Tuesday, March 8, 2016


"We Love Him, Because He first loved us."
1 John 4:19

You know that giddy feeling you get when you're a teenager and your boyfriend is coming over to get you and he is just the greatest thing ever and he just makes you weak in the knees?  I remember it all too well.  We had many ups and downs in our high school dating years, but we pushed through it all-all the drama of teenage life and made it into our twenties with that same feeling of giddiness and love but a more respectful understanding of each other.  

We got married at 22/21 years old. We thought we knew it all. We moved away from home and started out our married life thinking how easy it was going.  We bought our first home, had jobs that allowed us to buy what we wanted and kept food on the table. But something was missing.

We moved back home after 3 years, and realizing the love of our family was bringing us there.  We were happy to be home and started actively trying to have a baby. With no luck, we seeked medical attention only to discover that our love just wasn't going to be quite enough to create our miracle.  Through many Dr. visits, tears, nervous breakdowns, money and long drives to the clinic we got our wonderful news--we were pregnant. 

Our love for each other had shown through all of this, and the power of prayer was bringing us our miracle baby.  He was born 9 months later and became a new love in our lives. I remember crying tears of joy when he was put into my arms in that hospital room.  There is just something so sacred about the love you feel for a child.

"For this child I prayed"
1 Samuel 1:27

To know that God loves us in the very same way and is there for us everywhere and all the time. All we need is ask.

We have been through many things in our married life...going on 16 years now. We have been through the heartache of not being able to have more children-a heartache that I wouldn't want any other person to feel. We been through many obstacles that were very stressful: a flood, a car crashing into our home, building a house (not an obstacle but stressful to say the least), having hard work destroyed by weather.  These things all seem like tests. Testing our marriage. They have only brought us closer. Our love for each other outweighs any stress or problem that comes our way.  We must keep God close as a third party in our home.  He will comfort us in our sorrows and bring us out of any trouble that comes our way.  We must trust Him!

"In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:6

This man I have beside me has my back, and I have his. He loves me unconditionally. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful person to call mine. He's my one and only. I'm so glad all those years ago God put him in my path. He could see our future and knew we were a perfect fit. He's my pilot, I'm his navigator.

He's My Love. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

A Fresh Start

Since it's been nearly 2 years since my last blog post, I thought a new start is in order. I updated my header and added a few new profile items. After that long, a few things have changed around here--including me!

It seems life has gotten better-we are happy, settled, and we seem to have this life of ours all figured out. Haha!! Okay--maybe not ALL figured out. ;)

We have added new things and creatures to our little farm/ranch/hacienda--whatever you want to call it.  We now have 30 chickens, a horse, a donkey, 3 dogs, 4 cats, a bunny, and 6 sheep (and soon to be 6+ lambs). Wow-that's a lot of animals--and we are thinking of getting more.  We built a barn last summer with much help from family and friends. It was an ordeal-but it's up and withstanding, for the most part, these horrible ND winds we've been getting.  We ran out of nice weather to finish all the trim on it-but it worked to keep our animals warm this winter.

I started a new little endeavor myself. I started making signs and such with barn wood or re-purposing drawer fronts or really any kind of wood I can get my hands on.  It's been a fun adventure; I was in a local vendor show before Christmas. I mainly sell to local people via a FB for sale page or my "business" FB page.

Those are just a sample. It's fun coming up with new ideas and running with them.  I love getting custom orders and seeing the face of my satisfied customer.

More to come soon....