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Mormon Missionaries-What Are They REALLY Doing?

Mormon Missionaries-What Are They REALLY Doing?

Chances are good that you have seen a couple of young men dressed in suits with name tags walking or biking around your home town, most likely with smiles on their faces. Have you ever wondered what exactly they were doing out there?mormon-missionaries-500x340

Those young men (and sometimes young women) are usually between the ages of 18-21, and they are serving  a two-year mission at their own expense on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During those 2 years, they work proselytizing, giving church service, providing humanitarian aid, and doing a lot of community service.

Why do Missionaries do what they do?

If you were given a special present that gave you great joy, what would be the first thought in your mind? You would be excited and want to tell your friends all about it! Perhaps you would take a selfie with the gift and post it on Facebook, or message your friend and enthuse about it with them. You would want to share your joy.

sister-missionaries-knockingThe missionaries that you see out and about, both men and women, are there to share joy in a world that is becoming increasingly stressful and complex. The missionaries have an understanding of who we are, where we came from, what the purpose of life really is, and above all, what and who the gospel of Jesus Christ is for- and they are sharing this with all who will listen.

Desire and obedience

Besides the desire to share the gospel, These young people are showing obedience to God. Sharing the gospel is a commandment from Jesus Christ, and they have the willingness to put aside their own interests and lives for a couple of years to be obedient to Christ’s charge to “Go ye therefore and
go-ye-therefore-and-teach-all-nations-39610-printteach all nations”. Pretty impressive stuff for a teenager!

What makes the Mormons different?

These missionaries have a few things that set them apart- they have The Book of Mormon, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the Priesthood.

“The Book of Mormon was written to convince everyone, both Jews and Gentiles, thatsharing-book-mormon-1379950-gallery “Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Title page). Missionary work is therefore a central theme and one of the divine purposes of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon in combination with the Spirit of the Lord is ‘the greatest single tool which God has given us to bring souls to the Savior.” (“Missionary, Family History, and Temple Work” Ensign, Oct. 2014).

We are in a war.

armor-of-godThere are over 80,000 LDS missionaries spread all over the world today. That is a pretty impressive number of willing teenagers, but it is a drop in the bucket of what is needed. Why are missionaries important right now? Because we are in a war. God is real, Jesus Christ is divine and our savior and is very real, and unfortunately, Satan is real as well. This period of time, these generations that are in such commotion around the globe, have been foretold for thousands of years. Just as the birth of Jesus Christ was prophesied, so is His return to earth- and Satan is doing all he can to prevent us from being ready for Jesus.

The Book of Revelations was placed as the last book in the Bible. Although it was not written last, it was put last in the Bible for a reason; After the exciting news in the New Testament about the birth and mission of Jesus Christ, and the news of His death and resurrection, we read finally in Revelations about the ‘last days’ before Jesus comes back in person to the earth that He made, to take over as Lord and King. Jesus told us that these last generations before He steps back in to take over will be tough. We are in a battle between good and evil, with evil getting more and more desperate to blind the eyes of mankind to prevent them from turning to Christ.  The coming of Christ back to the earth will be a “hinge of history” (Elder Oaks, Preparing for the Second Coming) that the missionaries are preparing the world for.

The troubles in our world …we knew they were coming

mormon-missionaries-500x340Those young men and women with the little black name tags that you see around town understand that all the cultural, political and moral challenges that are happening around us are prophesied, and they understand what that means- we need to switch our focus, and now, to make repentance and faith in Jesus Christ our foremost priority in life. When we have become strengthened, we must turn and help our neighbors, family and friends.

In the words of Christ:

Jesus’s final instructions to the Twelve was this—to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The instructions He gave to his disciples 2000 years ago remains the charge He gives to his disciples today. Go, teach, and bring people to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation.

Do you have questions about the purpose of life, the importance of families, or the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? Click Here for a good resourceMormon.org . And, please leave me a comment below!

