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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

We have so much to be thankful for this year. God has so richly blessed our family and our ranch. As we count our blessings, we want to take the time to thank you for playing a part in our life.

To our customers, thank you for your support and for spreading the word to others.

To our readers, thank you for subscribing to the blog posts and for your encouraging emails.

To our friends and family members, thank you for always being there when we need you.

From our family at Cross Creek Cattle Company, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! May you have an incredible time feasting on food and conversation. May you reflect on your blessings and show your appreciation and gratitude. May you have an even better year than last.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Giving Thanks in 2013

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, most Americans begin verbalizing things for which they are thankful. We purposefully count our many blessings. We can be thankful for tangible things like a new member of the family or the intangible like freedom. We can also be thankful in unexpected ways like for an illness that set our feet on a different path. The point is to find an occasion to give thanks in all circumstances.

My husband and I have always tried to teach our children to have thankful hearts. Simply saying, “thank you,” is a great place to start. Wanting to instill a sense of gratefulness in my children I asked each of them this question. “As it pertains to living on this ranch, what are you most thankful for?”

Clayton (age 17) “I love the quiet and solitude.”
Kyla (age 14) “Freedom, liberty, and justice for all.” (She insists she is not being a smart.)
Jake (age 12) “I love getting to watch, pet, and be around baby calves.”
Isaac (age 7) “Riding my bike while Buddy (his puppy dog) follows me all down the road and pasture.” Later he added, “Oh, and the bunny rabbits that I see.”
Andrew (age 5) “Horses- riding, watching them run, petting them, and feeding them.”

Anytime that you ask a child a question, there is a big chance that you will be surprised by their answers. Notice it is the little, everyday things for which they are thankful. My husband and I also shared our answers, but you will probably find them more predictable.

Lane “This is a great place to raise a family.”
Lara “I am most thankful for the opportunity to raise a family here in this environment where they can be free to play and explore as well as learn valuable skills. In many ways it is sharing my childhood with them.”

As usual I am more wordy; however, the sentiment is the same. We love it here. We consider ourselves greatly blessed.

What are the members of your family most thankful for in regards to your home? Regardless of the answers, it is fun to see how your children respond.

Gratitude

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

My husband and I will celebrate our wedding anniversary soon and we want to go on a weekend getaway. I began searching for ideas of places to go. We don’t want to use most our weekend traveling so our destination needs to be relatively close. As I scoured the internet searching everything from fancy hotels to bed and breakfasts, I ran across one place not but an hour away.

It is a bed and breakfast on a ranch. Some of the amenities listed free of charge were things like hiking through trails, sitting on a porch swing, and fishing. Other amenities that they charged extra were horseback rides, picnic lunch by the lake, and a ranch tour. I added up the costs for a weekend stay and was taken aback. Wow!!

I never thought of my life as a vacation. The thought of that is actually funny. I guess because I know first-hand all of the work that goes on behind the scenes. However, the thought that I live in an amenity-filled world made me stop and get some perspective. I have written many times how lucky we are to live on Cross Creek Cattle Company; it is not a new realization, but do I wake up each morning knowing how blessed we are?

Regardless of where you live, we can easily take for granted our circumstances, our health, our family, etc. We don’t count our many blessings one by one. We get bogged down in the routine. Seeing that people will pay big money to enjoy the pleasures of living on a ranch made me once again remember how lucky we are. We get so busy that we forget to take advantage of our surroundings. Take a walk, smell the proverbial roses, pick dewberries and wildflowers, pack a picnic lunch, go fishing. Enjoy your life; don’t just go through the motions.

I tell my children all the time “live a life of gratitude.” Be thankful and content in all circumstances. It is easier said than done. But as the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances…” He reminds us that it is a learned skill; it is not innate.

Today I challenge you to look around your home whether it be a tiny yard in the suburbs or a small apartment in the heart of a city. Find something for which to be grateful. Make a list. Think about the tourists clambering to have a taste of your life. Then we will all realize how good we have it.



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