While scavenging through a box of mementos recently, I found a copy of my senior profile from my high school newspaper. At the time, my dream date consisted of “playing farmer” with a three of my classmates. When asked where I saw myself in ten years, my reply was “on a little farm with a yardful of kids.” Little did I know that these dreams were closer to my future reality than I would ever expect.
My dream of one day being a farm wife was quite romanticized. I guess a person could say I lacked understanding of what life on the ranch truly entails. My husband and I live on his parents’ ranch near Pollock, SD. His father is a department head for a large university. Therefore, they are unable to live on the ranch full-time, so John and I run things when his parents are absent. My duties mostly consist of yard work and keeping the very large house maintained. This can become quite the challenge, as I also work full-time away from the ranch. I am a middle school reading teacher and volleyball coach, as well as a graduate student.
I look forward to sharing my adventures and challenges of this ranch life with you. Each day I face something new, and I hope you can find the joy, humor, love, and adventure in my anecdotes that I have come to call “my life.”