The Journal

Home on the Range

I know it’s kind of cliche to write about the weather, but being that it’s been in the 70s and 80s in OCTOBER in Montana, I feel like I have to offer up thanks and the request to PLEASE keep it coming 🙂 Having this lovely weather has made it such a treat to be outside, and I was lucky enough to visit Reid’s family’s ranch last week and enjoy a beautiful Indian Summer day. Now I’m happy about getting to show you some fun photos of life and creatures on the farm.

Reid’s mother runs the ranch pretty much all by herself (with the help of a few select helpers now and then). She’s what I would call a “no-nonsense woman.” She’s the epitome of a Montana (via North Dakota) girl. Roxanne is most happy when she’s getting dirty, fixing something, and taking care of her gang of beasties (cows, horses, sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, dogs, cats…).

The ranch has been in her family for years (I’m fuzzy on how many exactly). Reid grew up there and has been driving tractors and getting into scrapes since he was teeny. His mom tells a story about how she used to have him steer the old farm truck as she rode in the back pitching hay out for the animals. She would yell to him which way to turn, but he would get confused by “left” and “right” (he would use her left and right), so she taught him north, south, east and west. To this day, he has an impeccable sense of direction (but still gets shaky on left and right ;))

Roxanne also breeds and trains border collies. A litter had just been born about a month or so ago, and they’re already getting into trouble. Aren’t they ridiculously adorable?!

I promise this little guy wasn’t hurt at all. Doesn’t he look like he’s having fun? 🙂

He was a little tired out after. Who isn’t tired after a flight?

This bad boy belongs to Reid’s best friend, Levi.

And this ladybug used to be driven around by Roxanne…I love how the weeds are growing up through the fender now.

The old homestead…updated a bit.

I don’t know about you, but I always keep my birdcage on my stove.

Hope you had fun on the farm!

  1. Katie says:

    I love the flying puppy! You and Reid are such amazing photographers!

  2. Jessica Eastman says:

    Awww, one of the best places in the whole wide world! Love it there, lots of great memories made!

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