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Helping a good seed to grow…

Helping a good seed to grow…

20160613_205539I grow a lot of plants for my garden each year. I have a short growing season, and if I want tomatoes or green peppers, I need to start the seeds in January in my house, nurture the little seedlings and help them to grow as fast as possible. The young plants are transferred to a heated greenhouse in April, where they are planted in bigger and bigger pots until they are finally prepared to live outside in June. Throughout each stage, the seeds and plants must be carefully protected from the cold, and nourished constantly, or else they die and I have to start over. If I have to start over, I lose most of the potential of the plants, because the temperatures will drop to freezing again in the fall, just when the fruit begins to ripen.

Nourishing a seed of faith requires the same diligence as raising a tomato plant in the winter. When I learn a truth that just yells to me “Heed me, I will make your life better!”, I feel excited and eager to make it part of my life. Now comes the hard work, though. If all I do is notice that little seed of faith, and let it wash over me without heeding it, it soon disappears in the daily distractions of life. If, however I begin to nourish it, it is like putting a heating pad under newly planted seeds- the warmth of the Lords guidance makes that seed sprout and bear fruit.

To nourish a new idea, a good seed, I have found that I need to do the following: 1. Write it down, including my impressions and feelings 2. Talk to Heavenly Father about it immediately and ask for help understanding how it should impact my life and 3. Continue to focus on it in the days to come.

Writing down what I have learned is the first thing I do once I hear something important. Taking notes during conference is a good example of heeding good seeds that I want to grow. Then, to have that good seed grow requires help from Heavenly Father. That requires communication with God on a regular basis. Talking to Him about what I have just learned, and asking His help to understand it is like putting a grow light over my baby seedlings- the Holy Ghost can pour light on even the most difficult concepts. Heeding the guidance that we receive about the seed will assure that the seed will continue to grow. Once it becomes a habit to pay attention to the seed that has now become a seedling, I am on my way to assuring that the good seed will become part of my life.

When I grow seeds for my garden, there has to be constant, daily focus on the process. If I forget to water them one day, the next day they are weakened. If they are not watered two days in a row, they dry up and die. The seed of faith has to be treated just as consistently. I cannot hear a truth, write it down, and then ignore it while expecting it to continue to grow. If it is something that requires action, I can’t wait until Sunday to do something- by then I will have lost the momentum and the seed will have withered and died. I will have lost the feeling and excitement and it becomes just part of the background noise- if I remember it at all.

Sometimes we find a good seed, and then it is killed off by inattention. Inattention is the frost of faith. What we want to grow, we have to focus on. As that seed becomes stronger, we understand it more, we have made it part of our lives, and it becomes a plant that bears fruit in our life and in the lives of others.

Those good seeds are worth the time and cost.

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The Pathway Home

The Pathway Home

The Pathway Back Home

I just returned from a Stake Baptism*, mostly relieved that everything had gone well for the 3 children that were excited about this special day, but also with a new feeling of understanding and appreciation of the first principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesusbaptism-lds-593669-gallery Christ.

Jesus made it very clear that children under the age of 8 do not need to be baptized or forgiven of sins. Until they reach the age of accountability, children do wrong things of course, but their wrongs are not counted as sins because Jesus’s atonement removes the curse of Adam’s transgression until they truly understand right from wrong. Once a child reaches the age of 8, however, there are certain requirements that they must satisfy, just like the rest of us, so that they can return to live with Heavenly Father again once their turn on earth is over.

Is life random?

children-all-over-the-worldI was born in Canada, to good parents. My life isn’t random- I didn’t just pop out of nowhere and begin to exist in that little town full of mosquitoes. I am a child of my mom and dad, whom I love very much, and I am also a child of my Heavenly Father- just as you are. You are my brother or sister, and so is every person of every climate, color and culture, in this entire world. There is a purpose to our existence, and a purpose to where and when we were born here on earth.

Why are we here, and where did we come from?

