Hello world!

cropped-IMG_82461.jpgA very unintelligent woman once said to one of my daughters, “Don’t give up on your dreams.  You need to get a real job.  You are way too special to be just a ranch wife!”  Just a ranch wife?  My mom was a ranch wife; my mother-in-law is a ranch wife.  These two women are incredible.  They are hard-working, giving, compassionate, caring, spiritual, and loving individuals.  Not to mention, they are both incredible cooks, caretakers of their land and families, and amazing mothers and grandmothers!  Based on these two alone, I would be honored if my daughters were “just ranch wives!”  However, I know entire communities of these kind of women.  Women who put in full days working outside caring for the animals and crops, along with cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, caring for children, volunteering, being the chauffeur for their kids, attending football/basketball/volleyball/rodeos and all other activities in which their children take part, caring for their friends and neighbors in need… and the list goes on and on.  Just a ranch wife?

It amazes me that people think being a ranch wife is a lowly thing.  It amazes me even more that being a rancher or ranch wife could be considered not having a real job.  Every rancher, ranch wife, and children who grow up on a ranch know that ranching isn’t a job that consists of 40-hour work weeks.  Ranching isn’t a job that has banker’s hours.  Ranching isn’t a job that gets snow days or 2-week paid vacations.  Ranching isn’t a job that gets sick days.   And ranching definitely isn’t a job for the weak!  We start calving in the early spring on our ranch.  This means every-two-hour checks on the heifers/cows 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  No 40-hour work weeks here!  We are out there in the wind, rain, snow, sleet– all of which we have had over the last month.  One evening it was raining, lightning, thundering, blowing, and starting to snow all at once– and in February!  We know this personally; we were out in it putting a heifer in the barn that was starting to calve.  No weak hearts here.

I haven’t always been a ranch wife.  I’m a bookkeeper by trade– a position that I still hold, however, I now work from home.  I have several clients and work on their books at home and then update their in-office bookkeeping records periodically.  I’m also do medical transcription, again from home.  While I grew up in an agricultural community and have spent many hours on a horse, in a tractor seat, or wrestling calves, this was in my youth.  My path lead me away from agriculture and instead into accounting.  After many years I wanted to come home.  Turned out to be the best decision I ever made.  I married the “perfect man” (is there such a thing??) and am now a ranch wife.   I wouldn’t change anything.   God Bless the broken road…

My strengths are many.  I know how to start over.  I know how to let things go in order to start over.  And my greatest strengths– multitasking and time management– both of which are learned arts!  Many things have made my eyes leak and my heart smile over the years– all of which have made me who I am today.  I’m a work in progress, no doubt, but I love the progress and I definitely love being “just a ranch wife.”

10 thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. Jody

    I know I already told you I thought this blog was great, but wanted to make an official comment on here!! 🙂 I am anxiously awaiting the next entry to read!!!

  2. Elysabeth Kierl

    I was a working mom and hated it. I hated watching my kids grow up with another mommy. I made the switch to being just a ranch wife. I grew up on a ranch and knew how hard it would be…not only physically but financially as well….but I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT. The lambing, calving and foaling is what makes it all worth it. Teaching your kids the value of life and death and exposing them everyday to nature. How to work hard to earn a dollar and how it stretch it. Also that family comes right after God and before all else. I applaud you for sharing this with others who may not grip how hard we work and bleed and sweat and toil to provide them with their steaks and salads and clothing. Great job!!

    1. Ranch Wife Post author

      I loved your comment, Elysabeth. Every single bit of it is so true. My two older kids grew up with another mommy too, and while I’m so blessed they had the best babysitter ever when they were young, it tore my heart out having someone else see all their firsts. My youngest, the Wild Child, she is so blessed and doesn’t even realize it, although her dad and I sure do. We are so very thankful for the life we have, the place we live, what we do, and all that GOD has provided.

  3. Ginger Johnstone

    I love it and wouldn’t give it up for nothing..But there are times it is so lonely as the kids have all moved away..Starting there own lives and so proud of them but does make it awfully quiet day in and day out..Try to stay busy and gets lots of hobbies for all those quiet times.. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone..

  4. susan west

    Loved this! I felt looked down upon by my more successful peers and classmates at reunions because there was always silence when they asked me what I did for a living and the answer was I’m a ranch wife/ranch hand. Now I understand, THEY were the ones that were to be pitied, not I, I’ve had all the riches in the world as “just a ranch wife”.


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