Wednesday, December 28, 2011


For those who didn't get our family picture...

Katie 'n Justin

Our sweet little girl who's not so little anymore!

There are several songs that have meant a lot to me lately, so I thought I would share!

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages cleft for me let me hide myself in Thee;

Let the water and the blood from Thy wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure save from wrath and make me pure.

Could my tears forever flow, could my zeal no langour know,

Nothing could for sin atone- Thou must save and thou alone:

In my hand no price I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.

While I draw this fleeting breath, when my eyes shall close in death,

When I rise to worlds unknown, and behold Thee on Thy throne,

Rock of Ages cleft for me let me hide myself in Thee.

The Haven of Rest

My Soul in sad exile was out on life's sea so burdened with sin and distress

til I heard a sweet voice saying “Make me your choice!” And I entered the Haven of Rest.

I've anchored my soul in the Have of Rest, I'll sail the wild seas no more

The tempest may sweep o'er the wild, stormy deep, But in Jesus, I'm safe evermore.

I yielded myself to His tender embrace, And Faith taking hold of the Word, My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul- The “Haven of Rest” is my Lord.

The song of my sould since the Lord made me whole, has been the old story so blest

Of Jesus, who'll save whosoever will have A home in the Haven of Rest!

O come to the Saviour He patiently waits To save by His power divine; Come, anchor your soul in the Have of Rest, And say My beloved is mine.

I've anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest, I”ll sail the wild seas no more; The tempest may sweep o'er the wild stormy deep But in Jesus I'm safe evermore.

Under His Wings

Under His wings I am safely abiding, Tho the night deepens and tempests are wild; still I can trust Him- I know He will keep me, He has redeened me and I am His child.

Under His wings, under His wings, Who from His love can sever?

Under His wings my soul shall abide, safely abide forever.

Under his wings, what a refuge in sorrow! How the hear yearningly turns to His rest! Often when earth has no balm for my healing, There I find comfort and there I am blest.

Under His wings, O what precious enjoyment! There will I hide till life's trials are o'er;

Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me, resting in Jesus I'm safe evermore.

Under His wings, under His wings, Who from His love can sever?

Under His wings, my soul shall abide, Safely abide forever.

What a comfort to know that our Father will always be there; He has already been through anything and everything that we may be going through; none of the circumstances in our lives catch Him by surprise.

I often see situations and want to “do” something about them. Having been given the spiritual gift of exhortation, I desire to “warn” everyone of the things I see. It's not that I want everyone to be exactly like me, not at all, but it is so painful to see others walking directly away from God and making decisions that have future and eternal consequences. God has been teaching me to let go; to trust Him with the lives of those around me. O how hard it is, but it has driven me to my knees in prayer. Sometimes it is my responsibility to say something, but God is showing me that He is able, He is willing, and He desires to make His power known in the lives of men. I think that we often hinder his ways with our limited knowledge and understanding. May we open our hearts to His perfect will, seeking not our own desires, but His deepest longings! How I desire for my heart to be as my Father's! To be so close to Him that my heart truly longs for His desires and His will to be fulfilled!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Touch of the Master's Hand

I thought I had posted this several weeks back, but apparently I hadn't, so here it is!

As I think back on the events of this year, it has probably been one of the hardest year of my life up to this point. When I chose at the beginning of the year to give every part of my life into my Father's hands, I hadn't the least idea of all the trials that would come my way and the way of my family. Between a couple of close wake-up/warning calls in my family, the suicide of my brother-in-law, huge problems in the families of close friends, and more family problems in extended family, I sometimes felt like asking God how much more I could take. Everything has dealt with people that I am so close to.

On a brighter side, this year has been one of the best of my life. When I finally chose to give everything into the hands of my God, He has proved Himself so everlastingly faithful. I sit back in wonder at His gracious love, His mercy, His great kindness, and His never failing forgiveness. Through every storm that has beat about me, He has carried me on His wings. He has loved me and cared for me; He has calmed my heart with His peace, and given me perfect rest and quiet in His arms. I can truly say that I am, as Fanny Crosby put it, “Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast.” He has given me peace that passes all understanding, He has taken away all fears. In all my years of knowing Him, this year has brought me ever so much closer to His side. Yes, I have known about His love, I have known about His faithfulness, I have known about His mercy, but never before have I experienced it to this degree of fullness. I can tell you that my God is faithful, because He has carried me when I could not stand; I know that my God is true, because the promises of His Word are being fulfilled in my life daily; I can tell you of my Father's mercy, because He has extended it to me when I am helpless; I know of His forgiveness, because I have wronged Him exceedingly and He has given me grace, pardon, and renewal of fellowship with Him. Oh how sweet is that fellowship!!!! It can never be known until it has been experienced, and it can never be experienced until my will is entirely submitted to His perfect will. I rest in my Jesus because He is faithful, and He is true. He will never give me a burden that I cannot bear; but I have learned (am learning!) to lay my burdens at His feet and leave them there. Oh how badly I desire to pick them up again sometimes, and yet, I'm learning that not only is His way perfect, but His timing is perfect. I must simply trust Him and, not so simply,.....wait....

Through everything that has come my way, my heavenly Father has given me a more perfect peace than I ever imagined possible. I have been shown examples of true godly love displayed in the lives of fellow believers that I would never have seen, had some of these “tragedies” not occurred. I have been touched by lives that from the world's standpoint have been torn apart.

All of this can only be explained as: The touch of the Master's hand.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Just Some Pretty Flowers!


This cow was very intrigued by my quad!

Daddy and his girl!


That header is 36 ft. long!

How would you like to drive this machine?

Katie says: "I'll show you how!" :-)

A Big Sky sunset

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Around the Ranch

Combine blades

Replacing the dull and chipped blades

Tony replacing damaged teeth on the header

Still at it....

Goin' for a ride with Daddy!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Four-Wheeling with Hubby

Comin' through a dip..

Rarin' ta go!


Swathing Hay!

That field waaaay out there is the one Tony was cutting

Tony learning the ropes...

I have to wonder what would happen if a combine came down the road from the other direction??? :-) This swather has a 21 ft. header, and the combines have 36-40 ft. headers!

Dam at Fort Peck

The backwaters

At a lookout..

Everybody shot!

The Missouri River

A Montana valley!

The spillway at the dam.

They have hay fields on the side of the dam!

Bonding time with Grandpa :-)

Picnic at the park...

How's this for loading a quad?


Heading out to check cows at the Penner ranch

How's that for a water tank? They have the spring rigged up so that it flows from underground right into the center of the tire!

Finally found them! (that herd anyway :-))

Little straggler... poor guy's leg was hurt pretty bad.

My handsome chauffeur...

Dad and Mom with Uncle Gerry and Aunt Bonnie

Finally got to meet Mike, Nora, Lilly, and Ella

If this isn't cute, what is?

Lilly playing with trucks

...and talking to Aunt Becky