Monday, January 16, 2012

Workin' Some Calves

The kids got out and helped Tim put eartags in the calves this morning.

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Oh and they were a big help! They helped Tim get the calves cornered into a couple of panels. Middle child assisted in loading the tagging gun. She has serious dreams of following in her dad's footsteps to be a veterinarian someday.

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Ta-da! "Look Ma, I got my ear pierced!"
(Momma bawling in the background)
"I always knew he was the black sheep...errrr, I mean rebel in the family!"

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Tim had to play cowboy to catch our smallest and newest calf, Bingo.

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Catching her was pretty easy, but keepin Mama at a safe distance was another thing altogether!

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"Watch out Tim!"

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And finally, Bingo is tagged.

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"Momma, that was a bit brutal."

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"Yes, I know Honey, there are plenty of hoops to jump through in life, just wait...I heard the man say that he would be castrating calves next month."

And Bandito watched the whole thing while enjoying the Oklahoma early morning sunshine!

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Our week has started off productively, I hope yours has too!
Blessings, Julie

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Just A Few Things...

Here are just a few things the girls and I have been working on for our next craft fair:

This is an 8X10 mixed media art on canvas entitled "Grow."

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This 11X14 mixed media art on canvas is really one of my favorites. It's simple and pretty.

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And this particular piece is one that I toiled over, LOL. I began painting it this past week and knew it was going to be a bit offbeat and that's probably why I call it, "Abstract Blue Horse."
It's 16X20 and this is the first time I've worked on a canvas that large.

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Anyway, that's just a little sampling of what we're doing here.
Blessings! Julie

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Bird Poem in Free Verse

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A small girl walks outside.
It is time to feed the birds.
It is cold and she shivers,
but she trudges on.

Icicles hang down from branches of trees nearby.

She smiles watching a bluejay land on the ice.
She shivers again and begins pouring the feed.
A chickadee watches with interest.
The bluejay also stops to gaze at the small intruder.

She smiles at the birds.
They are her friends.
More birds fly down to lower branches,
watching the girl.

The chickadee peeps impatiently.
The girl smiles again,
backing away from the feeder.

She watches as the birds enjoy their meal.
        ~~~  Written 1/4/12 by my oldest daughter.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I Love This!

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I took this New Year's Eve evening.
And I haven't played with it at all...really.
Oklahoma sunsets are unique, addictive, and inspirational...and....
I'm so glad I've got them right out my back door!
Blessings, Julie

Monday, January 2, 2012

Hope For A New Year

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For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.  ~ I Corinthians 13:12
This past year was a tough one for our family. Though we didn't understand much of what happened and why it happened, the Lord led us through guiding and comforting the whole time.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  ~ Romans 15:13

I am hopeful for this year. Our Lord's grace is sufficient in all things!
So although there were quite a few thorns in 2011, I'm refusing to be discouraged and seeing the bigger picture!

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Be encouraged, Julie