Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Just Dancing Gardens

Hi All

I made a mistake when announcing the winner of the Jewelry Giveaway last night. Who would have thought there would have been two Home On The Range Exchanges. Well, there is and one happens to be here in Oklahoma, but she was not the winner. Meet the real winner.

Home On The Range Exchange.

This next lady is a busy one. Battling the weather and her greenhouse as I type. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. Meet today’s post:  Just Dancing Gardens 

It was late winter 1998 and my husband, Andy and I were eating supper by the glow of grow lights. I had been running a gardening program at Orchard School in South Burlington for 5 years at that point and seedlings seemed to be taking over what was the dining area. I had a dream of owning my own greenhouse business but was waiting for the "perfect location, greenhouse, time, money" etc. I looked at Andy and said, "you know, I know how to do this...grow beautiful plants, teach people about them. And nobody needs this many seedlings for their own personal gardens. I am going to start my business right now." A few nights later I sat down with my daughter, Jaska, to brainstorm possible names for this new business. We wrote down all the words that we liked and began putting them together. Some of the combinations were just silly, some not very catchy, most did not speak to either of us at all. On the list was the word dance and it suddenly struck me...dance...that was it. When I work with plants I feel as if I am dancing with them, sometimes I am the leader, sometimes they are. I also remembered that one of my favorite songs was She's Just Dancing by David Wilcox. Voila! The name Just Dancing was born.

I am the owner of Just Dancing Gardens & Greenhouse, a fun, quirky greenhouse and garden center. Daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, friend. Green streak in my hair has become my trademark. Committed to love, compassion, gratitude, wisdom being the prevailing way of being in the world. Committed to joy in the world.

During a recent conversation with my friend, Rhonda, I heard myself saying that I often don't think I can ask for help because so many people look to me for support, help, insights. As that person I have a conversation, in my head, that I must always be strong, have everything under control, put together. As I was speaking these words I stopped myself and remembered a chapter in The 13 Original Clan Mothers...I was being just like that Clan Mother...leading by example, yes, but only a one-sided example. I was leading from the competent, available, do-it-all and this is how side...a great place to lead from but I was not allowing myself room to be the good human being that I am, allowing people to see me vulnerable with needs and short-comings. Wow. That was a powerful thing for me to see and an opportunity for me to live what I have so often said is important to me...by example, in the world, actively engaged in what I believe.

I believe that we are basically good, we human beings, that we want to be loved and to love, be safe and provide safety, support and encourage each other and be supported and encouraged, that we all want to be a contribution to our family, friends, communities and the world. Time to walk the talk. So, in the last two weeks this is what I have been doing. We are in the process of moving my business which involves building a new greenhouse. A lot of details. A lot of work. My husband, Andy, has been beyond wonderful in the whole process but we had arrived at the point where he needed more than just his friend, Bob, to get the work done. Here was an opportunity to practice asking for help and allowing people to contribute. I used my e-mail groups and the business' Face Book page and put out a call for assistance. I also used my old friend the telephone. Amazing. The response has been amazing. It has been moving. I am filled with gratitude. For years I have been saying, "people just want to contribute" but having a hard time actually allowing people to contribute to me. Reaching out and asking for what is needed has allowed my community of friends and family to contribute to me, to Andy, to the business. I do not feel diminished in anyway by having asked for assistance. I feel empowered, inspired, loved and enlivened.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Winner Is............................

A bit of house keeping before we begin the features. First, notice the CLOUD in the sidebar. If you have been featured, make sure we have you listed the way you would like. If not, email me and we’ll get you fixed up. Don’t be shy.

I am so excited about this next news. It developed from one of our giveaway comments. Member
Candy Bonds- soon to be featured, requested her mother as someone she would like to see featured. I’m guessing we all have some amazing Mothers. We are going to let you ladies submit your mothers and grandmothers for the month of May (Mothers Day).  I realize that most of them may not blog and that’s okay, but we will require photos. I would love to see mother/grandmother duos too. The submission will be by Google Document emailed only. I will do a larger post about this soon. This is just a little notice to get you thinking.  The rules will be the same as always- few. I can’t wait. It’s going to be fun and very interesting.

