2010
Nov 
30

God’s Gifts

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , — Missy @ 8:41 am  

By Tena Bastian 

Try though I may, when I open my mouth and sing, I do not sound like Celine Dion. In my head, I think I will because it sounds so easy for her when she belts out that beautiful song from Titanic but instead, I sink like the ship, not soar like the voice of an angel. That voice, hers, not mine, is nothing less than a gift from God. It draws millions of people to come and want to hear her sing and yet in my house, they offer to pay me to stop singing. (more…)

2010
Nov 
23

Holiday Expectations

By Tena Bastian

So it begins… the holiday season. That time of year when families come together, express their love for one another, share all that we are thankful for and look forward to in the year to come. It is the time of the year when we set all disagreements aside, set the table and come together in the name of tradition. It is when miracles happen, it’s when we venture out in search of the perfect gift because we know that the look on their faces will far outweigh the cost of time and money that we spent to make their dreams come true. It is the fire in the fireplace, the smell of roast turkey in the oven, the perfect dress for the party that we have been looking forward to all year. The tree, the lights, the music, the snow! Good friends, good  food, good times!  Let the festivities begin. Oh but wait one minute here… (more…)

2010
Nov 
9

Letting Go

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 9:11 am  

By Tena Bastian

This week marks the one year anniversary of the loss of our stallion, Beau so I thought it appropriate to give you my take on letting go of the horses and even the people that we have come to know and love. Those who are near and dear to us are like silver threads that are woven into the fabric of our lives. Their presence adds depth to all of the experiences that make our lives complete and their absence creates a hole in that fabric that leaves our hearts with a void that nothing seems to fill. When the silver thread unravels and is removed, the fabric is never as bright as it once was. (more…)

2010
Oct 
19

Wild Dogs, Country Living and Sucking It Up

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , , , — Missy @ 9:04 am  

By Tena Bastian

What an awesome week! No, I didn’t hit the lottery but I might as well have given all my blessings this week.  Oh, let’s start with the wild dogs, shall we? In a five mile stretch of my country road, there are 14 farms that have gone into foreclosure and have been abandoned by their owner. Just like everyone else in the country, Swantucky (Swanton) is feeling the economic impact that seems to never end. So when the good folks move out and move on, near as I can count by the continuous howling and barking, at least 10 of them left their dogs behind. Either they have joined forces and formed a gang , (picturing the dogs wearing red bandanas on their heads and lots of bling) OR they are starting a singing group. (more…)

2010
Aug 
31

My Virtual Vacation

Filed under: TenasTake — Tags: , , , , , — Missy @ 7:50 am  

By Tena Bastian

My friend Gina, who is single and loves to travel suggested that we just get in the car and drive to Miami and take a vacation. As tempting as it may be, I had to pass. I’ve never really taken a successful vacation. Oh sure, we have visited friends in Nashville or caught a night or two at the family cottage on the lake which has now been sold. I have flown to my friend Holly’s ranch in Oklahoma where we drank Firefly vodka and played with the cow babies and caught up on each other’s lives. I adore Holly and Chad and they make you feel like you are right at home but Oklahoma in July can be challenging.   I’ve spent time with my buddy Kelly at their ranch in Texas working cattle and mohair goats but the problem with that is that after a day or two, you’re too tired to move and tend to smell like the goats.  I’ve seen over half the country through promoting my books and presenting seminars however, I will let you in on a little secret about that… it is not quite as glamorous as it may seem. The problem with seeing the country via Equine Expos is that all you really see is the airport, the hotel and the convention center that, believe it or not, looks identical to the last airport, hotel and convention center. You get up early, spend your day being shuffled around to seminars and book signing sessions and although I have felt incredibly blessed to do what I do for a living, it is work and when you get home, you feel like you need to sleep for a week. (more…)