Good Girl, Hershey

My heart aches. You were there when I would come home, happily waiting my arrival. You were there when we found out we were having Little Bear and as time grew closer and closer you wouldn’t leave my side. You were convinced that you could help in whenever the time came. You were there that first night we brought him home, and I was so scared and nervous, you calmed my nerves by never leaving. You were there when he started to crawl, his first Christmas, and started to walk and talk. You were so patient with Little Bear as he poked and “petted” and pulled your ears.

You loved and were loved so so deeply. You were so smart and so intuitive. You were our in-house doctor who always knew when a little love was needed. To say I’ll miss you doesn’t seem adequate enough. You were so much more than a dog and I thank God that he let us have you for a short while. You were a blessing to this little family that I’ll cherish forever. We love you Hershey, you were a good girl.

Faux Posts

Sorry folks, not really sure what happened, but several of my old drafts got posted earlier on accident, so you might have received an email if you’re on my updates list. I’m working on getting back here regularly! Thanks for hanging around!

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Spring Vision

Y’all I love Spring! I feel like I say that about every season, and while I do love Fall and Winter, I do NOT love Summer, so I appreciate Spring, though it’s usually fleeting. I love planting flowers, and Spring showers. Not to mention just about my favorite holiday, Easter, is always in the Spring. And I just love the way Spring makes me feel (not counting the dad-gum allergies, that feeling I do not appreciate.) Maybe it’s because my precious baby boy was born in Spring, or because I married my Love in the Spring, whatever it is, it makes me feel warm.

Here’s a mood/vision/ inspiration board/post. ☺️ Hope you enjoy!

Hope it’s starting to green up to Spring wherever you are! What are your favorite parts of Spring? What do you find inspiring this time of year?

*ASpottedHeart

Motherhood

One thing I know for sure is Motherhood looks differently for every mother. But I also know that motherhood is the same for every mother, in the sense of, we’re all doing what we feel is best for our little ones.

For some it’s a rough road, for some it’s been as easy as pie, and for some it seems best a road untraveled. Whether God blessed you with your own, or He led you down the road to bring your baby home, we’re all mothers loving our blessings to the best of our abilities!

My entire life I’ve felt like my “big questionin life has been, “What is my purpose?” While I believe some people have such a vividly clear vision of their purpose, I believe some it comes later in life in several snapshots of time. For so long I thought my purpose was something in music, but no matter what I did or tried, I never could get a life in music to work for me. I finally realized music was only a blessing to me, not necessarily a purpose.

Motherhood took me by surprise when it felt so right. If you’ve been with me for awhile, you’ve probably read my post about how I never thought I’d want to be a part of motherhood, if you haven’t, you can find it here. So you can imagine what a pleasant surprise and blessing it has been to truly let God mold me into who He wants me to be and to fully give him the reigns. I definitely still struggle with trying to “take control” but it’s when I let go that He showed me my true purpose. Motherhood.

I wouldn’t change a single thing. Some days it’s so incredibly hard and you think you can only bend and bend until you just can’t anymore. At the end of those days, I just try to tell myself, tomorrow is a new day and I have a new chance to be better and do better. I try not to ever let those days spill into my next day. Then some days are so wonderful and fun and so incredibly rewarding. Seeing the world through new eyes as I watch my little bear learn and see new things. To hear his laugh and watch his eyes in little boy wonder. So many little joys fill their days, I can’t help but feel those joys too.

So just remember mama, we’re all in this together and we’re all “figuring it out.” So when you see another mama, give her an encouraging word, or look, or nod. A simple gesture could mean so much to that mama who’s been up since 5, with a baby clinging to her side, trying to get the mountain of dishes done, the load after load of laundry put away, and get food on the table. She may just need to feel understood and seen. Never underestimate your power as an emotional human being.

I never thought I’d be the person to spend so much time wrapped up in one title, but Motherhood is both a mystery and a place that feels like home. Thank God for mothers.

