Nurture Photo ~ Home

I have been thinking a lot about one of this week’s Nurture Photo Challenge prompts … “Home.”  I went to my well used Microsoft Office program to look up “home.”

1.  Home in relation to birthplace: The place where somebody was born or raised or feels that she belongs.  At heart, the first thoughts of home are Mom, Dad, Sister and growing up in Nebraska.

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2.  Home: A place where a person or family lives.  Where they can find refuge and safety or live in security.  The Rancher and I have been a family and living on the Ranch for 8 1/2 years.  Our home is on the South Dakota Prairie raising cattle.  We live in Grandma’s Old House; it’s warm in the winter, cool in the summer and has a cozy feel that is us.  Out “in the middle of no where” we feel safe from much of the world’s drama.

This picture is from branding calves on Monday.  I have more branding pictures to share next week.

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3.  On a ranch, home is also the headquarters or main place of operations.  We work and live in the same place.  Our “office” is paying bills at the kitchen table and unlimited to what we find as soon as we step outside.

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4.  We take care of the land and livestock.  In return, with adequate moisture and good luck, the land will take care of the livestock and take care of us.

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5.  When all is said and done, home is where your dog is!  There is comfort in being greeted with love and excitement; with having a little dog to curl up with on the couch to help unwind from the day.

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A farmer traveling with his load

Picked up a horseshoe on the road,

And nailed it fast to his barn door,

That luck might down upon him pour;

That every blessing known in life

Might crown his homestead and his wife,

And never any kind of harm descend upon his growing farm.

~James Thomas Fields

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17 Responses to Nurture Photo ~ Home

  1. Kim says:

    I LOVE the branding photo and can’t wait to see more. We don’t brand, though I remember watching it as a child. I also love the top photo of the calf and its mama. Have a great day, Robyn!

  2. Nancy says:

    A fantastic set of photos Robyn and I can relate to most of them. Especially having a special friend or two with four legs. The best!

    Thank you for sharing your special “Home” series at Random 5. xo

  3. Bev says:

    Interesting thoughts on home… cute dog!

  4. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn this is beautiful. Hugs B

  5. I love how you cherish you home and life as a ranch wife…so many blessings, especially the little one that is part of your heart!!

  6. Your pictures are so fantastic!

  7. lynn says:

    I love your photos, your life (I may have said this before) the idea of branding gives me the shivers but I never missed the opportunity to be there (Aunt and Uncles) when growing up

    • Robyn says:

      Branding is an important way to identify our cattle as a brand means ownership. When we brand we also give the calves their vaccinations. It’s important to vaccinate calves against diseases, just like we vaccinate children. It is also necessary to castrate the bulls; not all male cattle are fit to reproduce. We also put a in a fly tag to help protect the calves from summer flies.

      It’s a big day and we are glad when we get this important job done.

  8. Dotti says:

    Great photos, great facts! Your ranch-home sounds marvelous.

  9. Tina Barbour says:

    I enjoyed your photos! And I love your view of home. It sounds like you have a busy, fulfilling way of life. 🙂

  10. Beth says:

    i love your doggie. so cute!! ( :

  11. abrianna says:

    The branding photo is amazing.

    Aren’t your bulls lucky to get cake :)! I know it is not the dessert cake humans think of.

  12. Shannon says:

    I love reading your blog and seeing your wonderful photos. I love your cows, they are cute. Do you raise any other animals? I believe the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” applys. Because when I read your blog I think I want to go back there. My husband and I drove from Washington to Virginia on our honeymoon about 17 years ago. I remember parts of SD being beautiful.

    • Robyn says:

      Thank You Shannon!

      We do not raise any other livestock, just cattle. I do have a few laying hens for farm fresh eggs. We also have barn cats, a house dog and a naughty cow dog.

      Did you grow up on a farm or ranch? What did your family raise?

      Wow, what a drive! I bet you saw some neat country along the way.

  13. Alica says:

    I love the poem at the end! Have a great weekend!

  14. Imelda says:

    I love your photos. The black and white treatment on the cattle branding photo complimented it very well. Your place looks so peaceful and so different from where I am. 🙂

  15. Teresa says:

    This is a beautiful post reflecting on what home means. You have a beautiful home!

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