|Boys and Mom|
So why Missouri? That is the biggest question everyone asks me. We moved from Southern Idaho to Missouri in August of 2017. Many factors played in to our decision to move. The best and simplest reason is this: God told us to. Yes God said go to Missouri! So here we are in Southeast Missouri just North of West Plains in a community called Peace Valley. There is such a place as Peace Valley and yes it is peaceful here! After running a crazy schedule for so many years God has provided a place of rest for our family. We are enjoying our daily routine of taking care of our cattle as a full time job as a family. God began to prepare us for this task many years ago. We are applying the skills we have learned over the years to accomplish this now.
This area of Missouri is known for rich pasture ground able to support beef cattle. It rains in Howell County about 47 inches per year. That is a drastic change from Southern Idaho at a meager 9.36 inches per year. Needless to say there is no need to irrigate here! God sends the rain to water the earth in due time. We are so glad to not have to irrigate twice a day here. They say we are always 10 days away from drought here so the importance of praying for rain is a real thing. Currently we need rain, so join me in praying for rain in Peace Valley!
You can read more HERE about the land in Missouri and why we chose to move to the Ozarks to run a cattle ranch. This is an article about native grasses by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Our cattle ranch has fescue grass and timber ground mixed in each pasture. The forest ground is diverse! I am learning to identify many varieties of trees. When we arrived in the late summer early fall and the leaves were still on. Then winter came and leaves fell to the forest floor. Now it is late Spring and the forest is full of life and leaves have returned and flowering trees have bloomed. It is so beautiful! Surprisingly the cattle love to sit under these big oak trees and find shade from the hot sun. It is not so easy to count the cows and find everyone with the trees. It is easy to forget you are on a cattle ranch and might mistake it for a state or national forest. This girl is so overwhelmed with he new flora and fauna to learn! My botany skills are being sharpened and I am enjoying the challenge of a new ecosystem to learn and appreciate.
|Iris just bloomed!|
For now I will leave you with this thought ---
Psalm 24 1:6
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.