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Daily Devos with Max ~ God’s Plan

~posted by Robin


Our family visited a castle.  In the center of the garden sat a maze….
A tall tower [stood] in the center…. Were you to look at our family
pictures of the trip, you’d see four of [us] standing on…top of the
tower… Guess who…was stuck in the foliage [and] couldn’t figure out
which way to go….

Then I heard a voice from above. “Hey, Dad.” I looked up to see
Sara, peering through the turret at the top. “You’re going the wrong
way….Back up and turn right.” … I didn’t have to [trust her]
but…I listened…. Her vantage point was better than mine….
She could see what I couldn’t.

Don’t you think we should do the same with God?

By Max Lucado

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Max didn’t use a verse in this devotional, but I think that Jeremiah 29:11 is appropriate . . .

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

…along with…

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV), “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Curlew Attack

~posted by Robyn

Just a short little story I would like to share with you.

I have been irrigating for my dad the past couple days  week ’cause he has been up in Washington hovering cherries.  The first day when I was down in the bottoms, these birds began going crazy.  Flying around in circles,  screeching, making a heck of a commotion.

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I was thinking there must be a nest close by.  The next day they were in a different spot, but still throwing a little fit.  Dive bombing me, getting within feet of me.  I even managed to get a picture of one.

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Well, as I was driving in the little 4-wheeler track ( Good thing I was paying attention.),  there it was; the little one the parents were making such a fuss over.

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He was so cute, no bigger than the egg.  Thick down feathers and soft.  The more he peeped, the closer the parents got.  So I hurried, snapped a picture and left, so the poor, distraught parents wouldn’t have a heart attack.

Viola tricolor subsp. hortensis

~posted by Donna

This post is purely editorial. That’s because it is filled to the brim with opinion.

I love pansies.

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I think they are one of God’s best creations even though Lady Mary Elizabeth Bennet got credit for it (More on that later.). They are cheerful, colorful,

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aromatic, versatile, tough, and just plain pretty.  When you live in mountain country, it’s a reliable standby. It blooms all summer and can be planted everywhere,

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next to anything,

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sunshine or shade.

So when it came time to plant large gardens of something at my workplace,

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pansies was an absolute gimme. Now I’m not talking about a few plush petals here and there; I’m talking 30+ four inch flats.

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I had the help of a professional nursery owner so we determined we’d plant them in 10 long rows, two of each of 5 colors. That was in 2010. That means this is our 4th year planting pansies and I still love them. This year, there’s 9 long rows of 3 colors.

Now those of you who share my affinity for this fragrant flower already know that the secret to great looking pansies is………………………? Right, dead heading. Have you ever deadheaded close to 1,000 pansy plants? Do you need a job? Actually, I can’t hire you. Sophie, now a 9th grader, has been doing that for me for about 4 years. She’s a keeper.

This June, Sophie’s been busy with mini vacations and camps. So the deadheading fell to moi. It took me 2 full days. When the quality went from this

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to this

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I knew it was time. I hated to do it but I know it’s the best thing for that lovely viola tricolor. The once-abundant rows of pansies looked pretty pitiful when I was done.

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Here’s the trash can filled with discarded precious petals.

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I can’t wait for Sophie to return; that was a brutal job.

Well, let’s get a few facts straight. I like to use Wikipedia. Here’s what it says.

In the early years of the 19th century, Lady Mary Elizabeth Bennet (1785–1861), daughter of the Lord of Tankerville, collected and cultivated every sort of Viola tricolor(commonly, heartsease) she could procure in her father’s garden at “Walton-upon-Thames”Surrey. Under the supervision of her gardener, William Richardson, a large variety of plants was produced via cross-breeding. In 1812, she introduced her pansies to the horticultural world, and, in 1813, Mr. Lee, a well-known florist and nurseryman, further cultivated the flower. Other nurserymen followed Lee’s example, and the pansy became a favorite among the public.

And this was interesting…..

On account of its popularity in both society and its recurring appearances in Romantic poetry, a variety of new nicknames for the flower began to circulate. Dorothea Lynde Dix proclaims that “Perhaps no flower (not excepting even the queenly rose) claims to be so universal a favorite, as the viola tricolor; none currently has been honored with so rich a variety of names, at once expressive of grace, delicacy and tenderness.” Many of these names play on the whimsical nature of love, including “Three Faces under a Hood,” “Flame Flower,” “Jump Up and Kiss Me,” “Flower of Jove,” and “Pink of my John.”

