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SIMPLE PLEASURES

Postby ranchwife » Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:45 am

good morning,all!! i am sitting here, reflecting on a few of the simple pleasures in life while my 5 year old eats his waffles ("you're a good cook, mom!"....does not care they are frozen!!) and the cowboy gets ready for another day of calving, fence-mending, post-pounding and machine fixing. My 15 year old and 17 year olds are still asleep and will up and moving directly. Last night, they had a "surprise" get together for me (sorry, the 9 year old let the cat out of the bag :o ) and we entertained about 10 close friends and family members....got me to thinking about the simple things that happen day-to-day that make life so worth while...even in the hardest of times. My best friend had her 2 year old over and he is simply a joy!! I awoke at 2 to check cows, the air was cool, crisp, clean and the only things stirring were me and 50 heifers! at 3 this morning, the 5 year old decided that daddy and i were snuggling too close and climbed in between :lol: i was wide awake, so i watched the 2 of them sleep for awhile; their faces peaceful, relaxed with the occassional grin that tells you that they are dreaming something good. The "demolition derby" driver had my house spotless and had little notes all over the house when i got home yesterday...notes that told me how much she appreciated me and how much she missed me while i was gone...made me realize that even though i have made mistakes as a mom (hey, nobody is perfect), she is still turning out pretty damned good! gonna head out in a few minutes to check the cows again and then will awaken the rest of the crew. Yes, life is not perfect and the road to heaven is pretty rough in spots, but it is truly what we make it!! May you all have a wonderful day and make it one to remember!!! Give your children something to remember you by today...something they can tell their grandkids about!!

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Postby James » Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:54 am

Life is so wonderful if we only took more time to stop and smell the rose's each day, when our kids were little they would come and crawl into bed with us and it would have made a lovely picture to see them snuggled up next to mom. Have a great day everyone, just starting to get some calves on the ground here had to start a month early this year. :D
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Postby Jinglebob » Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:36 am

Great posts!

Yes, life is good and we all get down in our own little ruts and forget to look over the edge to see what's going on in the world.

My wife and I are leaving tomorrow morning to go see our brand new first Grand child, a boy. Can't hardly wait !

Thanks for an inspiring post.
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Postby Liberty Belle » Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:44 am

These posts were a breath of fresh air. Cleared out the muddy places in my mind caused by reading some of the garbage on the other forums. Congratulations on the new grandbaby, Jinglebob. I like to tell everyone that if I knew grandkids were this much fun, I would have had them first.

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Postby Mike » Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:49 am

Liberty Belle wrote:These posts were a breath of fresh air. Cleared out the muddy places in my mind caused by reading some of the garbage on the other forums. Congratulations on the new grandbaby, Jinglebob. I like to tell everyone that if I knew grandkids were this much fun, I would have had them first.


Another nice thing about Grandkids is that you wave goodbye to them on Sunday afternoon! :wink:
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Postby katrina » Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:07 am

Great post ranchwife, I to have been taking a little more time to step back and enjoy the moment. I have been working with my two year old stud, who by the way will be a gelding monday. Anyway, He is so nice, and quite. He has a beautiful eye that looks at me with trust. He tries to do as I ask and seems very level headed.
Last night before supper the boys were doing homework. Our kindegardener is doing simple subtraction. He is suppost to use pennies or beads to count and subtract. He stubbornly refused to use the pennies, using his fingers instead. I corrected his paper and found several wrong, so he had to redo it. Which made him upset. After supper he went to bed, and when my husband checked on him he told his dad he was staying at school!!! He does love school....

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Postby ranchwife » Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:33 am

katrina.....had to chuckle when you wrote about your kindergartener who wants to stay at school :lol: :lol: ya know, all i remember about kindergarten was fingerpainting, having the teacher read books, fire drills and RECESS!! the best part of the day was "nap time" :wink:
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Postby Northern Rancher » Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:45 am

We had 4H public speaking last night and my 10 and 16 year old girls won but their 7 year old sister didn't-it was tough on her she dressed up in her hockey sweater and did a little speech about how she loves to play. Nice to see how her sister's and brother consoled her-lots of hugs from everybody and she was ready to soldier on. I love 4H public speaking_ I get a rehash of all the boys hunting and fishing from fall before-good to see the art of embellishing isn't dying lol. One time I suggested the parents have to write a speech and do them for the kids to judge but that got shot down lol. Is it the same in the U.S.-up here if you don't participate in public speaking you aren't allowed to show your calves.

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Postby sw » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:18 am

our 4-h has gotten so politically correct that we cannot even require the kids to finish project books and record books, attend meetings or just about anything. We try very hard to get the kids to do more than take an animal to the sale for the big bucks, but it is getting harder all of the time. We did now make it mandatory to do a poster, illustrated talk, etc., in order to bring a market animal to the fair. We will see how it goes.
Great posts ladies, if everyone would start everyday thinking about all of the good things they have instead of what they have not, the world would be a better place and we would all be alot happier :D
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Postby Northern Rancher » Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:39 am

Ohhh up here you have to do your speech and have a completed record book or you don't get to show at all-also only project leaders in the barn -no parents fitting the calves. It is 'Learn to do-by doing' isn't it.

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Postby katrina » Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:44 am

We don't do 4H. There is so much politics and the ones with the money wins. We ust don't want our kids exposed to that yet. The school makes the 5-8th grades compete in a Modern Woodman speech and writing. My oldest came home yesterday with the topic. A GREAT TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. He is thinking about writing about the signing of the Declaration of Independence.. Do you suppose we will get threw out of school??? Didn't a teacher get suspended for bringing the Declaration into the school? I think we will be okay, we still sing religouse songs for solo contest. My son is playing IN THE MOOD for his sax contest piece. Will see how that goes... Yep sw we all take things for granted don't we...I read purposely driven life and that has made me slow down and not take life for granted. To stop and praise the good Lord for all of his accomplishments.

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Postby Northern Rancher » Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:03 pm

Katrina my parents kept me out of 4H for those exact same reasons you stated and it was a big mistake-god rest their souls. My 4 kids all love it-it's not about winning but about learning,the friends you make and the experiences you share. We've won some Grand Championships but we've stood dead last just as many times and my kids had fun both ways.


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