My Story.

Welcome to the country.
I hope you brought your work boots and an old pair of jeans! 


Hi! I'm Veronica and I started this blog August 2010, the month I learned I was moving to the country. I've never been a member of 4-H, or FFA and didn't even know organizations like the Farm Bureau existed.
 
I was born and raised in Southern California and I am not where I am today because my plan went the way I hoped, but because of unexpected events. I've learned that is what life is...just a bunch of unexpected events. Nothing ever goes to plan, but everything happens for a reason.
My husband and I met in 2005 and the second I met him I knew there was something special about him. He lived such such a different life than what I knew and he had a genuineness about him that I just knew I needed in my life. His dad started a sheep ranch years ago and he grew up in the country. Unpaved roads, knowing all your neighbors, no street lights kind-of-country and here he was in the big city of Los Angeles making snow action sports films. I just had to know more about him and how he got where he was.

Five years later I'm married to the small town boy, settled and (finally) adjusted in the great state of Colorado. 

August 2010 my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. Between a recent injury and chemo treatments it would be months, maybe even years before he'd be able to work the ranch again. 
 
J's parents asked us if we would help out on the ranch and work to eventually take over the sheep operation. J and I always knew there was a possibility to move to the ranch in J's hometown, but never thought it would happen when it did. 
So here I am in the country trying to find my place and enjoying every moment along the way. The purpose of my blog is to share my story and experiences here at the ranch and spread the word of Agriculture. I'm sure I'll get things wrong and say things that may not make sense, but if you take anything from reading my blog I hope it's a face of the person that feeds your family.
 
I’ve learned that it’s not about the things you have - your house, your car, your clothes or how much money you make. Life is about what you have in your heart, the love (and furry four-leggeds) that surrounds you and most importantly, the view of those snow capped mountains out your porch window.
Making ranch life cool. One post at a time. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
A Rancher's Wife

15 comments:

Jamie Bulaich said...

Veron! Such a beautiful story! So many people take things for granted in life they forget to slow down and cherish the simplest things. Living on a farm is an amazing adventure and I'm glad you get to experience it! On day I will have to haul my horses up and visit!

A Rancher's Wife said...

Hey Jamie! Yes, I used to be one of those people. It's easy to get lost in the shuffle of things in the big city especially So Cal. It has been quite the adventure and I am loving it. You are welcome ANYTIME! We'd love to have you. Just remember to bring your work jeans and work boots!

luvmychiks said...

I love you story. I use to live in So Calif. and moved to the Pacific Northwest many years ago. I still live in the suburbs, but the beauty of nature is all around us. I see Mt. Hood and Mt. St Helen on any given day. I find that the simpler things are more important when you are surrounded by all this beauty. I have never been to Colorado, but I am sure it is a beautiful as the Northwest.
I have children now, but when I didn't I would spend hours with my horses. Now I have kids , dogs, cats and chickens, love the chickens. Odd as it sound you can spend hours watching chickens and its fun! Have a great day.

texwisgirl said...

the smile on your face says it all. :)

Shelli said...

Nice to meet you! Someday I hope to be a rancher's wife!

sdliving said...

It's not an easy life, but it sure is good, huh? :)

Buttons said...

I look forward to reading your story. B

Stephanie said...

Wow, what an great story! I just discovered your blog so, of course, this was the first thing I read. I am totally fascinated and glad I found you. It's so easy to take the material things for granted and forget that those aren't actually the things we need to be happy.

xo,
Stephanie (Big Mario Life)

Anonymous said...

You are so lucky!! I am glad you realize at such a young age the important things in life. It is all about family and taking risks and not letting fear hold you back. Hope everything works out for your father in law. Congratulations on your decision.

Trish

Kirby @ Dog.Nerd.101 said...

Inspiring story! Thanks for sharing and letting us come along for the ride.

The Rustic Chick said...

Thanks for the follow of my blog! I love yours and can't wait to keep up on your life in the country!

Candy said...

Awe...so happy for you Veronica. Man, people really don't know what they're missing out on do they? :P It can be a very rewarding life...maybe not in money, but it's fulfilling. So glad to read your story!

Ben said...

Veronica, you have a fantastic outlook on life, and I whole heartedly share your perspective that life is what you make of the unexpected events that come along. It's not something you can plan out and have everything go according to plan. In fact I find that it often doesn't appear to have any clarity at all until you look in the rear view mirror and see how all the dots connect, even though they seemed random at the time. My life is full of those as well, and I'm sure that your adventures on the ranch will continue to be a roller-coaster of amazing twists and turns. Thanks for sharing it.

Cheyenne said...

OH, what a story!! You have such a refreshing perspective on things. I'm enthused to look around your blog a little more. :)

Jordan Putman said...

So I'm a little late to this band wagon, I am also a blogger and recently began dating a rancher/farmer. I am so looking forward to reading your posts as I too am a city girl going to the country to take over the family farm and cattle company