Our Branding

We branded our calves a couple months ago, as we always do in preparation for turning them out in pastures that are farther from home. We invited more friends this time and we asked Nannie to help us make the meal for afterwards. She was so excited to cook for a big group again, she … Continue reading Our Branding

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Keep up, Babe

These are couple-month-old pictures, from a day when I helped Mr. Rancher gather cows. The day started as a leisurely ride with nonsensical chit chat about whatever came to my mind. It was the perfect temperature, not too hot not too cold. Then, as inevitably happens while riding with Ty, I started to fall behind. … Continue reading Keep up, Babe

Fixing Wheel Lines

I hate irrigating. Hate it. Whether it's connecting gated pipe, digging corrugation ends, moving hand lines, or reattaching wheel line pipes, it's hot, heavy, and and yucky work that carries way too much guilt. Shoulders and back aching from carrying pipe, wanna quit? Okay the crops will die but at least you'll feel better. Hands … Continue reading Fixing Wheel Lines

Crossing the River

Our cows moved from one pasture to another across the Weiser River. The cowboys didn't really need our help but we hopped on the four wheeler and invited friends to come out for a hotdog party. It's the evenings like this, when I get to tag along with the work and look at the beautiful … Continue reading Crossing the River

Thunderstorm

The girls and I went for a walk while Mr. Rancher changed water and we got caught in a thunderstorm. Luckily we were visiting a neighbor when the worst of it hit and we were able to hang out at their house until the worst of it passed. The sky was incredible as we made … Continue reading Thunderstorm

Summer Tantrum Solutions

Ahhhh....summer. Long, hot days full of work, fun, and growth. Summers are busy for us check out why here: Finding Happiness in the Hay Hauling orIt’s a Zoo. This busyness brings a lot of fun and experiential learning; however, it wrecks havoc on our daily rhythm and sleep schedule. If any of you readers have … Continue reading Summer Tantrum Solutions

Finding Happiness in the Hay Hauling

Finding joy in the journey is my quest in life. I love the notion of enjoying the small moments, soaking up delight from the ordinary pieces of everyday life. But, I also struggle with this. I tend to get bogged down in the drudgery and repetitive nature of life. The cycle of laundry, dishes, sleepless … Continue reading Finding Happiness in the Hay Hauling

Principles of Home Management (also: how to have kids, homeschool, farm, and adventure without losing your mind)

If that title doesn't catch you eye what will? I've been at this marriage thing for six years and this parenting thing for almost five years, so I'm pretty inexperienced at both! The few lessons I have learned are probably no-brainers for most of you, but for me they have been earth-shattering revelations. Today I … Continue reading Principles of Home Management (also: how to have kids, homeschool, farm, and adventure without losing your mind)

Bikes for Everyone

Everyone can ride a bike now! Becca has been working so hard on mastering her balance bike, last night she did! She sat in the seat and propelled herself with her legs. She even held both legs up and glided along. By this time next year I'll be able to take both girls biking around … Continue reading Bikes for Everyone