My Farmgirl Farewell

As most of you know (those of us that have a few decades behind us), we spend our lives periodically reinventing ourselves. Life kind of requires it and, in my opinion, you’re better off if you go with the flow of stretching yourself to fit into the new you whatever that might be. That said, here I am again … percolating on some new ideas.



At age 57, this isn’t my first dance with deciding what to do next. Thank you all for reading my blog and for your many thoughtful comments. It has been a great 5 years and I’ve enjoyed every minute here with you. You made me dig a little deeper and learn things I probably wouldn’t have paid as much attention to.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the memories. Godspeed to you all and Happy Trails until we meet again!

Shery Jespersen

Ranch Farmgirl
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ADDENDA:
I felt I had to write you back after submitting all of your wonderfully kind comments! {{{{{I’m overwhelmed}}}}} and teary eyed. Thank you is such a tiny thing in response to your outpouring of lovely words. I am at Facebook. I may post more social things. Of late, I use it mostly for the newsfeed. So, look me up there…hope to see you, really! I’m still stunned that so many of you took the time to say goodbye. So lets just NOT. Love be yours and all the treasures therein.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. Yours is one of the best blogs that FarmGirl has. Good luck with whatever is next in reinventing yourself. I am 55 so I know exactly what you are talking about.

  2. Maureen says:

    Best wishes on your new grand adventures, whatever they may be. I will so miss your blog, you’ve made WY one of the most beautiful places in the country. God Bless!

  3. Adrienne says:

    I’ve enjoyed your posts over the years and I wish you health, happiness and much love in the years to come!

  4. brickhorse says:

    Shery, I will miss your posts. It made such a positive difference in my life to be able to read about your life, because some of the aspects are similar to mine. I wish you Godspeed as well, and hope that your new percolating ideas will lead you to fresh growth and new paths of enrichment on this great planet. I have never met you, but you have indeed left hoof prints in my heart. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  5. At 64 I’m working on some reinvention of my own. Best wishes to you, Shery, as you head out on this latest adventure! – Fawn

  6. Linda says:

    Disappointed at best. You were my favorite blogger on MaryJane’s site or any site for that matter. You have a way with words most other writers don’t. Please let us know why this sudden change of heart and if there is any possibility of reconsideration.

  7. Pat Hicks says:

    Yours was my favorite blog! I’ve never even posted a comment before, but now to tell you how much I will miss your stories from the ranch. Happy trails and best wishes to you.

  8. bobbie Calgaro says:

    Dear Sherry,I will truly miss your blog, partly because we are so close in age and attitude (i’m 60) but mostly because you have always given me a sense of home and the importance of the small but lovely things in life. Your style has touched me and made me work hard to make my home lovely with the things around me. Go well with God’s blessing on whatever road HE leads you down next. Thank you for such a fulfilling read. Hopefully one day our paths will cross again. Fondly, bobbie

  9. Connie says:

    I undersstand it, but I can’t believe it. Where will I go to take a break from work. So So Sad.

  10. Taffra says:

    I am very sorry and sad to see that this is the last time I will hear from you. I looked forward to your posts. Ranch Farmgirl Blog is the only thing on MaryJane’s Farm that I enjoy any more.
    Your posts were always beautifully written and the photos stunning.
    Best wishes to you.
    Taffra

  11. Gracie says:

    I just discovered you blog and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be able to read it. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us. Enjoy your next endeavor and maybe just check in once in a while to update on how you new adventure is going. God speed and blessing to you.

  12. jana says:

    Are you quitting the blog? I just joined Mary Janes Farm and I’m just curious. I can so identify with your statement about reinventing ourselves. I’m 48 and am coming up on completing year one of beginning gardening and livestock(urban, but country-wanna-be). I farmed some with my dad but didn’t know enough to strike out on my own. I was looking forward to the wisdom from the other farm ladies here. Cheers!

  13. Denise says:

    Good Luck to you Shery, I’ve enjoyed your adventures. I especially loved the Getting Your Glamping On. Never been a big fan of camping, but I love those campers and you girls have such fun. I have a group of ladies, we are scrap bookers. We have that much fun too. Not sure if they would consider glamping. It’s a thinker. Hope you continue to live your very special life to it’s fullest.

  14. Carol Norwood says:

    Shery … Godspeed to you too. I am really going to miss your blog but I totally understand that you need to do other things. God Bless. It has been fun! Carol

  15. Martha says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your life and wisdom in the wonderful writing and photos. It has been such a privilege to read about your blog. I will certainly miss it! May God bless your next endeavor.

