Good Friday At The Ranch Pen


For Gramps and me as Christians, Easter weekend is the best time of the year at the Ranch Pen. On Good Friday, we reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins by suffering on the cross, dying, and descending to the tomb. Then on Sunday we rejoice because Our Lord didn’t stay in that grave, but arose and is living still. That means everything to us. As we celebrate that empty tomb, our prayer is that God will bless all y’all this Easter weekend.


Listening At The Ranch Pen

red tulipsAs a Christian, Easter week is my favorite time of year. I always find my words sounding pretty lame leading up to the day we remember the resurrected Savior, so I’ll just post Geoff Moore singing one of my all time favorites, Listen To Our Hearts.

I’ll be closing my eyes and listening.

Until next time, God bless all y’all.

Celebrating The Dudes At The Ranch Pen

Son #2, Gramps, Son #3, Son #1

Son #2, Gramps, Son #3, Son #1

Father’s Day is approaching this weekend and I’ve been blessed in my life to know literally tons of good dads. Thankfully, four of the best I know are pictured above, m’dear Gramps and our three sons.

For this week’s post, I just had a few bullet points on traits I’ve noticed in good dads.

  • These dads will show up at work even if they’re half-dead to provide for their families. They accept their responsibilities. They shoulder their loads. They don’t move back in with their mom and grandma and play video games in the basement all day while someone else feeds and clothes the children they’ve sired.
  • These dads aren’t hypocrites. If they tell their kids not to lie, cheat, and steal, they don’t lie, cheat, and steal themselves. They might sometimes yell dadgummit! and throw the hammer when they hit their thumbs, but they know the synonyms for the word honorable: honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, decent, respectable, estimable, virtuous, good, upstanding, upright, worthy, noble, fair, just, truthful, trustworthy, law-abiding, reliable, reputable, creditable, dependable.
  • These dads face the same temptations as other men, but they guard their honor,  keep their marriage vows, and do one of the best things they can do for their children–love their kids’ mother.
  • These dads sometimes laugh at their own jokes and break wind at the dinner table, causing wives to squawk, daughters to roll their eyes, and sons to imitate, but by golly, they are there. The kids’ eyes might be watering from Dad’s noxious fumes, but they know he’s always got their backs and if the need ever arises, he’ll unhesitatingly take a bullet for them.
  • And, finally, even though the world all around them screams differently, these dads know they are accountable to God for the way they raise their kids. They take their kids to church. Their children see a humble man bowing to Someone mightier than himself and have confidence his prayers are as good as his word.

So, to my crew and all the rest of you good dads out there, thank you. We love you. We need you. We sometimes wish you weren’t so gassy, but you’re not expendable in our families–no matter what anybody tells you.

Until next time, God bless all y’all and enjoy David Wesley singing, How Deep The Father’s Love For Us.


Happy Fourth Of July From The Ranch Pen


happy 4th of july from the ranch pen

We’re off celebrating our American Independence Day in the US this weekend, so God bless us everyone, and if you don’t live in America, God bless all y’all, too.

Remembering Our Vets At The Ranch Pen

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American combines harvesting in Montana. image via

Normally, on Memorial Day weekend in southwest Oklahoma we are harvesting wheat, but this year the drought and freeze plagued wheat crop isn’t ripe yet.

This weekend in the USA, we are remembering the military service members who have died doing what they needed to do, enabling all of us out here on the American farms and ranches to keep doing what we need to do. The sacrifices our service members have made are deeply appreciated at the Ranch Pen.

Until next time, God bless all y’all and enjoy the Gardiner Sisters doing an awesome job on God Bless the USA (even though it’s not the Fourth of July).


*These young ladies don’t necessarily endorse my blog, I just love their singing.