The Aggie Update...

March 31, 2014

If there is fun to be had... This group will find it!
The attended the Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork... And they sure had fun!!!
 Thanks to Cousin Loly and PreShie for the fantastic pictures!!
And in other news...this guy stayed home to fish!!!
He decided that it was much too cold...the fish weren't biting, and so he headed to
 Bear Lake for a Raspberry Shake!

Welcome Tina!

March 26, 2014

Born yesterday,
March 25, 2014,
Augustina "Tina You Fat Lard"
 Mother and Baby are great!
The Herd is a little upset.
 There was some chasing and roping that had to be done yesterday...
and they don't like that!
But they all seem settled today.
Ramses may never be the same...
yesterday he realized that his Mama is now nursing his little sister.
He was pretty sad about that!
It's a bummer to grow up into a very large bull!

Harvey...Because It is Too Good To Pass Up...

March 23, 2014

Because the story gets better and better...
These photos needed to be posted for family history!
And...Harvey was not hurt in any way during this great adventure...
In fact...I think he had fun messing with The Aggie Boy!
Once captured, The Aggie Boy decided that he would get Harvey in the
 "mule dogging" position. Great idea right? Usually, when you are getting
 ready to brand and vaccinate calves, this is the position you would have
them in, so The Aggie Boy, got him on the ground,
Harvey cooperated...
At least long enough for a picture ;)
And then Harvey was done... He then decided that he didn't want
The Aggie Boy sitting on him any longer...
And then...Harvey was sitting on The Aggie Boy!
It was really funny. And...Harvey kept his mini horse lips pursed together
 the entire time!
  Harvey is the best!...and so is the Aggie Boy!

Church Ball...

March 20, 2014

What is it about Church Ball that gets to everyone?
It tends to be a very emotional experience for everyone involved! I know it has been for us;)
 Last night's game was especially hard. Our boys lost by one point in an overtime.
 They gave it a good fight, but it wasn't quite enough.
The ward team, this year is made up of my nephews, and their cousins.
The Farmer's Mother has been especially proud to watch her "posterity"
 (as she calls them) play together.
Another perk to small town living;)
The Rooster's number changes from game to game...
but his black striped short remain the same;)
His lucky shorts!
It has been a lot of fun to watch our boys play together!
Thanks to another cousin we have the great pictures! He is a great photographer
 and got some fun shots. Thanks Jared!
That's The Rooster...going up for a shot...which he made;)
Here he is again...
And again...
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The tournament will end this weekend with the winners playing the full time
missionaries in our Stake. Now that should be fun!
Can't wait!!

Harvey, The Noble Steed...

March 19, 2014

Harvey...The Noble Steed.
I have written about Harvey before, but he is worth another post today!
 That is for sure!
Harvey is a miniature mule.
 When he was born, it was thought that he would be a darling little mini
horse that the small children could enjoy and ride.
 NOPE! He was born a mule.
 Because he is a mini breed, he was really small at birth and thought for a
long time that he was a dog. Since so many dogs lived nearby him,
he spent a bit of time with those dogs and took on a barking/screaming
type of sound. If you are not used to hearing it...or...even if you is
very unusual and startling. Really it is!
A while back, Harvey went to live with a man who understand horses,
and was certain that he could train Harvey and tame him.
So Harvey was returned to live with a few other small horses.
But...there is the terrible scream/bark, and it was upsetting the neighbors;)
We offered to move Harvey with our horses and cows in hopes that he
would be happy and wouldn't bother anything...and...truthfully,
I really enjoy the little mule so I thought it would be a good time to have
him with our other animals.
The "Aggie" Darlings spent their Spring Break with us last week
and I happened to mention to the Aggie Boy, that we should move Harvey to
the nearby pasture. Then the discussion began...Harvey couldn't be put in with
 the horses because he would chew their tails off, so he would have to live with the cows.
 We were pretty sure he wouldn't bother animals with such long
horns on them! Now...The Aggie Boy really likes Harvey too!
  So, one morning...he announced that he was going to move
Harvey to his new home. I grabbed my camera...
I knew this was going to be a lot of fun! And off we went!
After a bit of chasing...lots of laughing...
cars stopped on the street watching The Aggie Boy captured Harvey.
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Part 2... Introducing him to his new friends at the Solecito...