  16. Diana Henretty says:

    NOOOOOO!! The thought of saying good bye is hard.
    I loved your post these past few years, they are uplifting and inspiring with all of your pictures of the life that you love so much.
    As the Ozarks faces a Arctic blast just around the corner, lots of ice rain and snow coming, so we all face many storms and changes in our lives, sometimes they are good and sometimes not so good, but change is so needed in all of our lives.
    You will be greatly missed, when I look out off my front porch into the western sunsets, I will think of you on your ranch and be grateful for all the times we have spent together so far away, but close in heart.
    Sending warm Ozarks hugs today, Diana, Noel Mo.

  17. Meredith says:

    Oh no! I will miss your blogs, they have been my favorite. Blessings and good luck with whatever is on the horizon for you Shery!

  18. Nina Cole says:

    Best of Everything to you. I like your spirit.

    Nina

  19. Mary Rauch says:

    I don’t know what to say! Now I am mad at myself for just reading and "soaking in" all the treasures you have shared and never telling you so! Isn’t that just like selfish old me?
    You are (and have been) APPRECIATED and ENJOYED so much all this time! Now I’m gonna cry!
    Ranch Farmgirl love coming your way in your future endeavors!

  20. Joy says:

    What!!! I for one will miss your wonderful stories of your ranch life and thoughts and photos of life in general. I quite often thought you should be publishing a book with your way of describing your goings on and great photography. Best of luck in whatever your next adventure will be. You will be missed here.
    Joy in Oregon

  21. Mary says:

    Shery,

    Best of luck on your new adventures and thank you for sharing yourself and your beautiful part of country with us. You will be missed. Fondly, Mary from Montana.

  22. Cyndy says:

    Shery:
    From the reader’s standpoint this is very sad news, but from the standpoint of someone who would want only the best for you, Happy Trails indeed! I hope that you might let us know how you are doing from time to time, perhaps through MaryJane. Hugs and all the best!

    Cyndy

  23. nameNancy says:

    Shery, I am sorry that you are going to stop writing your blog. As a visitor to Wyoming in the 90’s I fell in love with the whole state. Your writings have take me back there, joyfully. I am 70, so I know a little bit about reinventing yourself. Sometimes you just have to. I know that your younger readers will miss your knowledge about life and your older readers will miss your musings and we will all miss your beautifully written blog. Happy trails to you also.

  24. Susan Margetts says:

    I will miss you words of wisdom and beautiful pictures….I wish you well on this next part of your journey…Godspeed

  25. Jan says:

    Oh, I am so sad that you will no longer be sharing your blogs with us. I have always looked forward to reading your wise and kind words, and looking at the beautiful pictures.
    I send to you blessing from above and will miss you terribly.
    Happy Trails to you too and I do hope we meet again.
    Jan

  26. marilyn says:

    Shery, we will miss you. I have always enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for your input these past years. Good Luck in your next endeavors.

  27. Vivian says:

    Oh what are you going to do? Please contact me sometime I love your writing and would love to meet you in person. You inspire me with your blog an I will sorely miss your musings on life. Have alot of fun in your next adventure!

    Vivian
    http://www.gardengatelavender.com
    http://www.womenfarmers.org

  28. Cori says:

    I am going to miss your posts. I loved hearing about ranch life and shed a few tears with you over your wonderful horses. Bless you with whatever you endeaver to do. Many Happy Trails to you!

  29. Oh Shery, going to miss your Farmgirl posts! Just turned 56 myself today and I know what you mean by reinventing ourselves over the years. Will you be letting us know what you are up to somehow? FAcebook? I follow you there so maybe that is where I can keep an eyeout for you…Sorry I do not always comment but I have always read. Thanks again for all you wonderful views into your ranch life.

  30. Bonnie says:

    I have so enjoyed your musings, photography and all the wonderful things you have shared over these few years.
    Blessings to you as you set out towards new adventures!
    Sending big hugs!

  31. Linda Smith says:

    Hello Shery,

    I have looked forward to reading your blogs and will miss you. Best of luck in the next chapter.