Now, what you’ve really been waiting on.

The GIVEAWAY! Our last piece of
Harley and Maudes jewelry.  Go tell those ladies they rock.  They do- not just amazing talent, but some fantastic Christian women. I can't wait to feature them.

 The winner this round is
Home On The Range Exchange.   Lori, shoot me your email, and I’ll get you the goods. Thanks everyone for participating.

Ladies if you are reading this for a second time, I had made a mistake on the winner.  I've change the links to direct you to a wonderful blog.  My apologies.

Home On The Range Exchange.

See you in the morning.................................................................................


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Joy filled Women.

Psalm 51:12-13

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels and they will return to you.

How does our Joy impact others?______________It has the power to turn rebels to him.

Last August, after a series of frustrating encounters, I asked the Lord something very specific, and I desired it with all my heart.

“Lord, where are the women filled with the Joy of the Lord?”
( I have some wonderful joy filled women in my life.  It was just an occasion and rarity that prompt the question)
I wasn’t saying it sarcastically, but just sincerely wanting to know that I was not mistaken in looking for it. He didn’t tell me anything- no still quiet whisper. I drove home in prayer listening for Him- nothing. That was August of last year. Since that evening, the Lord came through in answering my call for this evidence so boldly that it makes me excited to think about His power. He began walking women into my life, one at a time, almost immediately. At first I didn’t recognize it as an answer to my prayer. After my first Joy Encounter, I was so excited. In direction from the Lord, this woman made her introduction. In a nutshell, it was testimony, prayer, encouragement, direction, and Spirit. All of this in less than a 20min. encounter and it wasn’t strange. Then a second, and a third, and a fourth. During the third encounter, I thought to myself, “Where are these women coming from?”. It was then that I remembered my prayer from months earlier. I am amazed.

John 15:7

But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, it will be granted.

I just finished a week long bible study on Joy as part of a series I’m studying on The Fruit of The Spirit. I’d like to share what I have learned about the Joy of the Lord.

The Origin

Ps. 43:3-4

Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.”

Luke 10:17-20

Why were the 72 joyful? According to Jesus, what was their greatest reason for rejoicing?

Re-read the scripture that began this post. Salvation is the source of this joy.

Luke 10:21

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure”.

We have Joy through the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:8

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”

Our Joy will cause us to act on his behalf.

1 Thess. 5:16

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.

It’s not a matter of trying. Sure we can fake it, but the Joy of the Lord is deep. It comes from his promise and his presence. The Bible is Gods words written. It is a source of power. Don’t neglect to read it. Then pray for what you need in him and he will answer. The surprise is his Joy!!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mom's are Teachers Too Annie Moffatt

Before I get to the feature, let me point out our new CLOUD. I've added you ladies to multiple topics.  Have a look at how I have tagged you, if you would like to be tagged another way, drop me an email. Just a little delighted. 

 I am so excited about the many teachers coming on board with us here. Blogging is such an asset to mothers and teachers around the world. Perhaps it will bridge the gap sometimes found between the two. I wish I had known about blogging when I was at home with my own kids. Oh the crafts and projects we have missed. This online community of mothers and teachers is a wealth of information and ideas.  If you have been listening to Parenting/Teaching by the fruits of the spirit, you have been getting to know Annie. Ladies, meet another amazing woman Annie Moffatt.   -Kasse

Hi Everyone!
My name is Annie Moffatt from The Moffatt Girls blog.  I am so excited to be guest posting for Rural Women!  As both a mother and former elementary school teacher, there are two things that I am extremely passionate about: My Toddler and My Preschooler.

The Toddler  (2-3 years old)
As mothers, we all know that time goes by way too quickly!  Our precious little babies are growing up right before our eyes and before we know it, they are out of diapers and then off to college!  As parents, we have a unique opportunity to help with their education.  As a teacher, I wish more parents invested in their children academically, but the truth is, most parents don't know where or how to start.

