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What Is Success? Lesson Learning at the Circle L.

What Is Success
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.

The last couple of days I have been thinking about what the kids have been learning on the ranch. I call it success.  Why success?  I believe that ranch kids are important to our society.  They learn important life lessons. 

Lesson Learning 1: Life and Death Happen. 
Life is important.  Life is how we continue traditions. Life happens on our ranch everyday. 

Ryder and a couple of New Additions to our Ranch.  He is in LOVE
The kids learn to watch the mother cat.  She
always leads them to her babies.  They have
learned that patience pays off.

A new addition to the Circle L!
He has no name yet.
We have had a lot of rain and therefor we have a lot of tad poles.
So a lot of tag poles means lots of toads and frogs.  It is a nightly
activity to gather frogs and toads. 
Tad Poles.
Lesson Learning 2: Summer is All about FRIENDS.

Kason & Parker.  Friends are an important part of Life.  I love these two boyz.

Lesson Learning 3: Sharing.

Tripp & Reata.  They both don’t realize it
yet but they are learning a very important lesson
called SHARING.  It is a hard lesson for all of

Lesson Learning 4: Dirt Never Hurt Anyone

Ryder knee deep in a hole.  My ranch kids require a bath every

 Lesson Learning 5:  Water Fights are a Summer Must.

Cooling off after a neighborhood gathering. In our country
the kids use buckets!!

 Lesson Learning 6: Sometimes we have to slow down.

Meet Jag.  He broke his leg.  He now is in a cast for 6- 8 weeks.
He is a puppy, he has had to S-L-O-W down.  It is important
to slow down and enjoy life.

 Lesson Learning 7: Thinking about our PAPA everyday.

Reata supporting PAPA at a ranch rodeo.  Our Papa is battling cancer. 
Everyday we pray for him.  Everyday the kids talk about him.
No one Fights Alone.  Cowboy Up for FRED.

 Lesson Learning 8: Hard Work will Pay Off.

Everyday Kason is feeding, bathing, walking, talking, and caring
for his 4-H Steer.  He told me “Mom this is a lot of work but I can
not wait to show him off.” 

A cowboy with his steer.  The smile tells it all.  I am proud
that these ranch kids are learning that hard work pays off. 

Cade and his steer.  Cade told me the other day that this is
a good experience.  I agree.  I would like to work at my projects
just a little bit harder.

Lesson Learning 9: Life is like a coil of rope.

Cade practicing his roping skills. 
I think life is like a coil of rope. The more you practice with a coil
of rope the better you will get.  Life is like that also. ” Practice make
perfect,” a coach once told me.  I believe it. 

Lesson Learning 10: There is no need for Electronics.
All you need is a few friends and family and a ball. 

The flowers are so pretty this year.  I know
that God is looking down on the meadows
and smiling.  The colors are amazing.

 Lesson Learning 11:  God is good to us.

Everyday we see this pheasant.  He is at our gate every morning.

He always sings us a song and shows us his wings. 
Lesson Learning 12: The higher you go the better!

The problem with this lesson is what are you going to do when
you get to the top and you can not climb anymore?

 Lesson Learning 13: It is not all about the Size, It is all about the Heart.

Meet PRINCE.  He is a draft horse.  He is so gentle.  He is a hoot
to ride.  He has a big Heart.

I hope you enjoy some of our summer pictures.  I am thankful beyond words for these lessons that we are all learning.

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