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Bulls, Boys, and Blessings

Tiny sparks at the Cadillac Ranch

Julia Jacobsen Amarillo Cadillac Ranch Cattle Road Trip Texas Tiny spark

Tiny sparks at the Cadillac Ranch

It was just a tiny spark. That’s what it felt like. The kids looked so proud (as they should be) their mom gave them all the credit and I was inspired. We didn’t bring any cans with us, as we didn’t know that was the point. By the time my new friends had left there were already 2 cans sitting by the cars. They still had paint in them so I let my 3 year old make his mark and we took the now empty cans back with us to throw them away. It makes me wonder if I would have arrived and there was still trash everywhere if I would have left them behind? I’d like to think not, I’m a bit of a rule follower especially when it comes to litter bugs. I don’t know when and I don’t know where but I do KNOW that I will keep that spark lit and pay it forward elsewhere. 

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Somewhere in Kansas.

Julia Jacobsen

Somewhere in Kansas.

During her visit we talked about her first real job as an adult, she lived in Maywood, a suburb of Chicago and worked at a Kool Aid factory that sent cases of Kool Aid to our troops in Vietnam and earned wages of $1.69 an hour. She liked it because she had 11 kids at home and her boss let her take home the defective packets, ones that didn’t seal or had some kind of error that prevented them in stores. Six of those kids are my older siblings and the remaining five were her younger siblings who lived with her and her first husband after my grandmother passed away. 

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Day 12 of our 12-Day Ranching Journal

Julia Jacobsen

Day 12 of our 12-Day Ranching Journal

As we go forward with our herd our plan it to maintain our own herd size while we help Luke grow his. He has decided raising beef is what he wants to do and the next couple of years will be telling for sure as he becomes even more involved in the process.  This year while we were still calving in March, Dirk sent Luke to the bull sale with a blank check.  Bulls were discussed, a list was made with a budget in mind and off went our 17 year old son to a sale for what will be the future of our herd and his own. 

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Day 11 of our 12-Day Ranching Journal

Julia Jacobsen

Day 11 of our 12-Day Ranching Journal

The morning was filled with hauling and sorting the last of the worked calves. Every load hauled out makes the farm a little bit more still.  I love when the cows come home for the winter, as much as I love when the last load gets hauled out for summer pasture.  It feels like a big sigh.

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Day 9 and 10 of our 12-Day Ranching Journal

Julia Jacobsen

Day 9 and 10 of our 12-Day Ranching Journal

Chicken Coop Tour is this morning and we’re working our last bunch of calves.  I’ve prepped lunch for our work crew and Cass and I await the big yellow bus full of Kindergartners with the best farm questions.

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