Enjoy The Ride
- August 24, 2016
- Savanna Simmons
We sit in our front porch swings, with our 11-month-old in his baby swing by us, and our almost three-year-old running through the grass with the dogs. The horses are in the pasture in front of our house, happily grazing and swishing their tails in the late evening sun. We hear the cows behind our house softly “moo” to their calves as they go skittering through the grass. We have found our home.
I just wrote a blog entitled “Just another Day in Paradise”, upon which I wish to expand. My husband Boe and I have been together a mere eight years, married five, and we have lived in five states in that time with six moves. We have lived twice now in each Nebraska and Wyoming, with stints in South Dakota, Wisconsin, and for Boe, also Nevada, while I stayed at college in Nebraska.
We have viewed each of our moves and experiences as an adventure and worked to maintain happiness at each. We have since found the place where we have lived the longest thus far, and hope to continue to live for a long time. We have always said that this is the place we were looking for all along, but that doesn’t mean we were unhappy in our other homes.
Boe is a cowboy through and through and grew up as such. He went to National American University to be a Vet Tech, and worked in that career for a short time before returning to cowboying. His dream has always been to own or lease his own operation, but that dream has changed some. We are working for one of the finest ranches for some of the most wonderful people and bosses we have ever come to know. This makes being happy here fairly darn easy.
Boe has been burnt out and treated poorly while working for other people, so he chose to pursue other careers, including spraying crops (he even sported overalls!) and road construction. While he was doing both of those things, I encouraged him to keep an ear out for a ranch job, but he always said, “No Savanna, I don’t want to work for someone else.” It just wasn’t or isn’t really in the books for us to own or lease. We have neither cows nor land. Nor money, quite frankly. Luckily, we met JD at a ranch rodeo, upon which Boe left with a job, essentially. That ranch rodeo was a blessed day and we believe the friend calling to ask Boe to join the ranch rodeo team was no coincidence.
Here’s the point, in searching all along for where we are now, we were happy. We didn’t totally love our situations all the time, but it didn’t bring us down. Sure, we had tough days, and even still, I need the gentle reminder when my boys give me a bit of heck, “Savanna, you could be working for a living,” or if Boe has been fighting water leaks all day in 100-degree heat, “Still better than laying asphalt!”
Find happiness where you are, and don’t be afraid to switch your situation. You are not obligated to live anywhere, but if that’s where you chose to plant your roots, water them. They say the grass is always greener… but ours is pretty green here, even in somewhat of a drought. Make happiness a priority. Ranching is a tough career, but don’t make it tougher on family and loved ones. Or yourself.
Enjoy the ride.
About Savanna Simmons
I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...