Thursday, June 28, 2012


Thanks ladies for letting me know my photos and went missing.  They are back:)  Blogger has a mind of its own- or perhaps I had lost mine!  I'll be back soon.  Working on rounding up some fun ladies!!  Check back soon!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Catching up and stalling:)

Spring was fast and furious, but summer has come off a bit like dipping your finger in honey.  Over the past couple of weeks things have begun to slow a bit. I love when school is out for summer. I’m loving the time with my kids. I’m loving even more not having to leave for work every morning. I won’t apologizeJ

We don’t watch reality T.V. 

Phone photos:

Mothers Day: We make things.

This is just a smidgen of the work.  Love that Foxtail Fern.  Wish I'd saved one for myself. Yes, my floors are dirty.

We pick things:)


And eat them.


We grow things.


And eat them:)

Memorial Day:  Yes, I do this too.  It's not my favorite, but it is necessary- keeps things real.

I don't want to end on that note, so here is a photo of a wedding I did this spring.  I hope to have more and better photos soon- this is just a snap from my phone.  Love that chalk board!!

Yes, I'm stalling!! 

Have a great one!!! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adrienne Austin: Midwestern Belle

Thank you so much for waiting on me Adrienne. I got a call from my sister yesterday that lit a fire under my backside. She has four kiddos so doesn’t follow along to terribly faithfully. She had visited the site and read the Sundays post after a wild current picking party (the two of us and some kiddos). I won’t tell you everything that she told me, but she told it like it is/was and lined me smooth out. She was irritated with the thought that I had ladies waiting on me. I apologize Adrienne. I so badly want to make excuses, but actually none warrant the rudeness. You’ve got to love the people in your life who tell it like it is. I’m as good of a straight shooter as my sister- it’s how we were raised, but it’s easier to straight shoot with the world than it is to straight shoot with ourselves. Thanks Len! Excited to introduce this next feature. I think we are all going to fall in love……………......................................................................
I can hear a voice in her writing. Can you? Thank you Adrienne for joining us, and thank you for not giving up on me. Enjoy!
~ Kasse D.

Hi Everyone! I'm Adrienne and am so excited to have found Rural Women Rock. Thank you so much for letting me share my story with you.

I was born and raised in the Midwest, so I'm a little partial to the "fly over states." But unlike many of you, I didn't grow up in a rural setting. Although I started riding horses at 7 and spent nearly every summer weekend at my grandparents' house in a small town, I was definitely a "city girl."

That mentality slowly began to change after college, when I found myself traveling throughout the Midwest for work. I'd roll out of a city and feel right at home as I drove through the small towns and farmland that make up the Midwest. I also met some of the most amazing people - down-to-earth, hard-working people - and quickly discovered new favorite places: narrow dirt roads in southeastern Missouri, sunflower fields in Kansas, and the wide open highway in Illinois.

Around the same time, I started horseback riding after a ten year break, began helping with marketing for a horse rescue, and moved to a small town outside Kansas City. There, I found myself in a map-dot town with no Wal-Mart, no Casey's, no stoplight. And you know what? I loved my new life.

Unfortunately, I quickly discovered my appreciation for the Midwest wasn't shared by many outside the area. I'd sit next to someone on a plane and inevitably it would come up in conversation that I live in Kansas. All people would comment on was The Wizard of Oz, or how flat and boring they thought the state was.

Determined to share with readers that life in the Midwest is anything but boring, I started my blog, Midwestern Belle, with photos taken with a camera I bought off Craigslist for $5, its memory card held together with Scotch tape. It wasn't fancy but it did the job!

Today - a year later - I write about the things I love as I come across them, including: small town rodeos, mason jars, road trips. It's my hope that my 20-something reflection of life in the Heartland causes people to question their stereotype of this part of the country. It's been incredible to receive emails from readers who've moved away from the Midwest and read my blog because it reminds them of home. Wow! What a huge compliment. And, most importantly, I've learned so much about myself through the whole process. I've discovered that I actually enjoy writing (who knew?!) and love photography even more.

What's next for me? I'd like to take up barrel racing (it's been a few years since I've been around some barrels) and someday I'd love to have my own farm complete with pigs, chickens, horses and mini horses. And a whole bunch of rescue dogs and cats. Yep, that pretty much sounds like heaven!

