July 14th

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Today was a pretty cool day.

So so so so so hot, but really cool.

Two days ago, Paul got a text from my cousin, Lucas, asking if he was busy Saturday morning. He had a friend from church, Marc, who was going to brand some calves, and could use some help. We’ve all talked before about how much we’d all enjoy having a chance to do that, so we were really excited that he reached out and invited us.

So we got up early from camping this morning, made cowboy breakfast over the fire, and packed up – ready to get hot and muddy.

It was a blast! An experience that I’ll never forget, that’s for sure.

The group of men pictured (from left: Josh, Paul, Carter, Lucas, and Marc) worked their butts off sorting mams from babies, wrestling calves, banding the bull calves, tagging the heifers, administering antibiotics, and of course, branding.

The smaller calves they did like this, by hand, while the larger calves they drug with Marc’s new filly (only 30 days on her and she was phenomenal!).

I loved how Marc stepped back to let “the boys” have their hand at some ranch work, but still was right there with guidance. Not all brands were perfect or straight, but that was part of the learning.

He was the same with Paul (middle) as he banded some bull calves:

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I couldn’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had, so here are a couple other images from the day:

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