The last to go

Last time we talked, I was speaking my piece about the longest seven-mile cattle drive known to a gal… and as I type, Country Man and his father are loading up more in trailers to move to pasture over 15 miles away. Probably best that way. Parting makes the heart grow fonder and all. Going to drop their behinds off and say good riddance for the summer; it’s just me and the bulls for a little while.

South Dakota cattle

Moving cattle into the trailers

Unrelated to our anniversary, Country Man and I are going to make a one-day trip up to Kansas to pick up a part. Big part. Trip soon. Real soon. Anyone been to Kansas? A slogging (slow jogging, I learned) friend of mine told me about her trip that way, but I stopped listening after she said “cheesecake factory”. Oh how I hope we dine at The Cheesecake Factory!

South Dakota Country Man

Country Man

The pickup honked and I headed out the door to ride with husband. A Ruby Red Squirt in hand, I pulled my ankle length skirt up enough to hop in the pickup (still managing to get it caught in the door) and let the wind drive us west toward the open lands.

South Dakota hills
The humidity poured through his shirt and hair while the cold air blew hard and fast inside. He was a dirty, sweaty mess, with cracked fingers and bruised shins. I watched him wipe his brow, sparked with blessed curiosity to be married to a man who loves what he does and does it well.

South Dakota pasture

Who sacrifices his body every day for the love of the land, for the love of ranching, for the love of farming, for the love of hard work… for the love of love.

South Dakota trailer
Today (everyday, I try), I am thankful to dwell in land where neighbors choose to put their life out there for people like me to enjoy all this. To live in the moment. To live free.

South Dakota church
Happy Memorial Day.

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27 thoughts on “The last to go

  1. Today (everyday, I try), I am thankful to dwell in land where neighbors choose to put their life out there for people like me to enjoy all this. To live in the moment. To live free.

    So beautifully put. I share this gratitude!

  2. Yes – sorry I hadn’t said ti before (though I was thinking it) Happy Almost Anniversary!! You put into words the same feelings I have for my husband. Love is amazing.

    Hope you get to try out the Cheesecake Factory. I’ve yet to have that pleasure. If you go make sure you get pics!

  3. I was born and raised in Kansas but now I live in Canada. My daughter lives in Wichita, Ks and I’ve got family all over Kansas. I’ve heard of The Cheesecake Factory but never been. The one located in Kansas is suppose to be in Overland Park at 6675 West 119th Street (913) 451-6272….I think if you are heading to Kansas City it would depend exactly where you are heading as to whether you are going to be in the Overland Park/Lenexa area. The Cheesecake Factory is just east of Lenexa off of highway 435/50.

  4. What a lovely tribute to Country Man and Country.

    If you go to the Cheesecake Factory, get a slice of the Oreo cheesecake for me. :)

  5. It really hits home when I realize how far you are from everything. I take for granted that we have a Cheesecake Factory and dozens of other places within 10-20 minutes of our home, but you make me appreciate it more. Part of me wants to move to a small town away from it all, the other part really enjoys all the conveniences here. I guess I’ll just have to be a part-time small-town girl!

    This was a wonderful post. Loved every line of it. :)

  6. I hope this time when your husband and father-in-law are gone is restful and fun! And it probably helps that you have a little road-trip with your husband to look forward to!

  7. Happy Anniversary! Loved the photos … especially of Country Man’s gloved hands and that glorious lil Country Church all shiny in the sun … beautiful.

    Blessed to be free yes we are.

    Cheers! MJ

  8. I love this post. And I still cannot believe that I did not marry a farmer. It is startling to me still that I ended up marrying a city man, after a life of farming, working with farmers, loving farming, and loving farmers. Life is good, just not as much like yours as I thought it might be. Ha.(from Kate, the eldest Sweet Ridge Sister)

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