Snow Day, 2017!

IT SNOWED!!! SNOW!!! AHH. I woke up at 7:30 to take Waylon out, and the world was blanketed with white snow. Ma took some quick pictures, and I went back to bed… I woke up again at 9AM, then got Kody up. We got all bundled up and went outside! We got 2-3 inches today. It is so amazing. I have been wanting snow and here it is!

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Taloowa and Migi.

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Migi, our Cherokee pony, joins the fun.

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Ziibi, and his silly self, decided it would be be fun to bite Taloowa’s tail and lead/chase her with it… LOL!

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Taloowa and I. 🙂

The babies were enjoying themselves! They were romping around with each other for fun, and to keep warm. 🙂

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Ulu.

Ceremony and his girls. ♥

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Mr. Handsome

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Matoska

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I don’t think they were impressed by our ‘sled’…

The curlies were beautiful in the snow! =D Ulu is so big being pregnant. We are so excited to meet her baby! Yahweh bless us. ♥

Then we all bundled up and went to the top of the property and some neighbor’s land, taking pictures to send to them! Here’s a bunch of pictures of us all! 😀

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EATING SNOW! =D

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Laney liked the snow!

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Tory got Kody!

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Laney Little cannot see! ;D

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No snowmen this year, too powdery… but the piles we made, Waylon and Hank made sure to trample! Here’s Hank going mad.

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Ma and Roger saw two does… but Dad didn’t see them.

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Rey eating snow!

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My beautiful Mama

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My AMAZING parents.

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Laney fell asleep…

We all had an AMAZING day!! It was so fun.

We got back and hung out (Dad went hunting), and then we all ate dinner together. Roger made snow cream, which was delicious! 🙂

Step By Step Sanctuary had an amazing, fun, sweet day. We are blessed to have such a beautiful snow! Yahweh is amazing… Looking at the different snowflakes and how each of their designs are different… It reminds me of Yahweh’s LOVE. His power, His Beauty, and how amazing Creator is! Yahweh created people, and we are each different and unique. And Yeshua loves us…. Yahweh is a Sovereign Creator, and today, I was shown how beautiful His Love is. ♥♥

At the end of a wonderful, cold day, we all come inside to a warm house. Yahweh is good. ♥  YHVH bless!

-Angela

 

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Stepping Into 2017! | Q&A Vlog

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2016 is coming to an end. 2017 is the next step; stepping into a new year, a new season. I cannot believe 2016 is over… I remember last New Year Eve’s, when Ryan, Rachel, Ashton, and Ember came down from North Carolina and we all watched the New York Ball drop (and I ate, like, an entire bag of chocolate)… And a year has passed. So much has happened this year.

Yahweh has blessed Step By Step Sanctuary so much this past year… 2016 may be coming to an end, but Yahweh’s Love is never ending! My family and I look back at how far Yahweh has brought us, what Yeshua has taught us…. We are so grateful and amazed.

We look back on this year, and we count our blessings, the miracles, and the gifts. We continue to follow Yahweh with this new year, this new gift; eyes up, walking on water, leaving the boat behind.

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I am sitting here writing, it’s 9:15, and I am in tears. Why? Because I look at what I have. I remember what has happened this past year. I count my blessings and I lose count completely. I look at the miracles and wonder how do I thank Yahweh?

This year has held trials, hardships, tears, blood, fears, doubts, many things that Satan and the Dark has thrown at us. This year has held gifts, blessings, miracles, laughter, love, faith, and hope. Through this year, we have been in YAHWEH’s Hands. HIS protection, in His fortress and guidance. Yahweh is our Savior and our Deliverer, He has not forsaken us once, even when the battle raged hard and the waves came over our heads. We kept or eyes on our Lord, and walked on the water, despite it all.

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Yahweh is faithful, and we are joyous that He walks with us. He is a Light on our path as He leads us…. And 2017 is no different, and it is all foreseen by Yahweh. Nothing catches Him by surprise. 🙂 And He is faithful and mighty to save, I know we were safe in Yeshua’s Hands. ♥

I am zealous for a new year to follow Yahweh, to draw nearer to Him, to glorify Yehovah Lord. I am excited for the journey before me. The gifts He has in store, and what He will set before me to do for others. 🙂 This life is a gift, and each season is different….

