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Couple of things I learned about my marriage while loading horses:


First a little bit of back story.  I grew up on a dairy farm, so I have been around “large animals” my whole life.  I understand that they are beautiful creatures created by God. But I also realize they have their own personalities and have witnessed the harm a 200-300 pound animal can do in a matter of seconds.  On a chart from 1-10 on “loves an Adrenaline Rush” I score a big fat zero. My husband started working with horses in college and use to help with the pre-show at rodeos. He loves horses and is good with them too. It seems 2nd nature to him working with animals.

About 17 years ago a long legged cowboy in boots, wranglers and button down shirt walked into a car dealership. He was looking for a job, and I was in the back filing paperwork. I was told to show him to the manager at the front of the store. At that time I did not know I was walking my future husband to his job interview. I myself was a farm girl, worked full time at the dealership but also did chores every day on my parents dairy farm.  About a year later I fell in love with that cowboy, we got hitched (what country folks call a wedding) and started our lives together.

I moved off the farm, into a lil house in town with my new husband.  Five kids, a few jobs, two houses and 16 years later, I still wear my cowgirl boots but that is about the only evidence left that we once were total country folks.  I miss the farm, but do not miss the daily chores that are required to keep a farm running.


Of course he offered to help… that is just who my husband is.

This week we helped a young couple with 3 kids from our church, pack and load up their moving truck. It was getting late, we were all tired and Johnny (the Dad) mentioned to my husband that he still needed to get 4 horses to his new place.  He could take two horses but would need to make the 6 hours drive back for the other two.  My husband without thinking twice offered to load them and make the 12 hour round trip to deliver the horses.

I will be honest my first thought was, that’s a lot of gas and a long trip we were not planning on.  But my next thought was, of course he offered to help… that is just who my husband is.  He is not very social, kind of quite, very  opinionated but is always helping someone out.

So today we went to load these two horses into the trailer. I should mention that another family from our church offered to let us barrow the trailer since we did not have one.  So off my husband and I went to load up two horses we had never met.  A Momma and her colt, a stubborn baby boy that is almost as big as she is.loading-horses


We would wait, pull a little, push a little wait some more only to have him bolt away

We get to the pasture I peek in, ugggghhh they are huge. What have I gotten myself into.  I am more of a goat girl (more my size lol).  My husband however jumps right in and starts calling for these horses and they magically come running up to him. The horses were a bit hesitant at first but  before I know it, he is brushing the mamma horse gaining her trust and putting a halter on her. She was a bit skiddish but he walked her right into the trailer, like some kind of handsome horse whisperer.

Next up was the colt… pretty much a giant toddler that can do some serious damage with those long legs.  Yes I will admit it, I am totally scared of a baby horse. Make fun of me all you want, but he was 3 times bigger than me and kept bolting away every time he got nervous.

It took about 20 minutes to load the Momma horse…. it took us 3 hours to convince that baby to step into the trailer.  He was scared of it and the only thing that was going to win him over was time and learning to trust my husband.  Over and over we would get him right up to the trailer, we would wait, pull a little, push a little wait some more only to have him bolt away. The only thing I could do was jump out of the way and pray I did not get kicked. Once he was out of site then the Momma horse would start stomping and getting upset because she could not see her baby.loading-horses


Pretty sure I fell in love all over again at that moment, and he didn’t even know it.

After the first 2 hours I was totally ready to give up, pretty sure we were never going to get that stubborn horse loaded.  But over those three hours I watched my husband do what he loves.  Something I had forgot about him, I forgot how talented he is with horses. He was calm, he was loving and he was kind. He watched their body language he understood that the baby was scared and knew the only way to get it loaded was to gain his trust.

Just when I thought for sure we would never get this horse loaded, I peek into the trailer. There I see my husband praying… asking for the Lords help. Asking to help him so he could provide service to another family, asking for knowledge as to how to get this horse to trust him.  Pretty sure I fell in love all over again at that moment, and he didn’t even know it.loading-horses

My husband then asked me to lift the colts front foot and place in on the trailer. We did this several times, but soon after the colt would get scared and run away. But finally we got his two front feet into the trailer. My husband told me to hug his back end and push.  The LAST place I want to be is on the back side of a horse… but I had to trust my husband.  Mind you the colt is as tall as I am, so I my face was right up against his smelly bottom. Then a small miracle happened, the colt finally went all the way in. Covered in dust, hay, horse hair, sweat and horse poop we were finally done.

Today I was reminded that most things in life take time, kind words, gaining trust and asking for the Lords hand in your life.  And all of these things are made easier when you can do them along side your husband.


