It’s spring and that means calves on the farm. This little calf’s mom chose to feed its twin and not him so we brought him home to our barn and named him Oliver.  A calf will die if it doesn’t get colostrum. Thankfully, you can buy a colostrum formula which we did on Saturday night […]

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One winter morning over Christmas break it was time to see if the bull had done his work.
This is Nate’s sister Hayley with her newest baby.
Hayley did something really smart about five years ago.

She married a veterinarian. Now he spends his Christmas vacation preg-checking our cows.

And we’re all happy about that. Thanks Milo!

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One night last week after several repeated attempts to put the three-year-old in bed, he was again standing beside my rocking chair as I nursed the baby. I told him, “If I have to put the baby down to get you back in bed, I’m gonna spank your little bottom.”
“My bottom’s not here, Mom.”
“It’s not?”
“Nope.”
“Where’d it […]

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Apparently I can’t write and blog with a new baby. So know that I’m still around but have pretty much banned myself from the internet each day until I have had at least 20 minutes of writing time. (Yeah, breaking that rule right now and the baby is on my lap screaming. Thus the pirating […]

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This little cowboy likes to do everything himself. If I’m peeling blanched tomatoes for salsa, then he wants his own knife and tomatoes to peel.
It’s often a bit messier than I’d like.
It’s not just me he likes to help.
If his Dad is digging, then
so is he. Even if he has to use a snow shovel.
His […]

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Imagine seven people sitting in the cab of this truck. One of them in an infant carseat. Then add two tupperware containers of cookies, two 9×13 pans of BBQ turkey, two sets of tongs, and a diaper bag. That was my Sunday a couple of weeks ago. It started out nice–hurried, but nice. What mornings […]

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Our littlest one has arrived! I just wanted to post a note about the fantastic support these children and husband have been to me for the past nine months. This pregnancy was as close to bed rest as I ever want to get. By eight months in I could only stand for two minutes at […]

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Remember the many dog conversations in the movie UP! interrupted with, “Squirrel!” ? I laughed so hard because we have dogs and a plethora of squirrels here on the farm. Just the other day our dog jumped out of the back of a moving truck as my husband drove across the creek bridge. Why? There […]

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Last night my husband asked, “Are  you ever going to blog again?” So here I am. Blogging again. Perhaps this isn’t the best welcome back post for some, but this is our life. Last summer I blogged about processing chickens here with the title Chickens: Not for the Sqeamish. That title still applies. Take heed […]

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GASP! Just coming up for air. Yes, I am here. It’s been insanely busy this summer. I’ve been taking pictures so I’ll try to get y’all caught up on summer life on the Ranch.
The cows were out of feed so it was time to move them to a fresh pasture. We all gathered and began […]

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Our string of six birthdays in eight weeks is over.
End of school year plays have been performed.
Advancement speeches have been made.
And now all the children are home with Mom. Time for spring cleaning. I envisioned all the cleaning taking the first week of summer break. We’ve begun week two and aren’t even halfway there yet, […]

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This is our water. Once it melts we have no way of storing it. That means after the fourth of July, we can’t water our crops. How many of you stop watering your gardens or yards at the height of summer heat? Eighty years ago a plan was established to remedy this situation. A storage […]

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It was a cold, blustery, rainy day. The cowgirls and cowboys saddled their horses amidst pelting rain and gusts of wind. I watched them leave, then stepped into my nice warm house. They herded the cows across sage brush and fields to their new spring pasture green with feed. I think the herd is pretty […]

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