Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Written by loa on May 15, 2010 — Leave a Comment Makes 6 servings
•2 finely minced cloves of garlic
•1 tsp. freshly cracked sea salt
•cracked pepper to taste
•1 lemon rind, finely grated plus the juice
•1 ½ tsp. mustard
•4 T. olive oil
•2 T. chopped fresh chives
•1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
•1 or 2 finely chopped green onions
On a baking sheet rubbed with olive oil, roast 2 pounds new potatoes or
fingerlings with thick slices of onion until tender.
Meanwhile prepare ingredients. Whisk in the order given allowing extra
whisking time to the olive oil addition. Mix the green onions in just before
pouring over hot potatoes. Toss into potatoes gently and serve warm."
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
We can't believe it's Christmas time again! Our family has truly been blessed since its beginning eight years ago. I can't hardly believe that we have been married for 8 years! It seems like yesterday. I haven't gotten any older, but somehow our girls seem to get older. We hope that you are all as happy as we are!
We have been in our home for 2 years now. We love it! We still have
A few things to do – sidewalks, pavement, etc but we are so grateful to have a roof over our heads!
Job change: For the past 5 years we had managed a hay brokerage business, but felt impressed that we needed to make a change and begin our own hay business. While a hard decision with lots of hours spent on our knees before we proceeded with it, we really feel that it has been a good move for our family. We feel blessed to be able to work with such good people in the agriculture field. We work with good farmers, dairymen, and cattlemen. Our business name is DHC Agriculture, Inc. I somehow find the time to keep the books for our business and really enjoy that. There is something therapeutic about accounting - All the little numbers matching up. I know it sounds completely CRAZY but I do enjoy it.
Cows. Our little cow herd is slowly growing. I guess in reality we are raising
kids with cows. Herding and checking our cows is really something we enjoy doing.
Dustin is busy as usual. He is a wonderful husband and father. He is so cute with our girls! I appreciate so much his hard work to provide for our family and the hard work he puts into his church calling. He has been the Elders Quorum President for the past 7 years and really likes it. This past November we attended the Utah Farm Bureau Convention where both Dustin & I competed in the Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet. We both managed to make it to the final 4, but Dustin won out in the end. He came home with a new 4 wheeler, $500 cash, etc and a trip to compete nationally in January at Seattle WA for a new Dodge truck. Wish him luck with that! Dustin & I were also elected to be the new State chairmen for the Young Farmers & Ranchers in Utah. We are excited to fulfill that assignment. Dustin loves the policy and fighting for the rights and liberties of farmers, ranchers, and American's. This past summer he conned us into going and riding to capitol hill in the "Take Utah Back" rally. I have to admit it was quite the sight to see the girls and Dustin riding amidst all the skyscrapers. A highlight for him was winning the JCD Ranch Rodeo and coming home with a shiny new buckle and shiny new goose egg on the chin.
Harmony: I am busy as usual. With every new season there are new projects. This year, with the help of sisters, friends, and family we managed to put up more than 600 jars of various preserves. Not to mention the 100+ jugs of apple cider.
Last November we put in for the Utah Excellence in Agriculture award and won. We traveled to San Antonio, TX to compete nationally for a new dodge truck. We did make the top 10. Wish we could drop that zero = ). I really enjoy our 4 little cowgirls. They are a pure joy; all different and amazing in their own ways. I play the piano in the primary for church. I do enjoy that. On our Christmas cards this year I found a coupon for 25% off, 25 free cards, & free shipping, but it had to be done by midnight. So as you noticed in my rush I mixed up the quote, "Sheppards still watch, Wise men still seek him." But I did make the midnight deadline saving us all kinds of $$$. ; 0 )
Esther – 7yrs: Still running as fast as ever. I will never forget the day Dustin, I & Esther were in the fields below town. Esther was 3 at the time. She was riding my big sorrel horse Sue.
She said she wanted to race us back to the barn, she on Sue and us in the truck. Not even waiting for an answer she took off. Dustin & I watched her fly through that field, and I felt my stomach drop. Sue had run away with Esther! Just then we saw her little legs go out. She was kicking! Whip n' Spur! I couldn't believe it! And she hasn't slowed down since.
Ruth - 5 yrs: Is our beautiful blond haired, blue eyed lady. She is all girl. For her birthday she asked for a crown, "A real princess crown." She absolutely loves going to Aunt Heather's preschool. A highlight for her (and us all) was the 10 day cattle drive. Each fall we help my Dad drive his 850 momma cows south for the winter. We have a wonderful time together as a family and with our new friends. Ten people from around the globe come and go with us. We have made some really great friends on cattle drives. Just after the cattle drive my Sue horse, a wedding present from Dustin, broke her leg and had to be put down. We are so sad to see her go. She was so sweet we could put any of our kids on her and yet when Dustin or I had to get down to business she was all there. It will be a long time replacing such a horse.
