I’m actually kind of sad about it but I have decided to not post any more to this site. I will leave it up until I can figure out what to do with the content, but there will be no more posts to this blog after this one. Starting today I am blogging at a new site called Life From the Juniper Tree. The first post over there will explain my reasons. So after 3 years, 397 posts and 111,000 page views I am moving on, in a whole lot of ways. Thanks for reading and I hope you will join me doing Life From the Juniper Tree. I’m actually kind of excited about it.
Not sure how I could have forgotten to include this item in my post yesterday. The calf activity distracted me from finishing up our weekly activities.
Friday we were treated to a day in the city, Oklahoma City that is, by our friends Buddy and Lynnie Suthers. Buddy and Lynnie both work at Trinity after long careers in the family race horse business. At one time the Merrick Ranch was one of the largest quarter horse operations any where. While they are not nearly as big as they used to be they still love it and are keeping their hand in it.
So we went to the city for a big yearling sale at a very upscale, at least to me, sale barn. You can read more about it HERE. It is a very nice place and during the 3 day sale nearly 1000 horses were sold by auction. While we were there one sold for $185,000.00 based, I understand on it’s breeding and potential. It was quite a place and very interesting.
I had told our children and grandchildren that we were going to a horse sale and I was going to bid on some horses as an investment. I was not serious and even thought the way I wrote it they would know it was a jokebut apparently they didn’t and thought Poppa had bought them a horse. There were a few that sold for 2500-3K but that too is a little rich for me, since there is little room in our trailer for a horse. It was a lot of fun.
From there we went to Remington Park,the OKC horse racing facility where Lynnie’s brother Joe Merrick had a couple fo horses running. It is a beautiful race track with indoor viewing from a beautiful restaurant and the Suther’s treated us to a great dinner and an insiders view to horse racing. Linda did the wagering and hit it big when one of Joe’s horses won! We even were invited to the winners circle with the owner and his family for the “win” picture. That picture is posted on my facebook page if you are interested. HERE
It was one of those days where everything we did was new and exciting and being with Buddy and Lynnie is always special because they are such real and regular people who have been has high up as you can go in the horse business and seen their lives radically changed to be Kingdom people who are also in the horse business. Their family story is pretty cool to hear.
The last item has to be “my” Washington Huskies win over the mighty USC Trojans on Saturday. It was on TV here so I was able to watch it all. That sure was fun. Whatever happens from here at least we know what it can be.
I enjoy writing the meanderings each week because I get to see, right in front of me, what we have been up to. It has also been a good way to fill our family and friends in on what we have been doing too. So here is the 84th installment.
Item one. It was a great first week back in Western Oklahoma and full of things one could only do here. Got to go armadillo hunting for the first time (probably only time) which was an adventure. These little creatures are not good for flower beds, nice grass or any other plant you like to look at. They just rip it all up to get at the roots. So they have to be removed and since I was right here on the “ranch” and I had a shotgun, I got the call. One more task to add to my growing resume.
Item two. Went with friend Yandy Yarbrough to put up a deer feeder which I wrote about already on the Juniper Tree. Yandy works a regular job, is a life time cowboy, both working and rodeo, but what he really loves is hunting. Riding with him in his truck is adventure because he never misses any animal that might be out there, no matter how much light there is. One of the blessings of our life is the young families we get to enjoy relationship with here in Oklahoma. It is so fun to be part of their lives and have a part in encouraging their relationship with the Father.
Item three. We are beginning to settle in here, even though our regular spot is under construction. We are having a cement pad poured to provide stability and a mud free place to park. So we are parked nearby but without all our hookups. It is just fine but we are looking forward to our “new” place. Having these beautiful 100 acres as our Oklahoma home is really a blessing.
Item four. Plans for Summit2 are well underway. November 12-22 are the dates if you want in. email me if you want information. We are responsible for most of the administrative details of this conference and I do some teaching as well. Here are a few summations of summit1 speakers, I wrote after lasts years event: HERE and HERE.
