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My Thoughts On Mother’s Day




I don’t know about you, but I think being a mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  So often when my kids were little I would second guess myself (as I’m sure many moms do).  Now that my kids are adults (27 and 23) I still tend to second guess.

Yes, I did the best I could with the knowledge I had, but I know there are things I could have done different/better.    I try not to camp out there, doing so wouldn’t change anything.

What brings me comfort is the fact that my son and daughter are two self-sufficient, strong, hardworking adults.  By the grace of God, I didn’t totally ruin them.  lol

I think being raised on the ranch instilled so many important qualities in them.  While there were times they hated it,  I think they would both admit to having learned a lot about life and who they are from growing up here.  They both chose to leave the ranch, but what they learned here are things that have served them well in their chosen careers.

My mom always says that you never stop worrying about your kids no matter how old they are.

My mom's very first selfie

My mom’s very first selfie

She would know too…her kids are 67, 66, 60 and 47 (me).  When I got married and left home she had had a kid at home for 34 years!  She spent all those years as a stay at home mom.  I am so thankful that EVERY day after school my mom was there.  I’m sure there were times she second guessed herself too.  I wasn’t the easiest kid to raise especially in my teenage years. To this day she worries about all 4 of us.  There has never been any doubt she loves her kids.

I can’t think about Mother’s Day without thinking of Jonesy’s mom.  I loved my mother-in-law.  I only had her for about 10 years, but in that time I learned so much from her.  Most of all I am thankful for how she raised her son.VelmaNow a new journey begins for me.  I get to learn to be a grandma.  I am thankful for this young lady who is the momma to my grandson.11164710_10204344040823196_3022324729141862454_oEven though I made many mistake, my biggest hope is that my kids will know how much I love them and how blessed I feel to be their mom.


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How It All Began

I have been thinking lately about how it all began for us here at CBR.  When Jonesy and I moved here back in 1989, there was nothing but a 40 acre field that we pulled a teeny, tiny 2 bedroom trailer onto.  Our son was about 18 months old and we were just younguns ourselves, but Jonesy had a dream.  Me….????  I didn’t have a clue!  lol  I just knew I would follow him anywhere.  (Still would).  🙂

We started out with pigs.  Jonesy traded an old Chevy Luv 4×4 pick up similar to this one;

Image from Google

Image from Google

for 4 sows and a television set.  Then he turned around and traded the TV to another neighbor for a used roll of woven wire and some barbed wire to make a pen.  And just like that we were in the hog business!

We spent about 3 years farrowing sows, (mama pigs) keeping back gilts (female that hasn’t had babies).  Meanwhile, I got pregnant with our daughter and helped take care of the pigs until the day she was born.  Our son used to go out in the heat of the day during the summer and spray them down with the hose and make sure they had a nice mud hole.  The pigs loved it and so did he.  The pigs would shake and he would come in all speckled and needing a bath himself!pigs

When I went into the hospital to have our daughter, we were running about 30-35 sows, a couple of boars and a couple hundred baby pigs.  While I was still in the hospital, Jonesy sold the whole operation…lock, stock, and barrel!  Pigs, feeders, waterers…everything!  We had enough from that to buy 10 cows and a bull.  And just like that we were cattle ranchers!

Shortly after we sold out, the hog prices fell significantly and we were very thankful we got out when we did.

We eventually added horses to the ranch and began training them to sell as ranch broke geldings.

CK Sky High Cat "Kat"

CK Sky High Cat “Kat”


kids in garden

Our son and daughter in about 1994 or so

Here we are many years later with our kids grown and making their own way in the world, a grandbaby on the way, a modest cow/calf operation, a nice string of quality ranch horses and the two of us working together.

Looking back,even though there were mistakes made and little bumps along the way. I can truly say we have been so very blessed!


Our daughter all grown up

Our daughter all grown

Our son and daughter-in-law

Our son and daughter-in-law









Thanks for coming along as I take a look back at our humble beginnings!

Be Blessed,

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Tuesday Tour: Mother’s Day

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!  It started on Friday with a visit to my mom that included lunch together.  I don’t get to do that very often as she lives about an hour from me.  That afternoon I hung out with my daughter,  and her and her boyfriend took me to dinner.me and hanna

On Sunday afternoon, my son and daughter-in-law cooked me lunch and we spent time at their house.  This is their fur baby Chewbacca.   Isn’t he adorable?!            baccaWhen Jonesy and I got home we went for a drive along the back roads around our neighborhood.  We haven’t done that in a long time and I’m glad I grabbed my camera.  It was an amazingly beautiful day.  This is our South 80.  I absolutely love it here!  There is just something about the view that speaks to me. We recently had 2 ponds built and are in the process of getting good fencing up so that at some point we cant turn cows into it.

Really need some rain to fill up the ponds!

Really need some rain to fill up the ponds!

For now it’s turning into a pretty good Brome field.  Brome grass is good for feeding cattle and excellent horse hay.  In a few weeks we will harvest this field into small square bales of hay and stack it in the barn.  It will not only feed our critters this winter, but we will also sell some to other farms and ranches.

Brome grass is knee high

Brome grass is knee high

Another reason I love it here!

After a little walk, Jonesy and Moe headed back to the old farm truck.


"Are you coming momma?"

“Are you coming momma?”

Happy heifers in the pasture we rent across from our south 80.  

While we were out our neighbors called to tell us their mare had her foal.  We went over to take a look and wouldn’t ya know it…my camera died!  I had to take a phone pic.denny's filly

Watching this little lady just topped off my day!  I had never seen one this new before (she was less than an hour old).  She is all legs…what a cutie!

I feel so blessed to have my kids near me, to be surrounded by such beauty and to have great neighbors!

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What a beautiful day to celebrate Easter!  I am so thankful for not only what this day represent, but also the fact that I got to spend it with my kids.  As any mom of grown children will tell you, it’s not always and easy task to get them together at the same time!   So when it does happen I just bask in it.   And of course, mom has to have pictures!  (Insert groan from said kids.)

My son and daughter (and Moe)

My son and daughter-in-law

My son and daughter-in-law





My daughter and her boyfriend









Jonesy’s birthday is this week also, so we celebrated that too.  I made him lasagna for his birthday meal and of course there was cake and ice cream!




I am so blessed and have so much to be thankful for!  Most of all for the reason behind why we celebrate Easter.


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