Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Answered Prayers!!

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Our Missionary Monday was a Missionary Tuesday this week. 
 We knew that we wouldn't hear from Sis. Precious until today, she mentioned it last week. 
 Around 1:30 we got a quick message from her telling us that she had been in a car accident on Monday afternoon, and that her mission president wanted to talk to us. So very quickly The Farmer made contact with Pres. Jardine. We just happened to be in El Paso... at the hospital...visiting a dear friend who is having some serious problems. The Farmer left the hospital room to talk to the mission president, 
and when he returned he had quite a story to share.

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 Sis. Precious and her companion were passing through an intersection and were 
broadsided by another car that had run a red light. The car was totaled, they were both taken by 
ambulance to the hospital, and thankfully the mission president was very close by. 
 She said that the moment Pres. Jardine arrived he placed his hands on each of their heads and gave them a blessing. She was so grateful for that. So today, with her signature humor and grace, she shared this experience with lots of detail with us through her weekly letter. Her perspective is amazing! Today and I am so very grateful for every prayer that is uttered throughout the world on behalf of our 
beloved missionaries. Prayers were answered today!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sis. Precious Update...

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Sis. Precious is awesome! 
Her letters are such a delight each week...we laugh... I cry a little (because I miss her)...
and she reminds us how very lucky we are to call her ours. 
She has the most unique and beautiful way of finding happiness and humor in the most 
mundane of situations. Each week I wonder what great adventure she has had and 
how she made it fun. I love that girl!! Yesterday, early in the morning a 6.1 earthquake 
hit the Napa Valley area of California. Although it wasn't right in her area, people have 
reported feeling the quake right where she is. This would have been Sis. Precious' first earthquake...
and I pray her last;) The church has reported that all missionaries in that area are just fine. 
 Yay! 
 I look forward to hearing from her today... to see what this experience was 
like for her and those in her area.

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This is Sis. Cleverly...The Trainer...she is a Saint I am sure;) 
She and Sis. Precious were riding their bikes when The Trainer felt she was going to pass out. 
 They quickly stopped...found a piece of grass and The Trainer laid down. 
 Turns out it was the yard of a less active member;) Anyway, to pass the time...
Sis. Precious gathered sticks to surround The Trainer, 
which brought alot of laughs and lightened a hard situation.

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While traveling through Cd. Juarez with The Farmer...
I came across a street vendor who was selling these blow up Lucha Libre dolls... 
since we love Nacho Libre so much...it was a must to send to Sis. Precious! 
Oh my goodness she is loving that thing! 
I also sent some funny curlers to her that I thought may help... 
but turns out...not so much...after removing the curlers she said she looked like 
she was ready to go to the high school prom!
So here is a little glimpse into the life of our Sis. Precious!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Farmers' Gotta Farm...

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A few days ago The Farmer and I decided to spend the morning checking the farms. 
 It is so beautiful here right now! 
 The abundance of rain has made it very plush and green...and muddy!

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These are a few of the "Farming Crew." 
 Please notice The Rooster in the middle...;)...

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The Farmer doesn't get to spend too much time on the tractors much anymore. 
 His days are filled with other issues. 
 But, every once in awhile...The Farmer "gets lost" and this is where he is usually found. 
 It's a therapy of sorts. 
This picture appeared in a text message in the last couple of days with this note... 
"Sometimes The Farmers' gotta farm!" 
And there you have it!!!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stadium Of Fire...(catching up)

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 One of our MOST favorite activities while in Utah is going to Stadium of Fire. 
 It is always a wonderful time! We loaded all of the family in 
The Farmer's truck and parked as close to the Stadium as we could...yet not too close;)

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And then we walked...
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 This is a member of The Brotherhood...
I happen to like him alot! He is a very good time!

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The Aggie Boy joined us...that is always fun!...
and The Rooster refused to let me take his picture...

