Monday, October 17, 2016

A Sunday Thought~The Keys to Unlock Life's Door

A Sunday Thought~The Keys to Unlock Life's Door

My Sunday Thoughts have been around this statement:
A Very Little Key Can Open Big Doors.
Don't give up. The last key on your key ring, usually fits the lock. 

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatesoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsover thou salt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mattrew 16:19

I believe the KEY to enjoying our life as it happens is Mindfullness. 

What do you think?

I think we spend too much time living in the past and too much time reminiscing about how life was, or what we wished our lives would be. I know that sometimes I find myself worrying about things I cannot control. 

We worry so much that we can become stuck in a negative pattern and fail to see the love, beauty, opportunities and peace that are right in front of us.  

Let me explain:
When was the last time that you really looked up at a sunset and saw the beauty of it?
When was the last time that you said "I love you to one of your love ones or/and friends?"
When was the last time that you thanked God for everything you have?

You see, we are missing Key opportunities. We need to focus on living today and we have the key to open a fresh door everyday. I pray each and everyday that God gives me the Keys that I need. 

Here are my KEYS:

Focus. I mean really FOCUS. I mean put-your-phone-down and focus. I believe that you have to practice this each-and-everyday to get really good at it. I find myself trying to complete tasks and not really focusing on what the kids are saying, and its not just the kids, it is conversation in general. I pray each day that God helps me Focus on the things that matter the most.

Forget. I mean leave the past in the dust. We cannot bring back tomorrow. We have memories, and they are nice, but dwelling on the past is just taking up our future time. The present is a gift and we are only promised today. If we spend all our time in the past, we will not see the future that God has planned.

Future. Spending all our time worrying about the future causes us to be blind to the beauties of TODAY.  I ask God to help me with my worries, everyday. It is hard not to worry, I know. We tend to spend our time focusing on the future, thinking as we go through our day about what needs to be done tomorrow, but what does God want us to focus on? I believe in goals, I believe in planning and I believe that you should only spend a little part of your day today on tomorrow. 

Thinking. I ask God to help me with my thoughts. I aim to change my thinking patterns and I am here to tell you it takes work. Mindfulness will come it just takes work.  God is helping me and I know it is a Key to my Life and yours. 

Quiet. Meditation. What ever you want to call it. Amazing things happen when I am quiet. I can pray. I can read my Bible. I find peace.

FOCUS. FORGET. FUTURE. THINKING. QUIET. These are my KEYS. I sometimes forget that I have these keys and they will unlock opportunities. God gives us these KEYS and we must use them. God will give us KEYS to heaven, but there are also keys that lead to hell. I don't know about you but I would prefer to use my KEYS to Heaven.

I am he that liveth, and was dead: and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Revelation 1:18

Going miles on Sunday thoughts~Naomi

Did I miss a key?  I would love to hear from YOU!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Love Letter to My Cowboy~ 18th Anniversary

A Love Letter to My Cowboy~ 18th Anniversary

A Love Letter to My Cowboy on our 18th wedding anniversary.

It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. 
Song of Solomon 3:4

Today marks my 18 wedding anniversary!!

It seems really strange to say that out LOUD. Time does fly doesn't it?

Saying I've been married for 18 years make me feel two things;

1. Very Proud.
2. Very Excited!

If you have read our Love Story, you will know that we have been together for 19 years. In honor of this special day I would like to a moment to write a letter to My Cowboy. I hope you will bear with me as I dedicate this post to him.

Dear Cody,

Before I even write a single word, my eyes are sparkling with emotion. 18 Years!! How can it be possible?

From the moment I met you, back in Wyoming, I knew, even then, that there was something special about you. I knew then, that I wanted to spend every minute with you. I knew it when I couldn't keep my hands off you. You stole this cowgirls heart the moment that you said, "Please pass the tea, Naomi."

Though I couldn't have even imagined it back then, that simple phrase changed the course of my life forever.

How grateful I am that it did.

You are my shining star. Your light is bright. Your light shines as an example. Your light helps me some days when all I see it dark.

You have taught me so many things.  To work hard, to never settle, to love passionately, to follow my dreams and to believe in myself just to name a few.

Maybe that is what makes us work.  Our friendship. Our commitment. Our love.

From the outside we look like a couple who has it all figured out, but you and I know that we don’t. We still have much to learn.