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace…. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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2016 was also the 3rd year anniversary of my blog, The Peculiar Messenger. 🙂 Earlier this month (check out that awesome post here), I asked y’all to send in questions so I could do a Q&A Vlog! And you guys, being as awesome as you are, sent your questions in! I know I said I would upload the vlog on the 30th, but the 30th was my brother’s, Kody, 13th birthday!

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So happy birthday to the best younger brother ever. 🙂 ♥

Again, thank you all so much for sending in questions! I had lots of fund doing this. One of you fantastic people (hi, you!) asked if I would continue to do vlogs… The answer is yes! ;D Here is the Q&A vlog, featuring myself, Angela Watts, and my older sister, Tory. Kody was the camera man, so thanks dude! =) Hope y’all enjoy.

Also, the book I have signed by the illustrator is called The Magical Mr. McWhirl. Lol, just in case you were curious…

Hopefully it was good, haha, and you could understand my accent. 😉 It was great though haha, and Tory was game to ‘interview’ me so that was even better. And you even got a small, small hint of a new book idea I’ve gotten! ;D

Also, I reached my goal for 100 followers by January 1st! AHH! I’m so excited. =D Thank you so, so much for following.

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We continue to follow Yahweh with this new year, this new gift; eyes up, walking on water, leaving the boat behind.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. -Psalms 34: 8-11

I go forward into 2017 with lessons learned from this past year. I go forward with new knowledge, and a mind and heart that is forever seeking God’s Truth and His World. I go forward with a heart zealous for my Father. I go forward with the memories and nostalgia and faith from this last year. This last year was incredible. I go forward with my family, my friends, our horses, and our home. I go forward with YAHWEH! Each step I take, I pray it is a step nearer to the Lord, and on His path for me. I pray I can touch others, share Yahweh’s Love, and just be who God made me. I pray Yahweh protects my family and continues to bless us. ♥

 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness… Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. -Psalms 150:1-6

 

May Yahweh be with you and guide your steps this upcoming year! YHVH bless.

-Angela

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

-Psalms 46:10

Here’s a song I’ve been listening to kick off the year 2017!! ♥

A Very Merry Christmas

 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 Christmas was absolutely amazing! We all woke up early first thing and went down to Tory, Roger, Rey, and Laney’s – the Combs house! 😀 Santa came and so Rey had two big presents waiting…

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Rey in her new chair!!

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She liked the bows…

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Ma with her Peanuts plates!

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Rey opening the big Minnie mouse, with Laney overseeing.

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Dad ♥

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Rey and Kody playing with the train set. It was fun.

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The AMAZING stockings Tory made for all of us!!

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Ma and Laney

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Papaw Jim and Laney!

It was so fun to go down there, so the kids could have a Christmas morning at their house. ♥ The kids had fun and we loved being there, it was so sweet. 🙂 Then we all went down to our house- the Watts house. ;D

Dad’s gift to Papaw Jim!! SO COOL

Ryan’s present for Rey 😀

helping Laney 😉

My gift to Mamaw and Papaw. My first big scale landscape painting!

Tory and her gift from me- a horse painting ♥

I. GOT. A. KEYBOARD. OH MY GOSH!!!

Ma got a Carhartt!

Rey and her tea set (also… me in the background smelling my books! LOL)

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Papaw and Waylon! ♥

 

We all opened our presents and Rey opened all of her toys down here ( a bunch of dog and horse figures, and a tea set!). When we were all finished, Kody got off with his Star War LEGO sets.And we actually got pictures of everyone together! 😀 Some of us took a nap (I wasn’t one of them lol, though I wish. 😉 ). Then, in the evening we went and Roger shot his new gun- a 300 win-mag (it was so loud haha). For dinner we had a stew and Ma read the Bible story (Dad has a cough so he couldn’t read tonight’s story. He explained the meaning of Hanukkah last night though, for the first day of Hanukkah!). Then we put on music (Paul Wilbur, Bethel Music, and Rich Mullins) and we all sang. 🙂 Praise be to God for His Gift and His LOVE! 

