“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Mar 30, 2012

Comments from the 1950's

All these comments were made in the year 1955. These are awesome!

My grandpa sent these to me and said this, "See the costs when I was in med school. In 1956 As an intern at Bellevue Hospital in New York I was paid $840 for the year, and Grandma made $2000 as a nurse, and we lived adequately, but carefully on that."

"I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00."

 "Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used one."

 "If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit; 20 cents a pack is ridiculous."

 "Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter."

 "If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."

 "When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage."

 "I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century.. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."

 "Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President."

 "I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They're even making electric typewriters now."

 "It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet."

 "It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work."

 "I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business."

 "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government."

 "The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on."

 "There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel."

"No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood."

"If they think I'll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it."

Mar 29, 2012

Touch of Class Pictures!

As promised, here are some pictures from Touch of Class. My sister Jessie posted a lot on her blog at http://horsesareevidenceforhim.blogspot.com/2012/03/touch-of-class-pics.html and so I am going to try to post pictures that she didn't post. If you want to see more, go check out her blog :)

I AM Ranch arrives at the show!!!

This is where we slept for the weekend :) This is one of the stalls in the barn!!

Boots and sweatpants...hmmmm.....It's awesome ;)

Us with our (short) friend hahaha

The "view" from the "porch" in the mornings

Freezing cold baths for the horses and freezing cold showers for us weren't so much fun

Our "house"...we're staying right inside the door on the left.

Me heading for Jess in her roadster class. LOVE her little mare!!

My big brother hanging out in the barn!!

This wonderful and adorable family from church stopped by. I love their little boys!!!

They *used* to both fit in the same cart.....


Our hilarious farrier with her knight errant

Joking with the judges in lineup

The most beautiful horse and my mom
She definitely stood out!!

Can you pick out the lady in the red dress???? :D

Me and Jessie window shopping

Me warming up Design

Me showing Design

The amount of money people have sunk into this is amazing. This trailer is absolutely incredible

Jessie and Cam in open roadster...which they won against the biggest trainer in AZ!!!!

Nnniiiiccceee color ribbon there

LOVE this colt!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He won 2 Supremes. Casey, the guy showing him has just been absolutely cleaning up in the halter arena lately.
But, this is what he does when he's not winning :D

And this is a picture I got to take of that fantastic colt. I just love him.

New Photo Blog!!

As some of you know (and a lot of you don't know)  I started a photoblog a while back. I haven't posted very much on it yet, but from now on, I will be posting all my photo shoots on that blog, and just personal and fun stuff on this blog.

If you are interested in seeing my pictures, the blog is A True Focus Photography and I would love if you would swing by and follow me!

I just uploaded pictures from my latest and most favorite photo shoot ever. Here's the link http://atruefocus.blogspot.com/2012/03/family-shoot-of-ks.html And as a teaser, here's some of the best pictures from the shoot.

Mar 27, 2012

Photo Challenge

Howdy everyone!! My good friend Sadie from http://sadiesphotographyblog.blogspot.com/ is doing a photo challenge, and this time it is silhouettes.

When I saw that, I got all excited and groaned at the same time because I love silhouettes. I was super excited about what she chose, but the problem is that I have so many.

Here are some of my favorites...which one is your favorite?

This one's not a true silhouette, but I LOVE it, and couldn't resist posting it :)

Mar 26, 2012

Touch of Class Horse Show!!

Just got home last night from being at a Miniature Horse Show all weekend. We left Friday afternoon and got home around 11PM last night. Totally exhausted, but had an absolutely amazing show.

We brought home 20 first places, 22 second places, 2 thirds, and one Reserve Champion!! Our horses are now qualified for the World show and we'll be heading to Ft Worth this fall. I am SO excited and grateful to God for the our awesome horses and the opportunity He's given us to own them.

So many wonderful friends came out to help and hang out with us. Everyone is so supportive and helpful and encouraging!! We could NOT have done this without the help and support of our friends.

I'll post pictures and videos at some point.

Mar 19, 2012

Every Day

My profound thought for the day....

Isn't it amazing how every day is such a struggle to keep your head above water, yet every day is such a miracle and a gift??

G'night all my wonderful friends!!

Mar 15, 2012

Beautiful Black & White!!

I am SO in love with this little boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Photography is such an awesome way to capture incredible moments!

Mar 13, 2012

Birthing Video

As promised, here is the video of the birth of our new baby! SUCH a miracle!

His name is officially "I Am Ranch Let's Roll Partner" and his barn name is "Jack."

Mar 12, 2012

Guess who's arrived???

Yep, that's right...we had another baby born here this morning!!!! We are SO grateful and praising God for a textbook delivery and a beautiful and healthy colt. Both mom and dad are horses that I drive and so this baby is super special to me. He is our first baby from Beamer, so that makes him even more special :)

Here's the story...

Yesterday evening, we tested Justine's milk using swimming pool water hardness testing strips. They test the calcium level in the milk, and 24 hours before baby come, the calcium level spikes. Well, last night, it spiked. So, we called friends and neighbors, and settled down to watch.

But, as it get later, people got goofier, and the boys proposed a toast. Only problem - Brennan didn't have a drink to use, so he grabbed the cup from the desk full of pencils ;) Our 10 o'clock humor was definitely kicking in.

Then, Jessie and Faith snuck up behind the boys and plopped the puppies down on their heads!! We are still watching Shakespeare, so we finished up Hamlet and started into Macbeth. Yuck. Dark, depressing, and disturbing.

Around 1 AM, we decided that we had better get some sleep, so everyone drifted off to their sleeping spots and crashed for a few hours. Morning rolled around and the R's decided to head home and do their animal chores - saying they'd be back in about an hour. No sooner had they pulled out of the driveway than we saw Justine start circling. She pawed, circled, started to lay down, and circled again. So, we called them and said, "She's acting funny...why don't you all move pretty fast and get back here as soon as you can."

Within a couple minutes, we had called them back, screamed "CONTRACTIONS" into the phone, and were dashing madly to the barn. When we got down there, Justine had just started contracting, and within a few minutes, we saw the white sac. Hooves came, head came, and then baby came!!! Textbook delivery and SUCH a miracle!!!

 Baby's birth was viewed by quite a few people, and he has had many visitors today!

The exciting thing was that David got to help with this delivery! I showed him how hard to pull, and he was the one that pulled this baby out...YAY David!! 

Later this morning, we took Baby and Justine to the front yard and Justine was so happy!!

My beautiful girly!

They're saying "Awwwwwwwww!"

Birth is such a miracle, and I am so grateful that God watches over every single thing that goes on in our lives!! He has been so good to us in giving us these wonderful horses and bringing so many babies out safely for us. Thank you SO MUCH to all who were praying for this baby!!!