*ASpottedHeart

Cowboy Q&A

This is one of the first (of many) photos I took after One Cute Cowboy and I started dating. That grin *swoon* still gets me. I thought it might be fun to do a little Q&A with The Cowboy, himself! So here’s a few things to get to know One Cute Cowboy a little better. So I asked him the questions in bold and his answers are in the italics. Hope y’all enjoy this little Q&A!!

Horses or Cattle?

Cattle

Favorite color & breed of horse?

A dapple grey, Quarter-Horse

Black Angus or Red Angus Cattle?

Black

Herefords or Charlois?

Herefords, they make black baldies

Is it “Leggin’s” or “Chaps”?

Leggins

Is it a rope or lasso?

It’s a rope.

Favorite cut of meat?

Ribeye

Bumper-pull or Gooseneck?

Gooseneck, ’cause you can spin that sucker ’round.

How should it be cooked?

Medium, with lots of juice.

How do you like your potato cut?

French fries.

Favorite Silversmith?

Sam Jenkins.

Favorite leather-maker?

Good buddies, Rem Mosimann and Clay Jackson.

Our wedding gifts to one another, His a new pair of leggins, mine a new guitar strap. Both made by Rem Mosimann.

Favorite breed of dog?

Blue Heeler.

Favorite piece of tac?

Saddle.

Favorite type of saddle?

Seat Rig.

Favorite Cowboy hat?

American.

Straw or Felt hat?

Just depends on the season.

Favorite cold weather garment?

Kanaine Shop Pendleton Cowl.

Branding Season or Calving Season?

Branding

What did you want to be when you were little?

A farmer or rancher.

If you could live anywhere, where would you go?

The Nebraska Sandhills.

What’s your favorite western?

John Wayne’s The Cowboys.

If you weren’t a Cowboy, what would you be doing?

I have no idea. Hopefully something Ag related. (He thought long and hard about this too!)

Whats your favorite part of being a Cowboy?

Getting to work first-hand with God’s creation, daily.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

*ASpottedHeart

Splish-Splash: Bathtime Favorites

Most every kid loves bath time! So today I thought I’d share some of Lil’ Cute Cowboy’s favorite simple, bath toys and a few bath products we love. So let’s get to it!

Lots of Links

My little bear loves these! There’s 24 in a pack so we have some for the bathtub, some in our diaper bag, and some attached to our carseat. He loves pulling them apart and trying to attach them to whatever he can. Great, simple toy in and out of the bath.

Bath Book

As I’ve mentioned before Little Bear loves books, so it’s only natural he enjoys a good ABC book while in the tub. ☺️ I couldn’t find his exact alphabet book, but these look pretty cute. It’s small enough he can easily hold it in the bath, it has a squeaker, and sticks to the tile in the tub. It’s a winner for our bath time!

Swimming Penguin

This little guy is so stinkin’ cute!! You wind up his little fins and away he goes, swimming through the bath water. LCC loves to watch him swim around… he also likes to see him fly, and throws him out of the bathtub *sigh* but either way he has fun with him.

Stackable Cups

Do you even have a kid if you don’t have these?! Bratcher has loved these from the beginning! You can’t tell from the photo, but each cup has holes in the bottom so that make them perfect for the bath. These are hands down some of his favorite toys in and out of the bath.

Natural Bath Sponge

My friend, The Chanhandle, told me about these sea sponges that are especially for babies. You guys, they are so soft and gentle. Little Bear loves to play with his as well. I definitely recommend getting this brand because I also got One Cute Cowboy and I some that were a different brand, and they’re way too thick and don’t get near as soft as this one does. So not only is it good to scrub your little one down with, it’s also a great toy.

Tubby Todd Body Wash

We absolutely love Tubby Todd! This stuff not only smells amazing, but is formulated with natural, plant based ingredients, free of toxins, parabens, artificial fragrance and color plus its animal cruelty free. It’s gentle enough for Little Bear’s skin, but still works well enough that even One Cute Cowboy and I like to use it! I’ve used several of their other products, and have loved every single one of them. The Dream Cream being our favorite go-to after bath lotion.

