Tonya Perez - #AgMoms
We're celebrating the moms in agriculture.
We interviewed 10 #AGMOMS. Each were asked 5 questions. Our goal? To inspire long-time mothers, new mothers, and aspiring mothers who feel overwhelmed, over worked, or moms who just need a little encouragement.
Mom #3: Tonya Perez
"God chose you as a #AgMom because you are a strong, resilient woman with a lot of grit. Be proud of that and have faith that God will not settle you with more than you can handle."
You have a set of twin toddlers, run Perez Cattle Co. with your family and run AgTown, a marketing firm. How do you balance your time and keep everything straight?
It’s a true challenge to wear that many hats and an even bigger challenge to balance your time between kids, cows, and clients. There are so many things you can’t control. Kids get sick, the cows get out and the clients call with problems that need immediate attention. You learn to take each day as it comes, to prioritize projects and that sleep is overrated.
There’s no doubt that anyone who is friends with you on Facebook loves your “Ranching 101” post. For those readers who aren’t friends with you on Facebook, can you share what Ranching 101 means and why it’s important to educate children about the ranching lifestyle?
Growing up as ranch kids, your experiences are so different than 99% of the population. Ranching 101 is a fun way to tell our ranching story as our five-year-old twins take on the ranching world with responsibilities, long days in the saddle, road-trips delivering bulls and most importantly the value of hard work. This country is too many generations removed from the land and there is less, and less value placed on agriculture in today society. It’s important we share our world and tell our story.
What is one of your favorite memories with your children on the ranch?
With a set of twins, life is very eventful and I can’t say there is just one memory that out does the other. Due to our remote location we have to make our own fun. We don’t have parks or movie theaters, so we spend our time on treasure hunts exploring old homesteads and using our imagination to create fun. Those days are some of my favorites.
What do you think your family would be doing if y’all didn’t ranch?
There are days we dream of a normal 8-5 life, weekends off, paid vacations, and a consistent paycheck. It sounds pretty appealing, but once a rancher, always a rancher. We have a duty to the land and to our ancestors who worked tirelessly to give us this opportunity.
Y’all have seen some tough days in the ranching business. Could you share some advice for #AgMoms to encourage them to stay strong through the hard times?
From devastating drought, to fires, to fluctuating markets, to skyrocketing expenses, ranching is not for the faint of heart. You have to take each day as it comes and make the most of the situation. God chose you as a #AgMom because you are a strong, resilient woman with a lot of grit. Be proud of that and have faith that God will not settle you with more than you can handle.
Stay tuned for the next 7 #AgMoms!