Our spirits, our souls, are much, much older than this short time we have lived on earth. The time we spend on earth is just a drop in a full bucket of our existence. We did a lot of living and learning before we came to earth, but we each had the need to have a physical body so we could keep growing and learning as Heavenly Father wants us to. Like a caterpillar, we needed to find our ‘wings’ so we could see and experience things we never could without a body.

We had to leave the presence of God, a pure and clean place, in order to come to earth.  The plan is for us to go back to God, to our Home, when our turn on earth is complete. The problem, though, is that we have to be clean from sin before we can walk back through that door of Home. In order to ‘decontaminate’ from the sins of the earth, there are steps we have to take- it doesn’t happen automatically. Jesus did the hardest part- He made the universal atonement for all the sins of all the people in all the world. In order to take advantage of the atonement, though, we have to do our part.  The greatest part of it? We have help! God gives us pretty clear directions as to what we have to do, and gives us a companion to keep us on the right road home.

 

Gods instructions

jesus-christ-greg-olsonThe first two pieces of instruction are principles: First, have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Have faith that Jesus is our most trusted tour guide in this life, and in His making the atonement available to me and you.  Having faith in Jesus means to examine His life carefully, and follow in His footsteps the very best we can.

I am grateful to be able to report that God prepares a way for each person to gain faith in Christ when we are ready. He knows each of us personally, and, when we are ready He gives us the Holy Ghost, who will testify of the truth. Faith is a gift from God that we are required to accept of our own free will and choice. Faith is the key to our return Home. I received my gift of faith when I was 25. Some people are 8 years old, some are 108. Each of us starts life on a different road, but when we are truly ready, God makes sure our road converges with the pathway home- but we still have to choose to get on that path and stick to it.

The second principle is repentance. We cannot return to our heavenly Home (‘Be saved’) with sins attached. The atonement that Christ made for us has a condition: sincere repentance. Christ paid for our sins, but we have our part to do before it applies to us.meme-vinas-repentance-1578482-gallery

I was baptized when I was 25 years old. Unlike a child, I had a lifetime of sins that weighed me down. Having faith in Jesus was the easy part for me. Repentance took a bit longer to accomplish, but coming up out of the water washed as white as snow was worth the effort.woman-baptism_1179144_inl

Repenting means to recognize and confess sins, then quit the sin and repair injuries, if any, that have been done. Repenting is much more than just saying “I’m sorry”, it means to have a contrite spirit and a softened heart, and the firm determination to do what Christ wants us to do from that point forward. When we have honestly gone through the steps of repentance, the stains of sin are taken away through the atonement of Christ- and we receive peace.

The next two directions that God gives us are ordinances.

‘In the Church, an ordinance is a sacred, formal act performed by the authority of the priesthood. Some ordinances are essential to our exaltation. These ordinances are called saving ordinances. They include baptism,<and> confirmation…’ 1

The first saving ordinance is baptism. Being baptized under the proper priesthood authority is an essential part of returning to God. It is a covenant that we make with God. During our baptism, we make four promises to God:

  1. To take upon us the name of Christmeme-christians-1254102-gallery
  2. To bear one another’s burdens that they might be light. In other words, to help and serve other people
  3. To stand as a witness of God at all times, in all things, and in all places, even until death.
  4. To obey the commandments of God and to serve Him the best we can. (Mosiah 18:8-10; D&C 18:21-25)

 

What makes our baptism a covenant is that in return for our promises, God makes promises to us:

  1. To accept us as a member of his Churchmeme-eyring-spirit-1578543-gallery
  2. To forgive our sins if we repent
  3. To give us the gift of the Holy Ghost
  4. To open the door into the kingdom of God in heaven at the end of the path of obedience (we call that enduring to the end).

