Hey y’all! I’m Amanda and I blog over at Princess of the Panhandle; Confessions of a Cowboys Wife. When Nicole said she needed a guest blogger I jumped on the opportunity because I love to read her blog. Plus, I consider her to be an IRL (in real life) friend because we met last month at the DFW Blogger event. I can’t wait to see her at the next one in December!
Today, I thought I’d bring a little ranch life to Three 31 since she is without modern conveniences on her mission trip. I experience a small piece of her situation every day. You see, I write my blog posts on my phone and email them to myself, then once a week, when I go to town, I go to the local library and use the computer to schedule them.
I live with my Daughter and Hubs on a 40,000 acre ranch in west Texas. He takes care of about 600 head (cows). We also have 7 horses, 4 hens, 1 rooster, and 3 dogs so life is always interesting around here.
I get asked, “How do you do it?” all the time. It’s hard. It’s definitely not the life for everyone, but it’s right for us. The most exciting thing of my day is usually what I cook for supper. The highlight of my week is the day I go to town, about 40 miles away. That’s just to go to Wal-Mart or to eat at crappy restaurants. If we want to go to my favorite stores like Hobby Lobby, Old Navy, Target, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Olive Garden, or On the Border, we must drive over an hour. Living on a ranch has its own challenges, but we love it and can’t wait for our Daughter to grow up out here.
A friend once said her husband is a real, live cowboy and, at the time, it cracked me up. But she is right. There aren’t many that still do what our men do for a living. He’s been featured in several magazine articles and books about ranches, boots, saddles, and horses.
My hobbies have definitely changed in the past year not only because of where we live, but because I am a new Mom. Teale, pronounced like the color teal, is a little miracle. She was born 10-weeks premature, weighing just 2 pounds, 8 ounces. After seven weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she came home and is now 6 months old.
Nicole, I hope you are having a great time on your mission trip! Your ranchin’ friends in west Texas are thinking and praying for you and the team. Be safe and we’ll see you soon … sweet tea in hand, of course!!!!