Called To Serve...Sweet Precious

March 16, 2014

This past week was Spring Break for The "Aggie" Darlings.
 Oh...I was thrilled to have them come home and just be here with us.
 What a treat for the Mom;) They stopped off in Mesa, so PreShie could have another
surgery on her mouth...I think this is the third...possibly fourth. BUT, she can now see the
light at the end of the tunnel and all of her mouth "drama" should be over in the
next two months! Anyway...after spending a couple of days with the Grandparents S.
 they headed home. We ate way too much! We stayed up talking...we had family gatherings...
we had a wonderful time.
The Aggie cousin group planned to leave Saturday to return to Logan and
 Friday morning PreShies mission call showed up! We just figured her "lost" call would
 arrived next week in Logan. We never expected that it would actually arrive in Mexico,
while she was here...what are the odds! It was just meant to be;)
The moment the Bishop dropped off her call, we began contacting family to
let them know that she would be opening it that evening. Evening came...
the family gathered...The Grandparents S. joined us on Skype...
and then it was time...
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With all eyes on her...she carefully opened the large white
envelope that was addressed to Sister Victoria Jones...
Called to Serve...
California Sacramento Mission
Reporting July 2
English Speaking
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I am so grateful that she was home for this amazing moment...
and that it was shared with family and friends who love her so much.
 I am so grateful for our Precious! She has been a great blessing to me,
her mother and to her whole family. She loves life and has a deep sense of spirituality.
 She will be an amazing missionary! I love her sense of duty in following in the
footsteps of grandmothers who have gone before her. I love her sense of family.
She is an amazing young lady. Here's to our beautiful Precious!
The soon to be...Sister Jones!
I love you very much PreShie!!

A Simple Lesson In Faith....

March 9, 2014

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Yesterday morning, our phone rang.
It was our missionaries, their lunch appointment had fallen through and they
needed a place to eat. Certainly my reply was "Yes" and with much gratitude they said they
would be by later in the afternoon. Around noon, The Rooster had a basketball game.
We are in the midst of our church basketball tournament. It was such a fun game and
the boys all played so well. At one point during the game the Stake Young Men's President
pointed out that all the players on our ward team...came from our family.
Sure enough...I looked at each of them and they are all cousins. How great is that!!
 They won their game and The Rooster and I headed home to begin preparing
a meal for the missionaries who would soon arrive. I do love the missionaries!
 They are in our home a lot and they have been a great blessing to our family for many years.
 But this day, would be different. I wouldn't be the one offering would those wonderful missionaries that would teach me a lesson...a very simple, yet profound one.
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The missionaries arrived...lunch was ready...The Farmer joined us.
As we began to eat, it began to rain. We all commented on how strange the weather has
been this year. The Peach trees in are in full blossom, and are about three weeks ahead
of schedule. We have hardly had a Winter this year. It has been warm actually which
is dangerous for our orchards. So, we continued to visit, and then the rain became
more aggressive. I went to the window to see what was happening at while
I stood looking out, it began to hail. I couldn't take my eyes off of my yard which was
quickly filling with rain and hail. My heart sank! The Farmer sat listening...hoping that
the sound of the hail would stop...but it didn't. He then went to his truck and left
for the nearby orchards to see what damage had been done.
photo (13) Perfectly helpless, I stood with those sweet missionaries in my kitchen.
Hail is never a good thing for a farmer. I could see that the missionaries were also
worried. I am sure they were watching me and could see my concern.
 I said something like...
"God knows all...and we are in His hands..."
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We sat in silence...with the sound of more hail and rain beating on the roof of our home...
when one of the dear missionaries asked if we might pray.
 Grateful for the suggestion I said "please." With perfect faith and conviction...
yet full of humility the Elder began to pray. He offered the most perfect and sincere prayer.
He prayed specifically for The Farmer, that our crops would not be terribly
damaged and that we would be filled with peace and know that the Lord was perfectly
aware of us. The prayer was extraordinary because it truly was a conversation
between a child and a Father. A simple yet profound petition for help and understanding.
 It was one of the most pure prayers I have ever heard. It was simple... It was perfect.
Because I have the "gift" of tears...this is where I found myself when the prayer
 was done. In tears. So totally grateful for a cancelled lunch appointment.
So grateful for two worthy missionaries who I "thought" I was serving...
who were truly teaching and serving me. And so grateful for a perfect lesson in
simple faith that I needed. Nothing happens by chance...that I know for sure.
They were meant to be with that moment yesterday...
to teach me.
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