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Gaining Perspective from Traveling

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Growing up in Grimes county, I remember being surprised that most of my schoolmates had not been out of the great state of Texas. True, it is a big state with a lot to offer. We were young, and I was hardly a world-traveler myself. But I was even more surprised by the fact that some of my acquaintances and friends had never been to Houston. It is literally one and half hours from us, and I mean downtown. Obviously, suburbia is much closer.

Even as a fourth-grader I understood that broadening your experiences gave one a better perspective in life. Travel is an easy way to gain perspective. For example, seeing what life is like in the fourth largest city in the United States allows you to see how others live. You can develop an appreciation for where you live and/or appreciate what another place can offer.

My husband and I want our children to see as much of the world as possible. We personally treasure our trips to Hawaii and Mexico. Therefore, we have driven our children across the southeast part of the country visiting places along the way. They have also been able to see parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and a couple have been to Illinois.

When our oldest was eight, we allowed him to visit family in Alaska. Our daughter has had the opportunity to travel to Honduras. Four of us were thrilled to get the opportunity to venture to Uganda this past summer. (Talk about a life-changing trip.) Now this up-coming week, our middle child gets to travel to Oregon.

As we pack his bags and prepare to send him off, I am so excited for him. Adventure awaits. As he sees different parts of the country from the high desert to the mountains, I know that he will grow by the broadening of his horizons. I cannot wait to hear all about Oregon.

We have been greatly blessed as a family to have these travel opportunities. Although the beaches of Hawaii are beyond beautiful and the green mountains of Arkansas are gorgeous and the city of Houston has many things to offer, there is still nothing like home.

Home is definitely where the heart is and that will never change. If anything, traveling will just make that truth more dear to your soul. As we are already anticipating his return, join us in wishing our son a safe and fun adventure away from the ranch.

Excitement on the Ranch

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

We have had some excitement on the ranch in the past week. First we have gotten some much needed rain. Storm systems came through dropping good rain for a few days in a row. We have not had flooding like Houston or the tornadoes which occurred in northern Texas yesterday, for which we are very thankful. We still pray that God will continue to bless our land with rain throughout the summer.

Last Sunday a week ago, my youngest son, Andrew, grew ill. We thought he had contracted a stomach virus, but something about it seemed odd. In order to make a long story short as well as spare you the details, early Monday morning it became apparent that he needed medical attention. My husband and I drove to the nearest good medical hospital, which for us is in College Station.

Andrew received excellent care and had to endure an emergency appendectomy. After a total of three days in the hospital, we were released to come home. He is still recovering from the surgery, but is doing much better.

The challenging part will be to keep him from getting hurt for six whole weeks. Boys will be boys and we discussed no wooden sword fights, no trampoline, no wrestling, etc. Instead, we have been entertaining Andrew with playdough, Uno, Legos, go fish, puzzles, etc.

After dinner on one of our first nights home, we went on a slow walk through the pasture after a light rain. We ate our weight in dewberries for dessert. It was such a blissful evening. We delighted in the normal scenery. There were the horses grazing in green pastures. There were the cows in belly high grass. There are fish jumping in the lake. We were home!

We are so thankful for the rain and the health of Andrew. We caught the appendix in time before it ruptured. He is getting better each day. As I researched all there is to know about the appendix, I am also thankful that cows do not have them. That would really put a different spin on herd health management. It was hard enough to get a five-year old to articulate what he was feeling. I cannot even imagine having to monitor appendicitis in cattle.

Please pray for Andrew’s continued recovery and for rain to continue to replenish the soil in all the drought stricken areas of the United States. God does listen.



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