 

I have a personal goal of 100% integrity, 100% of the time. It’s what I desire, but it’s hard to make the right choice every minute of every single day. Sometimes I really don’t know what the right choices are. Heavenly Father knows that. He also knows that I am often forgetful, I’m rebellious at times, and sometimes I just make mistakes. So, God gave me, and each person who is baptized, a special gift- the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Ghost is given to us to be our companion, a voice to help us choose the right. As long as we are repentant and trying to do our best to follow Christ, the Holy Ghost will be with us to direct us on our journey home. If we listen to its guidance, it will lead us right up the path back to our heavenly Home, and accompany us all along the way.

The Plan of Salvation is God’s work. He loves you and me and every other one of His children, and what He wants for us is the same as that which we want for our own children- that we will grow and learn, and be successful and happy, not only today, but throughout eternity. He hasn’t left us alone to muddle through life- He has given us very clear directions and continues to give directions as long as we are willing to listen to Him. Faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost are the keys we need to stay on the right path, make the right choices, and experience joy along the way back to our Heavenly Home. I can’t wait to slam open that door and yell to my heavenly parents- “I’m home!”

I can testify that the difference between just ‘existing’ in life and growing and enjoying life to its fullest is faith in Jesus Christ. Having the meme-monson-joy-journey-1282479-gallerypeace that comes from knowing God and Jesus Christ are rooting for me every day, and lovingly making up for what I lack, makes life so much less stressful. That peace fills me with the joy of knowing who I am, where I came from and where I am going.

 

‘ We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.’ 4th article of Faith 

 

 

 

  1. https://www.lds.org/topics/ordinances?lang=eng

* Stake baptism: a Stake is an organized group of LDS congregations in a certain geographical area. Stake baptisms are held on a monthly basis (or as needed) to baptize the children of members of the congregations who have turned 8 years old, the age of accountability for their sins. The children are baptized by immersion, often by their father or another member of their family who holds the Aaronic priesthood. Following the baptism of each child, they are given the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by members of the Melchizedek Priesthood.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail
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Raising Meat Rabbits

Raising Meat Rabbits

Why eat rabbit meat? For many reasons, Rabbit is the single best meat on our planet.

It is the highest protein, lowest fat and calorie meat available. It can be raised inexpensively by almost anyone, city or rural. With the right circumstances, the meat can be raised for next to nothing. It is the most sustainable and ecologically friendly meat. Do you want to eat organic?  Is humanely raised and processed meat important to you? Do you want to raise your own meat but are not in a situation where you can raise cattle or chickens? If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, rabbit is the solution.

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Rabbit meat is one of the most nutritious meats available.

It is high in easily-digested protein, lower in sodium and cholesterol than chicken or beef, and being a white meat, is lower in calories than even white meat of a chicken.  The taste is comparable to chicken, and can be used in almost any recipe calling for chicken.

Rabbits will live and grow happily on a natural-based diet of grasses, hay and other greens, supplemented with grains or grain products and kitchen left-overs. Feeding a rabbit organically is easily accomplished in a small rabbitry. Rabbit pellets are expensive and unnecessary in some circumstances, although rabbits can also be raised quite successfully with a diet of supplemented pellets as well.

Rabbits can produce 6 pounds of meat on the same resources that a cow produces 1 pound, making it a much more ecologically friendly source of protein.

Rabbits can be raised humanely or inhumanely– the choice is yours! Google ‘Factory Farming‘ and spend some time examining the conditions your hamburgers, bacon and fried chicken have come from. Rabbits, unfortunately, can also be raised in factory farm conditions so if you choose to eat rabbit, visit the farm they are coming from- or grow your own.

Rabbits can be raised in an apartment, a city backyard, or in a rural setting. Unlike cattle or chickens, they are quiet, require very little space (compared to larger animals), and are an easy livestock to handle and care for. Supervised children can run a small rabbitry, learning many valuable life lessons while they do so.

In my next post, I will show you my small rabbitry, and give a few tricks to make it easy and fun to raise rabbits!

 

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Random Turkey Assistants or Why it is Good to Wave at Everyone!