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By 1833, there were 400 named pansies available to gardeners who once considered its progenitor, heartsease, a weed.

Weeds never looked and smelled so good.

Chicks are IN!

~posted by Robin

Our little family of 4 doesn’t live on a ranch . . . yet.  However, we’re going to start small.   We just received our chicks, so they are only a couple days old.

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My kids (and my part-time extra kid) are IN LOVE with them and want to be outside, in the shed with them, all.the.time.

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(Sorry, it was dark in there and I didn’t know my hubby had another light ready to plug in!)

So we have set a few rules in place for the time being.  The biggest one is they cannot be in the shed without myself or their dad,  AND we wash our hands after being with the chicks, especially after touching and holding the little fuzzy babies.

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Some will be eaters (as a former customer used to call the ones for the freezer); the others will be my hens.  I am so excited to have hens for fresh eggs!  My kids are just excited that we have chicks!

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We’ll see how this little adventure goes!!  I’ve always sold them (from my parent’s feed and hardware store), but never raised them myself.

Oh, if you want to know what breeds we got: they are Americana (lay blue/green eggs), Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, and Slow grow Cornish.  Some friends of ours got some with us and theirs are New Hampshire Red.

Daily Devos with Max ~ Troubles

posted by Robin


When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.  James 1:2

God didn’t say, “If you have many kinds of troubles” . . . [but] “When . . .”

Troubles . . . are part of the package . . . Don’t look for fairness here—look instead where Jesus looked.  While going through hell, Jesus kept his eyes on heaven . . . “In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God, the Powerful One, and coming on clouds in the sky” (Matthew 26:64).

When all of earth turns against you, all of heaven turns toward you.  To keep your balance in a crooked world . . . think of home.

By Max Lucado

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James goes on to say that patience must complete its work that that we are made complete, not lacking anything.

 My NIV Bible quotes it this way:

 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  James 1:2-4


My Amplified Bible (to give you more meanings/suggestions/revelation) says:

“Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.  Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.  But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”

This is a lifelong process to be made complete in Christ.  As we go through one set of troubles and allow God to work though us and in us as we learn, grow, mature from it, we are then onto another trial, in another form to continue the same process of learning, growing, and maturing.  Or as stated above, to test and develop our faith which in turn develops perseverance or patience.

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And through all that, we must keep our eyes on heaven.

Message to Cow Kids: A Trip to Washington DC ~ updated

posted by Trey Medel, age 7, friend of Lucy and Katelyn and many other cow kids

Trey leaves this Thursday {today}for a trip to Washington DC for 10 days to visit his aunt who he calls Tia.  Her real name is Keita. Trey wants to go to a water park and to visit the White House. He hopes to fly a kite and see the Lincoln statue. Trey says it’s humungous.  Lincoln’s foot is as big as his teacher, Mrs Brown.  Trey will take pictures of his trip and you will see some of them next Monday because he wants to share them with all the cow kids who read Cowgirl Clippings.

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Well, it’s not easy to get a 7 year old to blog while he’s on a trip so based on reliable sources, here’s what’s been happening in our nation’s capital.

Even before getting off the ground, Trey bid Boise farewell with his traditional picture taken with the Boise State Bronco. He’s gaining on that fella each time.


Now Trey is a seasoned young traveler and nearly every time in the past 2 or 3 years, the pilot has invited him into the cockpit.


By Minneapolis, he was flying the plane.


That’s also where he ran into this big boy.


Finally, they arrived in DC


where they got to see the Washington Monument under construction.

Trey photographed Mom and Tia in front of the White House


(Cross that off his bucket list.)

and when this country boy got tired from all the touring,


I’m told he just plopped right down and rested. Not exactly the green, green grass of home.

Then it was off to Chinatown


and dinner.


Day Two Tia took him to the National Zoo, just down from her apartment.


He took this picture


and this


and he was just as interested in making new friends


and cooling off with them.


So now you know as much as I do until we hear from the adventurer himself.


~posted by Robyn

I keep getting these e-mails from Donna ( Mrs. Harp, my nickname for her) saying, “Write a story! Write a story!”   So I rack my little brain to dig up something to write and hope it makes sense.  But here on CC, Mrs. Harp does such a great job editing, my stories look good.  Thank you Mrs. Harp :)  Anyways, besides trying to think up a story, I try to find time to write it.  Today I’m stealing away from my morning duties… know, like dishes, sweeping….etc.  With that said, instead of trying to conjure up a tale to tell, I will take you along with me on a rough ride   on a project here at Butler Ranch.  My dad likes to  invent silly projects for us to do, plus all the normal stuff that we have to get done, like fencing, irrigating,and moving cows.

