Archive: September 2014

Sunday Afternoon


posted by Chelsea

I’ve started at least 3 other posts and haven’t been able to finish them.  They’re deep posts- ones that require thought and focus and sincerity.  I haven’t been able to maintain any of those 3 things for long enough to finish any of the 3 posts, so instead I’m just going to tell you about Sunday afternoon.  We went for a family ride.  Rather than pack our lunch in saddle bags, we decided to go ahead and take our pack mule, Blue Boots…

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because why not?

Katelyn…

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…rode completely by herself, something she usually only does in the arena. She’s in Kindergarten now so the sky is the limit for this girl! (please note: her shirt is the one I wore to my first day of Kindergarten! Thanks to mom for hanging on to that!  When I need my prom dress again, I’ll let you know :)

We rode out to the breaks of the Wenaha River…

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Lucy…

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and I…

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packed our picnic lunch.  We all ate…

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…under an apple tree.

Because we brought a pack mule, I went ahead and threw on the tripod and we managed to get a family picture…

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… you can see that Cooper is thrilled with the family shot.

Cooper rode MudPie, but his legs got tired (Cooper’s, not MudPie’s) on the way home, so MudPie followed Katelyn and Blue Boots followed MudPie…

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and Cooper rode with Buck.

There you go! Our Sunday afternoon adventure.  No deep thoughts required :-)


Breath-In-Good


posted by Chelsea

A few days ago, I was walking down the hill to our house.  It was dark outside and so the inside of the house was lit up.  The lamps were on in the living room and from my vantage point, I couldn’t see the toys on the floor or any of the stuff scattered around- just the soft light of the lamps and the sound of the kids voices carrying out through the windows right to my ears.  The sun was long set and the air felt fall-cool.  Inside looked cozy and inviting, but I stopped for a just a minute.  Just a minute to breath and look and soak it in.  And the feeling of goodness just sort of swept over me.  Life is busy- even out here in the boonies.  There’s always stress– for example, our basement flooded a few weeks ago and I’ve felt stress about it all coming back together into a live-able space.  I know once it’s all done it will be great, but in the meantime, I’ve just wanted everything to be “back to normal!”  I joked with my parents (who were here this weekend) that I do realize people have suffered much worse that what I’m currently enduring…  All joking aside, it’s often the little stresses that can steal the joy out of a person’s life, if you allow it.  So… walking into the house the other night, I felt prodded to not only take that moment to “breath in good”, but to do it more often– pulling myself out of the current situation, whatever it may be, to seek goodness.  So… now that I’ve been doing it a few days in a row, I’m here to report that it’s a pretty awesome thing to do.

So awesome, in fact, that I’m going to share some of the good with you this morning!  Here goes… I planted over 100 sunflower seeds in my yard this spring.  The birds ate at least 95 of them.  BUT!  The 5 sunflowers that came up are breath-in-good…

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I love these orangey-red ones!  If only 5 survived the birds, I’m glad they were this variety!

The girls started school last week…

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Katelyn’s joy about FINALLY! starting school was breath-in-good. Unfortunately, Cooper wasn’t feeling the joy with her.  :-)

After the second day of class, when all 4 students were done with the first day of their respective grades…

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Mr. Byers asked how Katelyn’s first day was. I told him it was great- that she had fun, but was worn out after her first long day. (She goes 2 days/week). He said, “I wondered about that. I thought I should schedule more rest time in for her- I’m going to make sure that happens!” Obviously, I didn’t tell him she was worn out to get scheduled rest time, but the fact that he cares to make each day a good one for her- that is breath-in-good for this mama!

This weekend we sold a couple of the ranch mules at our local Mule Days horse/mule sale.  We arrived at the fairgrounds, checked in the mules, and then had time to go eat dinner and sit at the picnic tables on the lawn.  We sat with our Cunningham friends and our Nash aunt and uncle and my folks.  Cooper was running around the table with an uneaten piece of roll in his hand.  Lucy was eating her second helping of one of her favorite foods, coleslaw.  Katelyn was mothering a little girl she found and they were dancing to the beat of the live music.  And for just a minute, I sat back and felt all the good- the rich relationship, talk about cattle prices and bred heifers- the cool air, finally cooled down after a hot summer- the kids, happy and playful- the sound of the country music,  floating over the crowd.

Last night, Buck and I were reminiscing about the hot summer we’re just finishing up and how good it was. It was busy and we worked really hard, but it was very full. We had moments of carved out goodness with people like Great Grandma Carolee…

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We celebrated weddings…

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with family…

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And friends…

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We slip-slided…

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And after several long hot work weeks, we retreated on Sunday afternoons to the river…

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During those afternoon retreats, I spent time floating down through the current, right where the Grand Ronde meets the Wenaha, with my head laying back in the cold water and I took a whole buncha breath-in-good refreshing moments.

We also got to spend time with two fabulous teenagers…

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At various times throughout the summer…

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And, I can tell you, we can all breath-in-good knowing the teenage generation on it’s way into adulthood, is a good one.  We (referring to all 5 of our family members) loved the time we spent with both 16 year olds.

We also got to look Aunt Mona’s puppies right in the eye…

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…whether they wanted to or not :-)

And the kids continue to breath-in-good in “Phase I” of Papa’s treehouse remodel…

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All of those pictures to say, I think the overall theme in my life lately has been to feel the stress less intensely and soak in the good more completely. You don’t have to go far …

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to find some breath-in-good!

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” Philippians 4:8