Thursday, September 21, 2017

I really needed it.

Today was a good day- in terms of home schooling.
I felt organized, patient, and confident.
We stayed on task, zipped through our lessons, 
and even had a few laughs (cheers!).
We finished school early which gave me some ample time to take Angus on a
 nice afternoon walk alone on the hills behind the house before I started dinner.
As I walked along the dusty roads I prayed and thanked God for this good day.  
I really needed it.

I also ordered a few fall smelling candles for the kitchen, and really
took some good quality time in the Halloween section at the grocery store.

I feel homesick for the fall leaves and the smells I can only
get in Utah. I miss the rainy days and 
the low hanging clouds that linger on the mountains. 
 I miss my daily Y hikes, my family, and my own house.
But I am happy and feel content, and that's really a good feeling.
I was just extended a church service job to work with the young women 
who live in this area.  
I had a meeting tonight with the other leaders and they shared with me
a little about these girls and their lives.
There are a few churches are on the reservation and 
these people travel long distances to attend.
They are loyal and love God.  It's really very inspiring.

And also, Nicholas caught a snake and brought it in the kitchen.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Personal Progress

 girls at the age of twelve enter into the 
The purpose of YW's is for the girls to develop a relationship with 
Jesus Christ, prepare for her future roles, and keep her covenants with God.
Another really great thing about YW's is Personal Progress, which is a
program that give her opportunities to develop her skills, 
grow, stretch, and learn to become leaders. 

The girls are challenged physically, mentally and spiritually
 to find ways to understand who Christ is, 
and how they can rely on Him and His example. 
They find out more about themselves as daughters of a loving and almighty God.  
They make goals for themselves, for their futures, and for their families.
The Young Women program is for girls ages 12-18 which means
they have six years to complete the program.
Some girls finish right away, and some take all six years to complete (like me).
I told Claire and Jane (Lottie too!), that Christian and
 I expect them to achieve this honor by the time they are 16.  
Claire finished her Personal Progress just last week! 
(She turns 16 at the end of October). 
She will be recognized in church on Sunday.
Claire has a journal full of entries that records what she has accomplished,
 along with spiritual thoughts and ideas.
The book also contains her testimony and love for the Savior.
I couldn't be prouder of Claire, and am excited for Jane who 
will also recieve her Personal Progress recognition in the next 6 months.
 I wanted the girls to have something nice from me and Christian 
once they have completed the program. 
We decided to commission my brother-in-law Andrew to make name necklaces.
These beautiful necklaces are solid gold and sit on a dainty chain.
I hope when my girls wear their necklaces and see their name
 they remember what they have accomplished to always remember His name.

-You can learn more about the Personal Progress Program HERE
 (BTW: you don't have to be a member of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 
to participate!). HERE
-Andrew Beesley Studio HERE

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ready or not.

Since I began homeschooling I usually spend my mornings and afternoons
 sitting at the ranch kitchen table with Nicholas and Lottie.
It's been a tricky adjustment, and we are still trying to get a schedule down.
I really admire home schooling parents for their patience, balancing
skills, knowledge, and patience.  (Did I already say that?).
So, the only real photo I took happened to be after my run early this morning.  
Usually after I run I come home and take Angus for a little walk
 around headquarters.
(He's still too young to run with me yet). 
We walk down the road to visit the cows in the feed lot, 
then we walk around the cattle equipment, 
and end the walk off by checking out Boss's garden.
I was surprised to see the pumpkins bright orange and huge, and I 
was excited to take a few photos to send to Boss.
Then as I walked up road to the ranch house,
took a few deep breaths, walked in the door, and announced
to the children that it was time to start the day, ready or not.