March 6, 2020 – Crochet, Barrels, and Robots

Friday we had a full day. Landry takes lessons with Sara Rose Waguespack – NFR barrel racer. Yes, she is the wife of Tyler Waguespack, World Champion Steer Wrestler. They are an amazing rodeo team.

In our homeschool co-op, we have a mom teaching the girls how to crochet. Landry has taken to it and loves it. This is her crocheting on the drive to Gonzales to her barrel lesson.

Here is her completed project, which she had finished by the end of the day.

Landry has been riding horses since before she could walk. She knows how to saddle, bit, brush, clean hooves, bathe, feed, braid, and anything else that needs to be done. But she only listens to me when she’s not having that sassy teenage girl attitude that they all get. She listens to every word Sara says to her.

We love Sarah. She is a seasoned horsewoman. She has amazing skills as a trainer, a barrel racer, and a coach. Landry’s horse (Trouble) was giving her a bit of trouble, so Sarah took her for a spin to correct her. She’s fearless, firm, and fair with the horses. Her horsemanship skills are outstanding.

She does do clinics around the country, and if you have opportunity, I’d highly recommend her. She also starts, trains, and corrects barrel horses. If you need one trained, I’d recommend her as well. She and Tyler have 12 Gauge Ranch as their business, and you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

As soon as we got back home, we unloaded the horse, changed vehicles, and headed to a robotics session. Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama came to give a hands-on demonstration of remotely operated vehicles (ROV). They supplied materials for the students to build their own underwater robotic vehicles. There is a contest coming up there in April.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab also offers Marine Science summer courses in June and July, summer day camps, and school field trips. Their contact information is at

So people often ask me how do my homeschooled children get “proper” socialization. I’d say they get more socialization than most school students. They get out and see the world. They have the time and opportunity to do whatever interests them. Plus they aren’t exhausted from a long school day.

The verse that is on my heart today, from Philippians chapter 2:

 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Saturday we are firing up the smoke house to cook a brisket, and get ready to smoke the show pig bellies to make bacon! I will keep you posted on that!

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