October 16th

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Animals have such healing powers. Especially large animals.

I don’t know why I always seem to forget that.

I assisted Shelley at what has turned into our annual fall photoshoot with Ames Percherons this afternoon, and those gentle giants just never cease to captivate me.

When you simply stand in their presence, it allows your mind to quiet and empty; their demeanor and spirit gently invades your senses, pulling out all anxieties. You smile easier, breathe easier, feel the peace fill your heart.

Maybe it’s because they are true examples of God’s creation. They thunder when they move, literally shake the ground, but it only takes two human hands to bring them all to a stop again. Power and grace. To look at an animal so large, yet so unimposing. To be so close to danger, but feel so safe.

It’s such a spiritual experience, there’s just nothing else like it. You can ask any horse person and they’ll agree – drafts are in a league of their own. Even the UPS guy drove down the road, turned back around, and stopped to watch.

They just draw you in.

Even the deer aren’t alarmed by them. We had just returned to the barn after the team thundered all over that hill the deer are standing on, but the deer act as if they were never there. It’s like they were hanging out in the trees, enjoying the show, and walked out to eat their clover as we left.

I’ve been feeling smothered by my anxiety lately, which isn’t uncommon for this time of year (goodbye long, sunny days), but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier to hit that fall wall. But it’s amazing how God placed this afternoon on my schedule knowing exactly what I needed. My neck pain has subsided, my headache from earlier today is gone, my appetite is back, and I’m ready for tomorrow.

Heeeyo let’s do this!

July 20th

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

We had some major epic fog this morning.

The humid weather can be swampy but when the air is heavy and the temperature drops, the fog is incredible. I was glad I was awake to see it this morning!

I was out the door before six this morning to be on location for a Farnam commercial shoot. The small private barn we were at boasted many hills and swells. So the fog just laid in the low areas all morning until the sun burned it off – it was magical. This was our view at sunrise.

I’ll take the humid weather for a view like that!

June 7th

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

This was my view this morning on set: day 4.

I don’t have my own equipment on me while we’re on set, as my job is to carry and supply Shelley her gear, so I snapped this one with my phone. I’m not one for early rising (3am wake up calls this week have been brutal), but the sunrises this week have more than made up for it. Especially when you’re on the farm.

June 4th

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Were on set, on location all week with Nutrena! This means all the animals you could possibly imagine jammed into one week. BRING IT ON. Also, this means I may be slow to post or using a lot of iPhone images. Stick with me please!

A lovely shadow of Paul holding some feed for the camera tonight. It was fun to have him on set with us as a model!