You are a great cook and enjoy yummy food! 
You like to share a Diet Coke with your Mom... 
You love to fish! 
You love Kallie and that makes me happy!
 I wondered who the girl would be that would steal your heart... and she has! 
You have such a desire to lift the burdens of your Dad, and work really hard to do that... 
I love your sense of family. 
I have loved having you home for the last few months... 
you have brought so much life and fun into our home!! 
I love how you are committed to finish your education... 
My Boy...you are a blessing to our family! 
Happy Birthday!!!! 

*Today is also our Sweet Graces' birthday. 
She must have really really loved her brother to share her birthday with him. 
 I know she is close by

The Farmer's Easter Picnic...Part 1

March 31, 2016

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 Each year, The Farmer hosts an Easter Picnic for La Familia. 
 It is something that is looked forward to by everyone for different reasons. 
 Some love the fishing...others love the Easter Egg Hunt (specifically the anticipation of the Golden Egg) and others come to visit and eat. It has always been held at Rancho Guadalupe, a farm we have loved and worked for a very long time. This year we sold Rancho G, and have begun working on a new farm. The new owners were kind enough to allow us one last Easter Picnic...actually they would allow us all the picnics we would like for however long we would like, but we have BIG plans for next year and a new beginning to a sweet family tradition.

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 Some of the sweetest pictures I have ever taken have been at 
The Farmer's Easter Picnic. 
The darling little ladies in the family found big willow trees and 
spent a lot of time swinging from the long green branches.

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Older cousins helped younger cousins fish...

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Brothers and cousins floated around....hoping to catch "The Big One!!"

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Another group of cousins paddled around together....

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Celebrating Easter...

March 30, 2016

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 I love Easter! 
It is my favorite holiday. 
 We decided as a family that we wanted to give some service to our community
 to celebrate this holy holiday. During Christmas, we traditionally make some gift for
 each family in our community, but this past Christmas we were very 
focused on a wedding! ;) We thought Easter would be a great time to 
share some love with our family and friends.

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 Each box was filled with the traditional Mexican Buñuelos. 
 They are a light and crispy coated with cinnamon and sugar. They are a tasty treat! 
 On the top of each box we attached a video of the life of Christ. 
 A perfect way to celebrate Easter! 
We then delivered the boxes to friends and family... 
We ended the evening with some yummy tacos from our favorite taco stand. 
It was a fun evening!

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Messages From The Chalkboard...by Kallie

March 30, 2016

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All Together Again...

March 9, 2016

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A few days ago The Boy loaded a few of the Longhorns in a trailer to move them to 
Rancho 25...where the others have been living for a few months. 
 He asked if I wanted to go along for the ride to drop them off. 
 I do love those Longhorns of mine...so it was an easy yes!
 They haven't all been together for awhile and I wondered if they would 
be happy to see each other;) I like to believe that they
 know each other and are friends!
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When we arrived at Rancho 25, the Longhorns there, were grazing and seemed 
uninterested in what we were doing... that is until the Longhorns in the trailer
 began to make sounds. Before we knew it the trailer was surrounded by one
 group of Longhorns...
waiting to see their friends/family inside of the trailer.
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There was alot of excitement when those trailer doors opened!
 The Longhorns were reunited!! 
The whole family! It was so fun to watch. 
They seemed pretty happy to be back together.
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Next The Boy showed me the ground that he had spent all 
night preparing to plant. All night on a tractor... He has been such a great help to us... 
We are sure glad he is here.

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