Item five. Jake the dog just barked me up to see a calf hanging out in front of the trailer. Apparently an escapee from one of the pens here on the “ranch”. We went out to try and herd him into one of the stalls in the barn but were unsuccessful. Just another experience I rarely had in my past life.
I leave you with these words from my good friend Steve Grace: I would rather be a poor man serving Jesus than a rich man serving my own means. I would rather be weary fighting the good fight than well rested in my own irrelevant accomplishments. I would rather die for the cause of Christ than live for myself. (Steve Grace)
A young friend on Facebook, in a status update, made this comment: “I hate all blogs, all of them.” So, if you don’t hate blogs continue reading the first meanderings in several weeks.
A lot has happened and nothing has happened. After an eventful trip from Western Oklahoma to the Pacific Northwest we hung out with your adult children and our grandchildren. Went to the beach, the zoo, Northwest Trek, Seattle, camped with everyone for a week, visited a few friends, preached a couple of times, went to church with Brad and Summer and the time went by. All the grandkids are growing and changing and doing well. Summer is growing and changing with granddaughter #2 and grandkid #6 and she is doing well too. While there are challenges in each of their lives they seem to be handling them well and living life with hope and confidence. I am very proud of our children and theirs. Most of our time was spent enjoying and caring for our family.
Item one. The trip back to Oklahoma took us through Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and back into Oklahoma. We made stops outside Missoula, Montana at a favorite stopping spot for a couple of days. We drove through the northwest gate into Yellowstone Park (up on of the steepest, windiest and narrowest roads we have travelled) and into Cody, Wyoming where we stayed on the grounds of the Cody Night Rodeo with our friend Dan. Dan is from Sayre but was spending the summer announcing the rodeo in Cody. He was our tour guide to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum, one of the great museums in the west, in my opinion and around the beautiful Cody area. He has become a Cody expert and it was fun to spend some time with him.
After Cody we drove up the Shell Canyon route to the top of the Big Horn mountains where we met my brother Mike and sister in law Vicky, for 5 days of camping and fishing in the most beautiful country anywhere. We lived on the west side of the Big Horns when Mike and I were very young and then Linda and I and our family lived on the east side 20 years ago. The Big Horns and the North Fork of the Tongue River are very special to all of us. It was such a wonderful time and we really didn’t want to leave. I would love to move back there again some day. Just need a job!
The fishing was outstanding. The North Fork is a meandering stream, through tall willows and so every corner is a new adventure. 20 years ago part of it was designated catch and release, barbless flies and lures only and it has turned that little stream into a monster cutthroat fishery. We caught so many fish over 18 inches that the little ones (under 16 inches) were almost boring. I caught 3-4 that were in the 22+ inch category, which in that river is a huge fish. Probably weighed 3-4 pounds. And, yes I did get a license!
There are moose every where up there as well and the four of us went “moose hunting” each evening. Linda has some great pictures she will post somewhere I imagine.
It was a very peaceful and soul renewing time for all of us. I remembered again why fly-fishing has been so important to my mental and soul health, over the years. Life has been quite uncertain, in a lot of ways, the last 4 years but one constant in our lives has been the opportunity to travel and see places that have real meaning in our history and refresh our lives.
Item two. What the future looks like here in Sayre begins to play out this morning. Linda will go to work on some administrative details that have piled up related to the ministries we serve. I will get some things rolling for Convergence and Summit2 and we will both begin getting back into the relationships that mean so much to us. Things have changed here in many ways since we have been gone. I am not sure what it all means or how it all works out but we have a Father who does and loves to see us happy and fulfilled so we will enjoy that blessing.
Seasons change and so do we. That is the Father’s intention. He loves to love us and He loves to have us dependent on Him and Him alone. That is the hard one for most of us. We have our agenda’s and our need to be in control but life works best when we are desperate for Him to lead us through each day. That is where I am this morning.
Blessings on all of you who read this. You can follow us on facebook (www.facebook.com/gregory.scandrett) and there will be some regular additions to the juniper tree as we move along.