Love Is....

Love Is....

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Erik and David, This One is for You!

David, were you late for practice this morning?!  Erik and I were all ready to swim....
It's 5:34 am....not sure, but someone must have
been home primping for picture day!

Sooooo boys, I finally found this picture from the summer!  These are my good buddies, David (left) and Erik (right).  These boys added humor to practices as they pushed me through endless laps, drills, and training during the winter season of swimming in the great outdoors.  While in Texas, I was blessed with a 50-meter year-round outdoor pool that is cooled in the summer and heated in the winter....well, most of the winter.  Some of the time the heater was broken, but it was ok, we just wore wetsuits....and some didn't!  Oh, those brave souls!  I just used it as an excuse to practice in mine (and make sure it still fit)!

Cooper Masters


Boys, congratulations on your achievement of becoming Cooper Winter Warriors!  You attended at least 2 practices/week throughout the winter months.  Thanks for consistent reminders to not slack off and to push myself to be the best I can be!  I sure do miss you guys and my pool!

Thank you to Coach Jim Cole who started this program of Winter Warriors.  With his smiling face and cheerful attitude, we all looked forward to dragging ourselves out of bed at 4:45 am in the dark to go swim under the BIG beautiful Texas sky!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fulfilling Day!

Today was a great day!  I started out with water walking with Max, doing PT, and swimming laps at the Y.  Been needing to get back into the pool for laps, so this felt really good!  After this awesome morning, I headed to Torrington to visit with Morgan.  Her dogs ~ from left to right ~ Jake, Slash (in my lap), and Bella ~ all greeted me with a big WARM Wyoming welcome!  These hounds seem to really like company!


I wore work clothes because we were planning to move irrigation pipe, however, that wind was howling and the temperatures dropped.  Mo and I, instead, decided to make some hot tea and work downstairs.  We were sorting some boxes of clothes, weeding out the ones Truett had outgrown.  Right about the time Truett woke up from his nap, check out the awesome sweatshirt we found!  We got to be twin-sies!  All bundled up!  It was so fun!

Love this little man!

My time with Mo and Truett always seems to go way too fast, however, I had previously made an appointment to reconnect with an old professor from Colorado State.  Dr. Whittier, one of my grad school professors, had moved to Western Nebraska to work at the Panhandle Research Station several years back.  Before Heath and I moved to Texas, we invited him and his wife out for supper.  It wasn't until I was chatting with someone at the pool the other day that I was reminded that he is still here!  After a quick email, I was able to schedule a meeting!

It was so great to catch up with Dr. Whittier.  He is doing well and staying busy at the university.  We chatted about some opportunities that I might be able to pursue at our place to turn it into an income-producing piece of property.  It is so fun to brainstorm options!

While visiting, he gave me a tour of a mulch/green pepper experiment they had done.  They harvested over 3,400 pounds of green peppers off of this small plot!  When asked how many I wanted, I said that I might take 4 or 5 peppers.  They said absolutely not, but you can take 4 or 5 bags (5 gallons each)!  WOW!  What a blessing!  These are all beautiful sweet green peppers!


The next plot we looked at was a hops field.  This was fascinating for me as I have never thought of nor have I ever seen how this stuff grows.  I also didn't know that it has great anti-cancer properties.  Check this out!  A bine (not a vine) grows up the twisted coconut rope which is attached to a system of cables so many feet high.  You have to train it to wrap a certain way, otherwise it will not work.  The yellow powdery stuff inside each "flower" thing is the hops!  Crazy process!  I imagine harvesting this stuff isn't easy!

Hops Bine Growing Up

Hops Flower

Close Up of Bine with Flowers

After a great visit, Dr. Whittier helped me carry out all 4 garbage bags full of peppers!  Off to AWANA to share the blessing!  We got to love on babies tonight!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Awesome *Fall* Day!

What a GREAT Day!

Early Morning Frost this Morning!
*Morning Reading with Jesus
*Make Heath's Lunch
*Kiss Heath Goodbye
*Feed Dogs and Garage Cat
*Make My Breakfast
*Finish Bible Study
*Write BuNCHes of Letters
*Take Dogs for Walk Around the Farm
*Eat Lunch
*Feed the Girls (chickens -- and don't forget the peacock, turkey, and guinea!)
*Feed the Barn Kittens and Mama
*Air Up Tires on Bike
*Bike with Jim
*Enjoy God's Beauty of Fall and Friendships
*Get Home and Bike on Trainer Outside in Afternoon Sun
*Stretching Outside with Dogs
*Heath Got Home and Played Fetch with Dogs and Fixed Our Dryer!  Thanks Babe!  :)
*Made An AMAZING Supper!
*Relax and Unwind with My Hubby!
*Thank the Good Lord for a WONDERFUL DAY!

The Girls Came in the Barn to
Help me Feed the Cats!

Mamas and Her Babies: Blue, Sophia, and
Wobbles (or Wobbs for short)

Biking with my Friend Jim

*BeAUtifuL Monument*

Run Fast. Eat Slow.  Recipe for High Altitude Bison Meatballs
With homemade tomato sauce and fresh basil and parmesan.
Version 1 -- with Spaghetti Noodles

Run Fast. Eat Slow.  Recipe for High Altitude Bison Meatballs
With homemade tomato sauce and fresh basil and parmesan.
Version 2 -- served on Butternut Squash!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reflection

Good Morning All!  I haven't written in quite some time.  Our journey has continued.  Over the past two months, we have moved back to Nebraska from Texas, I have competed in Age Group Nationals for olympic distance triathlon, we have put a ton of effort and love into rebuilding our home that had been rented out for the past year and a half, I have traveled to see Mama, Kristin (my sister), and Dad, I have been to Texas with a friend to visit her family, and we have been blessed with good health.  For all of this I am grateful!

I have recently adopted a purposeful 'attitude of gratitude' which has changed my life.  This is sometimes very hard to do if I am tired, hungry, or a combination of both...LOL, but this is the part of being intentional that makes the huge difference.  It's not just when I feel like being grateful, but looking for opportunities to thank my Savior for what He has provided for us!


God is everywhere and in everything.  His Word penetrates my heart as I have devoted most of my early mornings to Him.  It is incredible to see the journey/quest He has put before me.  Not knowing what is ahead and trying to learn how to grasp the concept of being-in-the-moment is what I am really praying for and striving for right now.  Not to be distracted, but to stay focused on what is eternally important and knowing the difference.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

.... "birds of the air"....






~ Matthew 6:25-26 (NIV) ~






"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?"

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate!

* Wind * Water * Waves *

We decided to go to the lake to celebrate the 4th of July!  We had a wonderful day together just relaxing in nature!  As you can see from this picture, we had a few friends come visit us!  (I think they were on a date too.)

On our way home, as we were driving, we had the pleasure of watching many different fireworks in all directions.  As we were making our way through the city, we got to see the buildings proudly clothed in RED, WHITE, and BLUE!

Picture taken from the passengers seat as
we were driving.  :)

Monday, July 3, 2017

~MAH~

We grabbed a quick picture before the change of shift at McKinney Animal Hospital (MAH).
This is a wonderful group of ladies!  I am blessed to be working with them!