Thankful, even in the trying moments.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” - Dale Carnegie

While we never lost hope, I'd be lying if I didn't say we had some trying moments over the past few days.

Wednesday night, we had a nasty ice storm hit us and it finally (FINALLY!) left our area Saturday when "The Great Thaw" began.

The ice and all that it covered looked pretty....but only if you didn't have to be out in it.

I was able to close our office for two days so that my employees didn't have to risk traveling on the ice. But unfortunately, we can't tell the cows that there's {Adverse Weather} conditions, and ask them to stay home and carry on.

Rather - the weather just makes things that much more difficult. Especially if you're a heifer about to have her first calf. Not shoes I'd want to be in.

So we worked to make their lives a little more comfortable...even if it meant our lives were a bit more uncomfortable.

I just kept thinking to myself...

It could be worse.

And to focus on the positive, I just kept telling myself -

I'm thankful for:

- A warm calving barn. So warm, when you opened it's garage doors to the outside frozen world, steam came rolling out.

- Small bales of barley straw light enough for me to lift and jostle by myself.

- Enough big bales of straw to bed down new baby calves. I know we slept better knowing they had a warm, dry place to lay.

- Chains. Lots and lots of chains. On the 1960's feed truck, on the pickups, on the 4-wheelers, on the feedlot mixer trucks, and on our feet.

- Jack, who checked heifers at night so we could get a few hours of sleep, pitched in to feed extra groups, showed up when we needed an extra body, and who picked Clint up a pair of stretchable ice picks that went over his shoes.

- Tumbleweeds. I've never been more thankful for those tumbleweeds, who even when covered in ice, were the only thing it seemed like in the fields that provided enough traction to walk on.

- A washer and dryer that kept turning out clean, dry clothing.

- A calf cart that slid easily over the ice and brought cold, wet new babies and their mama's to warmth inside the barns walls.

- Heifers who were calm enough to come into the barn with just a bit of coaxing.

- Extra calm heifers who didn't mind doubling up with another pair when we ran out of stalls. In a barn that's supposed to hold 13 pairs, on the worst night we were able to safely nestle 24 pairs out of the weather.

- Water troughs that didn't freeze. (Well that's not really true - some did freeze - but not so heavily that they weren't easy to chop through, or run a hose to.)

- Friends who called or stopped by to see how we were doing.

So while I only captured one picture, the memories, lessons and continued love for my husband after an unexpected four day weekend live on.

But I'm glad the ice didn't.

Here's to clear skies, healthy calves, and more days that look like this:

PS - For those of us who know what it means when someone says "You really know you love your spouse when you can work cattle for an entire day, and still love them at the end of it", be sure to check out today's Beef Daily blog!


  1. So so smiling that you made it through the ice..and that all your Mama's & babies were able to be insdie and warm! I always dread "Snow Days" becuase I know it really only means "WORK DAYS" for all of us with animals :) Wishing you a GREAT rest of calving season! Sweet blessings!

  2. printed the Beef Daily blog post ... Ian liked it :)

    Thanks for having the positive outlook that just seems to follow you wherever you go - it's contagious!

    Love you & I know Clint really does (being as you are one of the most helpful wives I know) :)


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