My first blog post for BEEF was in September 2008, following a summer internship with the magazine just before my senior year of college. Since then, I’ve experienced many milestones in life and have had the pleasure with sharing these moments with all of you through this blog. I graduated from South Dakota State University (SDSU); moved home to our family ranch; got engaged and married to Tyler -- a guy I met on the SDSU Meat Judging Team; bought our own ranch site close to my childhood home; purchased cattle; and most recently, had our first child.
After much anticipation, our daughter, Scarlett, has arrived, and we couldn’t be happier with the new addition to our family. Life has certainly changed forever and definitely for the better. Despite the sleepless nights and dirty diapers, we feel truly blessed to have Scarlett in our lives, and I’m excited to share her with all of you. (Photo Credit: Ann Long Photography, Mitchell, SD)
You’ll hear more about Scarlett in future blog posts as she offers me a new perspective on our ranching business. I’m thrilled to bring a new generation to our operation, and I can’t wait to start teaching her everything there is to know about cattle and instill in her a love of the land and livestock.
Seeing as she is just shy of three weeks old today, I suppose I will let her grow up a little bit before we start exploring the ranch. In the meantime, however, she will be my blogging assistant, and I wanted to be sure to introduce her to all of you.
Please welcome Scarlett to our blogging community! And thank you to those who have emailed me already and sent kind words of congratulations and advice.
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In honor of all ranching parents, here’s a round-up of some of our best blog posts and articles about raising country kids. Here are five of my favorites:
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