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Election Day 2016

Election Day 2016

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Change, Life | 0 comments

So, what do the head cowboy and his wife think about the all this political bru-ha-ha going on?  Well, first and foremost, hallelujah – election season is almost over! At least there is an end in sight to all the hate, evil thoughts, tweets, ads etc that have inundated all of us for too long.  Now, I know that once someone is elected today there won’t be an immediate end to said chaos – unfortunately I don’t know that there’s enough dignity on either side to concede graciously.  But I pray that by some miracle there is both a gracious winner and loser. As I prepped for my Junior High Bible study this week, a passage from Exodus really stood out to me.“And then you need to keep a sharp eye out for competent men (and women) – men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible – and appoint them as leaders.”  Exodus 18:2.  (Parentheses added by me).  Whether or not you characterize yourself as a Christian – can you imagine if we as Americans, as people, still held these values as priorities and requirements in our leaders?  If we required our leaders, officials and ourselves to be held to these higher standards? Stereo-typically speaking, the fact that you are a conscientious consumer of food products tends to place you in a category different from the majority.  What if we could take some of our effort and concern for the food movement and transfer some of it to the political and social movement?  Perhaps many of you already are, and for that we applaud you!  I’m challenging all of us, myself and the head cowboy included, to go make a small difference in this next presidential season.  I’m not asking you to change the whole world, but if you want to rock that – YOU GO!!  Realistically, let’s start small, let’s think about what comes out of our mouths at home, at work, at school, at church…make it positive.  Take it to social media: check your posts, your responses – are they helpful, kind, fruitful…unfriend those people who fill your feed with hate or send your blood pressure through the roof.  Take 10-15 minutes each day to meditate, pray, journal; just to be still and contemplate what brings you joy. Because here’s the long and the short of what I believe.  No matter who wins the election today, no matter what party is in control, they can’t take away any of these things from you or me!  We still are so fortunate and blessed to call ourselves Americans – we have more freedom than so many others can even imagine.  We have the ability and duty to take responsibility for our own joy, our own values and what we instill in ourselves and those closest to us!  No political candidate or party can take that away from...

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I Lead a Double Life…

I Lead a Double Life…

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Family, Life, Ranch | 0 comments

Did this title catch your eye, does it sound interesting and maybe scandalous?!  If so, read on.  While I don’t actually lead a double life in the scintillating way you might have imagined when reading my title, I do in fact feel like I lead a double life. As you may know, my husband, lovingly referred to as the “Head Cowboy” in most posts, and myself run a grass fed beef business.  Part of my role in the company is managing our blog and social media sites such as Instagram and Pinterest; Facebook is mostly all the Head Cowboy. But I’m going to be honest here…CONFESSION TIME…I have a really hard time doing this.  I will always present an honest picture of our life & I want to be interesting and real at the same time, but I feel that these things don’t always converge.  See, we do raise 100% grass fed beef. Our cattle are happy and on beautiful green grass their entire life; they spend the spring and summer in Gilroy, CA and they spend fall and winter in Catheys Valley and Hornitos, CA. But we don’t live with our cattle.  As lovely as that would be, it’s almost impossible.  We lease all of our pasture, but it doesn’t come with living quarters, unless we were ready to pop a tent and really “live off the land”!  So instead, we live in Turlock, CA, a town of about 75,000 people; we technically live in the “country” but we are between two large dairies (and let’s just say “factory farming” isn’t too far off), we have truck traffic day and night, buzzers moving the cows forward most of the time, and it’s less than the idyllic picture of country life most people have in mind!  And trust me; you don’t want pictures and blogs about this!  😉  So here’s where I get stuck.  What do I blog about to you, what do I post about to you? If I had to guess, I’d say you want to see our cows, their pasture, country life; but truth be told, I rarely get out to our ranches.  The Head Cowboy does, for sure, but even he gets mired down with the challenges of running our own business.  We have two amazing employees, thank God for that!  Jaime is our delivery driver and some of you may have met him as he delivered meat to you; Andy is our cowboy and he does the day-to-day ranch work. So if I’m not at the ranch, what do I do?  My typical day is probably pretty similar to yours!  We have three kids, Henry, 11 and in 6th grade, Elle, 8 and in 3rd grade, and Charlotte, 2, and at home full time with me.  Our kids participate in a unique school program where they are in class 3.5 days and at home 1.5 days.  It’s...

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