Fall

Fall came and with it, hunting; Colton was happy about that. In fact, Colton and dad headed up into our nearby mountains today to find stray cows and hunt for elk. You would not believe all the camps set up, up there; it’s like a mini town.  When hunting begins, traffic picks up; it gets super busy around our place. But, hunting isn’t the only thing that comes with Fall.  The beautiful oranges, reds, and yellows can be absolutely stunning!  Then, the leaves start falling off the trees and a beautiful array of colors fall into your yard.  Oh, the beauty of fall. There is also pumpkin pie, the  best part of Fall! I love pumpkin pie! 🙂  In the comments, please tell me your favorite thing about Fall. I would love to hear from you! God Bless!

Britt

A few pics that I took in our back yard this morning. 🙂

IMG_4267  I like the way the lighting is in this picture

IMG_4268 Leaves falling from the trees in our back yard

IMG_4269 Some of the trees are still holding on to green

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Home For the Winter

Most of the cows are now home from the mountains for the winter; the rest will come home in November. October has been a busy month, consisting of getting cows ready to bring home and bringing them home.  October 8th-11th, Thur-Sun was roundup. We went up on Thursday and came home Sunday. For roundup we take our camper up to camp and stay up in the mountains through the weekend. Those days were filled with gathering cows and taking them to a holding pasture where they would stay until we trailed home; roundup went very smoothly.

Saturday, October 17th, we pushed all the cows and their calves out of the holding pen and took them to the corrals. At the corrals we sorted cows from calves. Later that day semi trucks came up and loaded the calves and took them home so that they didn’t have to take the long walk down the trail. The cows however, got to look forward to a 36 mile walk in the next two days.

October 18th, a Sunday, the adventure of trailing begin. It dawned bright and beautiful, a little hot, but hey, better than rain or snow right? It was a 16 mile trail down the gravel road and we had tired cows ready for a night’s rest.

Day two, Monday October 19, was a little cooler and perfect weather for trailing. After a good nights rest, belly’s full of hay, the cows where ready for day two of trailing, 20 miles to home. The first eight miles was on gravel, and the last six miles was on gravel; the rest of the way was on pavement. Trailing went well, and the cows made it home to pasture in the late evening. Man, is it good to have the cows home!

The next day which was a Tuesday, we vaccinated all the calves that came home from the mountains. The cows and the calves were separated so the calves could be weaned at the feed lot.  The Steers (castrated male calves) and heifers (female calves) will be fed at the feedlot until sold.  All the steers and some of the heifers will be sold.  Dad and grandpa will pick some of the heifers to raise calves.

Thanks to grandpa I have a few pictures from the trail drive. If you have any questions ask in comments. Thanks, for taking the time to read this 🙂 God Bless!

Britt

Click on pictures for larger view 🙂

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Sorry but photo’s would only work small or they would get blurry.  This photo is of Grandma, Stran, me (Britt), Molly (the sweet dog on the right), and Dunny (My horse). 🙂

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Cows trailing home.  If you look very closely you can see Colton on the left of the cows and Dad on the right. 🙂

God’s Power, Standing Firm, and Daniel

IMG_3449When you looked at the name of this post you probably wondered why I named it God’s Power, Standing Firm and Daniel. Well, don’t worry; you will find out soon enough.

For my devotions and Bible time each day, mom gave me an in-depth inductive study for teens for the book of Daniel (from Precept Ministries International).  I took the devotional, not the most excited.  I had read the book of Daniel lots of times and knew all the stories.  But, as I started the study and started reading through Daniel, I started to see more than stories; I saw God working through a normal human being like you or me!  Right now, in the study, they’re having me go really in-depth in chapter 1 of Daniel.  When I first started reading, I had the mind-set that I already knew all the stories… Daniel getting thrown into a lion’s den and his three friends getting thrown into the fiery furnace.  I’ve heard those stories since I was a little girl.  But, today, as I looked at chapter 1 of Daniel, I saw it with new eyes.  What I first saw was the amazing power of God.  If you look at the first two verses of Daniel, chapter one, it says:

In the third year reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.  And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hands.  

