Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Rodeo Queens of Petticoats on the Prairie!

Antiquing is hands down one of my favorite things in the whole world. Antiquing in the fall is beyond memory making goodness. These ladies are doing what some of us only dream of doing- walking out their dreams by doing what they love. There is nothing sweeter to the soul than being around women who do what they love and love what they do. It’s contagious- it looks like they are spreading the love. I think I might be coming down with something…Enjoy! Thanks Ladies.
 ~Kasse D.
What a beautiful day it is here in West Texas! We would like to send out a big thanks to Kasse for this chance to share our story with her readers. We appreciate and admire what Kasse is doing on Rural Women Rock!

First things first, as much as we would like to be, we are not actual Rodeo Queens. Brainstorming one night on what to call our little tribe, Mary mentioned how much she always wanted to be a Rodeo Queen and the title just stuck!

We are the producers of Petticoats on the Prairie, a Vintage Market here in the great state of Texas! We are a diverse group of women who were brought together by a mutual love of antiques, cool junk and shopping. Never in our wildest dreams did we think our event would take off the way it has, and we consider ourselves very blessed! The Rodeo Queens are Cecilia Scott, Janie Conley, Mary Smith, Leeann Moore and Cat Geiger.

Our very first show was held in the Fall of 2010, at the beautiful Black Locust Farm in Ira, Texas. We owe so much to the owner of this magical place, Fran Farmer. She believed in what we were doing and gave us the chance to share our dream with the rest of West Texas. Our goal was to create a very unique shopping venue that brought together the best of the past and
the present. Our shows bring together incredible vendors with everything from junktiques and vintage clothing to homemade beef jerky (which is mighty good by the way!)
The best part of this journey has been the amazing, kind and talented people we have met along the way. Men and women who are living their own dreams, embracing the creative lifestyle and getting out there and making things happen for their businesses! We are truly inspired by each vendor we have ever had at our shows, and we realize we would not be able to do this without them. The Rodeo Queens do strive to make each vendor feel appreciated, welcome and valued, and they have blessed us in return. We often say we have the best vendors in the state of Texas, and that goes for our shoppers too. Many new and treasured friendships have been made in the last few years!

Time to meet my fellow Rodeo Queens....let's start with Cecilia.
Dale Evans was Cecilia Scott’s role model when growing up in West Texas. After high school, she headed to Texas Tech and graduated with a double major in Home Economics Education and Design. Cecilia taught home economics for three years, moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and began working with builders on model homes and new construction interiors. She taught interior design classes at several Tarrant County College campus locations. Cecilia began a successful free-lance design business in residential design. Her work on the Ft. Worth Designer Showhouse to promote preservation in the Ft. worth area was her favorite project! After moving back to Colorado City with her husband, Tom, to live in a renovated church, she became the director of the downtown Main Street Program. Cecilia was one of the creative minds behind Junktique Jamboree, a successful shopping event for the downtown area. Cecilia’s focus is once again on her design projects, Rodeo Queen events, and Petticoats on the Prairie!
That brings us to Leeann.....
Leeann Moore lives on her 113 year old family farm where she grew up. She left for college and returned home often for visits with her family. In 1999, she returned to Texas after 34 years of living and rearing her children in Spokane, Washington. In 2004, she completed the return to her roots by moving back to the family farm from Dallas and in 2005 marrying Gene Kuhel. Leeann retired from a 42 year career as an elementary teacher and a university professor. Retirement just meant opening up time for things that she and Gene love to do: antiquing, attending estate sales and auctions, managing their book stores, running the farm, traveling, writing, and seeing their five children and their beautiful grandchildren. They love acquiring and restoring vintage trailers. Leeann is a member of Sisters on the Fly (#2011), a national association of women who hold gatherings with their vintage trailers.
And now for Janie Conley...
Janie Wooten Conley is a retired school teacher who taught for 30 years. She and her husband and“the cutest and sweetest dog in the whole-wide world” live in Big Spring, Texas. She is also the proud mother of two sons—William and Kyle. Once retired, she became involved in the formation of Petticoats on the Prairie. Janie inherited her love of antiques from her late mother, Betty Joe Wooten. She loves antiques and vintage collectibles that can be found in antique stores, estate sales, garage sales, and thrift stores. Going to Antiques’ Week in Round Top is one of her favorite things to do. Janie says that her absolute favorite thing about “junkin’” is meeting wonderful women from all over the United States.