    Happy Trails,
    Linda

  32. Margie says:

    Sherry, sorry to hear this, you will be missed…When one door closes, another one always opens, Sending you Blessings in where ever your heart leads you,
    Best Wishes Always

  33. Claudia says:

    Loved reading your blog!. I will miss you. You inspired us all to move to the next level, be it glamping, kindness, gratiude or just full of all out love! Thank you!

  34. Janice says:

    I am in shock! I so look forward to your blog…the incredible photos, thought-provoking ideas, and a glimpse into the ranch life. Thank YOU for all of that and more. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you in my life. Happy trails to you as well and I hope your trail and mine cross somewhere again in the future. Blessings on your re-invention.

    Janice

  35. Mandy Maddocks says:

    Sorry to see you go! :(

  36. Stacy says:

    Have enjoyed your words, wisdom, & photos! Sad to see you choose another trail. Wish you all the best in your future endeavors! From one ranch girl to another! ;0)

  37. Ann says:

    Good luck with your next set of adventures. I am bereft that you are no longer blogging as I enjoy your writing and photographs very much and looked forward to your monthly blog as my favorite MaryJane’s farm girl. I’m a few years older than you but your stories always resonated with me and I feel like you are a kindred spirit. I wish you joy and wonderful time with your family and friends. Ann

  38. Stormy Snow says:

    First, you will be missed, loved all you have had to say and share. Second, good for you! I hope your new adventures bring you great fulfillment! and lastly, I hope to find my path as you have found your’s. Check in with us every once in awhile! Not good bye, just see ya around the ranch! – Stormy

  39. Joan says:

    For you I wish you all the best in whatever you have reinvented yourself into!!! BUT for me, will there be another super great read, enjoy another farmgirls day out, glamping in the little Cabin? My oh my I am sure going to miss you in my life. God speed and Merry Christmas to y’all. LvU j

  40. Bonnie says:

    Oh,Shery, so gonna miss your blog. As others have said, yours was my very favorite of the Farm Girl blogs. Always looked forward to sharing in your life with your wonderful way with words and the stunning photos. I have not been west of Chicago, so your blog gave me a very realistic look at ranch life. I certainly wish you well in whatever you choose to do. I have to admit I selfishly wanted a much longer farewell blog.
    Godspeed.

  41. Rosemary says:

    Sorry to hear ! Love your blog

  42. Teri Personeni says:

    Hi Shery,
    sorry to hear you are not going to be blogging anymore. I have always enjoyed your writing and the adventures you have shared. I can sure understand the need to pull back and review life from a different perspective. I will greatly miss your stories and philosophy.

  43. TeriGrace says:

    Oh Poo……. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your posts! For all this time you’ve felt like one of my best friends. I wish you well but know that you will be terribly missed…..

  44. Jan says:

    I can only wish you the best of luck and say that I understand! I will miss you terribly. Of course you are my favorite, too. I am wishing that I will find you somewhere out there in some form or another, since it will be a true loss to think of not hearing from you again…
    Is there any way that you could share your new path with us?

  45. HeatherLynn Martin says:

    Dear Shery,
    Wishing you much happiness on your new endeavors. Your love for life and respect for all things great and small shows in your posts. Your kind words and amazing photos have touched us and all of our senses. Thank you.
    I am glad we could be sisters.

  46. Donna Collins says:

    Shery, So sorry to see you go, I’ve enjoyed every one of your posts (you are my favorite!) This is the first time I’ve actually commented, & since this is your last post, I really wanted to thank you for sharing a peek at your life with us! I’m so glad I can check in on you on Facebook. Good luck! All the best, Donna

  47. Sharon says:

    Hi Shery, I love your blog….it is the only Farmgirl blog that I read. I have a sad feeling to let you go. I understand your need to move onto other things. I wish you the best, remember to be kind to yourself, be gentle to yourself, and to love yourself. A loyal reader…always…

  48. Connie Sadowinski says:

    So sorry to see you go!! I have enjoyed your blogs! Best of luck to your new adventures, wherever they lead you! Take Care, and may you continue to be blessed!
    Connie from Alberta Canada

  49. Dorothy says:

    Shery – I will miss your blog and the wonderful photos you have posted for us. Enjoy your new endeavors.

  50. Judy says:

    I have enjoyed every post…… looked forward to them. Such amazing photos and writing. Very best wishes to the lovely lady I believe you to be.

  51. Suse says:

    Thank you for sharing your adventures these past few years. I have enjoyed escaping to the plains of Wyoming through your camera lens and wonderful prose. There are many acts in life and our role is to embrace each one. Best to you!

