Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Thanksgiving will soon be here.  Just 2 more days and we will be eating turkey around the table.  We will be chatting with our friends and family and sometimes these moments can be very stressful.  We make the best of it as it is one of the times of the year that we get together.  What if!!!! What if it was an ideal situation!!!!!  What would that look like to you????     What would be the conversation???  How would you act????  What is the most memorable moments you can share?????  What if things were different and we could all be thankful and get along?????  What if there was no hate, no anger, no judgements?????  What would your thanksgiving look like???

Mine would be thankful for the times we have spent together as family and friends.  I would feel truly blessed for the times I was able to learn new things.  I would be forever grateful my family could be with me as I was baptized this year.  I would be grateful for the time I was able to spend with our clients, our horses, cats, rabbit and dog.  I would be grateful for the time I spent with volunteers and all they have accomplished this year.  I am grateful for the time I have been able to look ahead to the next year and what it has to offer.   I am so grateful for the memorable times I can spend with my grandson.

On this Thanksgiving I pray that everyone will be together and it will be a happy time.  Happy, Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Meanings, New Changes

Just when you think you have the world by the tail, the tail catches you and there you go down the path of changes, lessons and learning. 
The holiday season is growing closer and it will have new meaning and new changes.  Thanksgiving and Christmas will not be the same.  Our family will celebrate Thanksgiving but in a different house in a different way.  Christmas will be different as our family celebrates it at a different house in Clear Lake.  Our family attends a church in Clear Lake and we enjoy the time we spend at this church.  It has taken on a life of its own and we love to go to church at Agape.
ASPIRE is experiencing some new meanings and new changes.  Rika is going to a new home soon.  The team will evaluate a new horse for the program.  ASPIRE is looking at different options for classes and how to bring more students and volunteers in the door.  Sustainability is on our minds.  ASPIRE is in a new phase with new staff and new meanings and lots of changes. 
Family is experiencing some loss.  Grief is never easy and all too frequently we push it aside and think let’s get on with life but it is never a good thing to push it aside.  We need to experience it, walk through it and meet up on the other side of grief.  We know our lives will change forever but we don’t know at the time how that will look.  People often ask why.  There are no answers only faith can be our guide.  We don’t understand why only know that we are strong and need lots of support.  Sometimes it seems that life brings us to our knees and all we can do is pray.

New meanings and new changes means good will come from those new meanings and new changes.  Our lives are forever in a changing circle and where we end up only God knows that answer but in the mean time we just hop on and ride it out.  Listen for the lessons, learning, experience crying, laughing, sharing, hugging and praying all along life’s journey.  Be grateful, experience the blessing, be kind, be respectful and love with all your heart and the journey will be easier.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Life in the fast lane

Wow it has been a whirlwind year.  Lots of ups and downs and challenges facing us each and every day.  Hope you were able to join us for the events.  ASPIRE served 1,147 people and volunteers clocked over 2,800 hours of service.  As I wake each morning to see the sunrise and swim at the pool I am struck by the constant negativity I hear and see on the news.  It is a troubled world we live in and it breaks my heart there is so many people struggling and falling short.  It breaks my heart that there is so many people that struggle with grief.  It is a hard road out there.  But the good news is God is good all the time.  All the time God is good.  I have a lot of life to live and so much work to do.

Life in the fast lane means that all of us at ASPIRE are going to move fast to set this organization up for long term success.  We are moving fast to increase, change and motivate everyone that is involved.  We are going places this year because God has our back and we are working in his honor.  He is leading the path and opening new doors and I am excited but yes a little scared at the same time.  Look for news at it unfolds a little at a time.

I hope you will find ways to be Grateful and Thankful during this holiday season.  I will be spending some time in Clear Lake reflecting,growing in my faith and planning ahead for next year.  Get on board and see what 2018 has to offer.  God is good all the time as we move into the fast lane.

Thank you for being part of this journey.

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Old One

ASPIRE has a miniature horse: Maverick

Maverick has a long history.  He is the Old One.  Maverick came to us many years ago with a home life of not really fitting in or needed.  He came as a package deal for the owners.  He had different owners throughout his life and he was an angry old soul.  We gave him to one of our volunteers to work with and she moved so Maverick came to the ASPIRE farm.  He received a lot of tender loving care and lots of work.  His life turned around and he was able to do miniature horse visits to nursing homes and he loved his job for many years.  He is old now and we only utilize him for one of our programs.  He still loves attention and wants to be needed but sometimes he just gets agitated.

It has always been part of the mission that if they give us years of their life they get to stay and live out their life on the farm.

Why the old one.  I am an official senior citzen.  I am the old one now.  I want to live out my life feeling loved, needed, wanted and cared about in my later years.  I want to have a purpose forever.  I could not image getting to the point where I was tossed aside and no one wanted or cared about me anymore.  I choose to take care of the old ones because I want the same for me.  So the mission will remain the same we will take care of the old ones and I pray someone will give me the same care.  I will remain in the hearts and minds of those that loved me forever.  Thanks for allowing me to share about the Old One.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Voice

So, yes I forgot to blog last week but that's what I get for being so busy running here and there.  It is OK I enjoy the business of conducting business.