Another one of our Queens is Mary Smith...
Rodeo Queen Mary Smith was born to a Sicilian mother and a Polish father and raised an Air Force brat. Returning from Greece, Mary landed in San Angelo, Texas, where she fell in love with everything western. After graduating from Angelo State University with a degree in Nursing, Mary packed her boots in her wagon (a 1980 yellow Camaro) and moseyed out to Colorado City, Texas where she currently resides. Known as “Nurse Mary” for 19 years at the Colorado schools system, Mary and her husband, Alan, now own and operate a local antique store, “What’s in Store”. Mary’s creative signatures are her innovative window displays and quick wit.
Finally, rounding out our group is Cat Geiger...

Cat Geiger is a 40-something wife and mother who makes her home in Westbrook Texas. Cat was born in San Antonio, raised in La Vernia, Texas and went off to study Communications and Psychology at Texas State University in San Marcos. Her husband Roy is a cotton farmer and supervisor at Sid Richardson Carbon Company. Their ten year old son, Will, is the light of their lives! She works at KVMC/KAUM Radio as a broadcaster and loves her job. Cat wears many hats at POTP, serving as our Marketing Director, Photographer and resident Graphic Designer. She confesses to being a "late bloomer" when it comes to her love of junking, but she is currently being trained by some of the best pickers in Texas. Cat is also proud to be Sister #2743 of Sisters on the Fly and is currently on the hunt for her own vintage trailer.

Apart from working on their shows, the Rodeo Queens managed to find the time and put together a cookbook in the Fall of 2011. It was a compilation of treasured recipes from their family and friends and we were all thrilled (and blessed) to have the cookbook sell out within a matter of months! We are so grateful to everyone who sent us recipes!

We would love to invite each of you to our upcoming show in Colorado City, Texas.
We are so happy to be teaming up with Sisters on the Fly and are also bringing Author Irene Rawlings to the show as our very special guest. The party is October 19th and 20th at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds and we would love to welcome you for 2 days of antiquing, visiting and fun!
Again, many thanks Kasse for allowing us to share a little bit of our history with your readers. You can find out more information on our Facebook page, and also on our blog at Wishing you all many blessings!
Happy Junking from the Rodeo Queens!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rural Woman Transplanted

I’m so excited! We will be featuring some fantastic women this week. Before we get started, I just want to tell you ladies that at times I’m a real heel. I want to take a bit to apologize this morning for not slowing down to show more appreciation. I get to going in so many directions, I sometimes forget my own name (not to mention my kids names). I’m not proud of this. I get to moving to quickly through the motions, checking things off, and stuffing important things into the minute crannies of my life. Please be patient with me if you can. Reading this post this morning just kicked me in the rear- I'm not thankful enough for you ladies. What amazing things you bring to the table. This site wouldn’t exist with out you. I am honored RWR can represent such wonderful women. I'm humbled. Thank you ladies for your time and interest. I’m loving it…  - Kasse D.

Hello! My name is Tera Dover and I want to start by affirming that rural women indeed rock. I know that you all know that because, after all, this is a community of some pretty rockin' women. Secondly, I wanted to thank Kasse for letting me guest post, because
I'm a little different from most of you.
I consider myself a farm girl and absolutely love the rural life, but am currently a city dweller. Technically, I live outside the city limits of a small city with a population of over 160,000. The metropolitan area population exceeds 400,000. Our neighborhood is bordered by one side with a wooded area and there are some deer and other wildlife that make an appearance from time to time. Some of my neighbors consider our "rural" neighborhood living the country life. I don't mean to take anything away from them, but I know what rural life really is.

So why would I consider myself a rocking rural woman today? It's simple I love agriculture and believe that we must tell the story and fight for its truths. I am fortunate that my job allows me to work with farmers every day. I am encouraged to spend time on my customer's farms and keep up with all the news and happenings of rural life. My husband, although for a different company, is encouraged to do the same. We are proud to be a part of agriculture through our employment at farmer owned cooperatives. Both of our jobs, in some fashion, offer support to the rural community. We have chosen out of convenience to live near my employer.

