Wednesday, April 23, 2014

'Tis the season.

Hi friends!

Sorry I've been away for a bit....we've been busy breeding cattle and doing a lot of synchronization work to set cows & heifers up to breed over this last week.

'Tis the season.

Last Thursday evening, Clint, Morgan and I made an "AI Train" and headed to a customer's ranch outside of Pendleton to set up the portable alleyway, chute and breeding box. 



The next morning, Morgan and I headed back out to put in CIDR's and give a shot of GnRH.  I'll head back out to this ranch on Friday after work to pull CIDR's and give a shot of Estrumate, and then Clint will breed the cattle early next week.



The rest of the weekend was spent at the ranch AI'ing Double M cows, and a set of replacement heifers.  In between breeding, we turned pairs out to grass (such a great feeling!), doctored sick calves and fed. 

Easter morning was spent time breeding a set of Double M cows, and the sunrise was glorious.  While the way we celebrated was a bit non-traditional, we also savored the meaning of Easter in our own way.




After time breeding Easter morning, we got a quick hour nap (which was GLORIOUS!), picked up lunch at Dickey's drive-thru (easiest Easter lunch ever!) and then headed out to Pilot Rock to help Ryan & Amy patch and give shots to their Rollin' Rock Angus replacement heifers for breeding this week.



After we were done with the Angus heifers, Amy, Colter and I hopped in the Gator to go check out their Longhorn herd.  They weren't close to the road, but it was fun to see them!



Then Sunday night we came home to breed our own heifers.  Monday we woke up bright an early at 3:15 am to do the same, before heading to work.  We're not time breeding this set, so Clint is heat detecting every 4-6 hours, and we're breeding 12 hours later, which means sometimes we're breeding in the middle of the night.  We've been trying to get a few hours of sleep before we breed at midnight, but between delivering semen to customers and setting up additional group of heifers for other customers, sleep has been a rare commodity lately.

If you know me - I get grumpy when I'm tired, or hungry.

Don't we all?

But even in my grumpiness, Clint has been so patient with me, and has made me feel like an amazing wife who is loved.

He is such a blessing and I am so thankful for him.

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I don't want to preach - but a piece of advice I was given awhile ago is that marriage isn't a 50/50 proposition.

It's a
"I have to work to give 100% to my spouse and they have to work to give me 100%"
kind of a thing.

It's a
"I will love you forever & ever, and no matter what"
kind of a thing.



This week when I've needed his 100% - he's been there.
 
With thank you's, and I love you's, and hugs, and moments to let me walk away and rest a bit. 
 
I don't take that for granted....

And while I'm tired,

I'm not tired of this lifestyle.

And I'm certainly not tired of the blessings that I've been given.

So if you don't hear from me for a few days - it's probably because we're either breeding cows, or trying to catch a quick nap in our easy chairs. 

I'll try to post a few times a week - because this blog is something I love. 

But I love my husband more, and right now is a time when I can help him and give my 100% through being there for him. 

So thank you for grace.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, and that you're out there living the dream!

2 comments:

  1. Darcy,
    You sound like the energizer bunny .... you just keep going and going. There are seasons like that on the ranch. After getting cattle out to grass it's nice to have a breather to sleep in and rest.

    I like to see and photograph non-black cattle too. It's fun to look at something different.

    Growing up we always heat detected throughout the day and bred morning and evening. Individual breeding 12 hours later round the clock is labor intensive, wow. As we say, you do what you got to do.

    Keep up the great work!

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