Friday, January 19, 2018

10 degrees

It's been freezing here on the ranch, and when I say freezing,
 I actually mean FREEZING!  
My alarm went off at 7:00 like usual and I noticed the
 temperature was 10 degrees.
I hit the snooze button.  
Way too cold for me to get up.
Then I hit the snooze button three more times hoping
that the temperature would go up.
Annnnd it did, to 12 degrees, so I decided got out of bed.
 I bundled up and Angus and I were off on a hike
 searching for the sun.
A pipe that carries water on the range to our herd hasn't been working and 
Mr. Nielson with a repair man (and his over-sized truck
 and equipment) have been working on the problem all week.
That means that for the past few days Mr. Nielson has been
 driving his truck out to the herd with a huge tub of water in the back.
This afternoon I decided to join him on the bumpy ride.
(Note to self: wear better bra next time).
The day turned out to be breezy and chilly, but the sun felt warm
 and it was nice to get out.
The ranch is thirsty!  We desperately need rain (or snow!), and it shows. 
 The land is dry and dusty but it's still so very beautiful.
I love living here.
I love raising my children on the ranch.  
They have already learned valuable skills and we've created 
some really wonderful memories together.
I think if you were to ask any of my children what they missed about 
Provo, they would probably say friends and cousins
 (I would say grocery stores), but we don't miss much more.  
It's pretty unique and beautiful here,
plus we love the good humble people.
Later in the evening the missionaries stopped in for a visit.  
With the fire roaring in the fireplace and after a long day,
I'm pretty sure I fell asleep mid-sentence.
That's what happens here; you work hard and sleep good.
Plus we don't get many visitors way out here
and bedtime is around 8:00.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

We found snow!

Last Sunday night I texted Lindsay in Arizona to see how she was doing,
 and also to ask her a favor, (I am such a good friend!). 
 Lindsay texted me and said yes to the favor, 
but also informed me that she and her family were in Pinetop at their new cabin.
She and Spencer just bought and renovated a darling
 little cabin in the mountains of Pinetop, Arizona. 
Pinetop is about 3 1/2 hours away from the ranch, and since 
we didn't have any plans for  MLK day we decided to meet up,
plus I've been itching to see snow!
So Monday morning we woke up early, packed the car with a few 
snacks, and met our dearest friends among the snow.  
We walked around a frozen lake where I took a dozen of
photos in a weird filter because
I had my sunglasses on and didn't see a difference.
That's something an old person would do.
I'm getting old.

I can't tell you how nice it is to be closer to that adorable
 wonderful family- especially Lindsay.
The weather out west has been wacky.  
We've had super warm weather and poor snowfall.  
So we ate lunch outside in 50 degree weather with
ice cream for dessert.
We drove to the cabin for a nice little visit.
I talked to Lindsay while she bathed her baby and I sat
on the toilet seat holding Lottie. 
Angus moved from room to room smelling and exploring,
 and the other kids were chatting in other rooms.
Spencer and Christian talked about construction on the cabin and ideas
for our new home. 
Finally when the sun was gone and the air turned freezing,
 we packed in the car again (hit a Redbox on the way home), 
and drove back to the darkness.
We climbed into bed exhausted from a wonderful holiday
 with dreams of visiting the Jones's again, but next time for longer!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Count me in!

Yesterday on a very cold morning I gathered my family around the TV as we 
watched our new Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson speak 
to all the members of the Church.
 I don't think I will ever forget the moment.
Together with Mr. Nielson and my children we crowded around 
the TV upstairs in the freezing heat-less ranch house. 
 In blankets we watched the newly ordained first presidency speak to the world. 
President Nelson and his counselors; President Oaks, and
 President Eyring testify of Christ.
It was powerful and I was choking back tears most of the
press conference because
I KNOW President Nelson is a prophet of God,
and I trust him and sustain him...count me in!

When President Monson passed away a few weeks ago,
and the world knew that President Nelson would be the new prophet,
I decided to make a goal to listen to one of President Nelson's 
General Conference talks each day.
I started with his first talk in April 1984 to present time.
That's 34 years and 68 talks.  
This has already blessed my life considerably.
“I declare my devotion to God our Eternal Father and to 
His Son, Jesus Christ. I know Them, love Them, 
and pledge to serve Them—and you—with every remaining breath of my life.”
-Russell M. Nelson 

“With all my heart I pledge my loyalty and support for 
President Nelson’s loving and inspired leadership. I rejoice in the 
opportunity to give my full efforts to bear witness of Jesus Christ
 and to proclaim the truth of His restored gospel.”
-Dallin H. Oaks

 “The growth in the number of members and their spread 
across nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples are visible miracles, 
but the greater miracle—and the one which will 
accelerate—is the growth in faith in Jesus Christ. 
This is a great time in the history of the Church.
 And yes, the best is still to come.”
-Henry B. Erying

You can read more about this amazing event HERE.