Hard to believe I've only been doing "Ranch life" since 2009.  Seems like I've done it my entire life.  In my heart and mind I suppose so.  Each new adventure I begin teaches and amazes me.  Prior to 2009 I knew nothing of Horses, cattle, sheep, goats, mini donkeys, chickens, sheep, pigs... I learn as I go and am thankful to the many mentors and ranchers that have helped me along the way.  As I did my "chores" this morning I smiled.   There are days those chores seem very demanding.. Most days its a blessing to be outside and with these amazing creatures.  AS usually today was another day "at the ranch"  where you just never know what your going to encounter.!  Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.


As you know I LOVE to take photos and most likely completely bore you with so many.    I feel capturing those moments on film recreates those moments over and over.  Sometimes there are sad moments.  Most of the time they are funny or blessed moments.  Today we had several funny moments.. FIRST one was not captured on film however was one of those moments I so wished I'd had a camera set up on a tri pod and even better a video - Me carrying a 65 LB bale of hay out to the feed wagon.. Hope a 60 LB baby goat leaps on top of the bale.. AND WE ALL FALL DOWN.. Yes indeed an event to remember.  AND a first!.... It is amazing to me to watch the animals intermingle.  Love(the lamb), Winston, Faith, Donkeys and horses all eating out of the same pile.  Butter did give Winston a warning.. Winston gave me his usually love snorts for rescuing him.... Almost as if he was tattling on her.  Everyone is excited to be getting hay.?  I often wonder why they would prefer DRY dead grass over fresh green growing fields... But they act as if its candy.. When that feed wagon starts up the entire ranch is filled with all sorts of vocals... I'm sure my neighbors are not amused... 


Those that have followed my past few years have watched my struggles, my joys.. Have laughed and cried with me.  This year is no different as I make the difficult decision to completely downsize.  Including horses.  I've reached my goal with the cattle and have reduced my 34 head to 9.  The last, my first bull born at the ranch.  Cheeseburger.. Going to a GREAT home but I shall miss that meathead with the water buffalo ears... His gentle and sweet personality.... Horses... I believe I have found the perfect home for one and am just trying to get them together to meet.  The second horse also a hard decision and I've not quite been able to reach it yet..   The downsizing will enable me to spend more time individually with each animal with the goal in mind set in place for the ranch.  I've seen the healing power of animals and am very excited to share that.. Truly a lifetime dream :)  Below are a few photos from this morning.. Enjoy!


2 Peter 1:5-8 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 


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02/07/2017 11:32am

Oh your love for animals are really amazing, after reading the whole article i appreciate your work on this topic.

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05/17/2017 6:15am

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Ranch life is awesome! In my own experience, I enjoyed every single minute of my stay at our family ranch. I enjoyed the warm breeze and the smell of the farm. I also had fun chasing cattle and sheep. It was like being a little kid again. During the afternoon, we pick up some fruits and flowers. My grandfather loves planting fig and peaches. While my grandmother loves having tulips and sunflowers around the barn. It is really a great experience that I will never ever forget.

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