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Day Writing: New Babies

January 19, 2018 — What an exciting time as we look around at all our friends who are expecting their first, or adding another, child. While we certainly haven't learned it all, here are a few things we've picked up on that may make it easier for others as

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Day Writing: A Holiday Recap

January 5, 2018 — I am holding onto the holiday mindset a little longer than usual this year. This could be the result of having a toddler and enjoying all that entails over Christmas, or the fact that all my decorations are boxed, but still sitting in the middle

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Day Writing: There will be problems

December 21, 2017 — "There will be problems," the pastor on the tv said last Sunday. "You'll likely want this information to share with someone between now and Christmas," he continued. This was stated toward the end of his sermon, but it struck me how true those words are

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Day Writing: Fashion trends

December 8, 2017 — I was surprised while Christmas shopping this year to discover a fashion big trend of work boots, leggings, plaid tops over a graphic t-shirt, and casual winter hats. Pondering how such a combination came to be lead to the following fictitious explanation. A ranch wife,

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Day Writing: Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017 — Thanksgiving is a time to gather together, to break bread, and to enjoy the company of family for both my and my husband's families. On my side, everyone brings whatever the host asks, and I am typing this while my pumpkin pies bake and before

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Day Writing: Word of the Year

November 10, 2017 — "…Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5 Thankful November is a wonderful concept of purposefully identifying one thing you are thankful for each day of the month. But, it can also be a nice lead in to focusing your

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Day Writing: Fall gear guide, ag mom style

October 25, 2017 — As we wrap up the fall cattle run and harvest season, and simultaneously drag catalog and after catalog out of the mailbox with the latest in fall/hunting/harvest/vehicle gear "needs," I had the idea to share those items in my mom gear box that I am

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Day Writing: The Slip

October 12, 2017 — I learned how to drive a stick in a single cab Chevy pickup in the middle of a remote pasture, at around eight or nine years old. I recall my two-and-a-half years young brother Kyle sitting right next to me, complaining to my dad that

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Day Writing: Fall’s coming on

September 27, 2017 — Fall's coming on and it's quarter til four Everyone's up, headed out the door Horses are saddled and trailers are hooked. It's a long drive before a long ride can be took Hours later, bleary eyed kids stumble out with a yawn Cinches are tightened

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude:

September 7, 2017 — A good portion of the western United States is on fire. I agree with the numerous people blaming "environmentalist" activist groups for the current state of our nation's federal forests and the consequential uncontrolled burning that has spread to state and private lands. Due blame

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude: In search of

September 1, 2017 — Several weeks back, while I stopped to get the mail, a man about my age in a white Chevy pickup waved and pulled up behind me in our driveway. He jumped out of his truck, hurried over, introduced himself, then immediately launched into a several

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton Maude: The art of the story

August 18, 2017 — "Merle and my dad would sit in that living room of his and laugh and laugh, and even if you didn't have a clue what they were talking about you would still get caught up in the laughter. Eventually the whole house would be laughing;

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Day Writing: The Ag Mom Resume

August 1, 2017 — The beautiful, blessed and busy life of an ag mom doesn't leave much time or need for an updated resume. However, watching a recent tv ad (while feeding the baby) about updating or creating a quality resume made me consider what one may look like

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Day Writing: The inaugural docking

July 13, 2017 — It is safe to say that we didn't entirely know what was coming when my parents got sheep in the late 1990s. This was perhaps most evident at our first docking. We saddled our horses early in the morning on the required squelching July day,

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Day Writing: Life’s cheerleaders

June 23, 2017 — We all need cheerleaders in life. Those precious people who believe in us no matter what, who are proud of us and confident in our abilities even when we aren't. I've been blessed with a lot more of those people than most, and one that

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Day Writing: It did not go as planned

May 25, 2017 — We had a bull out in the neighbors. Long as we were saddled and headed up the road, why not run out west "real quick" and grab the old, gimpy cow, her calf with pinkeye, and a yearling bull? They were the final three pieces

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Day Writing: The most important job

May 4, 2017 — The early years of motherhood are quite a rollercoaster, at least in my experience. I feel like I entered motherhood with a proverbial face plant. Our wonderful little boy arrived on schedule, healthy as a horse, and was truly precious. He also brought unprecedented change

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Day Writing: Heaven will be a party

April 19, 2017 — Right now, church for our family typically consists of watching Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah on television each Sunday morning. His latest series of sermons focus on God's love, and two weeks ago he discussed the fact that because God loves us, he wants

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Day Writing: Ashes to ashes

March 17, 2017 — Have you been following the devastating fires that have scorched Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado the last couple weeks? What a tragedy our fellow ranchers are facing in that part of the country. The situation and people impacted have weighed heavily on my mind, and

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Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude

March 1, 2017 — It's inevitable that at some point, grafting a calf onto a cow is going to be attempted. To say watching my husband's methods for the first time the spring after we got married was memorable would be an understatement. He gathered the middle-aged cow who

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