To All The Ranch Wives Out There…

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To All Those Ranch Wives Out There:

Let me just say, you’re awesome. You rock. And I want to be you when I grow up.

In all of our moving around, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know lots of ranch wives out west. Let me tell you a little about the ranch wife.

She’s a mover and a shaker; a loving wife, devoted mom, and a late night cookie baker.

She can whip up a crowd-pleasin’ meal for a branding. She does the books for the ranch in the wee hours of the night. She’ll set up camp waiting for her favorite mare to foal, ready to jump in and help if need be. And in the meantime, she’ll be sewing a Halloween costume.

A ranch wife is typically confident and can stand on her own two feet. (In fact, some may be ruffled that I’m calling them ranch wives, not ranch women…) She’s a partner with her ranching husband; in work and in life.

She’s not afraid of wide open spaces or being miles and miles from town. She doesn’t wait around for AAA to change a tire (probably doesn’t have cell service to call them anyway). She considers an air impact wrench a romantic gesture from her husband. I guarantee she’s chock full of funny stories about life on dirt roads and will have you laughing out loud in no time flat.

She loves her children, madly, fully, completely. She teaches them to write, to read, to ride. She hauls them all over the place to rodeos and to guitar lessons in town.

She starts and runs a company in her spare time. She’s not afraid of failure or a challenge – that just peaks her interest.

She can finish up the breakfast dishes, jump on a horse and work cows all day and somehow have dinner on the table for the family as they walk in from evening chores.

When folks shake their heads and say, “If only your husband didn’t want to live so far from town” she just smiles. (She loves it just as much as he does, if not more.)

So, here’s to all those ranch wives out there. You’re *absolutely amazing*.

I really mean it.

 

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