Our choice has given us lots of opportunities to educate and share rural life culture with our neighbors. As you all know, the numbers of farms is shrinking and many consumers will never even step foot on a farm. Once they realize we may actually know some truths, they ask questions. For example, sometimes my husband brings farm equipment and trailers home at night (the kids in the neighborhood are amazed) and we get to share what he has and how it works. We also get to share stories of our own experiences and our work life to humanize what it takes to get something on the grocery shelf.

You guys all do a really good job of raising our food, fiber, and fuel. You also have found great methods to share your story. My family is just an extension of that. We get to tell the story to many people who you may never have a chance to meet.

I'm a rural woman transplanted to city life. I miss farm life and hope to have the opportunity to one day return, but for now my husband and I are working and raising our family with a rural state of mind. We hope that our lives and knowledge rub off on those around us. My two year old told my dad today, "Granddad, I'm a farm girl." This rocking rural woman couldn't have been prouder.

Aubree's First time in Granddad's Chicken House

Are there people outside of your rural life that help create and tell your rural story?

(My blog, Doverjoyed, is mostly filled with the stories from raising my daughters and includes the challenges of teaching them rural life living amongst all the city folk. I have become inspired by many of you to share more on the lessons I learned as a kid on the farm and the ones I experience now. Thanks for the inspiration and follow Doverjoyed to see my progress. If you are reading this post on my blog, check out Rural Women Rock .)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

You are God's Workmanship


I attended "Beautiful Awakening" at Victory Church in Oklahoma City with this group of Beautiful women this weekend. We had an amazing time.

Last Sunday,  I began walking through the mini book: You Are Valuable by the late Billy Joe Daugherty.  We will be distributing these during our missions in Rome. I’d like to explore and share some of my thoughts on the ideas and scriptures in the book from a woman‘s perspective- my perspective. Not because my opinion is worth anything at all, but because I’m learning too. It helps me think about the scriptures as they relate to my life. Hang in there with me, and feel free to call me out, if I am wrong.


You are Valuable= I am valuable.

You are God’s Workmanship= I am God’s workmanship.

Your value isn’t based upon the net worth of your assets and bank deposits or your holdings and investments. Your worth is related to Almighty God! -Billy Joe Daugherty

As a woman, my value is not based on who I know, what I own, or what I wear. My value has nothing to do with my past or how I feel. It is not determined by where I work or my education level. It is not impacted by how many times I have failed or how many times I have succeeded. My value is not even based on how long I have known the Lord. He gave His life for me before I gave my life to Him. -Kasse

Ephesians 2:1-3 (Bible)

And you He made alive, who were

dead in trespasses and sins,

In which you once walked according

to the course of this world, according

to the prince of the power of the air,

the spirit who now works in the sons

Of disobedience,

Among whom also we all once

conducted ourselves in the lusts of our

flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh

And of the mind, and were by nature

the children of wrath, just as the others.

Before I gave my life to Christ, I was walking with Satan. I was Satan’s child. I was dead because of my trespasses and sins. When I gave my life to Christ, I was made alive. I owe Him everything. I owe Him my life. - Kasse

Ephesians 2:4-7 (Bible)

But God, who is rich in mercy,

Because of His great love with which

He loved us,

Even when we were dead in

trespasses, made us alive together

With Christ (by grace you have been saved),

And raised us up together, and made

Us site together in heavenly places in

Christ Jesus,

That in the ages to come He might

Show the exceeding riches of His grace

In His kindness toward us in Christ


Because He Loved me, He has shown me mercy. He knew I was a sinner before I existed. He knew I was dead and dying before I even lived. It is because of His kindness, He (Christ) gave His life up for my sins. Because He has risen and lives, I might too. All of this, so that I might be saved by grace through faith in Him. -Kasse

Ephesians 2:8-10 (Bible)

For by grace you have been saved

Through faith, and that not of

Yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Not of works, least anyone should


For we are His workmanship, created

In Christ Jesus for good works, which

God prepared beforehand that we

Should walk in them.

I have not done anything to deserve this gift- in fact I don’t deserve. It is His Love for me, and His intrinsic Kindness that brings mercy to my life. I am His work of art, created and saved specifically for His work. - Kasse

Isaiah 49:16 (Bible)

Behold, I have indelibly imprinted

(tattooed a picture of) you on the palm

Of each of My hands…your walls are continually before Me.

