Lord calm my heart and protect our officers…

A hug can never be took for granted. I squeezed my LEO with everything I had in me Monday morning. I have just now got up the strength to post…. My LEO is fine. He is perfectly fine. I don’t want to alarm anyone, I am asking for some deep prayers though. 

So here’s what is going on. I am so proud of the courage Blayne shows as an officer. It’s very humbling to see him so brave even when I can spot fear in his eye. Stress in his heart and worry in his mind. We both have to be strong for each other and lean to eachother to get through the stresses. 

We had an approx 10 hour notice that my Leo needed to pack up and fly to where the pipeline protests are. All the way to North Dakota. Let me just stress with all the violence going on all over the world, the word PROTEST scares the living crap out of me. If you haven’t read on the protest you can do so by one of my previous posts. Also, a Google search will pull up the latest. So up at 4am Monday morning to make sure my LEO gets off to Tulsa airport and on his flight that left at 7am. He has made it safe and sound there and we still know very little details. The protest is not a violent one at this time but again, it scares me to death. 

The flight went well, for his first time. Trying to keep him calm through all of the cluster was a treat. Thankfully God has created an extra patient heart in me, and also a heart that is absolutely crazy about my LEO. So guiding and helping him in any way he needs is a huge pleasure to me. After all, that is exactly what God gives you a spouse for right? THEIR happiness, their well being, their smile… He put me here for him and I make it my mission every day to make his life as easy as possible. As stress free as possible and to make sure at the end of the day he has a smile that could go for miles. If you can’t tell, my LEO is very special to me. As are each of yours to you. 

He made it to South Dakota around noon yesterday, he is seeing just how big this world is! They don’t know much of what or where they will be at this time, and are not even sure how long he will have to be there. The actual protest is in North Dakota however, so many people are joining this protest from all over that it continues to grow. There are reports of people from Germany, Canada and all over. Tribes are coming to protest the construction of the pipeline. 
We were told the hearing is Wednesday, August 24th. After, we should know a lot more details and possibly when they send everyone home. 

The prayers are greatly appreciated, I know he will be fine and be home soon. I can’t help but have fear and worry due to the hatred shown towards police. I think it’s only natural to worry. They say if he is brave enough to suit up, I have to be brave enough to let him. My strength is coming from God because when I hugged his neck Monday, I just almost couldn’t let go. So, as you can imagine yesterday was hard but could have been worse. With next to no sleep my emotions were high and my headache was pounding- I know…. Insert big baby tears. I refused to put on my big girl panties yesterday but today I am strong. We are anxious for his return and can’t wait to hug him again. Our officers need the prayers. They have sent officers from all over to this, so I know I am not alone as I sit on the porch and stare at the lake just waiting for him to call again so I can hear his voice. 

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His first flight picture!

If you frequent my blog you will know I speak from my heart, ya know… That really mushy part. I can’t help it sometimes… I am blessed in so many ways and often times things and people are took for granted. I can not stress how there is no time for that, life is so short. Love as much as you possibly can. We have been on quite the little journey and through some dark days. I remember a time when my LEO told me to take his hand and never EVER let go. I promised him I wouldn’t and he did the same, no matter what storm cloud was above us we have always kept our promise. Even at times when I was positive he had given up, or even he might have thought I had. We have proved to eachother we haven’t. We have proved to each other we’d keep our promise and always be there for the other. My LEO, like many of yours to you… Is my best friend. We laugh together, love together, grieve together and hurt together- he has shown me gods ideal of a couple being one flesh. So back to my mushiness… This world is full of so many different people. We have different likes, dislikes, interests, thoughts and personalities. This is how it’s supposed to be, it’s ok we are all different. It’s ok we don’t all think alike. What is not ok is the hate for our police. The violence in our world. The hate for others. It is so heartbreaking to watch it on the news. And you’re right, one person can’t change it all. They can help it though, you will never convince me a single persons heart can’t spread love and have a domino effect?! 

Life is to short… Hug often, love deeply. Prayers for everyone affected by the pipeline protests. PLEASE KEEP OUR OFFICERS IN YOUR PRAYERS. 

I will post updates as I can… 

Xoxo, Heather 



Protesters anxiously await temporary injunction ruling to halt construction of Dakota Access Pipeline


Prayers for all the officers sent to help control the North Dakota Pipeline protest

I just pray this protest doesn’t get out of control. My thoughts are will all those who had to go help with this, I pray for their safe return. 