For the toddler/preschooler there are a lot of various tasks you can do to help develop different skills.  This age group is so eager to learn and as parents we can easily facilitate those needs.  I have recently created a weekly post called Toddler Tasks.  Toddler Tasks will document activities that we can do with our children to help develop fine motor skills, lengthen attention spans, increase confidence and enjoy the learning journey.  This is such a great way to bond with our children as we watch them grow and discover new things!

Here are just a few of the activities that you will see in our Toddler Tasks posts...

Play Doh helps to build find motor skills.  There is so much learning you can do with Play-Doh and it is SO easy to make.  {HERE} is a link to a basic recipe!
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We are in L*O*V*E with our $10 oil pan, some magnets and our ABC Caterpillar.  You can get this printable FREE {HERE}.  Scroll down until you see it:)
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The Preschooler (3-5 years old)
Preschoolers are amazing little people!  They can change and grow so much in just one week.   Preschoolers are so academically diverse and it is important that we are sensitive to their needs.  As much as I don't believe in pushing a child, I also don't think we should hold a child back.  For example, Audrey (my 4 1/2 year old) showed signs of reading readiness at an early age.  I knew that I needed to facilitate her academic desires, but I also knew that she wasn't ready to sit down and work on a rigorous curriculum filled with a bunch workbook pages.

Thus, the Ready2Read Curriculum was created!  This program is truly a labor of love since it was designed for my little Audrey.  However, as a teacher, I am so happy to know that other teachers, homeschoolers and parents are finding success in the Ready2Read program!  This program is filled with a lot hands-on learning and a variety activities that meet different learning styles.  The best part about it is that it is Ready2Go!  All you need to is print, cut a few things, laminate a few pages and read the lesson plans:)  I wanted to make it as simple as possible!

 I have included some pictures below...

Using cake decorations to learn our sight words!!  How fun is that?
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Here we are playing one of our Ready2Read games...I think she is winning;)

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As mothers, we need to be ready to give our children what they need, but first we need to be filled up, too!  Tamara from Teaching with TLC and I have just launched a radio program called Teaching and Parenting with the Fruits of the Spirit.  It is my hope that you will join us as we strive to be the best Moms and "Teachers" we have been designed to be!  You can listen to the radio show which is posted on our sidebar.

Thank you so much for your time and allowing me to share my greatest passions!

And remember....Moms are teachers too!  The BEST teachers:)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

One More Jewelry Giveaway................

One more cute as a button RWR Jewelry Giveaway! I’m going to do something a bit different on this one. To enter to win the last necklace, tell me someone specific we need to feature.  I would love to hear from the ladies you admire.  Now be realistic (or don‘t).

I would love to feature The
Pioneer Woman.  Not because she is well known, but because she is an inspiration to the blogging world and to rural women.  She has a new cookbook- Super cute!

We don't have to be famous or even be noticed by the world at large to make a difference. We make a difference by telling our story- whatever that story may be. The agriculture world is making waves in social media. Educating the world about food and farming one story or blog at a time. I see the Education community doing the same. We are making our little slices of the world larger. We are learning and growing by sharing, and in the end we all win when we share. So come on, share your friend, sister, mom, co-worker, favorite blogger, or likable stranger.  Rat her out of hiding.  The giveaway will end this Saturday. Good Luck!

Don’t forget to listen in on Parenting/Teaching by the Fruits of the Spirit (Radio in side bar).  It should be fixed now.  It is really worth listening. 

Have a great evening!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Winner Is.....................

I know I'm late again.  First year to run my flower store and a blog during Valentines Day. Note to self:  Don't do a Giveaway during. It was a 3 funerals and Valentines Day week.  When things get busy, it's hard to split my brain and think about both at the same time.  Perhaps it will come.  I thought I'd take photos and show off, but things just got to rolling and didn't stop.  Thank you Lord for blessing our harvest.  I Have Valentines Day almost wrapped up for the year, still needing to change my window, pack up inventory, do billing and finish paper work.  That's today.  When the evening slowed last night, my brain stopped just long enough for some outer thoughts to creep in- The Giveaway!

