This is our journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matthew 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Our First Longhorn Feast

With the drought this year, we’ve had to be liquidating many of our own personal herd of Texas Longhorn cattle. We’ve been trying to sell as many as possible, but we also raise the cattle to eat. With one of our cows, Catalina, there seemed to be no interest in someone buying her. She also was also one of our more rambunctious cows, in that, if she wanted to jump a fence to go eat something wherever, she would. And so, given that we couldn’t control her anymore, and that she was getting into areas we couldn’t have her, and that no one bought her, we made the difficult decision to take her to the butcher, even though she might be pregnant.

This was Catalina:

Our Texas Longhorn Cow Catalina

And so, after getting her back from the processor, Sue began the preserving process. When we use the butcher, we have them cube a lot of the meat into chunks all ready to go into the jars:

Catalina Our Texas Longhorn Cow in Jars Ready for Canning

And here they are ready in the canner:

Catalina Our Texas Longhorn Cow in the Canner Ready for Canning

Here are some of the hamburger meat packages:

Catalina Our Texas Longhorn Cow Hamburger Meat

And Sue browns it before putting it into the jars to can, which apparently helps get extra oils/grease out which could overflow if not removed ahead of time:

Catalina Our Texas Longhorn Cow Browned Hamburger Meat Ready for Canning

And here she is preserved and ready for the root cellar:

Catalina Our Texas Longhorn Cow Preserved in Jars

One of the benefits of the Longhorns is the use of other parts of the animal, include the horns; and so we had the butcher cut them off of the head, and hopefully I’ll be able to turn them into something mountable some day:

Horns of Catalina Our Texas Longhorn Cow

And so, after the processing, it was time to partake in the first one of our personal cows to be eaten!

One of the joys of living here is the fellowship, and we wanted to share in the further joy of the providence of the meat with the community. And so, we had Catalina burger night at our place!

Here are some of the grilled burgers:

Grilled Texas Longhorn Burgers

And the trimmings and side dishes, with which several of the ladies graciously helped:

Grilled Texas Longhorn Burgers Fixings and Side Dishes

We are very thankful for the grace and mercy the Lord has afforded us in this general time of peace to be able to fellowship together, after enjoying His direct provisions:

Grilled Texas Longhorn Burger Fellowship Night Around the Table
More Grilled Texas Longhorn Burger Fellowship Night Around the Table
And Still More Grilled Texas Longhorn Burger Fellowship Night Around the Table

We are grateful to the God of all providence in allowing us the healthy food from this organically raised, grass-fed cow; and we are thankful to Him for allowing us the fellowship and community He has here.

— David


  1. MarzieCX

    How wonderful, home grown, organic beef!! Nothing better 😉

    Sorry if you dont mind me asking, what fellowship are you all part of?

  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Marcso,

    No problem asking. 🙂 We have a local fellowship of families who are building homesteads around each other — a community (not communal) neighborhood of like-minded believers, similar to an Amish community.

    Hopefully that answers your question. Thanks for saying hello.

    — David

  3. William

    As one of the blessed participants I can truly say that the burgers and the fellowship were excellent. Thank you David and Susan. Thank you Lord for your provision.


  4. David and Susan Sifford

    Indeed, thanks for the Lord!

    — David

  5. Anonymous

    Hello Siffords,

    Thanks for the great post as always. We have been praying for you all there that the heat and drought would be a blessing to you and that you would be provided for.


    the Irwins

  6. David and Susan Sifford

    Hello Irwins,

    Thank you very much for the prayers, and may God's graces and mercies be with you.

    — David

  7. Anonymous

    Mmmm…indeed, to home grown, grass fed beef. All your canned beef and the grilled burgers look tasty!

    How nice of you to share with your fellowship.

    Wonderful on this end to see many of your smiling faces. Are the young man and girl new to your community? Thanks for sharing the pictures!


  8. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Beth,

    Yes, we're thankful to the Lord for His provisions, spiritual and temporal, including this fellowship.

    The young couple was just visiting.

    — David

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