Thursday, November 22, 2012

Another Ranch Thanksgiving...we are thankful!!!

Happy Thanksgiving! So many things to be thankful for, including another blog! I can't help but share this wonderful day with all of you. I am sitting in a quiet, peaceful room after a day of plenty! The food was abundant, the flowers were abundant, the people were abundant, the work was abundant, and the blessings were abundant. This was the first Thanksgiving at the ranch since Tony and I took over, and thanks to our AMAZING staff it was another beautiful Thanksgiving in the Rockies! I mean that...I first just want to share with you this kitchen staff that worked as a well oiled machine.  With thankfulness in their hearts and intermittent dance parties in the kitchen they fed 170 people and made it look easy! Introducing our kitchen crew first and foremost...

 I have to give a special shout out to Perrie and Anne! These two have baked and cooked for hundreds of thousands of guests and now it is their time to leave! It is so hard to invest so deeply in these relationships with our staff, they truly are our family, and there is always going to be a time they leave the ranch to go pursue bigger things! These two stepped into their positions as baker and head chef and it seemed seamless. Neither have had any formal training and just like so many of our crew leaders, however they had a passion to learn and high character to do it with excellence. They say that "the kitchen is the heart of the home," well that's true of our kitchen as well and these two girls have put heart in our kitchen. I love you two and you will never fully know how thankful we are for you! When we tackle a thanksgiving day on the ranch and our staff is still saying it didn't seem too hectic and they actually had a good time doing it...this is because of incredible leadership from these girls in charge. Thank you for being steadfast!

I had fun this year tying in a little bit more Christmas in the decor. We are going to do western entertainment and Christmas carols by the fire, so I thought a decorated mantle and tree would be appropriate. I tried to keep the Christmas more on the rustic, natural side so not to interfere with Thanksgiving.  Here are a few pictures...










I am thankful this year for a peace that surpasses understanding. I am thankful for my incredible husband who leads so faithfully and our four children who are full of joy and life. I am thankful for the Word of God and the power it has in our lives. I am thankful for prayer and the healing I have seen it bring into dear friends' lives. I am thankful for people...all people and the fulfillment of relationships here on earth. To quote my husband, "I am thankful for the eternal which gives purpose to the temporal." Happy Thanksgiving 2012!