I will fill you in on as to why this little venture got thought up.  In the last 100 years couple of years, eastern Oregon hasn’t gotten much snow or rain to fill up stock ponds or irrigating reservoirs.

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Therefore, my dad went on a quest on his backhoe to repair existing water holes that were bone dry.

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As he started digging in one of the dry ponds, he found some mud.  This made him dig further in hopes of finding water.  So he dug a little and was soon scooping out soupy mud.  By this time the hole was too deep for a cow to get drink out of.

So…..This is the idea he came up with.

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A vertical pipe with holes cut into it so the water can seep in. He is thinking he will put a solar pump in and pump the water to a water tank.

Oh yeah, did I mention this project is located about 16-18 miles from anything?  It takes 2 hours, three crushed ribs, and fractured vertebrae (not to mention a very flat hiny) to bounce a 4-wheeler over.  Some people may call this a road, but it looks more like what I imagine the bottom of the Snake River looks like.  I am glad I didn’t have to drive the backhoe out there!!!!!
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So how did we get a pipe that size that far out on a 4-wheeler?? you ask….we didn’t.  My dad slung it in with his helicopter and set it in the hole.


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(Point of further interest: the pipe is dangling underneath on a 100ft line.)

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After a few swing bys and a hop over the 4-wheeler that was hiding in the tree, he got it set in the hole. Then propped it straight with the hoe.

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We filled it with several bucket loads of rocks.
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Here my Anna dog made sure we were doing it right.

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Then filled the rest with dirt.  We left it like a pond just in case it might rain; then it can fill.

We went home a different way and came out at the Beulah Reservoir and Anna went for a swim to cool off.

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We all finally got our flat, tired hinies home in time for supper. Not bad for an honest day’s work.

Birds’ Nests – The Sequel

Well, I thought it might be of paramount importance that I update you on the status of the king bird babies. You may recall that the expectant parents built this cushy, comfy nest for their upcoming brood.

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And here’s one of those little ones, eyes not yet open.

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Well, after a week’s absence, we returned to find that three newborns were bright eyed and bushy tailed. They’d lost their “baby” look.

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And by the time the weekend was almost over, the dominant fine-feathered friend took control of the nest and kicked siblings out of the house where they promptly fell asleep, disillusioned and maybe a bit frightened. What would you think if you saw this face staring at you?

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I’d get out, too; how ’bout you?

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A Cool Spring

Posted by Donna ~

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.

Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Two Tramps in Mud Time (1936)

It’s been a cool spring. Wouldn’t you agree?

Remnants of winter lingered.

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Critters started just showin’ up.

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Even these guys made their grand appearance.

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Seeing this face is usually assurance we won’t see rattlers. Or as many mice.

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God’s wildflowers miraculously popped up,

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steerheads and trilliums.

Some folks took their annual trek on the Weiser River Trail,

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setting up camp beside the surging river,

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while others explored abandoned school houses;

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still others grazed on new grasses.

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And what spring would be complete

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without at least one double rainbow.

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Blessed is the photographer who captures a cool spring…..

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…..even if it is in her jammies and garden hat.


Posted by Robyn ~

Ok, it is late spring heading into summer here in dry Malheur  County.  You know what comes with it…..?  Puppies!  Puppies? you say…yes puppies.  For the third year in a row, my Anna dog  has a litter of puppies.

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She is the one on the right.  Daddy dog is the silver one on the left.  So this……


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The last two years she had 4 in each litter….well, this year she decided to give me 10!!!! Yes,  you read it right ~ 10!

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They are a day old in this picture.  Even though she is a good mother, even she didn’t know what to do with them all.  She would try to move them twice a day.  But the new destination was worse than the one before.  They would be scattered in two or three different spots at a time.


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Sadly, she laid on two of them so now we are down to 8 puppies,  but I tell ya, that is plenty!


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Now that their eyes are open and they can see over the grass, they are every where!  And love to play.

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And be noisy………

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And eat!  Boy, are they little pigs!

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Even though they are so much fun,  I can’t keep them.  They all have homes except one.  Hope he gets a home soon.

Anna, on the other hand, was ready for them to leave a week ago.  She looks at me, wishing I might save her from the mob.  It will be over soon, Anna gurl :)

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