My herd right now includes my precious and busy family that are the loves of my life, my adopted staff that can number between 30-60 guys and gals that serve this ranch so faithfully, my close family and friends all over the country that have supported us over the years, our loyal guests that puts the "Guest" in "Guest Ranching", and now the blogging world that may be curious about what the heck I am doing.
Even as I type this first entry, I am sitting this morning in our double wide with one munchkin crammed in the same chair I'm sitting giving me no elbow room, another munchkin who just learned how to crawl all tangled up in his footed pajamas exploring on the floor, and my oldest munchkin lounged on our couch zoned out on her Leapster learning life skills that I should probably be teaching her.
I want to reach out to the moms of this world trying to survive, to the families that are living lifestyle jobs that are not the norm, and to all of you who do not understand what the heck I am doing out here with no cell phone coverage. Through lots of counseling, I realized I have had a deep desire to be known and understood and ironically I live a lifestyle that not many understand, so here is my first attempt to make that happen.
I will be telling you stories of the ranch, giving you ranch recipes, documenting my journey as a wife, mother, mentor, and hostess on a guest ranch. Even right this minute, I could probably give you insight into my life by telling you how the highlight of my life right now is my brand new front loader washer and dryer. This is my first new washer and dryer to own and it is changing my life. But, instead I thought I would give you some insight into what exactly this ranch is.
Lost Valley Ranch is a family owned, four diamond, cattle working, Colorado guest ranch that has been operating under the Foster family name for 50 years. It offers horseback riding, cattle drives, fly fishing, hiking, trap shooting, great food, and is one of the most family friendly vacations you can book. My husband and I met here about ten years ago and now we are managers on the ranch with responsibilities in about every area of the ranch. My favorite part of my life here is that with an extroverted personality like mine, I can walk out my front door and be surrounded by people to live life with. But, the ironic part is we are an hour and a half from town and other civilizations. So, we have created as best we can our very own community out here centered in the middle of God's glorious creation. Along with our staff, we eat, work, sleep, socialize, and play all together at the ranch, which is why I call it a "lifestyle job".
If you want to find out more about our ranch, click on the "Ranch" tab in my menu bar and check out our website. Please "join my herd" and tell your friends about me.
The Short and Sincere Life of Ellory James
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