I'm Terryn - but everybody calls me T, Tenacious-T, T-bone, Mom, or Mmmmom...
Phew! I think that's all of my aliases. Anywho...
I am a wife, mother, food safety enthusiast, Stormy Kromer fanatic who has slightly (okay, a lot) random tendencies and dabbles in photography. I have adopted Nebraska Sandhills as my home and spend my days momming and ranching my way through life... living on strong coffee and a whole lotta Jesus.
I am seriously SO glad you're here!
Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs - Faith Family & Beef, a.k.a. FFB (see even my site has an alias)!
I pride myself on being an open book and a sharer... sometimes I maybe share too much. But, that's beside the point. What you can expect from me here at FFB is an honest look at my life, bringing up my family while raising beef. But, FFB is more than my story - it is a place to connect, learn, and hopefully be inspired.
As you know if you read the little snippet above - I am passionate about all things beef.
So, this is the place to be if you are looking for beefy recipes, want to find out what to do with all of that roast, learn how to grill the perfect burger, and discover the best side dishes to accompany beef. And you've most definitely come to the right place if you are interested in catching a glimpse of how cattle are cared for and getting honest answers to your questions about how beef is raised. Of course, all of this is sprinkled with a bit of of humor, inspiration, and photos from my everyday ranch life!
How I got here - the history of T.
I grew up on a small feed yard in northeast Nebraska, where my family has been feeding beef cattle for more than forty years. My grandparents managed the feed yard and owned their own small herd of registered Simmental cattle. They retired in the early 90’s and my uncle took over the post as manager, leaving room for my dad to come back and raise his family on the same feed yard where he grew up.
As kids, my brothers and I spent a lot of time with our grandparents. Some of my fondest memories are of our time with them. They taught us horseback riding, mulberry picking, gardening, and so much more. Between my parents and grandparents, we almost always made it to Sunday school and Church – I didn’t fully appreciate this until I got older.
After finishing high school, I headed off to college at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. I had every intention of becoming a veterinarian. I quickly came to the realization that veterinary medicine just that wasn’t the path for me – too much undergrad physics. I decided to go back to my roots, changing my major to animal science and my focus to feed yard management.
During college, I worked at a daycare, in the ruminant nutrition lab, and at the university’s research feed yard to make ends meet. The ruminant nutrition lab is where I met my husband one fateful day whilst washing down stalls. He was polite and I was, let’s say - guarded. It was love at first sight for him, not-so-much for me. We ended up working together later that summer and became friends. Our friendship blossomed into a relationship and the rest is, as they say, history.
With the help of the UNL Feedyard Management Internship, I landed my first full-time feed yard job, staying on with the western Nebraska feed yard where I interned. In December 2006, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree and got engaged. We were married in the summer of 2007 and started our married lives together, continuing on in our respective jobs – mine at the feed yard and his on a ranch.
During my tenure at the feed yard, my passion for beef did nothing but grow. I learned every aspect of raising safe, wholesome, and nutritious beef. I got involved in the community serving on the executive committee of the local Nebraska Cattlemen’s affiliate, as well as serving on the fair board.
I worked for the same feedlot for seven years.
Those were some of the very best years of my life. I married my best friend, brought two out of our three babies home, and formed lasting relationships with those I worked with. We started a small herd of our own, and if not for my husband receiving an offer for his dream job, I might never have left. But, I couldn’t be more thankful that God’s plan is greater than my own.
Nowadays, we live and work on a large cattle ranch in western Nebraska. We are literally happier than we have ever been. And I am pursuing another passion of mine – sharing our story, living in the Nebraska Sandhills bringing up a family and raising beef.
But, enough about me - I'd love to hear from you!
Where are you from? What do you do? What brings you to FFB? Do you have any burning questions for me about myself or beef? I would love to hear from you, and love talking about beef. So, use the form below to get in touch, share about yourself, and/or ask me anything.