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Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger
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June 2, 2024 11:28 am

A Good Day

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger

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June 2, 2024 11:28 am

Ever been on a cattle drive in Montana? 

I got to do this last week, and it was awesome. As caregivers, not every day will be filled with excitement and joy, but that doesn't mean we won't ever have days that lift our hearts, make us grin, and even make us feel exuberant. 

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You know what that theme is?

That's the Magnificent Seven, Elmer Bernstein. We're getting just a phenomenal score for a movie, and why am I playing that? Well, I'll tell you why. Because this week I got to do something that, well, was pretty cool. We loaded a bunch of cows into the paddock by our little cabin and we're going to move them on to the other part of the property where they're going to graze for the summer.

We'll move them around different parts of the summer. So I'm on horseback. The rancher that comes out with them, we got them all loaded up in the pen, about 30 something babies and 30 something mamas, plus a couple of pregnant ones, and then two bulls. And then he had his dog, Pip, and he was on a four wheeler and I was on the horse.

And it's a tight road to get to where we go. They go across a bridge over a creek and then they go up to the upper pasture. And I was the only one on horseback doing this. We got them where they needed to be, except four little calves got out away from the herd. They were still on the property, but we had to go find them. And it took us a couple of hours to find them because they're black Angus and they were, you know, it started getting a little bit dark and it's hard to find little calves in the dark.

So we would get a little worried, but we got them. But when you're doing stuff like that, you can't help but think about this kind of music. Elmer Bernstein was a prolific composer for films, did, you know, 150 plus films, surprising films too, that, you know, for somebody you would, he did like stripes and meatballs and Ghostbusters and other things. And, but this is one that was just so iconic because it just sounds like the West. Now he's no relation to Leonard Bernstein. They, in fact, they were called Bernstein West and Bernstein East. Bernstein West was Elmer who did all these film scores.

Bernstein East was Leonard who was, of course, did his own film scores, but he predominantly worked at Broadway and all the kind of things that went on up there. So it was just, but when you hear these kinds of soundtracks in your head while you're moving cattle, and I made some arrangements to make sure Gracie was taken care of. And I had a ball. I just had a ball and I'm learning so much about horses and livestock. And I was a pretty good rider before. I mean, I've been riding since I was a kid, but it's one thing to be a pretty good rider.

It's another thing to be around these guys out here that, you know, rodeo had been doing it all their life and this is how they make their living. And, and so I, you know, I'm learning a lot, but I got to tell you when the cows are moving in one point, my horse was Hank. I was on Hank.

That's his name. And my brother-in-law bought this horse. These are his horses and I ride them all the time just to keep them in shape. And I, evidently Hank was a little bit of a cutting horse somewhere in his background because he took to it. I mean, when the cows got a little bit off the trail, I mean, he, he went after him and you have to trust him and give him enough rain to do what he needs to do. He worked. He was, he was putting in some serious labor that day and doing this kind of stuff out here where it's so hilly, we're up in the high country, we're 6,000 feet up.

You know, you're, you're not just riding around in a, in a smooth dirt ring here. You're, you're working. And I've got a friend of mine who has been coaching me on some weight loss stuff I've been doing. I've been working very hard at this by the way. And I'm down 30 pounds, 30 pounds I've lost. It was a lot easier getting up on the horse and the horse was very grateful that I'd lost 30 pounds too. And I'll, I'm going to have her on and we're going to talk about this and what I've done and why I've done it because this is so important to me to stay healthy and strong.

And I want to make sure that I'm practicing when I preach. And when I was in Denver with Gracie's last surgery, Chick-fil-A and other places were just too close by. I said, I don't live anywhere near fast food out here. The closest place to get something to eat is 10 miles away. And that's at the crossroads and it's not fast food. So it's, you know, you got to learn to do for yourself.

But when I get close to, you know, McDonald's or Chick-fil-A or anything else or any, you know, just the convenience of stuff, it's just too easy. So I had to really go after it. And I thought, well, okay, if I'm going to lose a little bit, let's lose a lot.

Let's really get it down. And she told me though, she said, when you're horseback riding the kind of stuff I'm doing, you're burning a lot of calories per hour. You know, it's not like just going out for a stroll because you are working it. And it was a lot of fun. And so I, I share that with you because first off it was awesome.

Yes, it was. And my horse, I mean, Hank was, at one point they kind of bunched up going to the creek and he reared up and I'm on him and I've got my duster on cause it was snowing on us while we were doing it. It started snowing and I've got my duster on and everything else. And my father-in-law looked at me and he said, how in the world do you stay on that horse? Well, I've been riding a long time and I've been on horses that buck and rear and so forth. I'm getting a little old for that, but it was, there's not one part of this that I didn't like and I just, I couldn't stop grinning. I mean, I got to be a cowboy, you know, the real thing.

And you, so I share that with you because it was, it was awesome. And number two, I want you to find those things that make you grin like that. It's not easy to do. Okay. We have to be creative.

It's not like we get to do this every day, but it's important for us as caregivers to find those things that just light up our hearts, that we find great joy. Now, I don't know how many of you all want a cowboy up and come on out here and remove some cattle. I don't know that that's on the bucket list for a lot of you all. It is probably for some of you, but it's for me, it, it, it, that's something I've, I just enjoy immensely. I mean, that's why they made the movie City Slickers. Cause I think that's a dream a lot of guys have.

