I lived in the city until I was about 9 years old. Then, my mom married my step-dad and we moved to the farm in a small town in Idaho. Life changed...drastically and I loved it! It's hard to describe but farm life felt like home, like I finally found who I was. I loved watching a new calf be born, irrigating in the middle of the night (okay, that was a slight exaggeration), riding horses, 4-H, rodeo, FFA, cutting, branding, moving cows and country music. So, when I married my husband and moved to the ranch in Wyoming it was a perfect fit...haha, both ways.
But, in my ranching experience we had raised animals to be taken to the auction, end of story. Since starting our new business, I now experience the whole process from start to finish. We watch an animal be born, grow, experience times of joy and struggle, reach it's potential and eventually go to fulfill it's purpose on this earth which is to provide life. I have always loved symbolism. I look for it everywhere. To me, farm animals are a reminder of my Savior who's purpose on earth was to bring life. They bring a kind of reverence to the ranch.
I believe that my Savior died for me so that I can live again after I die. But life's experiences have taught me that He brings life to me in so many other ways. When life has brought unexpected changes that I thought would kill me, He brought courage. When it has come time for one of my children to leave and the mom in me thought it would die, He brought peace. When I thought I would drown in financial trials, He brought hope. When I wondered if I would ever feel like a family again, He brought faith. And when I wondered if I would ever heal emotionally, He brought His healing power. I don't think I will ever be able to say I am thankful for my trials. In my opinion, if you do it wasn't a very big trial. But I am very grateful to come to know Him during the trials.
One of my favorite quotes says, "The only major purpose for our birth is to recover, reclaim, remember, reconnect and receive our personal intimate relationship with Christ."