Trust everyone, but always brand your cattle!
It seems the only thing I know how to blog about anymore is branding. Maybe it is because that is when I get a couple of days off and get “caught up”! Well, another branding is in the books, and it was relatively uneventful compared to last year. There was a minor hiccup, when Macklee threw her friend Brody off the golf cart and he banged his head, but other than that a real pleasant day.
When you click through old branding pictures, the only thing that truly changes is the kids. Time is precious, and in this drought it seems to be evaporating quickly. Dalli now is old enough at 12 to do everything! She saddles the horses, peels the chili, flanks, and cooks dinner and desert for the cowboys. We are so proud of our girls and hope we are instilling in them the love of their ranching heritage. After all, they are the 5th generation ranchers. In a couple of years, we may not need too many neighbors to help. (Think of all the money we’ll save in beer!)
It is work to feed America. However, we are so thankful to raise our kids on the ranch, where they learn to work hard, and to appreciate God’s blessings everyday.