Dana Mize& the big m ranch
Well... Robert got his first taste of the Ranch and this was his overall reaction
Needless to say, he is raring and ready to go. We are so happy he liked the property.
We are going to have to adjust being 30 minutes away from all of our friends so it helps to know that he would like to come stay with us and thinks all of our other friends will be just as ready to come and hang out on the weekends.
We took him down the driveway and his eyes lit up. We showed him where the houses are going to sit and then we went through the property
Showing him all of our hunting stands
Then we walked down to the river and it just so happened that a flock of ducks flew out from the undercut of the riverbank.
Couldn't have been more picturesque!
Robert broke out the duck calls and got on it!
That was truly one of the most beautiful moments at the property so far.
Listening to the sound of the duck call bellowing through the trees, listening to the ducks and birds respond, the water flowing.
It was awesome.
I think Robert will have a blast down here. :)
Dang it... We all Will!
In other news:
I am DEATHLY afraid of heights
However, I am very proud that I made myself get into a
Lock on stand with climbing sticks while we were down at the property.
It took me 3 times to get all the way up...
And about 20 minutes to get down...
Ha Ha Ha but I did it!
Here was my view!
Pretty Dang amazing if you ask me!
If I had the courage to do that in the dark, It would be
GAME ON for Deer Season!
As of right now, I am still a chicken
and It will probably take me a few more tries before I go it along..
But the views are like no other
That is for sure!
Robert ended his trip with a donut and tearin' shit up with his truck Scarlett!
ha ha ha
Pretty good time down on the ranch. Ready to get down there
and really have some fun! :)
Until Next Time
Since we already covered family, I wanted to introduce you guys to the friends that will most likely be down on the ranch besides,
who can best describe who we are better
than the people that we surround ourselves with?
I can remember as a kid my mom and dad always saying,
"You are who you hang out with, Dana! So choose wisely"
and Boy... were they right. Friends seem to come and go but it is that group or possibly even one or two people that just seem to stick
with you your entire life
just to experience it with you.
These people listed below are family, they are the people we call on for help, guidance, friendship, fellowship, and everything in between.
Sometimes these people are our saving graces and sometimes they are our enemies.. but they will always be family... no matter what.
We love you guys!
This trio is when we decided to take a road trip, earlier this year, to pick up my 1978 VW Bus (Caroline) in High Springs, Florida.
Boy, that is a story for another post...
Anyway, This fine looking gentleman to the left is
Robert J. Wetzel III
Houston and Robert have been best friends for God Knows how long and
have gotten into all kinds of trouble together ;)
Houston and I actually met through Robert.
My best friend Alicia and Robert were friends and then low and behold, I met Robert and then he introduced me to Houston.
Over the past few years
I feel like Robert has became the brother I never had, I love him to pieces
and I have to say...
life would be pretty boring without him!
He is always the life of the party and the goofball when Friday & Saturday nights roll around.
He is definitely a friend that would give you his Brooks Brothers shirt off his back if you needed it..........Okay maybe not the Brooks Brothers.....but possibly the Southern Tide undershirt.. just joking...
He would be there under any circumstance :)
We sure do love Robert.
Robert completes our 3 Amigos...
I love his shenanigans and how much life he has in him!
Love you Robert!
Next would be my best friend..
There are really no words that would best describe our relationship over the past 10 years.
We became friends because my 6th grade boyfriend
broke up with me to be with her HA HA HA...
odd connection... We know
We went through NJROTC together in highschool,
and got arrested together..... (another story.. another time)
We have fought like cats and dogs,
went on spells where we wouldn't talk to each other,
Grew up together, Made each other laugh during mealtime prayers..
spent months where you wouldn't see one of us without the other,
we have experienced life in rare forms together,
went through exciting times in life,
experienced some not so awesome times,
almost went in the military together...
and the list goes on and on....
Needless to say we have had a pretty awesome relationship.. and though we might be apart or at odds there has never been a time where I couldn't call on her or vice versa.
We live completely different lives going in two different directions yet we still make time to keep our relationship the same.
We support each other, rant, rave, go out and act like teenagers and make sure we are having fun in life!
I wouldn't trade her for the world and can't explain how proud I am of the person she has become (since we are growing up I felt the need to throw in that grown up statement... lol)
I Love you LEESHER!
This precious couple is Alan & LeAnne Douglas :)
Houston met Alan when he was working at Bi-Lo before he headed off Nascar Technical Institute for college.
I shortly met Alan after they became friends and decided that he was pretty a pretty amazing friend and that we should probably keep him around. :)
A short time after that Miss. LeAnne came into the picture and they ended up loving each other soooo much... that they got married!
And now we get to keep her forever! :)
We treasure Alan and LeAnne as solid friends that will be there no matter what!
We value their advice and their opinions as our very couple friends
They are genuine people that are as like minded
as Houston and I are, on most things, as you can get.
We Love you guys!
Alan got a killer job offer up in NC and couldn't turn it down!
So, They had to move and we miss them like nobody's business...
BUT we believe we have almost talked them into
coming home as soon as they are able
.....RIGHT guys? ;)
So ready for ya'll to make your way back Home!!!
