As part of the Celebrate Lit tour for Son of Promise, Caryl McAdoo is here today to share a day in the life of a rancher and a rancher’s wife, featuring her two main characters Travis & Emma Lee.
Be it known, your sins will find you out, but God’s mercy endureth forever!
Can a wife find the grace to forgive when her husband’s withheld the truth?
Travis Buckmeyer has a secret son, and the morning’s come to tell his sweet wife.
He hates breaking Emma Lee’s heart. She promised him one ten years ago, but hasn’t been blessed to carry a baby to term.
Every miscarriage made the telling harder, but now his clock’s run out.
He’s going for his son, praying he won’t lose her.
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Two days before the opening of Son of Promise…
A Day in the Life of a Rancher
by Caryl McAdoo
Born and bred in the Texas Hill Country, SON OF PROMISE’s hero Travis Wayne Buckmeyer, son of a rancher David Crockett Buckmeyer (book eight in the Texas Romance Family Saga), grandson of a pioneer Patrick Henry Buckmeyer (book one in the Saga)—learned to ride before he could walk. He loves the Lord like all his people. His word is his bond, and he eats everything he shoots—‘cept the varmints. With a temper from his grandfather, he does his best to keep it under control and does a fair job. Didn’t know much about love until he first laid eyes on Emma Lee Harris . . .
Rarely are any two rancher’s days the same. Travis rises at four-thirty every morning like he’s got a windup alarm clock in his head. Over coffee, he plans his day. Always . . . there’s the cow to milk, eggs to gather, horses to feed and hay and muck their stalls . . . all before breakfast. On that particular day, he planned to check fences which entailed riding out right after the meal.
He’d saddle his gray, carrying stretchers, a bit of slick wire in case he needed a little to repair the barbed wire, and his hand axe. Kept with a slicker rolled and tucked behind his saddlebags in case bad weather blew in. He’d need a full canteen, gloves tucked in his belt, a couple of pounds of oats and hobbles—if a cowboy’s going to work his horse, he’s got to feed him—and some hobbles since his was still a stallion. He mounted then loaded the 30-30 in its scabbard under his leg.
His own meal would be the hard tack—a kind of dried flatbread—and jerky, also stored in the saddle bags. Though he owned over fifteen thousand acres, only a little more than a thousand was fenced. It’d take him half a day to ride it all with no breaks . . . but that’d never happened. He figured if he got back home dark or dark-thirty, he’d be blessed.
A Day in the Life Of Rancher’s Wife
His sweet wife, Emma Lee (book ten in the saga) became a Buckmeyer in 1939—the same night her daddy disowned and kicked her out for rejecting what he called the one true religion to become a holy roller. A self-taught artist who’s every painting sold the minute she released it—and her adoring fans paid more and more every time—she also loves tinkering with anything mechanical. But she can be just as girlie-girl as any of them—well, maybe not her sister Sandra Louise who’d rather faint out than get her hands dirty. The deepest and strongest desire of her heart is to give Travis a son.
Sleeping in until five or even after, she shared a pot of coffee with her husband as most every morning. They prayed together, and she’d sing. Soon as he left for chores, she got breakfast started. That morning, the meal consisted of eggs to order, ham, biscuits and gravy, sliced tomatoes, and pear preserves she’d put up back at the end of summer. He loved those.
Since he’d be gone the most of the day, she planned a trip to town to resupply her larder on account if the rain set in, the cow trail they called a road between the house and the blacktop could become impassable for who knew how long. She never liked to run low on anything. Such a thing wouldn’t do any good, only prove her a woman who didn’t watch well over the needs of her home.
Twenty pounds of potatoes, ten of carrots, and five of onions was usually the bare minimum. She liked to keep forty pounds of flour in her bin. With twenty pounds each of coffee and sugar, five of salt and three of pepper would suffice that trip. Since meat was plentiful and eggs collected daily, she could keep three decent meals on the table for a month or more. The cocoa and red hots were thrown in for a treat now and again, and she’d pick up a bag of jelly beans for Travis—his favorite.
She’d been meaning to find a bolt of attractive cloth—maybe even a new pattern, figuring to make him a shirt or two and her, a dress. Needed to order more art supplies from the catalogue, too, and while at the General Store, she’d use their phone to call and make sure Mama was home before heading over for lunch. The two of them could cook up some chicken and dumplin’s with cornbread enough for her to take some of both home for supper. Travis loved her Mama’s dumplin’s.
Author’s note: They barely knew each other when they married, but boy, Howdy Doody, God sure had melded their hearts together . . . She didn’t care a bit if the mansion didn’t have electric lights or a telephone, not as long as she was with Travis. If only she could give up cigarettes, and give her beloved a son . . . Anyway, that was the next to last normal day they’d have, just the two of them.
Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.
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