CANNON BALL – North Dakota’s homeland security director ordered the removal of state-owned trailers and water tanks from the Dakota Access Pipeline protest campsite Monday, citing mounting reports of unlawful activity — the latest involving lasers — and the risk of damage.
“Based on the scenario down there, we don’t believe that equipment is secure,” Homeland Security Division Director Greg Wilz said.
As tribal members from across the nation streamed into the campsite, swelling its population to between 500 to 4,000 people depending on estimates, the loss of their main drinking water supply came as a blow and sent local officials scrambling to find an alternative water source. “I feel like I just got shot down,” said Johnelle Leingang, executive secretary to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II and the tribe’s emergency response coordinator. “It’s very hurtful.” A black heavy-duty pickup backed up to the water tanks and pulled them away just before noon as the beating sun drove temperatures into the 80s. Two air-conditioned trailers and a command center vehicle – delivered with the water tanks a week ago by the North Dakota Department of Health at the tribe’s request – also were hauled away from the campsite, which overlooks the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers just south of where the oil pipeline would cross the Missouri. “People are getting overheated now already,” Leingang said shortly before 4 p.m., as the temperature hovered around 90.

Governor seeks fed help

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who issued an emergency declaration Friday to make additional state resources available to manage public safety risks associated with the protest, called Monday for federal officials to help manage the situation.
In an interview with conservative talk show host Scott Hennen, Dalrymple noted the campsite sits on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, whose approval of the pipeline’s river crossings led to the tribe filing a federal lawsuit to stop it. A judge will consider the tribe’s request for a temporary injunction during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Dalrymple spokesman Jeff Zent said the governor spoke Monday morning with Jo-Ellen Darcy, who supervises the corps as the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, discussing the fact the campsite is on corps land and that protesters don’t have a permit. While Zent said the governor requested no specific action by the corps, Dalrymple told Hennen, “I think they have to step up and take some responsibility, as well.” Corps spokeswoman Eileen Williamson said the agency is just monitoring the situation and has no action planned. “At this point, there is not a permit, but it is my understanding they are requesting a permit,” which will undergo a review for issues such as environmental impact, health and safety, she said. The corps may ticket unauthorized campers but has no authority to remove them, leaving that to law enforcement, Williamson said. “We want to make sure that things are handled peaceably,” she said.
With work temporarily halted on the pipeline, only a handful of protesters stood along Highway 1806 by the construction site Monday morning, with the rest down at the campsite. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office estimated 2,000 to 2,500 protesters, while one campsite leader, Phyllis Young, pegged the gathering at closer to 4,000.  Standing Rock spokesman Steven Sitting Bear said it had grown to 2,500 to 3,000, with many coming and going as they worked around their work and school schedules.

“I’ve been getting notifications from tribes all over the country that have caravans in route, so it’s continuing to grow,” he said. Law enforcement on site estimated between 500 and 800 protesters were present Monday morning. 
Laser incidents investigated

Authorities had arrested 29 protesters – including the tribal chairman – in the last two weeks for alleged disorderly conduct or trespassing, but things were comparatively quiet over the weekend and no additional arrests were reported as of mid-afternoon Monday, officials said.
However, authorities announced they are investigating two incidents of laser strikes aimed at aircraft being used to observe the protest site. A pilot reported a laser beam hitting him in the eye around 5:15 a.m. last Wednesday, causing him to be blinded temporarily, according to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

A second incident occurred about 12:45 a.m. Sunday. In that case, the pilot said he was able to look away in time to avoid the laser, authorities said. Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a federal violation. Reports have been forwarded to the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Some at the protest complained last week that aircraft were being used to disrupt cell phone communications. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said the planes are being used for public safety observation and not being used to disrupt any services. A traffic control point remained in place on State Highway 1806 south of Mandan. Zent said the governor has no plans to mobilize the North Dakota National Guard.
“He’d like to keep this in the law enforcement arena,” he said.

Factions develop

Dalrymple said that while the majority of protesters were peaceful, there’s an element of “outside agitators” responsible for vandalism, trespassing on private property and blocking the highway – “hundreds of criminal acts.” Threats also have been made against law enforcement on social media, Kirchmeier noted. Leingang dismissed claims of unlawful activity at the campsite as rumor and said “nothing bad is happening here.”

