Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!
Squeezing the lemon! Welcome back to Ranch Raised.
I have to admit I’m kinda in a funk. I really dread this time of year. I see everyone so excited about sending their kids back to school and I have complete dread and heaviness surrounding the scenario.
I love having our kids at home. They love being home soaking up sunshine from sun up to sun down. Playing in garden dirt. Covered in dog, cattle, goat, or horse hair. Wild and free. Maybe a bit feral. Am I alone? You are probably rolling your eyes and calling me crazy. I just love having all my chicks in the nest.
Infact, we are embarking on a new journey this year. Our oldest daughter is staying home to homeschool and middle daughter is now begging me to do the same. We are excited to explore high school curriculums and electives together. We are excited to allow her the time to chase her goals and dreams that involve livestock and agriculture.
Don’t worry, I am not bashing traditional school settings. There is an old educational cliché that says, “it all starts in the home.” I guess I take that so literally that I want all the rubber to meet the road right here at home.
So, if you are like me and your heart is squeezed a little at the thought of putting your kids on the bus to be gone all day, just know you are not alone. Let’s all squeeze the lemon as hard as we can and enjoy every last drop of summer. Like they say, “babies don’t keep” so enjoy every minute we have with them at home.
Have a great day from all of us this great American radio station..
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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 3 daughters near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.
You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report that is broadcast on 60 radio stations with coverage in 9 states, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and highlights R-CALF’s work on industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the ranch.