Random Turkey Assistants or Why it is Good to Wave at Everyone!

This may be too graphic for some people- please click on by if you have vegetarian or vegen tendencies!!

Those feel-good advertisements in which a turkey, chicken, pig or cow is shown happily walking through grass in the sunshine are a crock. Factory farming is inhumane- the purpose is to crank out meat for profit, not cuddle the animals or give them a happy life. That is an unfortunate fact of our culture. If you would like to learn more, click here, or read this article by the ASPCA.

I eat meat, but I do not buy meat. I want my dinner to have lived a good life with a humane end. I am very fortunate to be able to raise my own animals- I know how they are cared for (very well), how they are fed (organically and naturally, as much as possible), and I know they have a humane end- I do it myself. 20151121_102627

Once a year I help a friend butcher his turkeys just before Thanksgiving. Stan is a disabled Vietnam Veteran with use of only one arm. Usually there are 4 or 5  people that come to help do the turkeys.

This year, however, the others backed out at the last moment, and it was just Stan and me. It would take us all day. As I was driving out my driveway, a grey truck was coming up the road. As we do around here, I waved a greeting to the strangers. They thought I was waving them to stop however, so we had a short pleasant visit, and it turned out they were new to Idaho and just driving around checking out the area. On a whim, I asked “Well, do you want to butcher turkeys today?” To my great surprise, they looked at each other, turned back to me and said “Sure!” And, I’ll be darned- they did!  20151121_103705

It was a cold, muddy day and these were city boys, so Stan provided them with some ‘country’ clothes for the job at hand.

These turkeys have been living free-range since July. At 4 months of age, they are between 25-45 pounds. They ate all the grain, grass, and bugs that they desired, and had the entire farm to run loose in. They could be quite an intimidating crowd when you walked down into the yard and they rushed up to see what treats you had. They have lived a good20151121_103757 life, and were about to receive a quick and humane end.

Stan had been heating the dipping water since 20151121_110022early morning, and had tables and other necessities for the job at hand prepared.

My part is to clean the birds. The guys do the killing, dipping and de-feathering, and I take the innards out. Stan  gives most of the turkeys away to those less fortunate, and sells a few to pay costs. 20151121_110013

Our two young helpers learned quickly, and were very interested in learning all they could about the process. For a couple of random guys out for a drive, they did a fantastic job, and both Stan and I were grateful for their help. They took a turkey home and served it for Thanksgiving- along with some pictures and a great story!

Best Turkey Recipe Ever!

Best Turkey Recipe Ever!

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Ingredients

  • Fresh or defrosted turkey
  • Butter or margarine
  • Foil or turkey-bag

Instructions

  1. Rinse the turkey, removing the neck and other ‘parts’, from both ends- don't forget to remove the giblet packet from the neck cavity!
  2. Put two pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil together to make a piece large enough to completely enclose the turkey.
  3. Grease the foil with butter or margarine, leaving the edges clean.
  4. Place the turkey in the middle of the foil and seal the foil around the turkey. Leave it loose around the turkey.
  5. Place the sealed turkey in a shallow roasting pan (no rack) and put in oven at 450 degrees.
  6. Open foil for last 20 minutes to brown
  7. Cooking times are as follows:
  8. 7-9 lbs 2 ¼-2 ½ hrs
  9. 10-13 lbs 2 ¾ -3 hrs
  10. 14-17 lbs 3- 3 ¼ hrs
  11. 18-21 lbs 3 ¼ -3 ½ hrs
  12. 22-24 lbs 3 ¼ -3 ¾ hrs

Notes

Stuffing must be cooked separately.

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Neglect and Consequences

Neglect and Consequences

Sam is an ‘elder’ horse that was discarded. 