Still, protesters acknowledged the camp has split into two factions. “You have the pacifists and then you have the people who feel something should be done, and they’re camped across the river from each other,” said Jesse Stevens, 32, a member of Wisconsin’s Menominee and Oneida tribes. Stevens and two other men from Keshena, Wis., left Friday evening and arrived Sunday night, delayed by a broken water pump on his GMC Jimmy. While they set up camp on the “peaceful” side, Stevens said he felt like he should be across the river. “My point in coming out here was some kind of action, regardless of whether it’s life-threatening or not,” he said. “This is our land, our people.” Dionne Addison, 40, a Northern Arapaho Tribe member who caravanned with family from Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation, said she was a little concerned about her children’s safety at the campsite. But she added, “I believe there’s strength in prayer,” and said it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“Our water is sacred,” she said. “I want to make a difference, and I want them to know they can make a difference, too.”

Back to School Prayer 

     A Prayer for Your Child’s Education

Lord, bless my children’s academic skills and efforts. I pray You would give each of them the desire to learn and the gift of knowledge. Help them excel in their strengths while persevering in their weaknesses. Do not let them become discouraged when they cannot grasp things with ease. Instead may they appreciate and store up the knowledge they gain.
Father, as much as I want my children to flourish in their educations, so much more do I want them to gain wisdom. Your Word teaches us that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor (Ecclesiastes 7:12), that wisdom is supreme (Proverbs 4:7) and the one who gets it will have great insight, able to understand what is right and just and fair. May wisdom enter into their hearts and knowledge be pleasant to their souls. May discretion protect them and understanding guard them (Proverbs 2:9-11).
Father, I pray that in all of life’s schools, may my children come to the conclusion that fearing You and keeping Your commandments is the ultimate duty of their lives (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Keep them grounded, centered on You, broadening their knowledge while maintaining their integrity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For the Lord gives wisdom…He holds victory…He is a shield…He guards the course…and protects the way.
Verses to Reflect Upon

  • The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33
  • How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver. Proverbs 16:16
  • Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. Ecclesiastes 7:12
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
  • My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to knowledge, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord. For the Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:1-11
  • Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13

Dear drunk driver…

I followed you for 47 minutes tonight. I was late to work… Funny enough I was heading to the police department for another round of portraits. I followed you for many miles debating on if I should call you in. I am an officers girlfriend so I know the routine, I didn’t want to be ‘that girl’ who calls you in. After watching you hit the ditch time after time, then back into oncoming traffic. I said a prayer for you as I followed you. I hoped you’d turn down a dirt road and find your way home and out of harms way and from harming anyone else. The longer I followed you the more you scared me, the more I pictured my family being in oncoming traffic and my heart sunk. Someone else’s family is in oncoming traffic. Mine is home tucked in bed safe and sound, what about the ones still out there? The families who had no idea what they might be passing or how dangerously you were driving. I was scared for the many cars you almost hit head on. That’s someone’s child or spouse. I feared the worst (yes that’s me). As I fought back and fourth with myself on calling, I finally told myself I had to. So I called you in. I am sorry but yes I ‘tattled’ I could not take watching you wrecklessly shoot from one side of the road to the next, slamming on your breaks and then speeding up extremely fast. I also noticed you had a passenger, another life you put in danger. As I’m taking all the details of your vehicle and license plate I just keep thinking to myself that you truly have no idea what you are doing, do you? I don’t have to tell you how careless you are because chances are you know it. Chances are you will do it again, I hope you made it home safely and didn’t harm yourself or anyone else. 

I am that deep soul that everything has a quote to go along with and blah blah… That is me and any of my friends would back that up so of course I have to say it… Tomorrow isn’t promised my friends. I know you know this but do you truly take it to heart? Or do you just assume harm won’t come your way? You assume you’re not in firing range? I think that’s a normal feeling for us all. After having Brooklynn, life got a whole lot more meaning to it. Between Blayne and Brooklynn my heart is full. I couldn’t dare stand the thought of losing either one- for any reason. Not just them but anyone of my friends and family. Life can be took from us in a second. I am only 31, however I feel at least 40. Which is nothing bad at all, I just find myself holding on to little moments so much more then I used to. Forgiving  easily, soaking up the sweet moments these two give me. Maybe it doesn’t have anything to do with age. Maybe it’s just me being crazy (there is a good possibility!) following that careless driver tonight made me want to run home and hug blayne and Brooklynn. Do you ever feel that way, like you just want to squeeze them in your arms and never let go? I do, on a daily basis! 

I encourage you to love. I encourage you to choose love in all times, no matter what. Anger can get to us, hurt feelings can get to us, emotions can run high but in everything you do I hope you can always remember that tomorrow isn’t promised, so hug your loved ones tight. Forgive. Choose to love. 

