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potential of the two young couples, Lynn and Marlene had just about given up on the idea of either coming back to the ranch. But Carissa, in particular, hadn’t been able to shake the sand from her boots. Neither she nor her ranch-raised mate were content in their well-paid town jobs. For Carissa and Phil, as well as Lynn and Marlene, making the decision to join forces was the easy part. They all admit that fi guring how to make it work has been more challenging. For the younger couple, moving to the ranch meant earning barely a third of their former income. Convinced that the correlation between money and happiness was pretty low, they believed the ranching culture and lifestyle offered much value – particularly TROY SMITH for raising their own family. According to Carissa, the opportunity to work beside her husband and children is worth more than pulling in high salaries and having to hire someone to help raise their kids. She sees immeasurable value in sending their daughter to a small school, where the bus driver is also the county sheriff, and everyone really is your neighbor. “You just have to prioritize what is most important,” states Carissa. “Is it going home to make sure the family ranch continues to be successful, or allowing it to be rented out when my parents are no longer able to care for it?” Of course, living in close proximity and working with family isn’t always easy. Carissa admits that she and Phil suffer some frustration when their ideas for improving the operation are met MARCH 2018 I WORKING RANCH I 73


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