  52. Millicent says:

    I’m sad to see you go. I loved reading your posts. Good luck in the next chapter/season.

  53. Valerie kunz says:

    Can’t believe you’re stopping. I never wrote, I’m the shy type. But my grandmother homesteaded in Wyoming and I spent many hours in Sheridan and Newcastle. Couple of years ago just spent a week or so tripping around Wyoming. I inherited my grandma’s cowboy spirit and in my 20s was a paid caretaker in the wilds of siskiyou county, California. 7 miles from any rode horse or walk. Wish I had the opportunity to know you
    Sincerely,
    Valerie

  54. Victoria says:

    My mouth is hangin’ open. Noooo, Shery. Tell me it ain’t so. I’ve so enjoyed your blogs and could relate to so many, having spent time in Wyoming and rural Idaho, hangin’ out with farmers and ranchers. Many times you brought a smile to my face and brought me to tears. I was so looking forward to seeing that little Corgi baby grow up. Let me be counted with the other gals, in that you are my favorite. I’m so sad. Thank you for all that you have shared. What a blessing you are!

  55. Grace Brown says:

    Happy Trail(er)s to you, until we meet again…
    hugz and Thank you for such a wonderful blog of musing…
    >^..^<

  56. Mary Ellen says:

    God Bless You! Good luck with what ever you choose. I have really enjoyed you’re blog. You will be missed.

  57. carleen says:

    I will miss your post so much….I loved the pictures and decorating ideas…please take care…..

  58. Kim Manning says:

    Shery, Thank you so much for sharing your life’s adventures over the years. You brought me back to the beautiful memories when I grew up living in your part of Wyoming. Blessings to you as you venture down new trails….you have enriched mine over these last years. Thank You and the Lord guide you.

  59. Ann says:

    Dearest Shery
    How you will be missed. I am losing a friend today.
    As so many have stated yours is/was the best on MJF.
    God go with you in the future.
    Merry CHRISTmas and I miss you terribly already.
    Ann
    Matthew 6:33

  60. Bonnie says:

    Dear Sherry,
    I will miss your lovely posts! I send my love and blessings to you. You will be missed. Until we meet again and thank you.
    Bonnie

  61. Dolly Sarrio says:

    Sure gonna miss you!

  62. Terri says:

    Shery: Over the past years I have looked forward to your postings as one would anticipate a letter from a treasured friend. Thank you for your inspirational writings and beautiful photography. I have been continually moved by your clarity and eloquent prose.

    Best wishes,
    Terri W in NC

  63. Rebecca says:

    I don’t normally comment on blogs but wanted to wish you the best. I enjoy your blogs so much….the one from last month (Savory and Sweet) really touched my heart. I’ve re-read it several times, because that’s exactly how I feel. I just don’t have the gift of words to express it the way you did. Best wishes in all you new endeavors.

  64. Mary Jane Walsh says:

    Best Wishes to you………….I understand completely!
    Enjoy exploring!

  65. Jody says:

    Shery,
    I’m so sad to read this and while I have only been reading your blog for a short time, I am very teary and heavy in my heart that your blogs will be no more. Your words and pictures have been a wonderful inspiration to me. I know how you feel and we all have new chapters in life that we have to follow as we continue to grow in the many ways we do. I wish you the best and I will miss you. Thank you for sharing with us and for enriching my life with yours.
    Hugs,
    TexasJo

  66. cindy says:

    Bummer!! I really enjoy your articles and will miss receiving them. Good luch in your future projects.

  67. Maria Reyes says:

    Over the years, I have sat at my desk typing and typing and typing at my work. My hours are long and so are my days! You were my escapes, my transportation to a different world that I could dream, my inspiration that someday I maybe could experience a different life. I looked forward to your posts and would await them with excitement, We the readers of your posts are going to miss you. May God englighten you on your new adventure keep you and your family safe. Best wishes for a healthy, wealthy life full of love. Maria

  68. Jodie says:

    Oh shery! You have been such an inspiration. I’ve kept up with you since joining MJF 3 years ago. Sorry I didn’t express my gratitude towards you until now. Thank you for inviting us into your home and taking the time to share life with us. I will miss you dearly!!!!! I wish you all the best! Happy trails!

