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Monday, June 17, 2019

starting with a win

This boy is off to a winning start in his first goat show this season.  He showed in the Wilson County 4-H Livestock Group show on June 8th and walked away with the Grand Champion Goat and the first place in showmanship. 
Parker had an extra special fan club there with three of his great grandmothers cheering him on!


This little dancer recently performed in her first recital.  She wasn't nervous or shy about it at all.  She said she hoped everyone threw flowers at her feet!  We couldn't throw them but she managed to collect a few bouquets from her fan club that enjoyed her performance.

Bailee Mae Coutta
Dance Recital 
June 8, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

making the secret sauce

Everyone pitches in to help get ready for the annual egg hunt and Easter picnic on the Ponderosa.  We furnish grilled chicken and ribs and our visitors bring side dishes and desserts.  This year Parker and Bailee teamed up to made the secret family sauce that we use to marinade and and spray on the meat while it grills.  The sauce is a 4-H recipe that my Dad tweaked and perfected after years of coaching outdoor meat cooking.  We haven't meet anyone who doesn't love it!

 The secret sauce contains apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, cooking wine and salt.  The amounts of each ingredient are adjusted to the amount of meat we are cooking!

Easter 2019

We had our annual egg hunt and Easter picnic scheduled for Saturday but the rain came down and the temps were freezing so we decided to reschedule for Easter Sunday, because no one wants to hunt eggs in their winter coats and rain boots!  Not to mention the fact that its very hard to grill in that kind of weather.  So about 50-60 of our friends and relatives came out to celebrate with us on a perfect day!  (Temperatures were 30 degrees warmer ).  The food and fellowship was great and everyone enjoyed being together.  We had egg hunts for the kids (We are now on our second generation of Easter egg hunters here on the Ponderosa) and the grown ups.  I think the adults have more fun than the kids!  

He is not here, he has risen, just as he said.  Matthew 28:6


Here’s an old photo from 1962. These are the kids I grew up with. Our parents played cards and we were together every weekend!  No one can remember who was having a birthday or any other details about the photo but it’s a classic and brings back lots of memories.  We all remain friends today!
Going around the table starting on the right: Byron, Marcia, Janet, Jimmy, Gina, Phil, Me, Debbie, Jackie and Charles