But, I think what sets us apart is our willingness to do just that . . . learn.  Learn from each other. Learn from life. Learn to reach for our goals and never give up.

You have always held me high on a pedestal filling my soul with love and belief.  But, I hope you know that it is you who are the hero.  You who are the gift.

You are an amazing husband and a devoted father.  You are full of passion, kindness and forgiveness. You are more driven than anyone I’ve ever met and you are an unbelievable provider.

Every little cowgirl dreams of Happily Ever After.   I was no different.

And even though Happy Every After doesn’t look like it does in the movies, it does exist.  It exists in the messy ups and downs and highs and lows of our marriage. It is real. It is true. It is our honest version of the our-story-fairy tale.

I just want to tell you thank you. Thank you for being my partner on this ride of love, life and parenthood.   I couldn’t have chose a better person to share my journey with.

Today, I realized that the reason I love you most is because:


It’s not about how pretty I make myself, it’s not about how hard I tried or how well I did. Although you notice those things, I know that none of that makes a difference on your measure of love for me, and that, my love, is the most beautiful thing of all.

It takes a real man to love me like you do. To love me on my good days when I’m all dolled up, kissing you and laughing AND also on the bad days when I’m grouchy and my hair is a mess.

Most of all, thank you for being my best friend for 19 years.

Happy Anniversary, Cowboy!!

I love you to the moon and back,


P.S.  I can’t wait to spend our day together, moving cattle as we celebrate 18 years!

True Love Blooms when we care more about other people than
we do ourselves. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

New Year, New Rules - What VFD Means for Producers and Consumers

What VFD Means for Producers & Consumers

Hello October! 
It is hard to believe that it is sweater, soup, and fall work time. It also means that in just three short months, we will ring in a new year and some new rules.

As a beef producer, and a consumer myself, I understand the questions and concerns of others about the role of antibiotics in livestock operations and the confusing debate about antibiotic resistance in human health. Today, I am going to take a look at the new protocols for producers and what they mean for producers and consumers. 

Since the 1940's antibiotics have been prescribed for people and are among the most commonly prescribed drugs. Research has never established a direct link between the use of antibiotics used in raising food animals and antibiotic resistance, but producers and veterinarians are listening to the consumers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with the support of the livestock industry, are tightening restrictions on antibiotic use in meat production. 

By January 1, 2017, antibiotics that are important to human health will only be available under a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), a prescription from a veterinarian. Under this new rule, a veterinarian must fill out paperwork, or an electronic form, indicating which antibiotic is to be used, the amount of time it will be used, and when the prescription will expire. Veterinarians, producers, feed mills, and feed stores will be required to keep the paperwork for two years and maybe asked for a copy upon a VFD inspection.

A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian in the course of the veterinarian’s professional practice that authorizes the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. This written statement authorizes the client (the owner of the animal or animals or other caretaker) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved, conditionally approved, or indexed by the FDA. A VFD is also referred to as a VFD order..(VFD)

So what does that have to do with me as a beef producer? For my family and our ranch, the new rule won't change how we operate. We have always had an excellent relationship with our local veterinarians. That relationship provides an essential element to our business, raising healthy livestock and safe food.

My first job as a mom is to have a safe food for our table, including BEEF. That means I take my job as a beef producer seriously. Although we’d rather not have an animal fall ill, if we do have a calf succumb to sickness, we work to bring it back to health before it goes to the market. Sometimes, that requires treatment with an antibiotic. On the occasion when we do have to give an antibiotic, we consult with our vet, read and follow ALL label instructions (including withdrawal periods), and adhere to the best practices laid out in the Beef Quality Assurance Guidelines.

As for consumers, not much will change when the new VFD goes into effect. Producers have always followed the withdrawal period before they can send any animals treated with antibiotics to the market. And, USDA inspectors test meat to ensure it is free from any antibiotic residue in accordance with set guidelines before it reaches our tables. As a consumer myself, I rest assured knowing that we all have a beef supply that is nutritious and safe.

The role antibiotics play in providing quality animal care is often overlooked in the ongoing discussion of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are an important tool for all producers. Good relationships with our vets, providing adequate nutrition, and following best animal husbandry practices in addition to the judicious use of antibiotics help us ensure the health and comfort of all of our animals. 

Do you have any questions?  Feel free to leave it in the comments or email me at

Happy Friday!!