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Diamond Ring Ranch Wife

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Hello all my name is Abbie Reynolds. Three years ago I met my husband at the infamous Bucking Horse Sale, (if you haven’t been I highly recommend you go), in Miles City, MT. A year later we both moved to my family’s ranch right outside Miles City, MT. I may be biased but I’m pretty sure we have the best named ranch, The Diamond Ring Ranch. Fun fact about the Diamond Ring, it’s the only ranch in Montana that has its own exit off the interstate! We live 22 miles from the closest gas station, restaurant, and grocery store. For most folks in our area, we are considered close to town! If something needs fixed then google is my best friend because it’s impossible to get anyone to drive out of town. My husband works seven days a week starting at 7:00 a.m. My role as a ranch wife also includes learning to be his personal alarm clock! 

Luckily I had my own ranch wife mentor growing up and learned from the absolute best. My mom has taught me many things, but showing my sister and I how to be the best wife was definitely up there among the other things we learned. I do all the things, from scrubbing my husband's dirty feedlot pants, cooking dinner for the crew, providing the best company during summer irrigating and on a good day I get called out to help! This past April when they realized I was quarantined from my teaching job, they took advantage of a spare hand, now 15 mile trail rides are my favorite! 

Living in the country has its perks, but with those also come a few downsides. I’ve got a keen eye for the rattlesnakes, especially when they happen to come inside my house! Fortunately my husband is the real MVP and knows what a big baby I am when it comes to creepy, crawly critters. When I called him in a panic to explain the “snake in the basement” situation he finished working the last six head of cattle and came to my rescue! I’m not sure what his rescue time frame would have been had there been more cattle to be worked LOL! Anybody else have moments like these??? 

Learning my new roles as a ranch wife are still in progress, but it’s the best “job”a girl could ask for. With hardly any service at our house I’ve learned the meaning of patience and to trust my husband will make it home safely every night. Living in eastern Montana has given me an appreciation for the “cowboy way”, I’ve grown to love the peace and quiet, and look forward to the sound of coyotes at night.


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