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How to make Freezer Corn – Sweet Corn Recipe

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I had a friend ask me how to make Freezer Corn so I thought I would share this post again. As you can tell by the photos this post was written and first published several years back.  Look how cute and little my kids are 🙂 But I did update it with some better images of the finished product, feel free to pin them!


Growing up in large family, my Mom made sure we knew how to take our produce and can or freeze it.  So I learned how to make freezer corn at a young age.  In doing this we were able to save hundreds of dollars a year.  My Dad is a farmer, he normally grows  corn that is called field corn, which grows VERY tall.  It is grown to chop up, stalks and all to feed to our dairy cows.  But my Dad also grows a few large rows of sweet corn, which my whole family looks forward to every year.  If you have ever had fresh tender sweet corn picked right from the field, it is so yummy.  Nothing like what you buy from the store.


This year my Dad picked me a large sack of corn.  It is now time for me to teach my little ones how to make freezer corn, just as my parents taught me.  So we shucked the corn out on the lawn, to keep the mess outside.  My kids were such good little helpers!  They got the giggles every time one of the ears of corn had lots of corn silk, they would say ” yuck I got a hairy one”


After about 30 mins we were able to bring the cleaned corn back into the house to get it ready to cook.


In a large pot bring you water up to a boil, then add in your corn.  In my pot I was able to do about 10 at a time.  The corn is cold so it will take a minutes for the water to start to boil again, after it comes back to a boil cook it for 3-5 minutes.


After 3-5 mins, take out of the pot and  put in a sink full of ice water.  This will cool the corn down and let you handle it better.


After a few minutes in the ice water, take out and put on a towel to drain the water off.


Take your knife and run it down the corn cob and cut all the corn off.


I then take about 2 1/2 cups of corn, and put it into a quart sized freezer bag.  Try to get out as much of the air as you can, then seal it closed.  They will need to lay flat till they are cooled to room temp. At this point you just need to write the date on it and stack it in your freezer.  I was able to get 21 bags of corn.  This is one of my families favorites, and we look forward to eating it over the next year!

When you get ready to cook it, take it out of the freezer. You can thaw it in the refrigerator the day before, but I do not normally think ahead like that. So I cook it a glass container with a lid on high for 5-7 minutes.  I season it with butter, salt and pepper and sometimes a little bbq sauce.

Update* Now that my family has grown, I put 4 cups into a gallon freezer bag.  This is enough for a side for a larger family.

022It did take some work, but it was FREE and well worth the time. Hope you take the time to try this out, not that you know how to make freezer corn.

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Lucky Charms translation to toddlers, funny, real life, my kids only eat the marshmallows grr

Remember when you were a kid and you would say, “Some day when I am older.”  That sentence could have ended with, stay up all night, eat candy for dinner, drive a sports car, lay on the beach all day…. or maybe it ended with, buy Lucky Charms for breakfast and eat them every day for the rest of my life.  As a five year old child, I ended that sentence with, eating Lucky Charms every day.

Let me give you a little bit of history, I am one of 6 kids. We lived on a farm and worked hard together, daily chores were just part of life.  My Mom cooked all our meals, mostly from scratch.  Boxed cereal, bags of chips or things from a carton were not part of our menu.  This was long before organic or gluten free was a trend, instead it was just learning to live off the farm and what it provided.

That being said, once a year at Christmas time each child would get their own box of cereal.  Yes in today’s world kids are asking Santa for the latest Xbox, cell phone or iPad.  I was writing Santa and asking him for a dolly and my very own box of Lucky Charms.  I can tell you as Christmas morning came, I was just as excited about my box of cereal as I was about my toy.  I would get a sharpie marker and write my name on the top of that box, and proudly claim it as my own.

Fast forward a few years… well maybe more than a few, maybe more like 30 years.  I am now an adult, a wife, and a mother.   The question is, have I been true to my 5 year old self… do I happily dance down the stairs each morning, tie on my apron and pour my 5 beautiful children a bowl of Lucky Charms for breakfast?  Not a huge surprise, the answer is NO. Sure they get them every now and then, but only as a treat.

