Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Triplets Born Today!

    What a way to start a beautiful, cold morning at the ranch. The long-awaited, big & fat doe finally had her babies. All theories that she just had a tumor went out the door! Three little girls to our happiness - although my 8-year-old son was trying to convince us that boys are better. Here are some pictures of the excitement. We should have a youtube video up about it also sometime soon. Our youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/oklahomaranchlife - come see our videos and subscribe to stay in the loop of ranch life with us!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Around the Ranch

Just a quick update from around the ranch. Things have been busy around here with auctions, listing things on Ebay, soccer practices and games and just everyday life around the ranch. Here are a few pics one of the kids got the other day of some of the animals. See the picture blow of the VERY large goat . . . the debate is whether she is pregnant or has a tumor (haha! Just kidding on that). We are awaiting her  "popping".

Jewels, the resident French Black Copper Maran roo:

Peek-a-boo sheep!

Two of last year's kids fighting for control of the little house.

This little rooster is the coolest little guy around. Small but MIGHTY! :)

There was an unexpected event the other day with a BIG wild hog - but I'll save that for later as I am running late right now on getting the chores done!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New LGD Puppy

   We brought in a new Livestock Guardian dog just today. She is 7 weeks old and we are hoping she will grow up to be a good guardian for our animals. She is out in the goat and sheep pen with our other LGD. Hopefully she will learn from him as she grows up.

Monday, November 12, 2012

It's Getting COLD!

 It's that time of the year when it starts to get cold. I had 4 layers of sweatshirts on and my jacket this morning. I like to layer so that I can strip the sweatshirts off one-by-one as I go about feeding all the critters in the morning. Usually by the time I get back to the milking barn I have taken several layers off. the only problem with this plan of action is that I have sweatshirts all over the yard on various fenceposts and other places! Thankfully, I have a big pile of sweatshirts I have collected from all of the auctions we have gone to!!

     The first water buckets had to have ice broke out of them!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hits 4 Pay

     Well, can you believe I got busy yesterday and missed the very last day of the 31 for 21 blog challenge? I can! I may not post everyday right now, but I hope to keep you updated on life around this somewhat crazy Liberty Ranch!

     One thing I find a little time for is researching and checking out ways to make money online. One group I recently joined is called Hits4Pay. Join it at my link below and start making a little extra when you are online doing other things anyway.

   Anyway, join at the link above if you want to.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 for 21: The "R" Word Controversy
Being in the special needs community for almost 8 years now, I am fully aware of all the 'Politically Correct' lingo that should be used. You know, you say "a child with Down syndrome", not a "Down syndrome child." And there are also certain words which just are not supposed to be said, the word "retard" being at the top of the list.

It took some getting used to for me, because my family has never been very "politically correct" :).

Over the years I've seen the issues that come up when certain popular individuals use the "R" word, when someone who has a child with DS has a friend say this word in a conversation, or when it's use is discussed on a forum. I've never said much about it, because I think a lot of people will have a problem with my view on it.

Last week though, Ann Coulter called President Obama a "retard" on Twitter. There has been a ton of outrage over her use of the "R" word. So, I feel it's time that I say something. I fully expect people to disagree with me, but I'm completely fine with that.

First and foremost, the First Amendment to the Constitution gives us, as Americans, freedom of speech. We should all have the freedom to use whatever words we want to. If someone is offended by a word, then apologize. But it should not be turned into this national campaign to "ban" the use of certain words. That's simply against the first amendment.

When people go on "campaigns" to stop the use of a word, promote "gay rights", advocate for "women's rights", etc, it becomes something that is part of the problem that our nation is in - people thinking that government is the answer.

Besides the above reasons as to why the "R" word should not be an issue, let's look at a little more technical things.

What is the definition of the word "retard"? According to Merriam-Websters it is:

to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.

When I think of this word, I think of it's true meaning. Just like the medical books will use it for "retarded growth" (slow growth) or "mental retardation" (slow mental development).