There’s more to verse two but, I’m going to stop there because the point I want to get across is in the first part of the verse.  What is the point I want to make?  I want to show you that God has power over everything!  How? Well look at verse one and the first part of verse two.  It says:

…king Nebuchadnezzar came and besieged Jerusalem.  But it also says:

God delivered Jerusalem into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.  That means God had power over what the outcome was.   That just seems really amazing to me!  But there’s more! It says in verse nine of chapter one:

Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel.

Once again this verse shows the power of God.  How? Verse nine says that God caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel.

The second thing I noticed was Daniel’s strong faith and how he stood firm for what he believed.  When the king tried to get him, and his three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to eat food sacrificed to their false gods, they refused to eat.  Instead, they asked to eat vegetables and water for ten days and see if them, or the other young men in the king’s service were stronger.  Because Daniel and his three friends stood firm and did what was right, God blessed them, and at the end of the ten days the four young men looked healthier and more nourished than the other young men.  Now this may not seem that impressive to you but, if you didn’t already know, Daniel at the time, would have been only around fourteen or fifteen! Now mix that with the fact that he was in the service of the king, so that means that there were probably some pretty big consequences for not obeying what they were ordered to do.  Daniel would have been pretty close to the age I am now when this all happened, and it made me wonder if I would do the same thing?  Under such pressure, would I do what was right no matter the consequences?  It really made me think about the strength of my relationship with the Lord.  Would I stand up for my God no matter what?  I was really challenged when I thought about all of this.

So, my challenge to you is to read all twelve chapters of Daniel and dig deep.  Some things are really confusing, but ask the Lord to help you understand, and He will!  Please let me know in the comments if you’re up for this challenge! I would really like to hear from you! God Bless!

Britt

Trust and Horses (Part 2)

In my last post (Trust and Horses Part 1) I talked about us losing our mare, Susan. I also told all my readers that we were headed to get two other horses this last weekend.  On Saturday Dad, T (my younger sister), and I headed on our eight-hour drive to pick up the two horses.  We got to my aunt and uncle’s late that night.  The next morning, my uncle took us out to ride the horses.  There were two geldings, a red roan named Twister, and Skipper is black with some white on him.  They were super fun to ride! Twister is full of energy and ready to go whenever you are.  Skipper is more laid back and goes along for the ride, but he also has get up and go.  They’re both very nice horses.

After trying them out, we loaded the horses in the trailer and said good-bye to our aunt, uncle, and cousins.  We got home late Sunday night.  The horses were really ready to get out of the trailer after a long day of traveling.  The next day, after school, we rode them around the ranch.  Colt (my older brother, who is fifteen) rode Skipper,  T rode Twister, Dad rode one of his mares (Boone) and I rode Dunny (one of our ranch horses).  They did very well!

As I look back on these past few weeks, I can see where the Lord used the circumstances to teach me that he was in control of EVERYTHING, big or small.  I can see where I’ve learned to trust Him more, not just in the big things like losing a horse and needing a new one in a matter of weeks, but also in the little everyday things of life. Okay, so here I am back on trust.  You guys probably think I will never get off that topic.  But that’s not all I want to mention; I also want to mention that God provides.  When we prayed for ONE horse (Notice I just said one), He provided us with two! A double blessing!  Not only will I get to go to roundup, but so will T.  I’m not saying that we get everything we WANT, but God will provide us with everything we NEED.  Yes, just because we think we need something, doesn’t mean God thinks we need that exact thing.  But, that’s good; God knows what’s best! Why? Because if you think about it, God knows the overall picture.  He can see in the past, present, and future; we can only see in the past and present.  He knows every word we have said and we will say.  It also says in the Bible that God knows how many hairs are on our heads!  Now, if you really think about it, that’s pretty amazing!  If God cares about you that much, I know He is a God worth trusting in! Here I am back to trust, but hey, that word has meant a lot to me these last few weeks!  If you are still in doubt about this, or a little confused, I will tell you how dad has explained it to us, just to try to help clear the clouds.  Think about two sailors, one has had a lot of experience and has sailed for many years.  He has been through countless storms and struggles on the sea.  The second sailor is on his first voyage, never been out to sea and has had no experience whatsoever.  Now, you have to pick which one you are going to trust and get on the boat with, to take you to your destination. I don’t know about you, but it wouldn’t take me long to choose the first sailor, the one who has sailed for many years and had lots of experience.  If you haven’t all ready figured out, God is the first sailor, the one who is experienced. Did that help clear the clouds?  Maybe you are still a little hesitant; it’s hard to take our whole life and hand it over to the Lord.  But, trust me, you will never regret it!  I have to admit there is still areas in my life that I’m still trying to give to the Lord.

