things I never planned on

Abby here.. I’ve been thinking a little lately how I can look back on my life.. the good and the bad… and see how it has all worked together for my good.  There were so  many things along the way I thought would go differently, only to now realize it all makes perfect sense.

To start things off… because this one is a fun one…

I never planned on crying my eyes out in We Are Marshall, claiming it as my favorite movie ever and then years later becoming best friends with one of the executive producers.  It’s Jeanne I’m talking about!  She is humble-pie and would never just come out and tell you all the awesome things she has done.  In fact, after a few play-dates when we first met she casually mentioned she had worked on a few movies… so I do the only logical thing and went home and immediately googled her… only to find out she produced my favorite movie ever.  It was 6 weeks later, once I knew I had sealed our friendship, that I confessed the googling and begged for the inside scoop on the movie!

I never planned on living in Montana.  As a Texas girl, I would have never dreamed of being able to live life in harsh winter temperatures like this just last weekend.

But as it turns out, not only are we living life here… we are loving life here! And with the right gear you can actually enjoy the snow… Who knew?

I never planned on not finishing college.  I didn’t set out to rack up an insane amount of student loans, get 6 credits away from a degree and then quit.  But you see, this little man was born before I could finish.  He was one more thing we weren’t planning on, but I’ll pay 100 bucks back a month for the rest of my life with nothing to show if it means a lifetime with him. (For those of you that think i’m crazy… I do plan on one day hitting the books again and possibly finishing up!)

I never planned on gardening.  Growing food used to be the furthest thing from my mind, but now it feels so much apart of who I am.  Gardening in a Montana Winter is harder than regular pushups, but once spring rolls around expect to get inundated with posts on growing food. 

I never planned on my children’s room looking like this.

I always envisioned something with more of an organic feel like the one below found here.  But while my boys’ room might not be Pinterest-worthy… it is oh so special.  See that painting above my little one?  His grandma painted that.  And something you don’t see here is the twin size mattress strategically placed on the floor.  Not only does that mattress get slept on, it also doubles as a trampoline for my kids.  Yes, my kids (and I) jump on the bed… and I love it! Everyday we make memories in this room.

I never planned on my 14 month still waking up 2-3 times a night.  And while we are currently working on getting him to sleep through, I am ever so thankful for the (dare I say hundreds of) hours of late night snuggles I have logged with this sweet face.

I never, ever planned on having a 2nd trimester miscarriage with my second pregnancy.  I do not say this lightly, but I can look back now (2.5 years later) and thank God for the 2 children he has loaned me in this short life.  While I may never understand why, I do know that just a few short months after I miscarried, I became pregnant with David and was able to kind of make sense of it.

I never planned on being this crazy about all things wellness.  What started off as a simple switch to organic foods has now turned into a full blown obsession with what goes in and on our bodies.  As of lately, there are always vegetables fermenting, kombucha brewing, smoothies being made, bone broth cooking and all sorts of other really random things going on in the kitchen.  It’s awesome and ridiculous how excited I get over this stuff.

…and finally

I never planned on life moving so dang fast.  It’s like I blinked and now I am all grown up with a family of my own.  I panic when I think about how fast time flies, and I sometimes wish I could just bottle life up and put in on a shelf for a while.

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the gang’s all here …

by Jeanne …

I think I’ve mentioned that we live in town.  And it’s been a great transition-home for this Los Angeles transplant.  Being in town means we’re close to things like the Museum of the Rockies, the library, parks and classes for the kiddos.  There’s a Children’s Museum, a world class gymnastics program and at least three indoor pools.  We’re close to skiing.  Close to grocery stores.  Close to Target.  To Costco.  Close to the Gap.

We’ve even got a double lot, so there’s plenty of room for us to have a functional garden, and lots of room for the dogs (Henry and Hitcher) to get exercise and hang out.

I’ll admit, though, there are some downsides to being in town.  Like… we’re close to Target.  And Costco.  And the Gap.

But the big thing for us is …we have three horses.

And our backyard is pretty big.

But definitely not big enough for three horses. 🙂

So we keep our horses out in the town of Gallatin Gateway, at the home of our friend Suzy B.  Suzy lives in an updated farmhouse on more than a few acres about 20 minutes from our home … with an amazing view of the Spanish Peaks.   It’s sort of exactly the kind of home you might imagine everyone in Montana wants to live.

And the setting is just one reason I love to take the kiddos out there as often as I can.

Another reason is because Suzy is just incredibly cool.  But this post isn’t about Suzy.  I’m going to save that for another time.

This post is about the six OTHER reasons we love to spend our afternoons at Suzy’s …


This is Red.  He’s a Sorel Quarter Horse.  He’s about 15.2 hands.  Handsome.  A bit lazy (in a good way).  He forgives most my novice-rider mistakes.  And even though he was the Cowboy’s long before I knew either of them, Red is my guy.   And I think he loves me, too 🙂


Rez. Named after the Yakima Indian Reservation from whence he came, Rez is all man.  A Red Dun Quarter Horse.  Sixteen hands.  Strong.  Like the Cowboy who rides him.  Rez is like the quarterback on a high school football team.  The popular guy.  Some attitude.  A little bit aloof.  But charming all the same.  He even sort of has a sense of humor.  I think he does, anyway.


Then there’s Blue.  She’s the youngest of the bunch.  She’s the horse that the Cowboy bought for his little girl when she was born.  (She’s also from White Swan, the Yakima Reservation) … A Foundation-bred Blue Roan Mare.  Fifteen hands.  Sassy.  Flirtatious.  She doesn’t like me all that much.  She doesn’t like Suzy too much either (we think it’s a gal thing, because she loves the Cowboy).  But she’s gentle as an angel with our little one … so we’ll keep her.


And, of course, there are Suzy’s horses … Liberty and Sugar.

Liberty reminds of Pinky Tuskadero (maybe you know the reference?  Is Happy Days still on Nick at Nite?) She’s sort of the leader of the girl gang … if there was a girl gang.  Don’t mess with Liberty.

And Sugar.  Well.  I’ll say this.  Sugar is as Sugar does.  He’s sweeter than his name.  And he sure does love apples.


And last but not least … the gentle kinda dorky giant … Cadet.  He boards at Suzy’s, too.  And if Katy ever wants to sell him, I’m going to ask the Cowboy to buy him for our little guy.  You see … Cadet is nearly 17.5 hands.  HUGE.  He’s a Morgan/Clydesdale.  And the thing is … our little guy isn’t going to be little for very long.  And he’s going to need, a big sweet horse.