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Shelli Mader: Road to Ranching

Shelli Mader
Hays, Kan.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

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It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.

It’s hard for me to believe that my daughter started kindergarten last week. (Before you start thinking that I’m old – I did have kids young, and I’m still in my 20s – for another six months at least!) As I watched my piggy-tailed girl skip up the steps of the school bus for the first time, I felt a little lost. I have stayed at home with her these last 5-1/2 years and I homeschooled preschool, so having her gone for the whole day has been a big adjustment.

Like most parents, seeing my daughter go to school for the first time brought back dozens of memories of her growing up and the thought that high school graduation would be here before I knew it. It also made me think about ranching – mostly the fact that we have an almost-6-year-old and we still don’t seem any closer to our goal than when she was born. After I had a ridiculous little pity party for myself that day, I got real and started thinking about the mistakes I’ve made on this journey, setting goals and why people don’t reach the goals they’ve set.