As farmers and ranchers, we know it takes grit, spirit, determination and hard work to get the job done. Our stories are filled with family, friends, joys and sorrows, and it's our real life stories that remind consumers that food doesn't simply come from the grocery store; it comes from everyday people working hard from the very beginning to provide a safe, wholesome product to feed the world.
 Story telling makes us real; it shows the world who we are and where we come from. I'm excited and inspired to discover many new blogs dedicated to sharing our stories with the world. If you haven't noticed by now, I'm a true believer in the power of social media, and today, I would like to introduce you to Kacee Thacker and her blog, "The Ranch Wife." She is an inspiration to me, and I hope she will encourage you to join in and share your agriculture story with the world.
Thacker’s blog, "The Real Life of a Ranch Hand's Wife,"  is a Louie L’Amour book come to life, filled with stories of riding horses, falling in love, pulling calves, raising babies, fighting blizzards and getting chased by cows. It comes from the perspective of a city girl learning to live the ranch life when she fell in love and married a ranch manager. Readers will laugh and cry alongside Kacee’s journey, and she hopes consumers will gain a new respect for ranchers through her honest storytelling.
“Ranchers everywhere share stories,” Thacker told me. “The best stories are often told over a cup of coffee at a kitchen table, around a campfire, at the counter of a ranch supply store, or a branding fire. Of course, the biggest stories are told over a cold beer! There are so many people who don’t know our lifestyle or they misunderstand it. I think the blog helps them to understand we aren’t cruel people who run around mistreating animals with a raw steak hanging out of our mouth. The animals we raise are our paychecks, and we treat them with the utmost care, because if we didn’t we couldn’t eat. I started this blog because I really missed writing, and I hope to have more stories for my future grandkids to read about.”
Cheers to Kacee Thacker and the many others who are joining the wave of "online farming" and sharing the agriculture story through social media networks. You can read Kacee's blog  or become a fan  of hers on Facebook. Be sure to leave her a note when you visit, and tell her Amanda sent you! Today, I shared my placenta story; now I want to hear from you. Share a childhood memory with BEEF Daily in the comments section below. This is a community of friendships, and I would love to learn more about all of you! Thanks for your participation!