Is there any other way?

We're in a bit of a transition period right now.

The spring calves are weaned, processed and in the feedlot, and all of the fall calves are on the ground.

The grass has about wrapped up it's contribution to 2011, and the feed trucks head both to the pastures, as well as the feedlots.

While Clint's had a bit of time to {breathe}, there's still a lot to get done before spring calving starts.


Lindsay and I were talking on the phone yesterday about how both of our husbands could use some more sleep right now.

The thing is, they're probably not going to get it.

And actually, it's just going to get worse.

Right now they're at least getting to sleep through the night.

For us this month will be filled with breeding fall cows, setting up recip cows and transferring embryos at the end of the month.

And in a couple of weeks spring calving will start....

and the sleep will stop.


Some people don't get why they do it.

Or why ranching families put up with it.

We don't get to {take the day off } for holidays.

Ranchers are still up on Thanksgiving & Christmas morning making sure the livestock are fed before they are.

They do it because they love it.

And the families around them support them as they do it because it's the right thing to do.

And for me - because I love it too.

We get to live a great lifestyle because of it.

We get to spend our days with great people.

I mean - do you know better people than those involved in ag?

Saturday is just another day around here.

Clint's up and at work at 6 am (along with the rest of the guys) and they all work until noon.

This Saturday, a big group of spring calving cows needed to be moved to the pasture they'll calve in.

So Clint got to it - setting gates, directing feed trucks, checking fence and gathering cows.

Another day.

Another project done.

But there's a calendar sitting on our kitchen table filled with tasks to be done.

And I don't think we'd have it any other way.


  1. So Thankful for U...and for the love u have for cattle and the ranching life...It's not for all...u have to be pretty tough and have a lot of heart to whether the ups and downs! Kuddos to u!

  2. more time to sleep ... I wish I could give that for Christmas!

    We're blessed indeed ~


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