Not much to say about us really. Certainly, I never thought I would breed Braunvieh Cattle. But now that I do, I must say I love it. In fact, at the age of 61, I can tell you that I truly think I am where God wants me to be.
Karra and I met in first grade, lived two doors down from each other. I fell in love with her in the eight grade. She never strayed from the narrow path, I , on the other hand, spent most of my early years in the ditch…..BC (before Christ) days as I call them. She went to Baylor, I went to a school in Durango Colorado and to Texas A&M for an MBA in finance. We got married (really weren’t dating much when I asked her the first time) within a year of me getting out of graduate school. She told me no several times, but I am persistent (a good quality to have in the cow business). Karra’s family has owned several ranches over the years. She was in school at West Texas pursuing an Masters in AG when we got engaged. I told her, “you know you will never live on a ranch” God has a great sense of humor!!
We own a retail store in Amarillo, Texas and bought the Diamond H from a man whom I call my mentor, Ed Liles. I thought it would be a place to relax on the weekends. God had other plans. We started with six fullblood cows, and little by little, built a herd that maxed out in 2010 before the drought. We are growing aggressively again, plan to breed 39 heifers Spring 17. I enjoy studying pedigrees and am a voracious reader of articles concerning the cattle business. I am blessed to have a lady named Cynthia managing our concerns in Amarillo, I could not do this without her. God knows that, and so does she.
We have a son and daughter in Houston whom have three sons. He blends gasoline for a company there. Our daughter and grandson, Kody, are living in College Station. She is about to graduate with a Vet Medicine degree from Tx A&M. She is going to practice with Joe and Carol Hillhouse in Panhandle, Texas. We are very excited about that.
If you want to know about us….know this. Without God we would have nothing. He has brought us through many trials in our 36 years together, and we know He will be there for the future ones we are sure to experience. His grace has been immeasurable and we are so very grateful for that truth.