I have FAILED that 5 year old child inside myself…. why you ask. Because every stinking time I buy a box, these little humans that live in my house only eat the marshmallows.  I tell ya if there is a marshmallow inside that box they are going to find it, with lightning speed.  Often to get to those marshmallows they just dump the whole box of cereal out on the floor, or the couch or outside. Don’t get me wrong, we  eat our meals in the kitchen like civilized people… but a box of Lucky Charms turns my kids to heathens that break all the rules.   So as I sit here and eat my bowl of Lucky Charms, that is no longer LUCKY because all the charms are gone, thanks to my children. I tell myself, I can no longer buy Lucky Charms (unless I hide them from my children, and only eat it late at night, in an over sized bowl, with ice cold milk, in front of the TV…. because after all I am an adult now and I can do what I want, sometimes.) Please tell me I am not the only one?

just marshmallows

Pretty sure if my kids send Santa a letter they will be asking for a bag like this, JUST MARSHMALLOWS!  Oh how time changes every thing, lol.

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James Hoyt Baseball, sure did make this cute lil special needs baseball player smile

If you don’t know who James Hoyt is, then you should…. but don’t feel too bad, because I didn’t know who he was either.  Let me tell you a fun little story of how James Hoyt in his first game as a MLB pitcher for the Astros, totally made my son smile!

A few weeks ago I was on an early morning flight to New York City (with a layover in Phoenix).  The night before we had just gotten home from a 2 week road trip with our kids, so I was running on only 4 hours of sleep and I was exhausted.   I had planned to try and sleep most of the plane ride.  My husband had the window, I always get the awkward middle seat.  That is when Marcia sat down next to me in the isle seat. I had never met her before, but after a little bit of “small talk” while others were loading. I could tell that she was just a bubbly, adorable woman. My plans to sleep were put aside and I found myself talking for almost 3 hours to Marcia.

Marcia told me all about her family, her dog, making her own almond milk, growing up in the big city then moving to the west and traveling with her kids.  But when she asked me questions about myself… I could tell she was not asking simply  to just fill our time while stuck on a plane. Instead she was asking about  my family because she was just a “good soul” and kind hearted.

Matthew baseball

She happened to be on that flight to Phoenix to watch her son James Hoyt play his first MLB baseball game.  He grew up here in Boise, and over the years has played for an independent league in Texas and even pitched in Mexico for some time. But he also cleaned boats to earn money… yes he was the guy you would hire to scrape the barnacles off your boat.  Time, and hard work paid off and at age 29 he finally got drafted ( I think that is what it is called, lol) by the Astros and now is a MLB pitcher.  She was so excited to go support her son, and cheer him on.

I then told her about my oldest son Matthew.  Matthew is 14 and has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  Long story short he was born missing half his heart and after 14 surgeries he is well enough to be a “normal boy”.  He still only has half a heart, but it is now routed in a way that allows him to stay alive.  Matthew also has seizures and significant learning delays.  He is 14, but is the size and tends to act more like a 6 year old.

Matthew has played special needs baseball the last two years. It is the highlight of his year and he just loves every minute of it.  When you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he will tell you, a baseball player.  I told Marcia that Matthew and I will have to look for James, and Matthew would love to watch him pitch.

A few days after I got back from my New York City trip, I get an email from Marcia;

Hi Sarah,

I hope you and your husband had a great time in NYC:-)  Houston was such a fun time!!!  Jimmy gave me a strike ball for Mathew that he pitched during his first outing with the Astros.  Maybe when Jimmy comes home for a visit maybe they can meet each other!!
Have a terrific day and let me know the best way I can get this ball to you all.  I am always running circles around town and could meet you anywhere.

Happy Wednesday!!


She went out of her way to bring my son,  my lil Matthew a ball back from a MLB game.  It was signed by James and even had dirt from the game on it.  From his first strike out in the Major League. Who does that…. who goes out of their way for a total stranger just to make a little boy smile? Marcia does, see I told you she was a good soul.  I was so touched by her generosity.   Matthew has the ball in a plastic bag on his dresser, and wants to get a special case so he can display it.  It was one of the first things he wanted to tell his classmates at school about, as he went back to school. He sure felt special that he has his very own ball from a MLB game.

So…. Mr. James Hoyt, I have never met you, I didn’t know your name till about 3 weeks ago, but it will now be a name I will never forget. THANK YOU for making my son smile,  thank you  for making him feel special!  And by the way, you have a pretty amazing Momma, but I am pretty sure you already know that!

Matthew baseball

Matthew at his special needs baseball game.

James Hoyt 

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Pictures from his first game on Aug 3, 2016 in the 7th inning and the same day he gave us this ball from this game.

Aug 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher James Hoyt (51) pitches during the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher James Hoyt (51) pitches during the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Here it comes—-

james hoyt signed baseball houston astros

James Hoyt 7th inning Houston Astros

Pretty sure he’s telling the catcher that he needs that ball back to give to Matthew.

James Hoyt signed ball Houston Astros

Above three pictures credit from the Houston Chron

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