And last, but not least…

Classic Rubber Ducky

Couldn’t leave out a bath time staple, the rubber ducky. We never have bath time without it!

Those are our top bath picks! And of course we always sing Splish Splash at least once. 😉 I’ve linked everything else below!

Lots of Links • Bath Book • Munchkin Swimming Penguin •Stackable Cups •Sea Sponge •Tubby Todd •Classic Rubber Ducky

*ASpottedHeart

Grandma’s Prayers

First time I read that, I cried. It hit home so deeply, tears literally just fell out of my eyes. My grandma was the most faithful “prayer warrior” I’ve ever known. Prayer was her answer to life. The good, the bad, the joyful, the sorrowful, the questions, and the answers–she prayed about it. But even more than that, she was a living prayer chain. She would have a list of people and things to pray for and on top of all of that, she kept a prayer going that my great-grandmother started. Every day she’d pray for every single person in the family. From her husband to her cousin’s daughter’s son, she prayed for them, by name. So when I read that quote from above, my whole being felt that prayer. The one she said for the 28 years she was with me. She wasn’t only praying for me in my everyday life, but she was also praying for my future self as well. It never occurred to me that her prayer was still being said over me. It was like a warm hug. God reminding me that my life has been so greatly blessed because someone out there was praying for me, diligently. Showing me a true example of faithfulness. She never questioned His faithfulness, she knew in His hands we were at our best, so she said a prayer for us, for me, to be blessed, to know Him, and to walk the path of righteousness.

Great is thy faithfulness…”

Seems like that’s been all over my radar lately. Faithfulness. I can’t help but think He is trying to tell me to let go of whatever it is that I’m holding on to, those parts of my life that I’m trying to control instead of letting Him handle it. Have faith in Him and His will for me.

“All that I’ve needed thy hand hath provided…”

I miss her greatly. She was and will always be one of my favorite people. I wish she could be here to hold this precocious little boy in my life, for I have no doubt, she once said a prayer for his life too.

*ASpottedHeart

Wellness Roller

Y’all, this is the season to keep your immune system in tip-top shape! It makes me cringe to start hearing all the coughing and sniffling that starts happening this time of year. I literally wash my hands 50-60 times a day. I should really try to keep count one day and actually see. But honestly, I try to take so many precautions to keep my wellness up; I wash my hands, use my Thieves Hand Sanitizer when I’ve been in public places, at work I use only my pen, and I try my dangdest not to touch doorknobs, (I use my elbow or bum to push open or close doors.) But one of my biggest things I use to combat the nasties is being diligent about using my Wellness Roller.

It’s so simple, I roll it onto the bottoms of both feet before putting on my socks in the morning and just like that it’s boosting my immune system. One Cute Cowboy prefers to roll his on before bed—and sometimes we both roll it on morning and night! So I decided to share my wellness roller blend with all of my lovely followers! So here’s what I use, and why:

Thieves: So this one may be a little “on the nose” because of course our wellness roller is going to have Thieves, the mother of “wellness” oil! Thieves contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary Cineol. It’s an immune stimulant, a purifier,and can help reduce mental fatigue.

Frankincense: Easily one of my favorite oils. It’s known as an oil enhancer so any oil’s properties that are paired with Frankincense will be amplified. Seriously, how cool is that?! It also helps promote emotional balance, reduces stress (which is SO important to your immune system) and of course is another great immune stimulant.

Tea Tree: When I was pregnant with Little Bear, because I was so limited on what I could and couldn’t use to fight off the nasties, I’d roll this single oil on my feet each day. It’s a great antioxidant, expectorant, and it’s antiviral. An oil that, in my opinion, doesn’t get enough spotlight! I love this oil!

Copaiba: This is one I’ve really started using a lot the last 7-8 months. It’s a huge help with inflammation. And let’s face it inflammation isn’t good in your body for any reason. Boosts the Cardiovascular system and supports overall wellness in the body.

