Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sassy Classy Cowgirl!

I owe Nikki one huge apology.  I’m so very sorry.  We have learned we can send you ladies an invite to author our blog through blogger.  This is fantastic news and gives yet another way to get your post up.  It has been working super. However, with Nikki I sent her the invitation to author, but failed to tell her to save it- not publish it. This normally wouldn’t have been a problem, but I didn’t get a chance to share her blog link. This also not normally a problem, but when I went to add her link, blogger wouldn’t let me on the site.  Anyone know what this is about?  I’ve been locked off the blog for a good two days now.  I’m saying all of this to share the links to our Tuesday post: Badlands.  Do go visit her if you haven't yet.  I love rural women- Thank you Nikki.

Today we have another wonderful woman you won’t want to miss.  She has a special little place with me, as much of this concept came from a moment of total submission on my knees last August.  The Lord does surprise and delight-   I love testimonies.  I just want to sincerely say, “Thank You” to all the women who have come forward.  This site would just be a dud without you, so do keep it coming.  Ladies meet Candy Bonds, Blogging from The Sassy Classy Cowgirl.  Thanks Candy! ~ Kasse D.

Feeling Complete

We women can be vicious sometimes can't we?  Recently I came acrossRural Women Rock's website and breathed a breath of fresh air.  Not only do women share encouraging stories, but they are rural women (you probably figured that out already...hence the name) at that! I feel honored to guest post this week.  Thank you Kasse for having me.  

This here is my family.  That's right, my husband and I have five kids all together.  You counted right! We live on a working ranch with chicken houses, cattle, and horses. 

On November 10, 2010 I knelt beside my bed and cried out to the Lord.  I was sick and tired of trying to figure things out on my own.  You see, I was a stubborn one, feisty to the core.  "Your will Lord, not mine anymore" is what I prayed.  I meant it with all my heart.  The Lord answered quicker than I ever thought He would. 
November 12, 2010, just two days after I prayed for the Lord's will, I met Randal.  I fell in love with his three kids first and then him.  The Lord knew exactly what I needed.  I didn't even know what I needed.

Now this next part I wouldn't normally recommend, unless the Lord encourages you.  Exactly one month to the day from when we met, Randal and I were married in our log home by my grandpa.  Our children stood with us.  It was one of the happiest days of my life.  I knew I was right where I was supposed to be and felt such a peace.

Several years before I met Randal, the Lord kept giving me the scripture "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" Isaiah 43:19.  I would think to myself I don't know how you're going to do this Lord, but that's the only hope I have to cling to right now. I had that empty, hopeless feeling at this point.

It took several years to see this scripture come to pass in my life, so of course I had my moments (sometimes days) of doubts.  Thankfully the Lord always got my attention in one way or another.  

I can tell you that my days are now filled with life.  I enjoy the sunrises and sunsets. I finally truly realize that it's a choice to be happy. 

I am currently a high school mathematics teacher, but I am retiring at the end of this school year to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom and rancher. I can't hardly wait! You probably think I am crazy, but I love to work in the chicken houses. I also love being outside and close to God's creation.

In my thirties I am just learning how to ride horses and work cattle. Yes, our three older kids knew more than I did at one point, which is humbling.  I have come a long ways!  That's to encourage everyone of you to learn something new, no matter what your age.

You see, the Lord knew what I needed to feel complete and He does for you too.   


  1. Thank you for this very encouraging post. I'm at a very strange place in my life and I think I needed to read it. God bless you and your family!


    1. You are so welcome Dee! I prayed the entire week before this guest post. I have posted bits and pieces of my story on my blog before, so I didn't know if I should say it again, but the Lord just kept pressing me to share my story just one more time. I pray that you find peace in your situation. Keep seeking Him and you will.

      Thank you so much for commenting! God bless you!

  2. This was a great post...she is one of my favorite happy to see her posted here at Rockin Rural Women!!!

    1. Thank you sweet Hannah! You are one of my favorite cowgirls too sister!

  3. You owe me no apology......I am new to this blog stuff and I figured I did something out of order!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Candy is a great gal, and it's awesome to see God working on her heart, and her following Him!

    She has so much to learn and do being in the ranching, chicken business, and it's great to get to know her and hear about her life and learning's!

    How fun to have a post on Rural Women Rock, too!

    1. My friend! Rachel you are a precious person. I may be older than you, but I certainly look up to you. I wish more people had a loving spirit and positive attitude like yours'.

      Thank you for all the kind words. I just want the Lord to use my experiences for good and to encourage others.

      Chicken business I know well, cattle and horses...I'm getting there. Lol Hey, if a horse is "Candy-proof" then it's a pretty good horse (I do know that)(;

  5. I am sorta disappointed tho.....

    Great blog for us rural gals!