Now that you know a bit about me, I have to say it's been great to read all of YOUR stories here at Rural Women Rock. If you'd like to keep up with mine, you can find me at Midwestern Belle or "Like" Midwestern Belle on Facebook. Thanks again and keep rocking ladies!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

You Have A Purpose

I know it has been so long. When my alarm rang this morning at the designated time for this work
 (4:24 I almost just rolled over and went back to bed like so many other mornings over the past few months. I’ve just not had it in me. To much life to even want to fit RWR into the mix. 
 Ladies, I have been doing a great deal of thinking about RWR over the past few months, and although I’ve not actually been here much, the wheels have been turning and prayers have been prayed. I have been in something of a struggle with my spirit. If you are waiting to be featured, please hang in here with me. I’ve put things on simmer for a bit. I can’t begin to tell you the excitement that came with the birth of this site. The awareness that the Lord was moving and working in my life gave me courage and excitement that I had never had before. The fact that I was so ill- equipped, undeserving, lost, and not even sure what the Lord was up to makes me stand in awe. I look back this morning in amazement and think “Wow, I did not do that of my own accord.” It might not seem like much to most of you, but given the time in my life and where I was when I started, it was almost an impossibility that this site even exists.

This morning the Lord nudged me. He reminded me I had a message to share. Then I remembered I did. I’ve had an exciting week to say the least. I am learning when you pray diligently and give the Lord credit for the happenings in your life, he can take you on small amazing journeys every day/every week.

In saying all of that, I also want to include that with all the wonderful and amazing, there has also been insurmountable obstacles and distractions. We are running a race for the Lord. What kind of race would it be if we tossed ourselves on the ground when the first hurdle appeared. (I’m guilty). He is our Leader and our Goal. He didn’t promise the race would be easy, but He did say we would win in Him, but that’s not the message.

The Message:

The Lord is calling you to do something specific. Are you listening? You have a purpose. I have heard this message two times this week. I am going to try to do the best I can to share. I’m going off of some notes so this may come off in a bit of a chicken scratch way, but that’s not the point.

I heard this first on Monday at a Community Women’s Dinner. The speaker was Reba Altizer. You are going to hear more about Reba here as the Lord has put the two of us together. It’s to soon to tell just what he’s doing, but I’m confident I’ll be sharing something soon. This is from Reba’s notes and I added a couple of scriptures.

The only way you can find where you fit in God's big picture is to live a surrendered life.
 Acts 4:12

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
 Romans 12:1

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.


If you don’t know ask God. He will show you- either in the still of your heart or through His word.

"And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (1 John 2:14).

“And I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).


This is prayer- talking with God.

Let Him direct your life- pray.

The challenge:

“Satan comes to steal kill and destroy but Jesus came to give life and life more abundant.”

( John 10:10)

You have to decide who is going to control your life.

You have value: What has happened or will happen does not change your value in Him.

Your value is based on:

The Purchaser who loves you.

1 Corinthians 6:19,20

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own: you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

The Price that was paid.

1 Peter 1:18

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you form your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

The Position you have been placed.

Eph 2:5-10

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The Divine Purpose you have been called.

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord. “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The People you can touch.

Eph 2:10

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The Potential Inside you.

1 John 4:4

You, dear children, are from God, and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

I heard this same message on Friday night. This time under a bit more controversial circumstances. I jumped in with my mom and went to listen to Glen Beck speak. Now, I didn’t know much about him going into the whole deal, but I had heard he was nuts. I guess I am too, because I thought he was brilliantly funny- a little on the edge. For the most part, his production or what ever you call it, was based on political comedy. At the end however, he became very serious. He was very candid about how he was perceived in the mainstream, he shared about his coming to the Lord. (He had been an alcoholic/failed marriage). He talked about his prayer life, and then he ended by telling the audience this message:

He had prayed and prayed and prayed some more for the Lord to give him a message at D.C. awhile back. I’m not sure exactly what it was, but it was at the Mall. The morning of, his entire staff was sweating it because they felt like he did not know what he was going to say. They were right. He was praying for the message right up until show time.. This was the message God gave him:

God is telling each of you to stand in a certain place (your purpose). Where is he telling you to stand? He likened it to him telling his kids to get in bed and he‘ll be up in a minute to tuck them in. They say, “okay daddy”. Then they head off, but have to pass the living room with the T.V. to get there. They get distracted. He finds them and tells them again to get in bed, and again they say, “okay daddy”. He continues to find them in various places in the house distracted, and he starts to get irritated and then angry. He gives his final warning, “I said get in bed. I‘m coming up. 

 He went on to say, "Our father is coming. We need to listen to what it is He has told us to do. God is aligning His people and this event is in His hands."

Pretty powerful.