Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cowboy, Take Me Away

When a night starts like this, you know it's going to be good...

Our gracious and heavenly Father, 
we pause in the midst of this festive occasion, 
mindful and thoughtful of the guidance that you have given us.

As cowboys, Lord, we don't ask for any special favors, 
we ask only that you let us compete in this arena, as in lifes arena. 
We don't ask to never break a barrier, 
or to draw a round of steer that's hard to throw, 
or a chute fighting horse, 
or a bull that is impossible to ride. 
We only ask that you help us to compete as honest as the horses we ride 
and in a manner as clean and pure as the wind that blows across this great land of ours.

So when we do make that last ride that is inevitable for us all to make,
 to that place up there, where the grass is green and lush and stirrup high, 
and the water runs cool, clear, and deep -
You'll tell us as we ride in that our entry fees have been paid.

These things we ask,
I love rodeos.
To me, they are the definition of summer.
Tonight was the first rodeo of the year, and it was beautiful.
I mean, it wasn't the best rodeo I've ever been to.
(they played more pop and rap songs than they did country)
But it was a blast. 

Also, I need  a cowboy in my life.
I've decided that really is the kind of guy I want.
Convenient that my parents just moved to Wyoming, eh?
(Mom, keep an eye out for me...)

Before the rodeo, we'd spent the day at the lake.
Apparently it doesn't matter whether or not I put sunscreen on, I'll still get fried.
The best part of the day was realizing how great of friends I have at work.

The fact that we all lived at work these last two weeks and still wanted to hang out with each other on our day off?
Pretty sweet.

Summer kind of got off to a slow start, but it's really here now. 
And it's wonderful.

It all started with last week's demolition derby.
Then today.
Next weekend is all the wonder that comes with the 4th of July.
Cache Valley Cruise-In. Fireworks. (three cities, three days, three sets of fireworks) Concerts from afar.
Later will come more rodeos and demo derbies. 
Throw in a trip to Nashville and all the temples in Utah and lots of hours of work (which translates to $$$).

I'd say we're in for a great couple of months. 

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