Love you guys to pieces
This next set I am going to try to do together since I rarely ever see them apart :)
Carlin, Jacob & Stevie
Robert , Houston, Carlin and Jacob have all been friends since high school, I believe, I remember meeting Jacob and Carlin for the first time at Rainbow Billiards to shoot pool and the rest is history.
Carlin and Jacob are identical to Robert and Houston...
It is actually quite weird.. ha ha ha
They are a blast to hang out with and we love every single minute we get to spend with this trio...
NEVER any dull moments with these guys around!
As you can see in the photos
Then Stevie made her grand appearance and the group would not be the same without her. She is so genuinely sweet and has a goofy sense of humor.. so we all fit pretty well together.
Stevie and Jacob are just adorable anyways...
Sorry guys... Swiped some photos off of Facebook :)
We cannot wait until everyone can come down to the ranch together and hang out like we always do! :) I can only imagine the fun times waiting to be had! :)
Next are our friends
Andrew "Trotter" & Jenny Trotter
Trotter and the rest of the guys have been friends since high school and have just kept up with each other since then.
We are blessed with an amazing group of friends to share our lives with!
Trotter and Jenny are a blast to hang out with. Trotter is a laid back southern gentleman and Jenny is hell on wheels, outgoing, confident and fun! They compliment each other so well and are able to have a great time anywhere!
We were able to go on a cruise this year with them and had a GREAT time! We can't wait to cruise again, especially with friends.
They are a darling couple that brings happiness where ever they go.
Can't wait to vacation with ya'll again.
We love the Trotters
This Stunning Lady is
I met Faith through a mutual friend and our friendship has became a very special one. Faith and her hubby Andrew have always been great friends.
Though we probably won't see Ms. Faith much on the ranch itself, she is one of my very best friends, even from the other side of the globe.
Andrew serves our country in the United States Air Force and has been stationed in England for the next few years. So, this April they packed up and hopped on board a plane for their exciting new adventure over seas!
I will say that I miss Faith like crazy but I know that she is doing what is making her happy in life and I am so proud of the couple that have become by embracing what the armed forces had planned for them. They are taking a journey and experiencing things that most people will never get to experience.
Come to think of it, I'm a little jelly.... lol
I had the pleasure of shooting the photos for their wedding last year and am happy to share them with you guys.
It was definitely a bittersweet event for me.
I was so excited for one of my best friends to be marrying the man of her dreams but on the other hand it was a mile marker for how close they were to setting out on their journey.
Though I cannot wait for the Davis' to make their way back to South Carolina, I am so proud of them for adapting to a very different life. Also for grabbing life by the horns and truly getting to experience it.
Remember you always have a home in Pickens County!
Love you guys to pieces!
Surround yourself with
people who make you happy.
People who make you laugh,
who help you when you are in need.
People who would never take advantage of you.
People who genuinely care.
They are the ones worth keeping in your life.
Everyone else is just passing through. :)
I am proud of every single one of my friends and the goals they are reaching. I love them for the support they give us and the time we get to spend together. I find it beautiful that we are all stretched in so many directions, heading down opposite streets and yet we find the time to stay friends, even if we have to pick up where we left off 3 months ago. We have so many more friends to add as they join us on the ranch we simply wanted to cover the people you will probably see the most.
See you on Big M.
You guys are so special to us!
Once of our very best family friends, Meredith Hill & Bart Parson, tied the knot a few weekends ago.
I ended up doing the photography for the wedding and little miss Kindall was the flower girl.
We were so excited to see Meredith and Bart start their lives together and couldn't wait to get down to see them!
They just so happen to live about 20 minutes away from our new property and it was fun to get to explore the area and take in the beautiful scenery on the drive down.
Kindall and I had to be there early, for obvious reasons, and the rest of the Mize Clan followed later on.
Kindall and I spent the hour drive with the radio off and enjoying pointing out the stunning fall trees and the wide open pastures.
After a stupid moment of thought we actually started taking pictures to put up on the blog and the photos below are what came from the beautiful, breezy, sunny, fall afternoon!
Aaannndddd... We just so happen to see this little guy while we were on our way down! I just love VW buses....
Obsession talk will be in later posts, I'm sure!
Kindall snapped a few photos for me.. reminds me of my old blue Blue!
We took the time to enjoy our new area and to imagine and dream about how excited we were that a drive like this everyday was going to be ours!
All of the trees dotted the sides of the road with the stunning fall colors.
Kindall made me aware that there were a good many places where the road was lined and covered with huge, beautiful trees and made it seem like we were going through a tunnel.
We would get all excited when we saw a spot like that coming and we of course had the sunroof open to enjoy all the views...
Finally we got out of the car when we reached Meredith's and were able to enjoy their farm and land for the wedding!
Needless to say
The quaint backyard wedding had their names all over it! From the hay bales that their guests sat on, to the old Ford truck that their cake sat on. It was simply the cutest backyard wedding! Big M is very excited for Meredith and Bart and can't wait to be their neighbors (kinda) in the next few years! We are so proud of you two and can't wait to see what exciting things the good man upstairs has for you two!
Congratulations you two!
Mr. & Mrs. Bart Parson
November 2nd, 2013
25. Married to my High School sweet pea, Houston. We have lived in a 216 sq ft camper working on 3 years now to become as financially free as possible while building our first home ourselves on 25 Acres in the Upstate of South Carolina.