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  • Mary Fichtner

Stories stay in our hearts

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Never underestimate the power of storytelling! Stories stay with us in our hearts all our lives.

Think back to your childhood and a favorite book you had. I bet you still remember the message along with the pictures. Be purposeful about the stories you choose. Read lots of books out loud with the messages you want to deliver.

This photo was sent to us by a fan, and our hearts melt every time we look at it. Here's what the message said:

"Hello! I’m Jordan Jensen the Jr. Miss Estelline Rodeo queen for Estelline, SD.

I want to share with you how much not only my niece love the book we bought her at the Black Hills Stock Show but how much I love it!

I love “The Heart of a Cowgirl” so much and how much it depicts the Western and Cowgirl way of life. I can’t wait to keep it in the family for generations to come and learn about the heart of a Cowgirl."

Thank you, Jordan and Maddie, for making our day!


Always be yourself.

Be the same unique you no matter who you are with. There is only one else can offer the world what you can.

Never try to be someone else; it will only disappoint you and others and cause a lack of joy and peace. Embracing your uniqueness, the good parts and the parts that need work will help you live true. After all, when you reflect on others those who are real are probably you’re favorite people ♥


This one of my favorite pages from The Heart of a Cowgirl. Some might ask, how does one “ride the wind”? This to me is a very important, thoughtful question....

And also, how do we “ ride the wind AND fulfill our purpose”? I believe the answer to this all lies in our faith. It’s knowing whose hands we are in. Riding the wind requires that we trust that nothing happens by mistake. So we control what we can and put the rest in the hands of Him who created us and knows our purpose. It’s an exciting, challenging, sometimes frustrating but always rewarding ride. So saddle up my friends! Ride the wind and let it show you what your purpose is.

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