– 3 yrs. I am not sure what to say about our little Rachel except that she is a red head. Enough said! She makes us laugh every day. She is Daddy's girl all the way and has been since she was about 18 months old. She goes on all the long hay trips with him, California, Texas, or Montana, you name it if Dad is going, Our "Lou Lou" is on board! She is also our "reasoning" child. She is all about compromise, "Mom I will do it if you will do….." She can usually talk a babysitter into whatever is on her mind.
Emma – 14 months: Is very sweet! She has big brown eyes that really make it hard to resist her every whim. Her sisters spoil her rotten, but somehow she hasn't turned out rotten. She loves being outside and would go with a perfect stranger as long as they were headed out the door. She too is a Daddy's girl. She is the best behaved in the saddle. Mom has never had it so easy as we did on the cattle drive for 10 days (someone cooking, cleaning, and the horses to babysit). This early fall Emma gave us quite a scare. My sister Heather and I were bottling in the kitchen when we heard a bang. Emma had fallen off the couch onto her head. Angelique (niece) picked her up and held her until I got in there and took Emma. I kept waiting for the "big cry" after the silence. It never came. Emma wasn't breathing. I took her into the kitchen where Heather and I tried to get some response from her and couldn't. We rushed her into the office to find Dustin. Heather called for someone to call 911 – the whole time I was thinking, "it will be too late by the time they get here!" Dustin tried turning on the phone but it wouldn't work. It was then he just stopped and said, "I need to give her a blessing." He placed his hands on her head and as soon as he stated the authority of the priesthood Emma took her first shallow breath. I have never prayed so hard in my life! I testify he is there and he hears and cares about us; that our friends, is the reason for the season! Christ was born and he lives today. The new star showed the way to Bethlehem. Christmas is my favorite time of year!
May Christ be the center of your life at Christmas & each day of the year!
Dustin, & Harmony & our 4 little cowgirls;
Esther, Ruth, Rachel & Emma
DHC Agriculture, Inc.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Happy Birthday to sweet little Emma! She turned 1 today! We love you Emma Sue!!! Your favorite cousins are singing you a Happy Birthday song all the way from Mesa, Arizona! Missing our sweet little cowgirls! Lots of Hugs & Loves sent your way!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Taken from Harmony’s journal September 11, 2009
It is canning season here in Alton. Heather and I and whomever else wants to (in the family, community or among our friends) has been mass canning/preserving at my house. I bet, easy, we have done over 600 jars of fruit, jams, and veggies. All the kids play together while the adults work in the kitchen. The kids were entertaining ten month old Emma. Orrin brought her into the great room and asked Angelique to watch her. Angelique didn’t hear him and Emma fell off the couch onto the hard wood floor. I heard the bonk, followed by a cry. I immediately went in there. Angelique had picked her up. I took her from Ango and held her on my shoulder waiting for “the next big cry.” It never came. I kept waiting. I moved her in front of me so I could look at her face. Nothing. That was it, NOTHING! She wasn’t breathing, seeing, responding. Nothing! I took her into the kitchen. Heather asked if she was ok and in a panicked voice I said, “Heather, she is not breathing!” I kept saying Emma’s name. I yelled for Dustin and proceeded to try and open her mouth. Still nothing! Heather yelled for someone to call 911. I screamed for Dustin again and Heather and I took Emma to the office where Dustin had finally heard my cry and was coming out the French doors. Heather told him to call 911. He tried numerous times to get the phone to turn on and couldn’t. The whole time while he was trying in the back of my mind I was thinking. “ What can 911 do. By the time they get here it will be too late. Twenty minutes minimum and probably longer to get here. It will be too late.” I looked at Emma. Her eyes were glazed over and very hallow. It was as if you were looking at only her mortal body. Like her spirit had left. She was gone! I don’t know how exactly to describe it except the my Emma wasn’t here anymore. It was at that point that Dustin stopped trying to turn the phone on and said, “she needs a blessing.” He handed Emma to Heather and began. He said her name and then stated the priesthood power. At that very moment Emma began to take a very shallow breath, followed by a little cry. Dustin finished the blessing and she slowly little by little cried louder and louder. It was honestly the most beautiful sound I have ever heard. I am so grateful for the power of the priesthood! And for a husband who is worth to use it at a moment’s notice. I am thankful for the power of prayer! I have never prayed so hard in my life than at that moment. I am sure Heather and the kids were praying too. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who is so mindful of me and the precious children he has entrusted to our care.
I am grateful for a loving sister. I think the experience was hard on her, a little to close to home, as just last month her son Jeff passed away. She and Jim and their kids are amazing! They are such an inspiration to us. They are so faithful and understand that it was Jeff’s time to go. I appreciate their testimonies. We miss Jeff.