 Ladies, congrats to yet another Heather.  http://buckupbaby.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fresh air and Chicken Races

If you like chickens, you are going to love this next post!! Be sure to check out Lauren's blog at
She is pretty amazing.

Hi there -- I'm Lauren Scheuer.
I'm an illustrator, I'm a mother, a wife, a writer, a coffee drinker, gardener, kayaker.

I am happiest when I'm outdoors. 

My chickens feel the same way.
My five hens are a fun-loving bunch.

They enjoy yard work

and relay races.

They've been training for the Olympic Synchronized Pecking team.

The ladies live here (built it myself),

and I live here.

Pigeon is the flock leader.

She has a thing for chives and onions.

She's also partial to chardonnay.

But as far as table manners, 
well...we're working on that.

A while back, Pigeon and I built a little coop together.

It turned out pretty cute.

But this past October, we had a freak snowstorm while the trees still had all their leaves, 
and the little coop was smooshed.

Fortunately, the girls were all safe in the big coop and nobody was hurt.

And I was secretly thrilled, because I've got a hankerin' to build something new!
Maybe Pigeon will help me with this one too.

Please take a look at my blog, where I write obsessively about my flock:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Teachable moments in my life

Morning Ladies and Happy Valentines Day to you. Don’t forget to listen in today on the blog radio in the sidebar. Today is the first day of the seven week challenge: Parenting/Teaching by the Fruits of the Spirit.

We also have another great feature today! Excited to introduce her. Oh, and we’ll be talking giveaway winner on Wednesday.  All the way from Argentina, meet Analia Capurro blogging from:  http://www.ingles360.blogspot.com/
Hi! My name is Analia Capurro but everybody calls me Ana. I live in
Argentina, a beautiful country in South America. I teach English as a foreign language for children aged 3 to 12. 
I also teach English and do blend education to sweetest person in the world, my niece Catalina. She is  3 years old and loves English! She is always singing Brown Bear or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. She sits her little brother, opens the book and begins reading or singing. Then she teaches him the name of the animals and colors. By the way, her favorite color is blue. What do you get when you mix your favorite color with glitter? yeah! fun!

I am the designer and owner of Ingles360® and the author of the bilingual resources I offer in my website. 

Ingles360® was born 6 years ago with a desire of sharing experiences, tips, ideasand great moments with teachers, mothers and friends all around the globe. Today teachers and moms from the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Italy, Spain, EnglandChina, JapanIndonesia and many other places meet in Ingles360 to share experiences. I write bilingual posts for for Heart of the Matter, Rossetta Stone, and 123andabc community. 
And I am a contributor of some wonderful teaching communities like Teaching Blog Addict, We teach, Classroom freebies among others.

Want to know 2 of my faithful fans? :)

After 20 years of teaching children I found that the only way our children love learning is if we love learning and teaching, too. Promoting a learning environment where laugh, fun and friendship and companionship are as important as any language structure, are the things I had in mind while designed my resources. 

I am Christian and follow Jesus since I was a child. I teach about Jesus to the little ones in my church and also train people to become Sunday School teachers in my district. This pic is from my last Summer Camp for teachers at church. We had a fantastic time and of course, donuts and cappuchinos were the best way to "recharge" our batteries.

It is said that a teacher affects eternity because you can never tell where the influence stops. 
I feel so blessed to do what I love, teaching.

Thanks so much  Rural Women Rock for this opportunity to share my story and my passion!