Christmas was such a blessing. We were all full of joy, peace, and rejoicing. We remember that Yeshua came as a little baby, and was crucified and ridiculed; and rose again. And HE will return: but when He returns again, Yeshua will not be born and put in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. Messiah will return with a Sword as Champion! ♥

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Christmas…. was so amazing. Mamaw and Papaw’s visit was great. We all had fun, ate a lot, and relaxed. The weather was crazy warm, and I was hoping for snow (or at least it to be cold… but it was far from it!), but we got outside and said hello to the horses. 🙂

I will show y’all some of what I got later! 😀 For now… I praise Yahweh for blessing me so. With my family, friends, my home-  for this LIFE. I loved singing with my family, praising the Lord, having fellowship. Yahweh is GREAT. Yahweh is LOVE. Yahweh is SAVIOR. Blessed be the Lord. ♥

Yahweh bless us, everyone!

-Angela

Today is the last day to send in questions for my Q&A vlog!! Send them in HERE! God bless!!

 

Oh God, you are my god
And I will ever praise you
I will seek you in the morning
And I will learn to walk in your ways
And step by step you’ll lead me
And I will follow you all of my days

Weekly Ramble And Heartfelt Photography

More updates on Crisis At Step By Step Sanctuary can be found on our Facebook page! We are updating that daily, be sure to go look! Step By Step Sanctuary Facebook. Tomorrow we start again with Lucy, Sugar Baby, and Ziibi, to remove more barbs. All of your prayers are so appreciated- thank you!

Well, y’all, this last week or two has been crazy. A mess. But God has prevailed. He has given us the strength and courage to keep going and praise HIM through the storm.

Today was actually a relaxing day- we took a break from the horses so they could rest a little. So, Dad, Roger, and Kody have set up another deer stand and they’ve been hunting off and on all day. Roger shot a small buck, but the blood trail led to nothing so… *sigh* No deer meat. 😦 But the year isn’t over yet, right? 🙂

 

I actually managed to get some stuff done I’ve been meaning to! ;D I uploaded a page for my books! (AHH!!) I know it took forever, sorry, but if y’all want to see all of my books and my poems/stories, here is the page: My Worlds. It looks all nice, doesn’t it? ;D I had some fun doing the covers, using my own photos, but yeah… And I’ll be updating the list of short stories and poems, as I upload more, of course. I actually have stuff to upload I just get busy… Anyway. I also updated my About Me page! *jumps up and down* I’ve wanted to have a make over for that page, and now, it’s done! 🙂 And Step By Step Sanctuary’s page is updated, along with the other pages underneath that one… Yeah, basically, just indulge yourself a bit, maybe just go and reread all my pages, yeah? ;D Whoohoo! *bursts sparkly juice that only comes out around Thanksgiving I love that stuff*

I’ve also been editing Seek. 🙂 It’s coming along really well. Lots of praying. ♥ Have some pictures of me editing and stuff….

Before editing…

After editing! 

So yes- lots of editing/rewriting left to go, but I am glad because I have Yeshua with me! ♥

And yeah… Life has been super busy here at Step By Step Sanctuary, but Thanksgiving is coming up (SERIOUSLY!?! SO SOON. But I am very excited for FOOD so yesss.), and we’re all together and God is with us. So life is good. 🙂

And this weekend, I’ve learned with horror, I haven’t uploaded any of my photography in a long while… So here are a few photos I’ve taken lately that I love! Enjoy.

Our first frost of the year…

A Moon Unlike Every Other

Freedom

Cosmo

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Road Untravelled 

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Youngster

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Fall

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Curiosity

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Robins

That’s just a few photos but… I must go and watch the Christmas movies! =D I hope you enjoyed, and may God bless you.

-Angela

Crisis At Step By Step Sanctuary

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Hello y’all. Now, if you’ve been following us on our Facebook page, you have probably seen that here at Step By Step Sanctuary, we’re having a crisis.

The hay rolls we put in each of our 5 fields, had a grass in them called foxtail. Foxtail is a grass that has seeds, and when eaten by horses, they cut and get stuck in their mouths, causing cuts, blisters, and ulcers. We first found a problem with Sugar Baby, our palamino, but thought she had just cut herself on something, However, we found that she had ulcers. When we went to try and find out why… We found foxtail in the hay.

