Family: A group of closely related people functioning as a household. My parents, Sister and Grandparents have had a huge influence on who I am today. Learning right from wrong, showing, raising and judging livestock are all blessings that have bonded our family.
J and his family have had an effect on my life as well. We ranch with J’s folks and spent a lot of time working together. I have changed, grown and learned a lot over the last 10 years.
I am grateful to be able to be a full-time at home ranch wife and to continue a family business in an industry I am passionate about. Ranching is not easy, some days are less than fun and there are many challenges. We enjoy the quality of life we live and the work that we accomplish.
Our freedom is something to appreciate. The fact we have a healthy, abundant, affordable and safe food supply with clean water to drink is more than many people have available. I am more than content with my little ranch house. It’s cozy, warm and safe. We have dependable vehicles to drive. The machinery we use makes our job easier and more comfortable than the generations before us. Technology enables us to make more informed decisions and be efficient livestock producers. Our lifestyle may look different from our forefathers, but we have the same pride for what we do.
As you prepare for Thanksgiving keep in mind all you have to be grateful for. The people who make your cup runneth over, the blessings that you have and the life events that have made you who you are today.
I hope that each one of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Celebration. J and I will be spending the day with his family in Motorcycle City. This weekend J’s folks are coming home to do chores so J and I can take a weekend road trip. The weather forecast looks good and we are keeping our fingers crossed. I will be back with a blog post next week.
I have a couple of announcements:
1. Jodene Shaw and a talented group of Ranch Women are putting together a Hope from Highway 34 calendar. Ranchers along highway 34 were some of the hardest hit by the Atlas Blizzard. Proceeds from calendar sales will go towards supporting ranching families that have been greatly affected by the storm. Check out Jodene’s blog Opened Door for the opportunity to purchase a calendar featuring the beautiful country along South Dakota’s highway 34.
2. J. Rhodes, This Uncharted Rhode, and Laurie Link, COUNTRY LINKed, are hosting a Christmas in the Country gift exchange for Agriculture,Country and/or Agvocate bloggers. If you are interesting in joining in the fun here are the details!