  69. Linda Petersen says:

    Dear Shery~~~I can’t tell you how sad I am that you are moving on into another journey. I understand~~~but I’m nevertheless SAD! Your Farm Girl blog was my very favorite as well~~~the creativity & fun & wonderful stories & insight~~~not to mention your love & faith in the Lord. You are very special to me. God Bless you & your family abundantly! Merry Christmas & a very Happy New Year.
    Much LOVE,
    Linda

  70. Margaret says:

    Sheri, I will truely miss your wonderful insights from my beloved Wyoming. After living in Wyo for sometime in the l980’s and vacationing for a minimun of 2 weeks every year for the last 46 years out there I will miss getting the little glimps monthly from you. Been to many of the places you mentioned. Done some of the things you have done and look forward to doing more of them. Good luck in your next set of adventures and enjoy your Glamping.

    Margaret

  71. Carmen says:

    To a good friend, Shery, though we have never met I feel as though we have known each other forever. Your stories, memories,loves, tears, laughter, heartaches and life have been an inspiration to me, to all of us, thank you for sharing a brief moment in time. May the angels watch over you and God Bless. Merry Christmas my friend, Merry Christmas. Until we meet again….

  72. I have always visited your blog but never really left a comment too often. I will certainly miss reading your blog and enjoying all of the beautiful photos, and styling as well. Your decor was always a treat. Blessings sent your way on your new adventure. Sandy :O)

  73. Marcie says:

    Shery, I will miss your blogs (my fav too). I would see your blog in my email and open and park it until I had time to sit and enjoy all your pictures and ranch adventures. It was like a friend visit over a cup of coffee.

    I wish you the best wherever life takes you. Marcie

  74. Oh Shery, I’m sorry to see you go. I pray that God will have some new and exciting things ahead for you :) :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  75. Jennifer says:

    Oh Shery say it ain’t so!!!! I love your post and the pictures…I just can’t get enough of your pictures of the farm and your adventures. You will be MISSED!!!! :-(

  76. Kim says:

    Shery,
    I have never commented on a blog, but want to let you know that you will truly be missed. I loved reading your posts and enjoyed seeing your photos. You write and express yourself beautifully. May God continue to bless you! Happy Trails!

  77. andrea says:

    I will so miss your blog. I will miss you and Ribbon. Your wonderful posts and the encouragment you always bring. I hope all goes well with what ever way your life turns. May you be blessed as you have blessed me over the years. Take special care and know that you will be missed. I hope the past posts will be up for a while so we can browse and remember for a while yet. Blessings on you and yours for the future. You will be missed very much.

  78. Christiane Berry says:

    Shery so very sad to hear that YOU, one of my favorite MJF bloggers will no longer be available for me to enjoy. You’ve been GRAND,beautiful pics & a heartful joy to read.
    Wish you the very "BERRY" best in health, love & life & new adventures.
    Merry Christmas & take care
    Christiane Berry

  79. Wendy Li says:

    You are a very talented writer and photographer. I will miss your posts. Best wishes in your new endeavors!

  80. Rene Foust says:

    I am so sorry that you will be moving on, your entries were always so beautiful and I looked forward to reading everything you wrote and savoring your pictures. Good luck inn what ever it is that you decide to do next. You will be missed.

  81. Kathy Barnett says:

    I was so sad to discover that you will not be writing monthly posts any more. I loved your postings, which were like comfort food for my soul. You painted such a lovely picture of life on the ranch, and your photos were always beautiful. You were such a gifted writer, and your blogs were the best that Farmgirl had to offer. Thank you for inviting me into your home and your life every month. I understand your need to move on to another adventure, but I selfishly hope that you will publish a book in the future. I wish you many happy trails and all the best. Kathy

  82. katherine says:

    Thanks…and God Bless. I will miss the cow parts of your blog the most. It reminded me of my growing up years in Nebraska as my Dad had a cow/calf operation. I was not the cowgirl he wanted but I did have a good cutting horse Sundance that I remember riding while working the cattle. Take Care and enjoy all God has blessed you with!!
    Katheriine

  83. VERN ALSO KNOW AS POP says:

    I also am sorry to see you want to saddle up and ride into a new adventure . Shery were given a gift which I hope you continue using in whatever you do. I like many of your fans enjoyed your adventures wherever you rode. Heck I see a pile of horse turds and I see horse turds. But you, You could arrange them on a doily, paint them red and make people see them as pretty horse apples. Anyway girl you can’t say it hasn’t been one hell of a ride.
    Love you
    POP

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