 I wonder if people who have children with Down syndrome get so upset about the use of this word, because they don't want to accept the fact that their child with Down syndrome does learn at a slower level? Or often times do grow/mature at a slower rate? I know full well that my brother, O, learns at a much slower pace than his twin sister who does not have DS. Is there something bad about that? No, not at all.

Another way people explain this word is that it refers to individuals with a lower I.Q. This again brings me to the point above. If my brother has a lower I.Q., does it matter? No, it doesn't. Just because someone may have a lower I.Q. does not mean they are stupid.

I've often heard that if someone says the word "retard," they are insulting your child or loved one with DS because they are calling them "stupid" or "worthless." You know what, I don't think so. I don't view my brother with DS as "stupid" or "worthless," so I don't even equate that to him. Just because someone uses this word that has been used in correlation with special needs in a way other than the proper use, does not mean they are "putting down" someone with special needs.

Not that I am defending Ann Coulter here at all, but I think she brought up an interesting point when she was discussing this on the Piers Morgan show. I have no problem with the word "retard" being used with the definition above. Languages do change though, so *if* the word does not mean the above definition (I'm not saying it does), and society has changed it to meaning "loser", then let go of the word. It's not applying to your child. It's being applied to something totally different!

There's been a few times over the years that I or my family have encountered someone using the "R" word in their conversation with us. What do we do with it? Do we get all angry or tweaked out about it? No, we use it as a chance to educate them. We make it a light thing, because I don't want them to feel bad for using the word around me, because it doesn't offend me. We tell them it does offend a lot of people. And we also tell them the actual meaning of the word (slow) and how it's not really that bad of a thing.

Do I go around saying the word all the time? No, because I know it causes great offense in the special needs community.

My brother is not stupid. He's a smart little guy, even though he may have a lower I.Q. (could care less about I.Q. tests though) or learn things at a slower rate.

Bottom line though, I think people need to be less sensitive. It's simply a word.  When people read into the motives as to why an individual would use a certain word (to hurt the special needs community), it gets us into all sorts of problems.

Let the word go. Don't let it offend you. Educate people.

Country Girl Designs 

Monday, October 29, 2012

31 for 21 - New

     New lives in the midst of our busy lives . . .

    My mom is leaving tomorrow to head back to CA so much of this evening was spent just hanging out with her . . . cutting stuff up for green salsa, playing a card game and sitting by the campfire. More later, Lord willing.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

31 for 21 - Today . . .

we went to the soccer field as usual for a Sunday game. Our team (Revolution) won today. Here are a few pics of that:

     After the game we went over to our friend's (the Youngs) to record the Change dance that we are working on. You'll just have to wait for the finished music video to be done (my daughters might work on it tomorrow). Anyway, after that we headed back to our house. One of my daughters was sitting in the way back of the truck and managed to snap some great driving home pics.

     Sunset tonight at Liberty Ranch!

   Here is the moon rise over the ranch tonight.

More tomorrow, Lord willing!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

31 for 21 - Big Boys

   As usual, we had another busy day doing things. So, I am just going to post some pics of a few big bucks I bought the other night. More tomorrow, Lord willing!

Friday, October 26, 2012

31 for 21 - Friends

    Most people have friends. We have some very close friends that have been with us for years. They were at the hospital when I gave birth to my twins (the girl without Down syndrome and the boy with Down syndrome). They were right there looking things up online about Down syndrome for me when I was still in the hospital with little O. They were there to help us along this path of having a child with Down syndrome. They are such close friends that we actually refer to them as family. 
     The Young's run a sign shop and were a big part of the Tulsa Buddy Walk last year and this year. Here is a link to their Facebook page - Tahlequah's Sign Shop

Here are a few pics of various things we have done with these special friends of ours.

    Hair jobs!


Ice skating!

 Yearly pictures!

And, of course, the BUDDY WALK!