Friday, November 29, 2013

A life transformation!

Today I am thankful for homeschooling. It has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

Over the last couple of years, {& specifically the last 6 months}, I have learned many of the ugly, but somehow really quite wonderful, truths about myself & about this crazy life. 

Because of homeschooling, I now know what my talents & strengths are. I know exactly what brings me joy. I know what I believe & why. I now how to voice my boldness on my endless array of sentiments {haha enjoy..}. I now know who my so called friends are - why I thought they were my friends, why they aren't really my friends, & why they never really were my friends. 

In public school I always thought that I was pretty confident, "Wasn't Influenced By Peer Pressure", you know, had my shtuff together; but I never knew how much I was affected by the nonsense-of-high-school. I never knew how much other people's opinions effected my own morals & values! I am glad that I have ditched all of the belittling comments, questions, & concerns, trying to manipulate & condemn me into someone else's "feeling" of who & what I should become. Now, I look at those people with compassion, because I know that it's now their problem. I frankly do not care what they think, because I will passionately live out MY destiny, no matter the odds.

Because of homeschooling, I now know what I want to do & exactly who I want to be. I want to spread love wherever I go. I strive to be a light. I don't want anyone to ever come to me, without leaving happier. I desire to be an inspiration to others; to get up every morning aspiring for what this life as to offer. In the end, I want someone to come up to me & tell me, that because of me, they never gave up. 

I just want to thank God for giving me this wonderful blessing of homeschooling. It has challenged every belief I have ever had. It has pushed me beyond my limits. It has helped create me into the {still-have-a-lot-to-learn} young woman that God is molding me into. It has totally transformed my life. 

That's my story & I'm stickin to it.

Happy {Belated} Thanksgiving! (:

"Everyday is Christmas,
when everyday is Thanksgiving.
I can find the sunshine,
when I count my blessings!"
Hoping everyone had a very blessed Thanksgiving, filled with much love & happiness!
xo - J

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Family-Famous Peanut Clusters

Well.. I'm starting to get into the "holiday baking" mood & these peanut clusters are the absolute easiest things to make, they are definitely categorized as {DANGEROUS}.
So I apologize in advance. 
My grandma, who passed away a few years ago, used to make a couple of gallon bags full of peanut clusters to give to us, every Christmas. So every time we have one, the memory is indeed sweet. 
Now I am sharing them with you! Just 3 simple ingredients;
  • 1 Package (2 Cups) Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Package (1 Cups) Butterscotch Chips 
  • 1 Pound Salted Peanuts 
Melt the chocolate & butterscotch chips in a double broiler. Once melted, add in the peanuts, mixing well! 
Line a large baking sheet with wax paper & drop this chocolaty goodness onto wax paper in desired size of cluster. 

Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator, or freezer, until clusters are hard & then indulge! (:

Monday, November 4, 2013

On The Road Againnn

Chasing cows all week & cans on the weekend! Lovin' life!

I took both, former stud, #WyoBlueKid & #RanchstyleBeans just to ride around & expose to all of the crazy barrel horses. They both did great! I am hoping at some point, at least one of them will run barrels for me.

My sissy did awesome! Won some money on her main mount #RapperRed. She also took along her 4 year old #AmosHayes, who acted like some 20-year-old-dead-broke-horse who had been hauling his whole life.

Today the boys get a day of rest; gearing up to gather & sell calves this week!

This is what we call the "money" breakfast!
Straight from small-town-coffee-shop-USA. Yummo!
"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love,
you have to find the courage to live it."
-John Irving

Happy Monday, all!