Small Town Nebraska:
On the way home from Bible study, we happened upon a cattle drive! (We in that sentence equals me, Liza and my mom who was here visiting! Yippee!) I was so delighted to run into these cowboys because we weren’t in a hurry, and I needed something interesting to blog about this week. I want to tell you about what’s inside this building, but I have to wait to get more pictures to give you the full idea. We moseyed along behind and then one of the guys motioned for us to follow him. Here’s small town for you – I knew who he was. I’m not sure if I wanted him to see me or not since I don’t know protocol for coming upon a cattle drive. I hope we didn’t bother them by not turning around and going a different way. I tried to drive very carefully and not run into any of the cows. They were ornery little things, not full grown and still quite interested in checking out their surroundings.
I also saw mud this week.
That’s what happens when a lot of snow melts in February. I’m glad to live on a paved road.
Here’s a glimpse into our world.
While you’re thinking about YouTube videos, I introduced my big kids to Kid President (secretly for my own entertainment). His 20 Things to say more often is one of my favorites; and really, checking your own shirt for BBQ sauce before you tell someone about the BBQ sauce on their own shirt is really a biblical concept.
Since I mentioned Bible study, I’ll tell you what study I’m getting to go through with an awesome group of women – Priscilla Shirer’s The Armor of God. I thought I knew about the armor of God, but I’ve learned many excellent new things in the first weeks of this study. Here’s one for you, “The cross didn’t just take something from you [eternal punishment]. It gave something miraculous to you [Jesus’ righteousness].”
The reason I didn’t post more about that cow nose: As for that nose,
It’s much more interesting than the tail.
Brad thought I should crop out the truck so you would wonder how I managed to get that close to a cow.
That version does show you the snot running down that nose much better.
The lesson in this is to know that many times in life we have things we need to be thankful for and we don’t even know what they are. On the occasion where I came across a parked cattle truck on my walk and had my camera with me, I had two different people let me know things I should be thankful for that I never would’ve thought of on my own.
The first was when the driver of the truck returned to it. I was taking pictures of the mess on the top rack of the truck. Did you know there are two layers of cows in a full cattle truck? The driver let me know I should be thankful that nothing from one of those cows dropped on me while I was taking that picture. Oh my! That thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. He made me very thankful.
Then later Brad informed me that I should be thankful that the cow didn’t blow snot all over my lens!
Apparently, I’m cattle ignorant, but I am thankful.
We got to go watch the branding of the family cattle last week. Between our camera and another I have some fun pictures to share with you. We weren’t present when they separated the calves from the cows, which means I have no pictures of people riding horses. All you get to see is the actual branding.
Here’s the big picture of what’s happening. They’re working with a small group of calves in a small pen. In this picture you can see the three pairs of people holding calves all at the same time.
Dad, I took this for you.
A real cowboy and a farmer working with cattle
Don’t worry. He ran away happy.
My Little Man
Farmers can talk farm in any situation.
Going to get more calves
They also castrate when they brand.
B2 (Brother 2) – Has a great smile.
Wyatt and I wore our boots.
The little girls with Turtle.
My newest sister-in-law showing what she’s made of. Our husbands marry tough women.
2 of my sister-in-laws hard at work while I stood there and just took pictures.
In the end they run away happy.
We went to a branding yesterday. More pictures to come but for now this pair.
This cow was MAD about being separated from her calf and very relieved to be reunited. She kept licking its little face. It was about as sweet at a cow can get.
Tomorrow is my most fabulous sister’s birthday! It feels wrong that I don’t get to see her in person during her birthday week, but maybe you can help me celebrate her by wishing her a happy birthday. She does not participate in the world of facebook, so if you know her and would like to wish her a happy birthday, please send her an email or leave a comment for her! Thanks a lot!
——-Now for Farming on the 5’s.
Brad’s day was primarily electrical, so I’ll tell you a little about the “farming” parts of my day instead.
Elliana comes running to tell me first thing, “It’s spring!” That’s exactly how the day felt. Thinking of spring made me check on the tulips, and I was shocked and thrilled to see they were all up!
It was nice enough to break out the stroller from its winter hibernation.
We walked a new route and stopped to look at the horses and cows along the way. The horses were much more friendly than the cows; but after we gave them a few minutes to realize we were not a threat, the cows came over to check us out.
I got a cute calf picture out the deal.
Here he is with his mommy.
I’d tell you about the rest of my day, but it was not as exciting as the tulips and cows.