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This is The Aggie Boy...dancing and singing with some of my darling nieces...
They really enjoyed Carrie Underwood! 
We were at the very top of the stadium, which we have discovered is the 
very best spot to be to enjoy the fireworks show. 
The evening did not disappoint!
(photos by The Farmer)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hobble Creek With The Family...(catching up)

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 One of the best parts of our trip to Utah this Summer was the opportunity to spend 
some good time with our AZ family! I am pretty smitten with The Brotherhood...so when 
I get to spend some time with them it is a treat from me! 
 Three members of The Brotherhood were either in Utah themselves, 
or their family was there. It was great to have some of them stay with us...
where we really enjoyed some quality time together! 
 One of our many adventures was at Hobble Creek. 
We traveled together...led by The Farmer...who I might add didn't really 
know where he was going to begin with...but as he stated very proudly upon arrival
..."well...we got to where we needed to be didn't we??!!" 
 And yes we did! 
We took food...the kids played in the Creek...
the teenage girls talked while laying in the beautiful green grass...
and the adults visited and laughed...ALOT! 
It was the perfect afternoon!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

A Flying Rooster...

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At the beginning of the Summer, The Rooster decided that he "needed" a different 
motorcycle so he could join his friends riding and racing. When he approached 
The Farmer about his idea The Farmer replied..."sure why not!"...
"So, Rooster... how will you be paying for that much "needed" motorcycle?" 
 Well, as you might imagine, The Rooster felt a little sad. And so we sat down, 
The Rooster and his Mother...and came up with a list of ways he could earn enough money 
to purchase his desired motorcycle. The list looked a little like this... 
 1. Sell Ramses (our beloved baby bull) 
2. Sell Violet (another beloved Longhorn) 
3. Sell small motorcycle 
4. Sell bails of Alfalfa 
5. Work everyday, mowing orchards...bailing hay...doing whatever needs to be done, 
with a set amount of pay at the end of the week. 
 After looking at the list, The Rooster was excited...it seemed reasonable.
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Well, as he began to work on his list of money making opportunities, 
 he realized...quickly...that it wasn't going to be as easy as he thought. 
He worked and worked each day. After a little time he sold the smaller motorcycle 
and make a small payment toward his goal. Time passed and it began to seem that the 
goal was out of reach. When it came time to sell the Longhorns, The Rooster realized that 
he just couldn't do it. He loved them too much! So that just wasn't an option. 
 He even came from work one day, after working at the farm where the Longhorn Family live, 
and told me that Ramses the baby bull Longhorn, just wanted to have his head rubbed and rubbed. 
 And then The Rooster said..."Mom,he is just too nice to sell!" 
And truthfully it was breaking my heart too! 
But it was in important lesson that The Rooster needed to learn. 
 Sacrifice is a part of life.
  After a LONG Summer...wishing, hoping and working...
The Rooster finally made it happen! Saturday was the day he made his final payment! 
 And boy was he happy! 
 Saturday afternoon he and a group of friends headed to a nearby motorcycle track to ride. 
 An organized race/competition was planned for Sunday, but he knew that Saturday was his only 
day to ride. The Farmer and I met him at the track and enjoyed watching him...enjoy himself so much! 
The memories of his older brother, The Aggie Boy, racing at this same age, 
returned all to quickly. The memories of the hospital visits and surgeries also came back.
Ugh!!!


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 So I said a little prayer...
each time he circled the track that he would be smart...and he would be safe.
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 And then it happened...not to The Rooster, but to one of his good friends.
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A missed jump...a bad landing...and a trip to the hospital. 
The friend's parents were out of town, so The Farmer rode to the hospital in the 
ambulance with the young man. Once at the hospital, it was determined 
that his leg had been broken.

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 He will be fine...and we are grateful it wasn't worse. 
So here we go again...proud of The Rooster for setting a goal for himself 
and working hard for it...but now I pray!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Missionary Monday...on Tuesday...;)

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 It was a true Missionary Monday at our house yesterday! 
Not only did we hear from our excited Sis. Precious... our home was filled with our local missionaries... 
20+ of them to be exact! The came to spend their P-Day having a little much needed fun.
 After a yummy lunch, The Farmer spent some time teaching and setting goals with them. 
 They left happy, full, and ready to work! It is always a treat to have the missionaries in our home! 
 Back to Sis. Precious...she is doing great! 
Her fun loving outlook on life is helping her soak up every experience she is having as a missionary! 
We love her letters!!!
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