Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy Farm, in Little Ole’ Gustine, Texas

Milk, it does the body good! One of my favorite things to do is meet other cattle (beef & dairy) producers. Today I toured my second dairy and this one was phenomenal. Located in Gustine, Texas, Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy started in 1993 with 50 Dairy cows. The operation today consists of 5,000 Dairy cows!

            Not only has the dairy grown in size over the last 25 years but they have also started bottling their own milk as well. They sell their milk in glass bottles! Besides learning about their operation, this had to be the coolest thing I heard all day. The instant I heard him say that I felt like they were bringing back some of the old ways of doing things. Did I mention they have a home delivery option as well? And that you can return the glass bottles and they refill them for you?!? Oh, and one other small mention, they are the official milk of the DALLAS COWBOYS!!! How awesome is that! This dairy is doing some amazing things. For more information on where their milk is sold or how you can sign up for home delivery, check out their website here – https://vollemansdairy.com/stores/

            If you have ever wondered about the treatment of Dairy Cows, let me tell you, these ladies have it made in the shade. They are in free stall barns with cross vents. This means the cows are under shade and have air flowing in and cooling them off. They are also able to walk, laydown, and eat in whichever stall they want. Did I mention they have sprinklers that cool them down when they eat? Talk about the life!

            Another fun fact about this dairy, they let people come out and tour, not only their dairy barn but also the bottling plant where the milk is processed and bottled. This would be one of the neatest field trips ever. If you have little ones and want to learn more about dairy’s, this tour is for you!  For more information on that, be sure to click here – https://vollemansdairy.com/dairy-tours/

            Today was a great day, one of those days that you wish everyone could experience. The best thing overall for me was the love and passion that David had for his cows and his industry. I wish all consumers could experience that firsthand. When you get to experience that love and passion, you know without a doubt, they will do whatever it takes to care for their animals. To love what you do, while making a positive impact not only on your family and the local community but across the state and surrounding states, well that’s a beautiful thing.

As always spread some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXOXO

Casey

Sometimes a Little Music is All We Need

I am on the road quite a bit, commuting to work, going to events and all the other things that life throws my way. I try to listen to podcasts but sometimes music is what I need. Today was one of those days.

Do you ever listen to a song, and it just hits your soul and then you listen to it on repeat until you get out of the truck? No? Just me? Okay, no worries, I know that I can be pretty weird at times.

Now don’t laugh, but today was Luke Combs – Houston, we got a problem. If you have never listened to this song, the lyrics are about Houston and Texas. As I was listening to the words, all kinds of thoughts flooded my mind. 

“I got my new boots covered in red dirt, a “Don’t Mess with Texas” T-shirt, and a Lonestar postcard, postmarked with missing you, it’s got the biggest sky you’ve ever seen…”

I immediately was so grateful that I have been raised in Texas. That I grew up with red dirt on my boots. That I have seen the most beautiful Texas Sunrises and Sunsets. Thankful, I have been able to travel Texas and see all the beauty it has to offer.

“…Should’ve seen Midnight Rodeo, the way them saloon doors swing when they line dance to “Copperhead Road…”

Grateful for some of the best times I have had dancing to Copper Head Road. It is funny how a simple song can bring you to a place of perspective. How a single song can turn your mindset around. How a simple song, can take a crummy week you have been having and turn it around, or better yet, how God can talk to you through a simple song and remind you of all the amazing wonders he offers us.

Take a moment today to stop and reflect and remember how grateful you are. Gratitude is a wonderful thing.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey

Sometimes We All Need a Reminder from the Big Man Upstairs

These last few weeks, I have really been confused on life. Looking at all the things around me and while being grateful for everything that has come my way, still feeling like something is missing. Still wondering what I am doing wrong, still wondering what I need to do to get to the next level.

I am a pen and paper kind of girl and I have number crunched and dreamed and planned things out, so many times in so many different ways and yet the past few years, I have still been stuck in the same place, making not so fast progress in my eyes. In fact, I have probably fallen back some instead of moving forward.

A month or so ago, I was checking out at Hobby Lobby and they had some books on sale. Me being the reader that I am snagged them for a later day. That later day just so happened to be in these last few weeks. Sometimes, God puts things in your life to make you stop and think and that is exactly what this book did. It was a relationship book and while the advice in it was solid, I pulled something entirely different from the book.

If you aren’t inviting God into your life, no matter how hard you work at things, you will never have the fulfillment that you are looking for.

This book intrigued me and let’s just say I needed this book at this exact time. I was broken down, to a point of not understanding a lot of things about the way life was going. It reminded me that I wasn’t praying like I should be, that I wasn’t spending time with God like I should be and that instead of trying to figure out all my problems, give them over to God.

I then proceeded to watch “War Room”, one of my favorite movies with Priscilla Shirer, who shows us how to fight the right way in prayer. There is no better feeling than knowing that you are on the right path, that fire, that excitement that burns in you. My question to you is, how do you keep it burning? How do you keep that fire alive? When the mundane tasks of everyday life begin to catch up to you, how do you break out of that cycle?

If you haven’t seen War Room, I highly suggest you watch it. Priscilla also has a book called “Fervent” that is pretty amazing if you are trying to bring some fire to your prayer routine. No matter what season of life you are going through right now, turn to the Big Man upstairs. Watch and be grateful for the things that come your way.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey