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The Sapphire Sky

During today’s post-church drive, the gloomy gray of the last few days gave way to a brilliant sapphire sky.


And whether it was due to our time spent in worship, or the ambient excitement of the July 4th holiday, our moods were buoyant as we explored the great outdoors. Laughter flowed freely and little smiles appeared easily and words of respect and gratitude filled the air. With the unmistakable presence of God’s hand on my heart, the four of us walked, hand in hand, under today’s sapphire sky.

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My Latest Adventure

I’m excited to share with you my latest adventure. I’m now blogging for Women Out West Magazine: for women who live, work, play, and create in the west. The name of my blog is Loving Life Out West! And for this bright and shiny Texas girl, Loving Life Out West just seemed to fit. I’ll be giving a little inspiration to love life as I blog about ways that you can make small, positive improvements in attitude, change your perspective, and appreciate all of the wonderful things that life out west has to offer.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my site and for allowing me to share with you my latest adventure.

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At the Rodeo

Last weekend, we went to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. All decked out in our cowboy duds, we looked like true Texans. Now, I would like you to take a look at that fella behind me. I do believe that he’s not just playing dress-up. Yes sir, I think he’s the real deal.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been to a stock show, but as much as this girl-who-grew-up-with-horses-but-who-is-really-not-that-knowledgeable-about-the-rancher-life can tell, all kinds of animals are brought together so that they can be shown and awarded prizes or scholarships. So, each type of animal had their own barn. And let me tell you: there are a bunch of barns. But for us who are non-showers, a whole barn full of sheep to look at, especially when we have the kiddos in tow, can be a little much.
Therefore, we arrived, went straight to the petting zoo (look at those little boots!!), then to the Rodeo. Right after the Rodeo, we told the kids: “Ta Da! That’s it!” Basically, get in, go straight to the main attraction, and get out before the little ones get grumpy. Our plan worked perfectly! With a little strategic planning, a great time was had by all!

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Day 3: Clearing My Mind

Today is Day 3 of Operation Clearing My Mind. Today, we’re in Austin.
You’ve heard of Austin, right? It’s the Capitol of Texas. And there’s this university that calls Austin home, but I can’t quite remember the name of that little school. I’ll tell you one thing: the school’s name is not Texas A&M University, which proudly boasts College Station, Texas, as its home (Gig ‘Em Aggies!)
OK. So, Austin has this campaign called Keep Austin Weird. Don’t you just love the slogan? Be free. Be an oddball. Be weird. And be proud of it. Makes me smile just thinking about it.
I like Anthony Robbins’ take on the whole idea of being weird:

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