I just get to do it and I don't have to go to a dude ranch to do it. Now, I didn't help the one cow have a baby like Billy Crystal did in City Slickers, but that may happen out here. She's pretty pregnant.

The two or three of them are pretty pregnant. So we'll see. I do not intend on being a midwife to cattle out here. I have a finite set of skills and that's not one of them. I remember growing up as a kid, we, we read voraciously in our home and I remember reading the books, All Things Great and Small, you know, that whole series by the veterinarian over in the UK. And I've always been fascinated that my brother does this. I got a brother, John that lives in Utah and he's got cows and he's done this his whole life. He's, he's rough and tough.

He knows how to do it all. And, and let me be the first to say that no one in my family, I have four brothers and a sister, no one, including my parents ever said, Oh yeah, Peter's going to be moving cattle one day in Montana. That was just not something they said, but I did. And I had a good time and they say, I'm pretty good at what I do as far as writing. I love it. It lifts my spirits. And I love listening to this kind of music from Bernstein on this from the Magnificent Seven. And I remember being in composition class with my professor back in Nashville, Bill Purcell, who was a tremendous composer and a huge figure in my life.

It really inspired me a lot as a composer and as a player. And we talked about Elmer Bernstein in class. I think he actually had met him, worked with him or something.

Bill, Bill had a believable resume. He died two years ago at 94, right at his 94th birthday, COVID. He had gone to some event and gotten COVID and he died from COVID. And it was two weeks before he died. There was a video of him playing at a big party and he was just a spry and mischievous and clever and all the things that made him who he was at this video, which he was 94. Just an amazing mind, a tremendous intellect. And we loved music and he would tell why this worked, why this theme worked of Elmer Bernstein's Magnificent Seven and the way they did the scoring.

Because at the beginning of the film, I don't know if you remember the film or not, but they're just, you don't have anything really going on. There's not a lot of dialogue, but then you put this music to it and it's the sweeping landscape and just, it sounds very Americana and inspired a whole bunch of people. Basil Polduris, who wrote the theme from Lonesome Dove.

If you get a chance, I'll play that. I'll play Lonesome Dove here. You start off with the solo trumpet and then when the other horns come in, you give these open fourths, open fifth intervals and it gives you this expansive bigness. You hear that with the French horn there?

It just sounds so big and open. And a lot of times with Western music, there's a sadness to it. Here's the main theme from Lonesome Dove.

Let me go to the caregiver keyboard. It's a beautiful melody, but it has a tinge of sadness, but again, that expansiveness, that openness. I was listening to this in my head while I was moving cattle too, but not my version on the caregiver keyboard, but I was hearing the orchestra.

Now here's what happens when you bring sweeping orchestra into this. You've heard me talk about standing with hope over the years. This is the prosthetic limb ministry that Gracie envisioned after losing both of her legs. Part of that outreach is our prosthetic limb recycling program. Did you know that prosthetic limbs can be recycled?

No kidding. There is a correctional facility in Arizona that helps us recycle prosthetic limbs. This facility is run by a group out of Nashville called CoreCivic. We met them over 11 years ago and they stepped in to help us with this recycling program of taking prostheses and you disassemble them. You take the knee, the foot, the pylon, the tube clamps, the adapters, the screws, the liners, the prosthetic socks, all these things we can reuse and inmates help us do it. Before CoreCivic came along, I was sitting on the floor at our house or out in the garage when we lived in Nashville and I had tools everywhere, limbs everywhere and feet, boxes of them and so forth.

I was doing all this myself and I'd make the kids help me and it got to be too much for me. I was very grateful that CoreCivic stepped up and said, look, we are always looking for faith-based programs that are interesting and that give inmates a sense of satisfaction and we'd love to be a part of this and that's what they're doing. And you can see more about that at slash recycle. So please help us get the word out that we do recycle prosthetic limbs. We do arms as well, but the majority of amputations are lower limb and that's where the focus of Standing With Hope is. That's where Gracie's life is with her lower limb prostheses. And she's used some of her own limbs in this outreach that she's recycled.

I mean, she's been an amputee for over 30 years. So you go through a lot of legs and parts and other types of materials and you can reuse prosthetic socks and liners if they're in good shape. All of this helps give the gift that keeps on walking and it goes to this prison in Arizona where it's such an extraordinary ministry. Think with that, inmates volunteering for this.

They want to do it and they've had amazing times with it and I've had very moving conversations with the inmates that work in this program. And you can see, again, all of that at slash recycle. They're putting together a big shipment right now for us to ship over. We do this pretty regularly throughout the year as inventory rises and they need it badly in Ghana. So please go out to slash recycle and get the word out and help us do more. If you want to offset some of the shipping, you can always go to the giving page and be a part of what we're doing there.

We're purchasing material in Ghana that they have to use that can't be recycled. We're shipping over stuff that can be and we're doing all of this to lift others up and to point them to Christ. And that's the whole purpose of everything that we do and that is why Gracie and I continue to be standing with hope.
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