Real Reason

As I have said before – ranching is not for the faint hearted.  So why do we do what we do?  The real reason – family!!  This past week-end Scott, Rebekah, and Benjamin were at the ranch.  This was Benjamin’s first visit.

May 26, 2013 008Now for a 4 month old – he and his Mom and Dad covered a lot of territory.  Ben was introduced to the bulls.  Ben went to the pastures and checked all the cows and their babies.

Ben rode Pecos.  You have to love Quarter horses.  They are known for their gentle spirits, protective natures, and their ranch work ethic.  Pecos literally braced himself – did not move a muscle – the entire time Benjamin was on his back.May 26, 2013 035

Ben went to the barns and checked out all the tractors before they rolled out for the seasonal pasture weed spraying.  Ben drove the pick-up truck with his feet and honked the horn at his Daddy.  And laughed!!  Of course, there was the photo op at the gate to the headquarters with the ranch sign.

I have really been struggling lately.  We have not gotten any rain at the ranch – headed back into a devastating drought scenario.  I have cried many tears – wrestled with what I will have to do since I may have only enough grass to take me through the next month.  But God showed me this week-end what is important…  Ranching is a family business.  God uses this ranch to teach us about bounty and need – good times and adversity – laughter and tears.  But most of all God teaches us that He provides – that He is enough.  God is present in every second of every day at this ranch.  And God knows we are stewards of His land – for Him – and for our families.  His greatest gift to all of us is our families.May 26, 2013 090

My Mom and Dad would have loved this past week-end.  They would have loved all the food, story-telling, laughter, hugs and kisses – the sharing of life.  Our families love us – ground us – hold us – comfort us – laugh together – get mad – get sad – forgive – and teach those valuable life lessons.  My Dad used to say “we were like homing pigeons – we kept the back door swinging.”  It didn’t matter – good news – bad news – we were going home with it.    Ranching families – your family – there is nothing more important.  Cherish every moment of what really is important.

Ranching – the reason we do it – for our families – for the generations to come.

May 26, 2013 062Yes – it’s true – we really do leave the back doors unlocked and the lights on while we await the  arrival of our children.  And we will be standing in the driveway – waving goodbye – long after their car is down the road.


By | 2017-04-25T23:03:24+00:00 May 31st, 2013|Inspire, The Legacy|5 Comments


  1. Erin@Diaries From The Dirt Road June 13, 2013 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Hey this is such a great post!!! I just came across your page from the faces of ag post you did. I look forward to following your blog!


  2. Audry June 5, 2013 at 3:25 am - Reply

    So well said. Just spent the last few days with all my family for a family wedding.

  3. Heather MacFarlane June 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    LOVE this one – especially – and the over 1 inches of rain y’all received this weekend. GOD IS AWESOME. I love you, Sister!

  4. sandi bruss June 1, 2013 at 12:59 am - Reply

    You did say it so beautifully, Linda. It’s all true – every word. Now let’s see what He really has planned for you in these next few weeks. We’re praying for rain and waiting on His answer. I love you dearly.

  5. Molly Spencer June 1, 2013 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Life goes on…….a new generation makes its first visit to the family ranch. The first grandchild, the first visit, the first horse ride. You had lots of firsts to see this past week-end and how blessed you are, and you wrote it so beautifully. Little Ben is making memories and the ranch is a great adventure for him. God bless all of you, and may He bring you some much needed rain. Love you friend.

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