So to the drunk driver this evening, I pray your poor choices didn’t create any harm. Possibly tomorrow you’ll wake up with a headache and a few regrets, regrets we’ve all made. Poor choices many of us have made a time or two in life. Maybe somehow you can have a wake up call tonight and find yourself making better choices. Maybe you’ll find yourself getting to hug your loved ones because you didn’t take your life tonight, or anyone else’s.

If you find yourself making poor choices (God knows I have) – I hope you find the strength to overcome them. Don’t let a day go by you don’t choose to love and make sure all those around you know it. Forgive people. Love them. Pray for them and don’t ever ever take a second for granted, you never know what drunk driver is on the road ahead. 

Be safe out there…


Thank YOU! 💙

We wanted to say thank you to our friends and family for being here with us. Our purpose for this blog is a variety of reasons. 

First off we want our friends and family to be able to keep up with things going on in our life. The past year has been such an amazing adventure and so so much has changed and we have all grown tremendously!  We love sharing our adventures with you. We might find new family traditions or things to do and things we learn and love, we want to share with you! 

Second, we want to share amazing things and places that we find. Sometimes this might be a town, an event, a great deal or maybe even something that you could benefit from. 

Third, we know there is a huge world of blue families out there and we want to connect with you, share our heartaches, love and support. 💙💙
Fourth, we are learning soooo much! We want to share it in case it could maybe help someone out there! So, we will share books we have read and things along those lines that we feel are share worthy. We will share prayers, devotionals, thoughts, trials and more! 🙏🏼

Along with those things we want to be able to share pictures and fun times in our life. We realize there are a variety of ways to stay in touch and we have really enjoyed being able to write in a blog form, as opposed to other social media options. 

Now, most of the time me (Heather!) is doing the writing. Blayne and Brooklynn either inspire my post or help with the layout of it. I must have stressed myself out for a week solid trying to think of what to name our blog- then one day just out of the blue, Blayne said what about ‘simple, beautiful, life’. I instantly loved it! It describes everything! So, from that day forward Simple Beautiful Life was born! We love being able to connect with both old and new friends. We didn’t want to have something we sat on for hours of the day because we kinda limit our technology use in the house also so we are sure we are spending time as a family instead of on all our electronics! No, we don’t have crazy timers that go off or anything like that. We just respectfully give our attention to eachother! There is so much we do as a family. When we are on our electronics, it’s usually all piled up on the couch together! 

Some of you know us, some of you don’t. Either way we are glad you are here to share stories with. Thank you for your love and support- it means a lot to us! 

Fall will probably bring tons of stories and photos because it is truly our FAVORITE time of year. We hunt non stop!
 If you have a blog we can follow back please let us know. Happy saturday! 

Love, us 

10 Go to Gifts for your LEO

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Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 3.45.17 PMPeople are constantly asking what a good gift for a LEO is. Whether it be for graduation  or holiday here are some awesome ideas in every price rage!

  1. Kershaw Knife This is a small knife to easily keep inside a vest in case of an emergency! This one is also reasonably priced!
  2. Oakley Gloves: These are defiantly on my husband’s wish list! Knuckle protection is always a plus!
  3. Hydro Flask: My husband and I both use these! They keep water cold for HOURS! I use the 24oz for when my kids and I go out, My husband uses a 40 oz at work. Since where we live is very warm he needs water through out his shift, and a ton of it. He also uses the 18 oz with the flip top lid for coffee and it keeps it warm forever! ** ALSO you can put any beverage…

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Hurts my heart, so true. Prayers for our LEO’s. 

I stumbled across this and all I can say is wow. We see the stories on the news, or even within our town- it’s easy to let the days pass as others live with a life forever changed because of the day someone takes their heroes life. We go on about our normal routines and they are left with a shattered heart. It is times like this we must Rememeber to keep those families, and all Leo families in our prayers. I have been writing a post regarding the significance in a Leo family and I hope to share it soon. 

Prayers to all the men and women still out there fighting, all the fallen heroes and all the family and friends hurting from a lost loved one. 
A part of this makes me sad, but it also makes me proud. Proud to be in such a close family with people I don’t even know. People from all over the world that are blue families. I read of such tragedy and I am reminded of the bravery so many face each and every day. For that I am proud. Not for the loss, the loss is painful. Even to those I do not know. So it is up to each one of us to support law enforcement and give them our prayers and respect. We hope everyone has a safe day! Thank you for all you do. 

-hf- Simple, Beautiful, Life 

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Since i wasn’t a total newbie when i entered this LEO world, i thought i knew everything… I mean how different could it be from being a granddaughter and a daughter? Boy, was i mistaken…. But now two and a half years into this whole LEOW thing, I’m finally ready to give some of my […]

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