Hi, I’m Briana. I am a work in progress.
I served in the military. I lived in big cities. I lived overseas. And then I fell in love with a handsome cowboy at a rodeo. We got married exactly one year later. We have three little girls and live on the family ranch. Now I’m learning to thrive in my dream – ranch life.
What’s ranch country like?
It’s huge. Big expanses. No houses in sight. The view from atop a big hill can take your breath away. The land rolls and the rocky buttes jut high above the golds, browns, and sage greens. The sky is big and blue. The night sky is incredibly dark and the stars are bright. The cows far outnumber the people. Your “neighbors” are people within a 45 mile radius. Gravel roads. I can breathe deep here.
Our house is old, but it is cozy, and we love it. Its the only home that our three trick-riding little cowgirls know. They tell tall tales, they talk about shooting panthers, they dress like princesses, and they love people.
What is it like to live on a ranch?
It’s a family affair, we work together. We eat all three meals of the day together, most of the time. We are a team. There’s lots of work to be done, and there’s a real seasonality to the work. Neighbors help each other.
I didn’t grow up on a ranch, but I am learning how to ranch. I have learned to drive a tractor, operate heavy machinery, wrestle calves, move and handle cows, calves, and bulls, how to cut and bale hay, how to milk a cow, pick eggs and butcher chickens, saddle a horse, garden, can, stock up my pantry, and raise baby calves, chickens, puppies, kitties, and children. I have so much yet to learn.
I take care of our home and help my husband. Lets rephrase that…I TRY to help my husband. I love getting out there and giving it a go. I’ve learned a lot but it still can easily find myself in a pickle. Thankfully my husband can fix anything. And still loves me after it. My practical lessons are almost always very humbling. Things out here take common sense. Who knew that common sense could take so much thinking.
I grew up in Minnesota.
There are farms in Minnesota, not ranches like out here. I was pretty good at running my life when I was single. How little did I know how little I knew.
I grew up in a Christian home, but like many, I had to work out my faith on my own. I have grown in my faith through life on the ranch as I have learned to budget and manage finances, how to be a wife and a mother, how to be a business partner 24/7 with my husband, how to deal with loneliness, how to make do with less and be happy, how to deal with frustration, and how to be a friend.
My challenges vary.
Some are molehills, some are mountains. I know the Lord has been working in my life. I love the Lord with my whole heart, and I want to live to my fullest potential. I want to be the best version of me I can be, glorify the Lord, and to love others well.
I want to share some of the things I have learned as I have progressed on my journey. I hope the practical ideas, tips and stories that I share will help you know that you can rise above anything in life with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ. He wants you to rise above your challenges and have an abundant life full of peace and joy.
We are all a work in progress.
I invite you to be a part of my Rise Above Revolution.