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The Day Before Kiddo #3 is Born!!

21 Mar

Hey little baby!

The day I saw this test result pop up, I bawled my eyes out. Not because I was so happy, I mean I was so happy, but because I was so tired. You see your big bros, they aren’t that big yet, they had been up all night. I was exhausted and the thought of adding you, oh even tiny little bitty you, just made me totally lose it.

So today, the day before we meet you, I ran across the test that I kept all these very long days. I’m still tired sweet thing, your brothers still aren’t that big yet and were up a lot last night. I still puked all morning today, gosh there’s been so much puking from you tiny “innocent” (I’m really trying to not place blame here on an infant) babe! And I still am not sure where exactly you’re going to sleep or quite fit into this wild ride of raising crops and kids that your dad and I signed up for.

But I know we love you already. Your big brothers can’t wait for you to come out to meet them! Auggie has been working on saying Millie or Tate, so boy or girl we should be set. And Hoot asks everyday if we are going TODAY to get “that baby and lollipops from the doctor”.

I will say thank you for not showing up too early, like your mama, you must understand this farming thing a bit. We are caught up on fertilizing, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow so why not have a baby anyway, and we are feeling as organized as possible to take a few days to get to know you.

So my best advice before you hit the real world is that you better rest up now. This crazy Frketich house isn’t a very calm place, but with how you have been moving and grooving in my stomach I’m pretty sure you’re going to do just fine out here. See you in the morning!

😘 Love, your mama

It’s Rodeo Time in St. Paul!

30 Jun

It’s that time of year when our small town of a little under 400 people comes alive with over 50,000 folks. They come for the show, the bulls, the cold beer, the fireworks and friends, and a hell of a good time.  Because in St. Paul, we work hard so we can play hard! 

It’s a tradition that has gone on for 82 years and as the third generation of my family to call St. Paul home, it’s hard for me to even express the pride I feel to be from this small dusty farm town. It’s really a no where place, and except one weekend a year…that’s how we like it.  I have friends that have made this their family tradition too.  And every year getting together is just a piece of what keeps this legacy alive. Because that’s how it works, we welcome you in and it tends to get under your skin, it becomes a place and a time that is hard to live without.  I hear other places celebrate the 4th of July, but it’s hard to imagine a place with more tradition and more passion for freedom than our little town of St. Paul, Oregon. 

So dust off those cowboy boots, or better yet leave the dust on; we don’t care either way! And head on out to St. Paul, where you’ll get to experience a little of the wild west, and a little (or a lot) of a wild time. 

What are some of your best rodeo traditions, stories or memories? After 82 years I know there are some great ones out there!

Here are a few more stories to check out:

Steve Coleman remains true to himself, St. Paul Rodeo

Saddle Up for St. Paul Rodeo

And for tickets and more info: http://www.stapulrodeo.com

Memorial Day 2017

29 May

While we are off BBQing, camping, or doing yard work this weekend it’s easy to forget why we get to take a day to relax.  But truly, take a moment today to appreciate those who not only sacrificed, but gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 


Home of the free, because of the brave. We thank you all!  Happy Memorial Day!

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