Here are some pics of our new horses that I promised you in the last post. God Bless!

Britt

IMG_3827 Skipper (age-12)

IMG_3850 Twister (age-11)

IMG_3831 As you can see, Skipper has three white socks… Two on the back and one on the right front.

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IMG_3860 Colt on Skipper

IMG_3864 T on Twister

Trust and Horses (Part 1)

Right now, we have only one kid’s horse.  Now, that’s a problem when there is four of us kids who are able to ride.  (Note- our other horse that we kids can ride is going to have a foal this next March, so we can’t ride her right now).

So, during the summer, we kind of started looking for another horse.  But, as it started getting closer to Fall (When we needed horses for roundup and trailing cows down from the mountains), we started looking more seriously.

My dad finally found a nice little mare a few weeks ago.  When my dad, my younger sister, and I went to look at her and try her out, we got really excited.  She was a really pretty white horse that had brown splotches on her face and down her neck.  We tried out the mare ( Whose name was Susan).  She was super fun to ride, and responded well to whatever you asked her to do.  Susan was perfect!  She could babysit the younger kids, but she also had some get up and go for us older kids.  With much excitement, we bought the horse and brought her home.

For the next week, my younger sister rode Susan every day, spending hours with the mare.  She fell in love with the horse instantly.

Seven days after getting Susan, dad went out to feed her and came back to the house saying she wasn’t feeling good.  He called the vet, who said she would come look at Susan.  But, she died before the vet got here, and would have died regardless.  It was heartbreaking, especially for my sister, who had spent hours upon hours with the horse.  It took me a few minutes to get over the fact.  I wondered why God let us get the horse and then let her die a week after we got her.  But, after I calmed down and let the whole truth sink in, I remembered that God was in control and that we may never understand why everything happens.  Our job is just to trust in God, and He is in control of the rest! With that in mind, I felt better.  But, there was still the disappointment over losing Susan.  There was also the fact that we still needed another horse; roundup was coming up October 8th.  So, with that in mind, we started shopping again.  I looked at about every eligible ranch horse on Craigslist.  But, I still couldn’t find a horse.  I finally just decided that I was going to have to settle for the fact that I was going to stay home from roundup.  We started praying, with the hopes of finding a horse.

About two days ago, around a week before roundup, my mom was talking to her mom and dad (my grandma and grandpa), who said that my uncle had a couple of horses for sale.  We were so excited!  Dad called my uncle, and a few minutes later, told us we were going to go get the horses.  He also said that they both were from 10-13 years of age, and they would work for us kids.  I also need to mention that my aunt and uncle live about eight hours from us!  So my dad made plans for us to go get the horses this weekend.  Yes, God answered our prayer, not with just one horse, but two!  I still don’t understand why Susan died; I probably never will.  But God knows!  And he is very trustworthy!  So I just want to encourage all of you who are reading this.  No matter what happens in your life, whether it’s losing a pet, someone close to you, or any other trials in your life, trust God and leave the rest up to Him!

I will keep all readers updated on what’s going on with the two horses.  I will post some pics after we get them.  God Bless!

Britt

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5