Calving Season 2020

“I’m ready to start calving heifers until it’s time to start calving heifers.” Haha! It’s the time of year where One Cute Cowboy hardly get to slow down (not that he does very often anyway) but this time of year especially keeps him busy, checking on heifers all day, everyday and through every night. This seems to be the time of year my readers are most curious about so I decided to do a little update.

Instead of “Mama Bear” more like “Mama Cow”
A lot of nights when I look out my windows, this is my view. One Cute Cowboy out in the barn, taking care of mamas and their babies.

This year One Cute Cowboy had a different plan for calving. This winter he and my father-in-law built some panels and gates to make part of our tack house into a calving barn. I’m so dang proud of One Cute Cowboy and how this turned out! Normally, if a calf had to be pulled it was done outside, in a chute, no matter the weather. Then if it was really cold, we only have one small calving barn that would only fit one pair, so if we needed to warm up more than one pair, we had to take the calf to be sure and get the calf warm, leaving it’s mama outside. But now I’m happy to say, we have 4 pens for pairs, and if we needed 5, we still have our small calving barn that is actually now the home to our ranch cats. 😊

I was trying not to disturb this mama and her new calf.

Not 24 hours after I’d written this draft, the stalls were filled! 4 mamas and their sweet babies!

This is the time of year that can be both incredibly joyful, and incredibly heart-wrenching. I love seeing the baby calves being born and the mothers that take them and love them, protect them, and feed them. Then there can also be a lot of hardship in this season…really in ranching itself. Losing calves and sometimes mamas. Seeing a mama reject her calf. Seeing other mamas trying to claim calves that aren’t theirs. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, ranching is not for the faint of heart, especially during calving season.

Ranch cat, Sinatra, calving expert.
His apprentice, Hap.

I’ll be honest, being a lover of the whole animal kingdom, there are times that ranching life seems especially hard. I believe all true ranchers are animal lovers though, we wouldn’t do what we do if we weren’t. I’m incredibly proud of my heritage and lineage of cattle ranchers and cowboys and cowgirls. I’m immensely proud of my husband who day in and day out works on caring for and improving, and educating himself on what’s best for our herd. In the barns and at home. 😊

I’m thankful to have the opportunity to bring my son up on the ranch in today’s world. To teach him compassion and kindness to all God’s creatures, courage and bravery in times of hardship, and knowing how to have work ethic and not be afraid to lend a helping hand; these things I pray for him. Thank God for the rancher.

6 Ways of Staying Centered

Do you ever just feel…off? I know I certainly do at times. When things just don’t seem to be jiving right. When I just don’t feel like myself. It’s taken me several years to start being proactive about when I feel this way instead of just waiting for it to pass. Here are 6 things I do to center myself again.

Drink H2O

I know everyone says to drink water. But seriously, I’ve noticed when I’m feeling off or foggy headed if I drink a big glass of water it seems to really help. Sometimes I think I’m just a little dehydrated and that’s causing me to feel foggy-headed. Water helps support the cardiovascular system from getting dehydrated, therefore your heart isn’t having to do as much work if you’re staying good, and hydrated.

Write

In case you didn’t already know, I love to write. I don’t do it near as often as I’d like #momlife. But when I take the time to sit down and just write…man, it’s incredibly therapeutic.

Take your Vitamins

I have found when I keep up and stay on track with taking my daily vitamins, I not only physically feel better, but mentally feel more alert. Here’s what I’ve found works for me:

Bottled Sunshine by Truvani: Vitamin D to help maintain healthy bones by making calcium more easily absorbed in your body. It also helps regulate moods and fights depression.

Mary Ruth’s Vitamin C: Vitamin C provides a strong antioxidant and promotes white blood cells which is important in boosting immunity. Also helps fight memory loss.

Life 9 Probiotic by Young Living: Probiotics help with a healthy gut. So much depends on the condition of your gut, it’s amazing when you really delve into the research.

Get Some Air

This probably seems like an obvious one, but how many times have you seen or heard this and actually done it? Stepping out and getting a big breath of fresh air can boosts happiness and energize the mind and body.