I first saw ‘Sam’ several months ago. She was on the thin side and limping a bit, but the new owner assured me that she just needed worming and he would have the farrier out soon.  The farrier20150820_160022 discovered a  3 inch nail embedded in her foot. He pulled it out but told the owner that her foot was probably permanently damaged, and recommended that because she was at least 20 years old, and didn’t have many teeth,  she wasn’t worth saving and should be shot.

In the days and weeks that followed, Sam got thinner and thinner.

The next time I saw Sam, I was shocked- she was a walking skeleton. The hay she picked up just dribbled out of her mouth. The owners fed her bread which kept her barely alive.The owner said he was still waiting for someone to dig a hole so he could shoot her.

In the meantime she was starving to death.

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I couldn’t sleep at night. This once-beautiful horse was dying  in pain, of neglect and starvation. I lay awake one night and made the decision- whether I could afford it or not, I would have to take ownership of her, call in the vet, and do whatever was necessary to either save her or have her humanely euthanized. I  knew I did not have the finances to do all that was necessary for Sam, but had the faith that all would work out for her good.

I suppose I did not exactly ask for her- I just told the owner that he was giving her to me.

A few hours later, the vet and his assistant arrived.

After a thorough exam, he said she had a lung condition probably from moldy hay, her heart and body were weak from starvation, and her teeth were so long neglected that she literally could not eat- she was starving to death and her chance of survival was zero without immediate treatment. The good news? She did have all of her teeth, and her foot was sound.

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After the vet took care of her badly overgrown teeth, Sam had an immediate look of relief. Weak and starving as she was, she wobbled over to the hay bin and stuck her face in- coming up only long enough to get a drink, and then back into the hay.

The vet was cautiously optimistic.

Would she live? Possibly. 

If she got the proper care and feeding now, and was able to put weight on, she might make it. He gave me feeding recommendations- and his bill. *Ouch*.

We brought her up to her new home.

We have 11 acres, with good pasture on the hillside. She will be able to eat all the fresh feed she needs along with plenty of hay, and get good daily exercise and fresh air. I had two ton of hay delivered, and picked 20150906_164507up sacks of ‘Equine Senior’ grain and assorted horse needs. My husband loves me- and despite NOT loving horses, spent several evenings putting an electric fence up on a small spot so she could have an area to graze in. That is true love 🙂

Update 9/6/15

Sam is very sensitive 20150906_161956on her back- without much flesh over her bones, even a soft brush made her uncomfortable, so we
have had to put off grooming her. Today though, it was time to see what was under the matted hair on her back.

With a super-soft brush and a dog’s shedding comb, I carefully removed all the dead hair- and
found skin, dirt, and 20150906_162832some new hair underneath. How uncomfortable it must have been! An hour of careful grooming, and she looks much more comfortable.
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The weather has turned cold…

It is Autumn already, but hopefully it will warm up again for a few days. When it does, she will get a gentle bath to remove the last of the dirt and grime. Hopefully I can get the mats in that mane under control as well…

It is hard to tell, but I think Sam is putting on a bit of weight. If nothing else, her attitude and overall look has changed dramatically. Her eyes are wide open and bright and the shuffling walk is finally gone.

She is becoming a happy horse!

Winter is coming fast, and not only does she need a shelter built-fast- she has to put on a lot more weight before the severe cold hits if she is going to survive.

Update: 9/20/2015

Sam is one of many older horses that have suffered in their old age. After a lifetime of service they are discarded like broken toys. Sometimes their young owners grow up and no longer have time or the desire to take care of them. Sometimes the costs of taking care of a horse become so burdensome that they are sold or given away (as Sam was) to save the money. Many times the horse just can’t take the riding that it could when it was younger- no longer fast and agile in the rodeo ring.

What happens to these older, unwanted horses?

There are a few horse rescues around the country and most, including the ones in Idaho, are full. Many horses are just passed around, like Sam, until at last someone decides to ‘put it down’ or it is abandoned to die. Few horses find a forever, life-long home. It is heartbreaking. I wish I could save them all, but if all I can do right now is to save this one horse, this time, I have made a small dent, a small beginning. My hope is that, like the focus on uncontrolled litters of kittens and puppies has reduced the population in animal shelters, we can raise awareness of the problem of ‘backyard breeding’ of horses.