He has always had His eyes on me.  He thought of me when His hands were nailed to the cross. He thought of my sin and my life when He allowed them to take His.  He has been thinking of me before I was created.  I am continually in His presence.
- Kasse 

Amazing Love.  Have a great week!

We do have a couple of features this week.  Horay!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fearfully Wonderfully Made...

Last week I told you ladies about a mission trip that is quickly approaching for my daughter and I. Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share with you some pieces of the book we will be sharing in Rome.

The mini book is: You are Valuable! By Billy Joe Daugherty Enjoy!
1. Fearfully and wonderfully Made!

I will praise You, for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made: marvelous are
your works, and that my soul knows
very well. My frame was not hidden from You,
when I was made in secret, an skillfully

wrought in the lowest parts
of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being
yet unformed. And in Your book
they all were written, the days
fashioned for me, when as yet there
were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts
of me, O god! How great is the sum
of them!

If I should count them, they would be
more in number than the sand; when

I awake, I am still with You.

Psalm 139:14-18 (Bible)

God’s thoughts of you are as numerous as the sand on the seashore! You are valuable in God!

Some people have the concept, “I don’t know whether God likes me or not."
Some think God is going to hit them with a club. Some feel like He has laid a trap for them. They say, “Well, I’m doing okay now, but you never know what God’s going to do!” You will live in self-condemnation and fear if you don’t understand that God values you. He is for you. Satan is the one who wants to devour you.

John 10:10 (Bible)
The thief come only to steal, kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel fearfully or wonderfully made all the time. Satan loves to get me here- get me outside His power where I wallow. What a liar. Satan behind me! ALL my days were written and fashioned by Him- who works all things for my good. That is what I can be confident of when I live in Him- When my focus is Him. When it’s Thy will not my will. Thank you Lord for thinking of me. You do such a better job fashioning the days of my life than I do. You are so good. Love, Kasse D.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Subject Yourself To Intense Study...

More times than not, I wish my head was screwed on a little tighter.  I bought this on vacation for $20.00 from a sweet little Norwegian woman in Florence Colorado.  She had many pieces that she had painted, and for $20.00, I think a little under priced.  I was literally on vacation, or I would have thought to interview her for the site.  It came with a little card.  I will share:

Rosemaling is a traditional Norwegian folk art.  It has evolved from the intricate wood carvings of the early vikings.  In early 1700's, professional painter began to develop their own styles using baroque, rococo, and other elements of design popular in Europe at the time.   Gradually each valley and district in Norway became known for its own distinctive style with elements from each linking the provinces together.
Earth-tone colors are always used and only wooden objects are decorated.  Peg Piltingsrud has rosemaled this item for your enjoyment. 719-784-2303  Thank you Peg.  I will enjoy!

Have a wonderful school year where ever you are and don't forget:

Subject Yourself To Intense Study...

And have some fun...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rural Women Rock Rome...

The Lord's been up to a little something lately, and I think it’s time to share with you ladies. It’s not what has been keeping me away, but it is a bit juicy and exciting. I’ve been keeping a little secret for awhile now. Not to be unfair- I just wanted to make sure everything was in place before I shared.
I’d like to tell you a little story…

Last April while waiting for my son to get his haircut, I began visiting with a woman who had just returned from a mission trip in Finland.  If you are reading this and are local, I was visiting with Rhonda Bryant. Ladies, Rhonda spoke to her church about the trip, and the CD is floating around town. She has a sincere word to share, and I hope every woman in our community will have a chance to listen to it. I wish I could find a way to share it here- she would kill me. As she talked to me, I watched my daughter listen intently and with amazement as she spoke sincerely of the power that she had witnessed while doing the Lords work there. She said, “It‘s different there. The women are so open to His power and are hungry for the Lord”.  The Lord did a work on my heart that day while I listened. I never even told Rhonda what I was thinking- I didn't even really know her.  We just listened. That night I began to pray a little prayer that went something like:

"I've exhausted my self doing things on my own accord, so Lord if it is not in your plan I'm okay with that too, but I would like Olivia and I to do missions for you. I'll only go if it is your plan not mine. You will have to put it directly in my lap. I'm not going to go out and search for anything. If you want us to do something, make it very apparent.”