These are the main 4 I always use in my Wellness Roller, but sometimes I add one of these–

Eucalyptus Radiata: I loooovvveee the smell of this one and it’s almost always in my shower blends. It’s energizing, it’s huge in respiratory support, and helps with inflammation.

Lemon: I always have Lemon on hand! It’s a huge antioxidant, provides circulatory support and contains cleansing properties.

So I usually just kind of wing-it when it comes to how many drops of each oil I do, but here’s a round-about what it usually contains.

15 drops of Thieves

10 drops of Frankincense

10-15 drops of Tea Tree

10-15 drops of Copaiba

5-8 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata

10-15 drops of Lemon

Then I fill the rest of the roller up with a carrier oil like Young Living’s V-6 oil or coconut oil. For the bottle I usually recycle an old 15ml oil bottle and pop a roller ball on top and just like that it’s done! It literally takes 2 minutes to put together and lasts a month or more.

I’d love to answer any of your questions you might have about this blend or oils in general, so shoot me a message! I love to talk oils! Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

*Disclaimer* I’m a firm believe in oils and their healing properties but I’m most certainly not a doctor, I am not a homeopathic guru, I’m just sharing what’s worked for me and my family. I highly recommend consulting with a doctor before orally consuming any oil. Also, I don’t recommend using straight oil on the skin if you’ve never used that particular oil before. When using an oil for the first time I always recommend using it with a carrier oil like Coconut oil or any vegetable based oil, for it may show skin irritants otherwise. Cinnamon bark is a potent oil along with Clove. Always keep in mind while using oils to use sparingly. Lastly I am not saying these oils will cure any ailment, I’m simply stating that these are oils that have worked for me.**

*ASpottedHeart

Life on the Ponderosa as of Lately

Last week I asked in my Instagram stories what ya’ll wanted to see more of in 2019. A lot of you answered with “all of it,” Ranch Life, DIY, Mom Life, Mood Boards… so with that I thought I’d start with an update on what One Cute Cowboy has been up to lately. ( If you don’t follow me over on Instagram, what are you waiting for?!)

Winter=Wheat pasture season for One Cute Cowboy. So he spends his days checking the different pastures, doctoring anything that’s not doing well, feeding, hauling water, fixing hot wire fence, and breaking ice. I talked all about wheat pasture cattle in last December’s Ponderosa Post. It always seems to me, like wheat pasture months are a really long Cowboy “season” but this year OCC didn’t take on quite as many cattle since Lil’ Cute Cowboy is in the picture, and it hasn’t seemed quite so bad.

The weather here on the Ponderosa has been one extreme to the other. One weekend we had an inch of snow with about 24hrs of light rain before it, and then turned around and had 50-60 degree weather the next weekend. Ya never know what you’re gonna get here in the Panhandle! But on those nice days, Little Bear and I try to do some outings with One Cute Cowboy.

Little Bear loves to go and look at and feed the cows with his dad. He gets excited to hear them “Moo” and to see them come running to the feed truck.

This past week we brought our first load of heifers in to start calving. Yesterday it officially began with the mama I had picked to calve first, did indeed, have the first calf of the season! Calving Season has officially begun!

That’s the latest here on the Ponderosa! Hope you’ve enjoyed the little update!

What would you like to hear more of? Leave me a comment below!

*ASpottedHeart

2018 to 2019:Starting the Year of Self-Care

It’s been a little quiet on here lately. 2018 was a big year for One Cute Cowboy and I. We welcomed into our world the cutest Lil’ Cowboy and our hearts swell with love and pride each passing month as we continue to grow and learn as a family of 3. I say with confidence, I’ve grown more mentally, emotionally, and spiritually this past year, than in any other year in my life. Becoming a mom has totally rocked my world, in a good way, but also in “everything’s changed” kind of way. Being a good parent comes with a multitude of changes and self-sacrifices. Some we welcomely make, and some we make gritting our teeth.