Like Ana on Facebook
Visit her Store
Follow her Blog

Thanks Ana! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Parenting/Teaching by The Fruits of the Spirit

A few weeks ago we featured a very amazing woman Tamara from Teaching Blog Addict, and in a few weeks from now,  we will be featuring Annie of The Moffatt Girls.  These ladies have something amazing up their sleeve- I wanted to share. I encourage the RWR ladies to tune in with me on Tuesdays and take the 7 week challenge - Teaching/Parenting by The Fruits of the Spirit. I know this is going to be a fantastic series- I have a tiny bit of insight. We have installed the radio (I guess that’s what that is) on our sidebar.   You can listen by clicking play and clicking on their title.  They launched this Tues.  If you'd like to listen to their introduction, it's not too late.  The first session is next Tuesday.  They are beginning with LOVE, and it just happened to fall on Valentines Day. Listen any time of day, either here on RWR or over on Teaching Blog Addict. Here is what Tamara has to say....  Oh, don't forget the NEW GIVEAWAY ENDS SUNDAY.  Kasse D.

Take the 7 Week Challenge!
I am so excited to present to you..........
I am filled with such joy that I can hardly calm down to write this post! Annie Moffatt from The Moffatt Girls and I have talked about this idea for months and now we are finally able to launch it on TBA Today! Woo hoo! We want to challenge YOU (and us) to Transform our Teaching and Parenting in 7 Weeks!

What is it?
For the next 7 weeks we are launching a mini-study (10 minutes each) to motivate, encourage and inspire you to be the BEST teacher you are intended to be and/or the BEST parent you are intended to be!

Our Inspiration?
Coming straight from Galatians 5:22, we will focus on the following key verse:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." We hope to share our personal experiences and hearts with you each week as we seek to build each other up.

As both teachers and parents, we can get tired and feel as though we have nothing left to offer. Perhaps our patience has run dry, our joy is missing, and self-control is a distant friend. This simple, yet powerful verse can transform your mind, heart and ability to be all that God has intended you to be.

How does it work?
Tune in each Tuesday (anytime) and listen to the recent broadcast on TBA Today, which is located on the right sidebar. We will also be posting a new scripture each week for you to download and memorize. The scriptures will center around the fruit of the Spirit for each broadcast.

It is our hope and desire that you will join us on TBA Today as we launch this new program!  (Just make sure to open a separate page while you surf around.)

Click the play icon on the radio widget below:

Here is our first scripture! Why is the scripture repeated four times on the same page? Well, we are planning to print it and tape it up where we can see it...in 4 different places! Mine are going on the car dashboard, the bathroom mirror, my school planner, and my refrigerator door.

Click on the scripture to download...

Please join us in this journey of learning together and make sure to visit Teaching with TLC and Annie's blog each week to get your scriptures and to share your thoughts....
The Moffatt Girls

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chronicles of Stroutacus - Adventures of JessAnn Simmentals

I love this. Self proclaimed word-nerd hick chick from Maine.   This story is bigger and deeper than meets the eye. Farmers love their land and ranchers love their animals- Need I say more. Family farms are not factory farms, and America really does need to know the difference. I hope I’m not out of line in saying this. Thanks Jessica for sharing. Kasse-

Blogging from: http://stroutacus.blogspot.com/ 

You're going to love this!
Geetings to Rural Women Rock followers and thank you for taking the time to read!