Oil Up

As you well know, I’m an avid oiler, and I always have some kind of essential oil on hand. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries for mental and physical wellness. I’ve found a handful of oils that really “speak” to me and help me feel balanced and calm. These are a few of my favorites to use, all Young Living single or blended oils.

  • Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • Sacred Mountain
  • Frankincense
  • Tangerine
  • Cypress

Prayer

My number one, most important thing I can do when I feel off, is pray. A lot of times it turns more into a meditation of a verse in scripture or a couple lines of prayer I repeat over and over. But I’ve found the best thing I can do to help me feel balanced is to speak to the One who created me and knows my inner most being; mind, heart, and soul.

Those are my 6 tips to staying focused when everything seems a little out of focus. But I think what’s most important is to find what works best for you. What do you like to do to stay centered?

*ASpottedHeart

Momheart

Quite frankly, I could care less about football, so here I am folding laundry, watching my little guy sleep. This has been a week! Really in all aspects, but my role as Mom has especially been tested. We haven’t eaten as healthy as I’d have liked this week, which makes me cringe because I know the affects of not eating well. So, when bad sleep and emotional meltdowns happen, I can’t help but kick myself. But I’m gonna lay my momma heart open for you, what makes it worst is when I get irritated or lose my temper because of said meltdowns and lack of sleep. The guilt that follows is enough to make me want to do, no be, better.

Mom guilt has to be the worst form of guilt. I can’t help but think about things I’ve read, talking about how our children see and use how we respond and act to things, as a guideline for how they respond and act. You can’t help but ask the question, am I doing enough? Am I making the right choices for my child? Am I being a good example? It’s hard not to question every stage of Motherhood. But what I have learned is to lean into God and ask for guidance, patience, and reassurance in the things I do for my little bear (and really all things in life.) I don’t care how together the mom down the street seems-everyone has questions of what’s best for their child. At the end of the day what our kiddos really want, is us. I try to remember that after the 10th time he’s said, “Mama! Sit sit! Play!” Haha! But honestly, it’s time, Mama, to sit, and just play. In another 10 years he might not ask. I can physically feel my heart ache just thinking about it.

I guess my point is, keep doing the best you can do, whatever works for you and your family, lean into God, and don’t ever be too busy to sit and play.

Post-Christmas Blues

I know I know. Most of you are probably thinking, “Christmas?! We’re weeks past Christmas!” But this girl still misses that Christmas feeling. I’m thankful I married a man that likes to keep our live Christmas tree up usually through the month of a January. So I still have that little Christmas spirit lingering in my home. (And if you’re wondering, yes! I do still plug it in every evening.)

I miss the sparkling decorations and the cheerfulness that so many carry with them through the holiday season. The big build-up as I like to call it. I feel like in some way, with Thanksgiving being so late this year, we were some how cheated out of some of that Christmas cheer. I want to continue to watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music. Does anyone else experience a weird music slump this time of year? After Christmas it’s really hard for me to get into the groove of listening to anything else. I mean, I can’t go from Michael Buble’s “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” to “You Need To Calm Down” on the radio! The only solution I’ve come up with is listening to The Family Stone soundtrack which is just the score. No lyrics, no blatantly obvious Christmas tunes, just a good movie score.

I also really notice how my focus shifts after Christmas. I want to have that focus on Jesus and His story the whole year through. That’s something I want to really work on this year. Staying in constant communion with Him.

I’m really just typing out my thoughts at the moment, and I’m still just kind in that Christmas blues fog. I’ll snap out of it soon, I’m sure, but right now I really just want to get my kindle out and finish that Christmas book I didn’t get finished in time. So maybe thats exactly what I’ll do. 😉

I want to make a point to pop-in on here more than I did this last year. I miss having this creative space. Also, I’ve started the year off with a couple of good books and movies already, would reviews be something you’d be interested in?! As always, I’d love to hear from you, and thanks for sticking around! ♥️

*ASpottedHeart*

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!

*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