One thing that has been hard for me, has been making time for self-care and cultivating my relationships with others. It’s easy to be completely wrapped up in your new little one and forget about yourself and others. And don’t get me wrong, I 100% believe it’s okay to be wrapped up in your new little life, I think you should be engulfed in this new treasure…but I also believe it’s incredibly important to take care of your physical and mental self, your marriage, and your close relationships.

Now, I’ve never been big on the whole “New Years” racket. Making resolutions, making a big to-do about it being a new year and a new beginning, and so on and so forth. (Obviously, I’m just now getting around to posting this a week already, into the new year!) You all know what I’m talking about. There’s nothing wrong with any of it, it’s just never been that big a deal to me I suppose...But with that being said, I would like to state a few things I look forward to working towards this coming year (See what I did there 😉)

  • Enjoy Reading Again: 2018 might be one of my slowest reading years to date. I sadly only read a handful of books, and I’m afraid to report the ones I did read are hardly mentionable. So this year I want to take some time to read some good, enjoyable books! (If you have any good recommendations please send them my way!)
  • More Water, More Veggies: Since Little Bear was born I’ve only drank water. With a sip of coke here and there and I think I’ve had 1 or 2 glasses of iced tea. Other than that it’s been my daily (sometimes 2-3 times) hot tea and then it’s just been water. That being said, I still don’t feel like I drink what I should for my daily intake. Actually this is a goal of both One Cute Cowboy’s and mine- Drink more water! And while we’re at it, let’s throw in “to eat more veggies” too! I want Little Bear to grow up loving veggies and fruits, so in order for that to happen, mom and dad need to be intaking more as well.
  • Purge: Since having a new one, we realized just how much “stuff” we have in our home. For some reason I get a sentimental attachment to odd things. Therefore every nook and cranny seem to be filled in our little home. I plan on doing some serious purging in the next few months. I’ve just started reading about KonMari’s method of decluttering. I kinda dig it and I’m wiling to try it.
  • Quality Time: I’m as guilty as anyone about constantly looking at my phone. 🙄 I plan on being more conscientious of my time spent on my phone and taking breaks from social media to make sure I’m spending quality time with my ever-learning son, and my cute husband. 😉 That being said…
    Scheduled Posting: I want to be better this year in having more of a scheduled posting so y’all are aware of when new posts are coming and it’s not so hit and miss for all of you! I haven’t quite decided what that’s going to look like yet, once a week, bi-weekly, once a month? I’m not sure yet, what would y’all like to see?
    Self Care: Lastly, I want to spend this year being sure to take time for self-care. I have a few ways I plan on doing that, but my biggest way I want to work on that is spending more time in God’s word. I’ve lacked in my daily devotionals and prayer time it seems lately, and I can definitely tell when I do. That’s something I ( and I would say all of us) need to keep a healthy mentality and attitude. But I also plan on spending some self care reading, journaling again, and just some alone time to collect my thoughts, write down my goals, and have some quiet to reflect on and listen to God’s words.

2018 tested my patience, my marriage, my self-worth, my heart, my mind, my physical body, my organizational abilities, and my pocketbook. (If you think having a baby won’t test every single one of those aspects of life, then show me your guidebook! Haha!) But it’s also brought more love than I knew imaginable, more patience than I realized, a stronger love to my marriage, more love for myself for what my body and mind and spirit can endure, and more blessings than I knew were possible. God has favored me in this year, and I’m so grateful for His love and patience. I will continue to lean on His guidance and trust His timing and faithfulness. As I’ve been writing this and thinking about 2018, this hymn keeps coming to the surface,

“Great is thy faithfulness,

Great is thy faithfulness.

Morning by morning new mercies I see.

All I have needed thy hand has provided.

Great is thy faithfulness,

Lord unto me.”

I pray that in 2019 I never lose sight of His faithfulness, and to remember, all that I need, His hand will provide.

Happy New Year! May 2019 be full of blessings and new adventures and lots and lots of love. ❤️