                                               Just a photo break- Our new family photo.

I prayed about it for a few weeks, but I never told a soul. One morning before Mothers Day, I was running around the house- late for work, and the Lord spoke to my spirit, "find your passport".   I thought, "wow! Kasse you really are crazy".  I shruged it off and went to work.  That afternoon I received a phone call from Reba Altizer the woman who had organized the trip Rhonda had went on to Finland. 

                           Rhonda in the pink and black in front.  Reba is two to the right in black.

Now, I hadn't seen or talked to Reba in years other than listening to her and her husband speak to the youth in our community a while back, and even then, I barely got in a Hi. I sort of knew her twenty something years earlier.  She lived one town over. I knew of her because her older sister (by 10 years) was my voice coach. I always thought a lot of her.  She just had a special spirit about her.  She said, "Kasse I know you don't even really know me, but when I was washing dishes this morning, the Lord put it on my heart to call you.  He said, "Rural Women go to Rome." I know you probably think this is so strange, but I’d like for you to pray about going with me and a group of women on a mission trip to Rome.”  

Reba and Rick with their boys.

Wow, Lord is this you? I told her not to worry, the Lord told me to find my passport earlier this morning, so I thought we might be on the same page.  I began praying for confirmation. I prayed for three weeks and it was coming time to make the decision. We were coming home from school one day and my son asked me if I was going to go on “that mission trip”.  I told him I wasn’t sure. I was praying for conformation.  He turned and looked at me and said, “Mom you prayed specifically to go on missions, the Lord told you to find your passport, a woman you barely know called and asked you to go, and you are praying for confirmation?” So that did it for me. I called her with a yes. I had other personal conditions too.  My daughter had to be able to go since my prayer was a prayer for the two of us. She was welcomed and encouraged by Reba and Olivia's school gave her permission. My husband had to not only agree but support us without reservation.  I sincerely thought this one would be the deal breaker.  There would be no way my husband would agree for me to go, let alone Olivia too.  He would be seeing dollar signs that we did not have.  The Lord has a way to make things happen.  Not only did my husband agree, but he has supported it without exception.  Even when I had no idea how we were going financially, the Lord has had a plan for this one too.  It is still in the works, but I know I will tell you another story about this soon, but enough for now.  We are praying for two more women to go on the trip making it a total of 10.    I would sincerely love for our trip to be in as many prayers as possible.  We will be leaving October 25th through November 7th.  I know the Lord has divine appointments for us there.  I wouldn't be going if He didn't.  Less than 1% of Europe believes in Jesus Christ as our Savior and most missions don't go there.  I also feel like the Lord has put the Jewish women of that country on my heart.  I'm not sure what this is all about, or if it's anything, but I am expecting...To say the least, I can't wait to see what the Lord has prepared for us to do.  He is working on His Kingdom, no doubt! I am more than excited to be apart. 

I would love to share our experiences along the way.  I am also dying to tell some of the amazing ways the Lord is working this out for us.

                                       Reba and a team in Finland.

First, I want to take a bit of time and tell you about Reba. I actually mentioned something about her awhile back: You Have a Purpose.  She was the guest speaker at our community women's dinner not long ago. 

                                                            Reba and another team.
Reba Altizer is a member of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Ok. She graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas TX with a bachelor degree in Practical Missions. She has been involved in missions and evangelism for the past 20 years serving in 28 nations. The past 10 years she and her husband have worked at Victory Christian Center as the Coordinators of the Victory World Missions Training Center which is a school to help prepare students for full-time missions work. She has lead women's teams to Italy several times, Slovenia, Finland & Estonia. She has a real desire for women to know they are valuable and to fulfill their God given purpose.

I'm just adding this in the case that this trip speaks directly to the heart of anyone reading.  The following are photos from a few of the teams Reba has organized. I'm also including Reba's email for questions.

                                                          Reba and her team in Estonia.


                                                     Russian Women's Conference.

Reba with women in Hong Kong.

Women's conference with translated You Are Valuable books.

You are Valuable book given at a women's rehab in Finland.

2  Timothy 1:7-8  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self -dicipline.  Do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or be ashamed of me.

1 John 5:14-15 If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Ephesians 1:11 In Him we were also chosen having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in comformity with the purpose of his will.

Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, becasue it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 

Have a great week!!