Ranch life is living a life that uses as much of what the Lord provides as possible. Letting our horses live in an environment with natural trees, no halters, blankets, or shoes. Allowing them to eat wondering the pasture keeping constant movement and providing as much of a “wild like” life. It’s taking care of woods, planting a garden, and even a special herb garden we call, “thyme out” pasture for both human and horses to get what their bodies need. It’s taking the natural herbs and flowers the Lord provides and use it to keep our bodies and home healthy using it for tinctures, oils, skin care, cooking, and our favorite, afternoon tea.
Whether we need the herbs to keep healthy or to use instead of modern medicine we do all we can to use the “ranch life” in keeping our world simple. Dan and I work everyday on the ranch. Besides the daily chores of the “have to” things like feeding the animals, cleaning up the manure, hauling wood, and basic care, we also take time to keep the area clean. We make sure that brush is picked up and trees that are dead taken down and of course keeping the buildings picked up as well. We always have things to do, but we enjoy every minute of being outside and enjoying the simple days.
We take time to ride as often as we can and before the ride is time for bonding with our horses. Building our relationship with them and doing our favorite training of liberty work and playing in the obstacle playground. We love this time. Each of us being a partner with our horse and building confidence in each other. The time we spend on the ground prepares us for a relaxing and great ride through the woods. Because the Lord provided this ranch…we desired to share it with others.
With ones especially that are living a life that isn’t so awesome and peaceful. We desire to use this place of peace to bring hope and healing to ones who suffer from trauma to relationship issues. This place is not ours, it belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ and to share his message of Hope thought this place is humbling.
Lastly, Dan and I love to create! We love doing crafty things that include wood, card making and sewing, but we really enjoy the creative outlet of making the ranch look unique. Our fence is specifically created to see the horses when they run and also see a beautiful line of trees. We created a beautiful log round pen where our ministry is focused.
Our outhouse is adorable and has character and inviting to those who may not want to go inside. From the moment you enter our driveway you enter a place of peace. That is what we strive for all who come and visit!