Hi! I’m Jennifer from Cow Camp Tales. Elizabeth asked my husband and I to share a little of our lives.
My husband, John is a working cowboy, on a large cattle ranch in the Chiauhuan desert, of southeastern New Mexico. John, has lived in thisarea all his life. He was raised on the LE Ranch, which his dad ran for 30 years. He went to Odessa College on a saddle bronc scholarship, he stayed for two years and then went on to PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) rodeo full time. We met shortly thereafter. I'm a Texas transplant, my daddy moved to Texas 20 years ago to work on the Turkey Track Ranch. He didn't intend to stay, but he is still here. John came to work for the Turkey Track shortly after we started dating. He started at headquarters riding colts. After we got married we stayed at "HQ" another year. A camp finally came open and here weare, 4 years later.
It’s a good life, we get to live out in the country. We have horses and cattle in our back yard! It’s the best way to raise kids. They learn responsibility and how to work on the ranch. They get to ride and have their own horses. We’re so blessed to be able to live the way we do! Its all we have ever known, or have ever wanted. Some day we do hope to have a place of our own, but until that time comes we will continue to do what we do.
One of the best things about being a cowboy, is the fact that it’s the same kind of work men did 100 years ago - aside from a few modern convinces such as pickups, and stock trailers. For the most part we do the same thing men did back in the day. That’s pretty cool.
Then you have beef buyers from Japan of all places, buying our beef. Japan bought all our yearlings last year. Why are we not selling beef to our own country? We sell it to other countries, and import foreign beef. These are just a few of the issues rising up against ranching and farming. These issues have affected us directly.This way of life is all we know, and we love it dearly. It's so sad to see what is happening. Young men who grew up dreaming of living this life and wanting nothing else but to cowboy are finding it harder and harder to find ranch jobs. Then there are the older men who have known nothing but cowboying all their lives and can’t find jobs. It's so very sad.
Yet... we’re grateful for each every day that we still get to do what we love, and that we get to raise our kids the way we are. The Lord has blessed us, and continues to bless us each day!
Thanks for reading a bit of our story, hope you enjoyed it!
John & Jennifer
Thanks John and Jennifer for the great feature! Jennifer does have a blog; however it is a private blog. They do enjoy new readers so drop her a line at Cow Camp Tales if you would like to keep up with life in a Cow Camp.
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