The Wind in My Face



As adults, from time to time, we find that we’ve lost our sense of wonder, the capacity to experience life, to really absorb what’s going on around us. We become overwhelmed by an onslaught of responsibilities, expectations, and well … just stuff.

I’m reminded of a line from Captain Barbossa in one our family’s favorite movies, The Pirates of the Caribbean:


… For too long I’ve been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I’ve been starving to death and haven’t died. I feel nothing. Not the wind on my face nor the spray of the sea. …


Captain Barbossa was cursed in a bad way. I’m just buried under laundry.


A couple of weeks ago I visited my friend Ree, The Pioneer Woman, at her family’s ranch in Oklahoma. I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful time away from the norm. I can’t quite find the words to describe the time spent cooking, laughing, and playing with so many sweet ladies.


But I can tell ya that I did feel the wind in my face.


Here are some of my memories from that moment in time, followed by a few links to posts from other ladies that were there too. Be sure to check out their lovely words and pictures as well.


We had such a great time eating, singing, riding in the back of pickup trucks, laughing, and eating some more. I really encourage you to make some time to feel the wind in your face. It does a wonder of good.

Visit my fellow weekend cowgirls to see what they’ve shared from the weekend…

Georgia / Georgia Pellegrini

Robyn / Add a Pinch

Bridget / Bake at 350

Wendy / Wenderly

Sandy / The Reluctant Entertainer

Shari / Really Most Sincerely

and of course, Ree / The Pioneer Woman

I can’t forget to mention Rebecca / Foodie with Family who taught us all how to cook mozzarella and homemade bread. There were also a few other Oklahoma girls that I’ve been waiting so long to meet in real life: Julie / Another Chance Ranch, Stefanie /Luvschrome, and Meseidy / The Noshery (sakes alive can she cook). All lovely ladies. Go visit them! Make a new friend!



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  1. 1


    I have been enjoying the posts from this trip. Amy, your photographs are just stunning!! Seriously! So awesome that you had such a wonderful weekend with such lovely ladies…some of them I have met, some I want to meet. xo

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    TidyMom says

    It was almost like being there following you all along on IG Amy! You’re pictures are just stunning, as always!!

    Looks like you girls had a wonderful weekend!!

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    Wenderly says

    One of my very favorite moments from the weekend was riding in the back of that pickup truck with you, with the wind in my face, dear friend! xoxo

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    Amy, your pictures are absolutely stunning. You’re right….it’s hard to find the words to describe the weekend. I was just telling someone yesterday about how much I LOVED being with each and every person there. It was a weekend sisterhood, in a setting I’ll never forget, with the most gracious hostess.

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie says

    Wow…these photos are so great! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time!

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    I LOVE the sentiment at the beginning, Amy. Everyone needs to wake up and experience what’s going on around them. It looks like you ladies had a wonderful time at the ranch. xo

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    Your photos are absolutely breathtaking! I felt like I was right there by your side. I’m glad you got to recharge your batteries. We all need some of that every so often. Thank you for that reminder. :)

    p.s. I just love that candid of Ree. Wow!

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    Kristen says

    Your photos from the weekend are incredible, Amy. You have a lot of talent!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says

    I can see how this would lift your spirit and breath new life into a mundane world. You are a lucky girl. :)

    PS, I just met Rebecca on a work trip–she was a doll!

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    teresa says

    These pictures are over the moon!
    What a lovely stay on the ranch with a beautiful group of the sweetest girls ever!
    There’s nothing quite like those rare moments when you really can feel that wind blowing~renewing the soul.
    So happy you girls got to experience such a wonderful time together.
    Maybe one day I’ll get to meet spend some time with you!
    Hugs and love!

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    What a beautiful quote and post. All your pictures… makes me dream big! :) So glad you had an amazing time, looks like a group of truly beautiful (in and out!) women. :)

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    Paula - bell'alimento says

    What an incredible weekend! I’ve always wanted to gallop away into the sunset with the wind in my face xoxo

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    Marly says

    What a fun trip with so many fabulous women! Your photos are stunning. So glad you had a great time and thanks for sharing about it. Can’t wait to hear more in future posts!

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