A voice.  I was asked the other day about the difference between being intimidating and inspiring.  I was told that one feels like you might be intimidating usually not always feels a good of self-esteem or self-confidence.  If someone feels you are inspiring it shows a lot of confidence and they are in awe of you.

I have learned throughout the years there are so many different personalities and so many struggle with so many issues.  I have learned and gained some wisdom throughout those years but the one thing I have always wanted to do is be the voice for those that have no voice.

Sometimes I think I come across in many of the wrong ways but the end result is I care deeply about the people who are not able to stand up for themselves and I will go the extra mile to help them find their way.  A voice, when they have no voice, a leaning shoulder when they have no shoulder to lean on.  I so want to be the person that shows the way to a better life and I step on peoples toes in the process.  I don't mean to but my passion gets in the way and I want whats best for others not myself. God put me on this earth for a purpose and I believe to this very day it is to be the voice for the people that have no voice.  It is to be the spirit that leads the way.  God said let there be light.  Shine your light so bright that darkness can not seep through.  I want to shine my light so that others can see the light.  That means being a voice, that means passion, love, respect, kindness and sometimes it even means stepping back and reevaluating your situation and whom shall I share my life with or whom shall I have a voice.  It means being positive in all situations but also stand up for the purpose and the vision.

On this day may God give me the strength and voice to show the way for those that do not have a voice.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Life on a farm

Life on the farm continues to be a 24/7 job.  There is always so much to do and never enough time to do it.  It seems like only yesterday we were diving into spring and summer now it is time for apples, leaves turning and soon to be that horrible word snow.

As I sat by the lake this weekend and reflected on days gone by and where is God leading me, it was a little time for a reality check.  I realized with exposure to two different farms in the past few days that the farmers job never ends.  You are always on the job.  Equipment to fix, livestock to feed, crops to get in and out of the field.  Buildings need to be maintained and farming now is difficult as we have such low prices.

The world is spinning out of control and lots of prayers to all the families that are dealing with so much tragedy.  In our little corner of the world we are on 24/7.  No breaks, no time to rest and no time to often reflect.  I was blessed to have the time by the lake for a little while.  I will have it again on Saturday.  I need that time to consider and pray and learn new ideas.  It is a time that God gives me to reach inside my soul and expose what I need to know.  Breathe and Breathe again as I take in the shear beauty of the lake as the sun sets.

Now we come back to reality and I have ideas and sometime to implement them but as we know only God can lead the way.  We are not in control of humans or animals we can only facilitate a difference.  Sometimes I get so tired and cranky I can't see past the next minute.  Sometimes I need to step back and find my peace.  Mediate, breathe and mediate some more.  I have come down off a enormous high and I have now crashed from the Night of the Horse.  It was truly amazing and I wanted to stay in that place but reality always hits and here we go.  As I think about the months and days ahead it is going to be good because I want to let go and let God.  God lead the way to a different tomorrow.

Get up, show up, dress up and get on with the day with the multitude of responsibilities.  Here is to a great rest of your week and thanks for stopping by.  May God watch over each and everyone of us as we try to remain positive and get on with our 24/7 days ahead.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

New Day Dawning

It's Thursday.  Darn it time just seems to slip away.  So much to do and so many stories.

As I think about all the turmoil that is going on in our country and the world.  In my small world we had an exciting night.

Night of the Horse is completed and we had around 400 people in attendance.  What a memorable night.  The night was hot and humid.  11 years of doing this show and it was the hottest but alas everyone stepped up and did their part.  It went beautifully.  I could not ask for better entertainers and wonderful behind the scenes people.  The staff, volunteers, board of directors, and all the people that made this show a success melts my heart.  I enjoyed some great visits with a number of people in the audience.

One of my favorites is the special time with my grandson.  He loved to help Dan James and Dan was kind and let him help in every way possible.  It was truly special.

One other story is a man and his son.  He loved and cared about him so much and brought his entire family.  We got to visit with them and they are such nice people that wanted to watch the show.  Stay tuned for more of this story.

I have to say I have gained great friends and great supporters.  The staff surprised me with flowers.  That was totally unexpected.  I did not know and I was filled with gratitude.  It was truly nice.

God is good all the time.  He always finds a way to dig in and show me the right path and the right people and right environment.  I just need to learn my lessons and let go and let him lead the way.

We are on a mission to fill classes and learn more and market more and have lots of fun learning and working with our amazing animals.

As I close on this Tuesday let God be your guide

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Halloween Open House, October 27th from 5-8 p.m.  Hayrides, food, haunted barn, pumpkin painting, trick or treats, lots of fun.  I hope you will join us as we look to the close of our 18th year.

Have a great week and stay tuned for more to come.