By sharing this post, you can help spread the message!

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Some day, this is what Sam will look like again- healthy and fit

Sam has an Indiegogo Life/Generosity page to help support the needs she will have while she recovers her chance at life.

There are several ways for you to become one of ‘Sam’s Angels’;

  1. Make a donation of any amount!
  2. Share both this page and the ‘Generosity’ Fundraiser page on social media.
  3. Talk to your friends about what you have learned- and encourage them to be involved.                 Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!

Update : 9/22/2015

Many thanks to my son, Daniel, for putting this short video together! I am so grateful for all those who are coming together to save this horses life. We are in it for the long haul. Sam’s Angels will continue to be so very important…

Experiencing the caring of others makes me want to do more, to be more: more compassionate, more giving, more aware of those in need, more caring towards humans and animals.

Update 10/12/2015

Sam’s health is slowly but steadily improving, and she is gaining weight.

Being able to get up on the hill and eat as much as she wants, as well as being able to exercise and be out of dust and blowing dirt has given her a tremendous boost. One exciting update is that her hair has changed. Where a few months ago it was dull, coarse, and lifeless, she has begun growing hair again and she literally shines in the sun. She has a gorgeous reddish-brown coat. It may sound odd, but her smell has changed as well. She has a healthy ‘horsey’ smell now, changed from a musty, unhealthy one.

Our weather has stayed unseasonably warm, which is giving her extra time to put on weight before the cold hits. Although we have not been able to build a shelter, we were able to provide her with a stall inside of a shed. This will get her out of the wind, rain, sleet and snow when that comes. She has been in and out of it numerous times and seems quite comfortable despite it being just large enough for her to walk in and back out. It’s a great blessing that she is on the small side!

Our next goal for Sam is to get her back to the vet to have her teeth checked again- although she can graze, she has difficulty chewing her grain and tough stems of hay. We will get her vaccinations at the same time if the vet thinks she is strong enough. Until next time-                                                                                                                                                                                                  🙂 Margo

I would be grateful if you would once again share Sam’s story all over the interwebs!

Sam now has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed! Please check them out for more updates on her progress:   

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olderhorserescue
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AHorseNamedSam
This is Sam’s fundraiser page- please consider becoming one of her sponsoring angels:   https://www.generosity.com/fundraisers/neglect-pain-and-consequences/x/9452660edmundburke100421

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s recipe: Hawaiian Haystacks- the most apropos recipe I could think of after stacking hay for Sam!

 

Hawaiian Haystacks
Recipe Type: Easy family dinner
Cuisine: American West
Author: Margo
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Serves: 6 servings
Haystacks- A perfect family or party meal- start with a bed of white or brown rice, add all the toppings that you prefer and a good dose of delectable sauce, and end with a handful of chow mein noodles. Ummmm! Healthy, quick, filling and tasty!
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Choice of toppings (see below)
Instructions
  1. Prepare rice and keep warm.
  2. Prepare toppings (See below) and place in individual bowls.
  3. Saute the garlic in butter on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add flour and salt and stir well to make a paste.
  5. Slowly stir in the milk (for extra creamy sauce, use half and half).
  6. Add the can of coconut milk and shredded chicken, and heat through.
  7. To serve:
  8. Place a serving of rice on each plate. Cover with choice of toppings, a generous amount of sauce, and top with chow mein noodles.
  9. Topping ideas: Mandarin oranges, pineapple, chopped green onions, diced celery, slivered almonds, coconut, chopped sweet peppers, slivered fresh kale, sauteed mushrooms, grated white cheese, lightly steamed broccoli, grated carrots, lightly sauteed chopped zucchini, chopped tomatoes, sliced olives

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