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Last weekend, we spent the two days clearing out all of the fields- removing the bales and everything. We had to do that twice, because when we got more rolls, they actually had foxtail in them too. We reached out to people and friends we know that have horses, and it turns out that lots of different hay (from different sources) have foxtail. It is not just us, but it is starting with us, and it seems to be some kind of epidemic. We think it is because of the drought here, and the time of the hay cutting that were late… But you can find more on that on the page

The thing is, they cannot heal unless all of the barbs are out. The seeds have microscopic barbs, which cut the horses, and the larger barbs can be removed by tweezers. We have been giving all the horses a saline solution as well. I will not be posting photos of what foxtail does to horses, or what it has done to our babies, because its too graphic. However, we have put some pictures out on our Facebook, under the comment section. But it isn’t for the light hearted- it’s truly sickening and awful.

We have 15 horses; 5 fields, and 3 Native American herds. At first, the worst ones were Sugar Baby, Lucy, and Cosmo. Sugar Baby is currently on the mend, we believe, she’s doing better. Cosmo we had to give a tranquilzer: Cosmo was beaten and abused before we got him, so we weren’t able to get in his mouth without making him sleepy. But he still fought the shot, so we will have to pray and try and get him to the vet. At the vet, they’ll put him asleep, so Tory can get his mouth done. Lucy (our sweet domestic mare) has a few bad ulcers, and we only have a little left to clean with her, but she’s doing better. We did Rocky today, and he’s fine now. Skip doesn’t have it bad.

Taloowa (my Chickawsaw/Choctaw girl) had a blister, but we caught it, and now she’s healing up. Migi (our Cherokee pony) we are cleaning, but she’s not bad. Ziibi (our Ojibwe stud) was very bad- and we are not done with him yet. Maybe half way- he’s still got barbs. The stuff got under his tongue, so he’s a mess. But we had to dope him to get him to relax with us.

The curlies don’t seem to have it as bad. We can’t tell if Matoska has the ulcers or anything, but we don’t see obvious signs that alerted us at first- bleeding from the mouth. So we think she is OK. We did Ulu- she has a few small ulcers but stood still enough for us to fix them, and we’ll keep up with her. Ceremony had a few but we got them. The Curly field seemed to know the hay was bad, and so they tried not to eat the stuff.

The Southern field is alright. Their hay was bad but they seemed to avoid it, also. Comanche had it a bit, but we got him. Maddy and Fawn are clean. We can’t tell with Senna because we can’t get a hold of her, but she seems to be OK.

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So, we cleaned all the fields, and have been taking each horse and fixing them. With the saline water and some stuff the vet gave us, and some of Tory’s herbs. It has been a crazy week…  Really emotionally and physically challenging.

A lot has been going on. We know this is the Dark, Satan and his demons, trying to tear us down and destroy us at our weakest, hitting us on all sides. But we’re strong because we have YESHUA. Yahweh is King, and He is our refuge. We praise Him, through the storm and the sunniest times. Things can be difficult, but Yahweh is our Father, and when we turn our heads to Him, He will guide our steps.

When I am confused and looking everywhere, trying to find some hope, a path to go; I have no reason to doubt. To fear. Because God is a lamp to my feet. That doesn’t mean I have to know where I’m going. I don’t have to know. I can be blind, perfectly blind, and lost- but if I seek Yahweh, I will not be lost. If I follow Him, fully in faith and trust, He will lead me where to go. If the road looks rough, its because I’m looking at it with my own eyes, my fleshly eyes, and not with God’s hope and faith. Sure, life is rough- the past week has kinda pushed me back into that. But we all have faith and prayer and hope. Through all of us, my family and I have pushed on and came together. We’ve reached out to others, and there are good people out there. It gives me some hope to see those folks.

Step By Step Sanctuary is in a mess, but, step by step, we’re following God out of the rocky road and back up. God is healing some of our horses, and He will the others. We will work hard and pray hard.

We love these horses. All of them, each one. They mean so much to me… I am so grateful to Yahweh for them.

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Thank you so much for your prayers, every prayer means everything to us and to Yahweh! And we pray for you- that God blesses each of you and brings you joy. 🙂 Yeshua is the Almighty, and we are His! 😀

Also, we updated our ‘About page’ on the Facebook, and I’ve also updated the page on this blog. Go check it out here. 🙂 And I also know that my About page is gone- heh, long story. I am currently remake-overing my about me page so… I’ll tell y’all when it’s done. 🙂 YHVH bless!

-Angela

150 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

-Psalms 150:1-6