I am a co-owner of JessAnn Simmentals with my mother and brother.  My mother does a lot of the heavy lifting, in more ways than one, but we utilize our different strengths to make our small cow-calf operation work.  I love working with Simmental beef cattle because they make excellent mothers, muscle well and tend to have pretty good dispositions (although our cattle dislike men, for some reason). We refer to ourselves as hobby farmers, and as a hobby, beef cattle can be expensive and stressful at times. But when things go well, and the cattle grow well, then it is the most satisfying work that can be done.
I bought my first Simmental, Lady Nick, from Bartlett Island Farm in 1998. I selected her using the most scientific method possible that only the best judges use: I liked the way the she looked at me. Not the way she looked TO me. She made eye contact and I decided I wanted her.  Lisa is the last daughter of Lady.  Lisa reminds me a lot of her mother, both in looks and disposition. She is now bred to a purebred Simmental bull, after being bred to Holsteins two years in a row, so I hope she has a heifer in the spring.
Mom thinks Lisa is spoiled. She will violate the "hula hoop rule" of personal space with people when grain is involved, and I never have corrected her for it. I'm not the only human spoiling bovines in the operation, however, and I would say that Mom's favorite is Maebelle.
Our cows are as important to us as we are to them.  We do everything we can to ensure they are healthy, safe and content.  Despite our personal off-farm struggles, we have been able to continue developing our herd.  Through this process I learned what my mother is capable of doing when her back is against the wall (which is only part of the reason she is one of my top Rural Women Rock Stars).  Her ability to handle everything on her plate is simply remarkable. I also gained a greater understanding of how important beef cattle, rural living and supportive friends and family are to me.
Thank you Rural Women Rock for the opportunity to share my story, and I hope you enjoyed a little slice of life from Maine. Happy and healthy February to all!

Monday, February 6, 2012

And the winner is....................

And the winner is……………………

Did you think I forgot? Well, I did. Just temporarily. If you remember my disclaimer, it reads something like this: I run a rural flower shop and when it rains it pours, so at any moment I might drop off the face of the earth for a few days. Actually my disclaimer is worded nothing like that, but you get the idea. Even though my storefront is closed, we are as busy as ever- “Thank you Lord for blessing me with more than I deserve”. I love to work. I worked on flowers for four funerals this weekend. My mind was far away- thinking about those who have lost loved ones, and trying with all my heart to use my talent to somehow ease the pain by thoughtfully filling orders that are gifted in love and sympathy. I love what I do. I love it even more now that I get to spend more time with my own loved ones at home. It is a blessing indeed to be able to work from home. It is the Lords work no doubt. If any of my loyal customers are out there, thank you for supporting our move home.

Now, for what you really want to know.

This was not at all planned, but the monkey was peeking.

The women.   Read through what these ladies say they would like to see here on RWR.  If they are asking to hear from you, email me and we'll get you a date to be featured.


  1. Hi,

    I'm a facebook holdout but I am a follower here. So does this entry count? I'd love to read more about how rural women stay in touch with each other. Some of us lives miles out of town, and have a harder time connecting with other women.

    First Impressions

  1. Hi! I'm a member and follow on FB.

    My favorite kinds of posts are about women who share their strengths and sorrows while struggling with a specific heart wrenching event in their lives. Cancer, abuse, etc. Certainly I don't enjoy reading about negative things but it helps give me strength to go through my own struggles knowing that so many other women have endured much worse and have come out on top.

    LOVE the necklace
  2. RWR is a mind set and a way of life...There is a little rural in all of us and only recently (and with RWR's input) are some women ready to admit it..There is nothing better than connecting with others that have ideas stored up only to see that we all seem to think about the same things....Keep up the GREAT job RWR....Jan
  3. I follow you on facebook and on your blog. Love the giveaway!
  4. HOT!! Love the jewelry. So sad I missed the 1st give away :(. I'll keep my eyes open for the next one.
  5. I would like to see more about marketing for those of us with small businesses and etsy shops. LOVE YOU, RWR and LOVE YOU, Kasse!

  6. The most valuable thing I have learned is never give up! Go after your dreams and spread the word! Keep at it! This is great.
  7. I would like more pictures of rural women!
  8. I love the posts by moms about how they keep all of their balls in the air:) Brandi Brandly
  9. Kasse, I love your honesty.
The hairy hand of my husband- keeping me honest!
The winner is going to question my honesty, but I had nothing to do with it.
And the winner is..............................
If you ladies didn't win this one, the next giveaway starts today.  I will re post it on Thursday or Friday, but you can enter now.

Tell me what ladies you want to see step up and tell their stories.  What do we want to know.  How do we want to be inspired? Something you'd like to tell me?  I know I need an editor.  Anything else?

The next RWR giveaway piece.