Monday, July 14, 2014

A Little Pet Peeve Of Mine......

 I am a Missouri girl born and raised several generations on each side of the family. Even though my dad was born in Illinois, some of his side of the family has been in Missouri for a few generations. I don't plan on leaving Missouri unless God moves me. So far he doesn't seem inclined to do that. I live about 35 miles from the town my parents raised me in. We lived briefly in Louisiana as a kid. Visited other states. Missouri is Home here on this earth to me..
  In the last 30 years people have moved into Missouri by the truckloads it seems. Many from the East, Southern and West coast. MANY from the West coast!.... Generally they are decent people looking to get away from the overpopulated coast areas of the country. I understand personal freedoms in Missouri is in the top 5 states for the most freedoms. There is a lot of land, most goes straight uphill but hey it's land of sorts. From what I understand most people can sell a small house in California and buy a 40 acre farm with house, barns and live off that money for at least a year if not longer if you are frugal.
 Now for the pet peeve part... What gets me is the people that move and live here THEN have the nerve to complain about the people that live here!! Really??... Missouri is known for its Hillbillies. Especially in the Ozarks.. That is what we are.. that is how we were raised. Just like anywhere else in this country we have our way of doing things. AND just like anywhere else we have the good, the bad and the ugly. I don't lump all California people or all Florida people together.. And I have had more bad deals with the majority of Cali people I know than not...
 When you move in to a new area you don't go on and on about how much better it is where you come from. Nothing gets on people's bad side quicker than that I think. So if it was so much better why are you here?? Last I checked road goes Both ways. Yes we have our strange ways of doing things.. Have you ever considered that maybe you are strange to us?? That maybe you talk funny to us?? I have a friend from the east coast. We find lots of joy and laughter in the differences between the way we talk and how we do things. And we have learned from each other!  For most things there is no One right way.
 So before I make this any longer or more boring. I just want to end with this.. I am from Missouri, I am Hillbilly, I am also stubborn and you have to Show-Me things to convince me.. So far.. I am not convinced all these people moving in has been a good thing...  But for the sake of the 1-2% that have been decent people we will deal with the 98-99%. Because apparently they haven't figured out the road goes both ways yet.. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fair Time!!! Tri-County Fair.....

Our Grand Champions in each breed.
Lamancha, Crossbred Dairy and Nubians

2 in the top 3 for Supreme Champion
We took home Reserve and 3rd. 

Candice/Sadie & Kara/Chaos 

Top 3 yearling Nubians. :)

Candice/Lily in the Meat Goat show.. Lily needed a break... 

Kara & Ceci out for a stroll

Kyla/Gracie & Kara/Ceci taking a walk..
It helps calm the goats to get out and explore
 so they are not so scared of everything come show time. 

Lily getting bathed.. She did NOT appreciate it..

Is this not the cutest thing??
Watching the Antique Tractor pulls.

Things can get a little weird some times...
Especially that oldest kid of mine.. :)

Okay maybe more than a little weird...

Kara's drawing won Over All best in Art work.

Kyla got several Red & Blues
They both have been invited to display their work
 at a local art show in a few weeks. 

Chaos asking if its time to go home yet?

My redneck and his sweet trailer he built for us!
He built it from the ground up out of scrap metal for the most part. 
He is awesome like that. :) 

 We are home enjoying a day or two of down time before the next fair this weekend.. Its a fun crazy time of year.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Just A Country Girl......

 When I was younger.. Before Jr. high and high school I was a country kid.. Spent summers barefoot and running through the woods and fields. Riding bikes, playing in mud and swimming in rivers. I love my Jesus, my family and friends/church. I had a great childhood full of good things. Not perfect by any means and not free from heart ache that is for sure. My Mawmaw died when I was 7 years old. She had a big impact on my life even at that young age. She was very much missed by her whole family.
 When I was a teenager things sort of changed in our family. We quit attending church and things just kind of fell apart in our family structure. My parents are not divorced or anything like that. But it was not ideal for many years. They had a permissive parenting style at the time that got me & my brother in a lot of trouble that would have been avoided if they had been stricter.. But whats done is done.. We ALL learned from it.  Jesus helped pick up the pieces many years ago and healed our family. Drawing us back to him. Again not perfect but definitely a better life.
  As a teenager I said I was going to many different things. Anything from a fashion designer to a teacher to an artist..  One thing that was constant from the time I was very young was my desire to be a wife and mother.. And in that order. ;) I was blessed with an awesome husband. We started out fairly young compared to some. We have had our share of ups and downs but I feel like we have a good solid marriage of almost 20 years now.. Time flies when you are having fun.
 So back to what I wanted to do or be when I grew up.. I never could really settle on any one career. My art teacher told me I had talent in working with clay and sculptures. I still would love to do that some day. I lasted 6 weeks in college working towards a career in education as an art teacher. Never realized all those things I bounced around from would one day play into my everyday life.
 When we had kids we were going to send them to public school because that is the way things were suppose to happen, right?.... Boy were we in for a surprise.. Long story short.. Public school was not for us... ever.. We lived in the country, we got various animals over the years.. Goats stuck around the longest.. Well besides the chickens. :) My plans when I was younger was to move to the city.. St. Louis was on my radar for some reason. We live in a town with barely 600 people. Its Awesome! The closest Walmart? 25 miles.. oh darn I so miss that place..  We have been blessed more than I can even fathom sometimes. God has kept us through thick and thin. We have learned many lesson in life. Some hard and some not so hard. If I could compare our ideal life 20 years ago to our ideal life now.. It would probably be polar opposites. We have lived and learned. We are content and happy with our life. We have 3 beautiful girls that are almost grown, a marriage that is founded on biblical principles, family and friends that are a blessing.
 I am true to that country girl I was as a blond headed girl. I have made a circle back to being barefoot in the summers, swimming in the rivers and walking through fields and woods. I love my Jesus, my family, my friends and my church. God has an amazing way of helping us Find our way in life if we trust him. I was reading in Romans 4:19-21 the other day.. Talking about Abraham and how even though his body was weak and things didn't look like it was possible. He kept his faith in God without staggering. Because of that God's promise worked.  He had a son, he was the father of many nations as promised. I intend to have faith. God has promised to do as promised if I have faith and do my part. :)
 I  have passed on my country girl ways to my girls. They are amazing kids with their own strengths and weakness. To see them grow and mature has been one of the hardest & easiest things I have done in this life. I am thankful God has brought me full circle to where I need to be. That all those things I thought I wanted to be when I grew up were some how rolled in to one thing. That one thing is being a Wife and Mother.. I have designed clothes for my girls, taught them many things including art, and many other things.
 I am not college educated like some thought I should be.. but I have found its not necessary to have a college education to be successful in this life.  Contentment and Happiness are not dependent on how much money or things you have. Its not dependent on how big your house is or how many cars you have.. Its dependent on your mindset..  I am just a country girl......
  "But godliness with contentment is great gain..." 1 Timothy 6:6

P.S. I will be back with fair results & pics in a day or two.. We had our first fair last week and another one this week.. We have had awesome results. :)