TWIN EAGLES RANCH
They that wait upon the Lord shall be renewed in strength, they shall mount up with strong wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isa. 40:31)
You may ask why the name “Twin Eagles Ranch”?
After much prayer, we finally named our ranch, the “Twin Eagle” to represent my husband & I
The eagle is the most powerful, awesome and amazing bird of the air, it mates for life, has eye sight more powerful than a pair of binoculars and has more than 30 biblical references describing it’s character. We couldn’t think of a better name for our homestead.
On our ranch we have a herd of yaks for organic meat, our 1st baby yak born this spring, one cat, 5 puppies, chickens for eggs, 5,0001 honey bees for honey & bees wax for candles, 1 goat for milk for soap and fire remediation, an aquarium full of fish, a praying mantis, snails painted like strawberries, horses, miniature frogs & huge garden starting again this spring after our last snow….life is full, to say the least.
After working in the corporate world for one too many years, my husband & I decided to sell our 3 companies (that together we built from the bottom up) and trade it in for a simple life in the country.
Sitting next to my husband and 5 year old son in our old pickup truck loaded with everything we hold dear, I glanced in the rear view mirror only to notice our home, our neighborhood, then our city fade into nothing but a memory. The May skies of Colorado’s little town Castle Rock welcomed us with open arms as our pickup truck blazed across the heavy dust covered back country roads of Douglas & Weld County. We knew we arrived in the country when greeted with the familiar smell of horses; red barns & tractors are the main attraction; hay bales and cows are synonymous; acres & acres of white fences in the distance; and we respond to tipped cowboy hats & raised hands in the traditional rural greeting from the locals. We saw the sun, hanging low, which radiated dusty pink rays smeared across the back country sky as we headed east, trading in the busyness of the city for a life of country simplicity. As we arrived, the evening chill descended over the land, and I persuade our son to come inside of our old “new” home and leave his grasshopper chasing to another day. Soon after arriving, we stood in awe of God’s magnificent beauty; walked the land blessing it & I quietly paused to plot a course of action for a garden to grow whatever the earth would graciously yield to sustain my little family over the years to come. Since that day, I have gathered and learned a few things from rural living: Be grateful, strive to be present and in the moment as much as possible, simplify and respectfully try to slow down to the pace and rhythms of the earth. Also, to live active, healthy, and most of all, strive to live a simple uncomplicated life is what rural and biblical living reverberates to us from its vast lands and pages filled with wisdom. Living without TV for more years than I can count, we try to embrace a life of unhurried living and a lifestyle of eating “slow” foods that having no microwave (by choice) forces us to do on a daily bases, all of which brings us back to the very beauty of back to basics of living.
Our culture teaches us that faster, bigger and busier lives equates to success & the distractions of our computerized age which aggressively speaks volumes to compete for our precious time non-stop. However, the bible teachings are quite the contrary. God’s way of life teaches us to slow down, rest, eat healthfully from the earth, enjoy family time, spend time with other believers, feast on His Word daily and try to embrace the concept of less is truly “more”. Simply stated, God designed the human body, shouldn’t we pay attention to what He says to put into it and what to avoid? Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. There are so many references of food in the bible including Jesus is the bread of life, the feeding of the 5,000, turning water into wine, the last supper, Daniels fast, olives, grapes, wheat, barley, millet, apples, coriander, fish, nuts, legumes, berries & garlic to name a few….& God’s Word gives a simple straight forward road map for what our body & minds needs in order to function optimally – shouldn’t we listen? Take a moment to check in with yourself. How are you feeling lately? What’s good in your life right now, and what would you like to change? Then pick one area of your life that you want to improve, and make that your focus for the month. Maybe, you want more joy in your life and less stress, who doesn’t? Or maybe you want to stick to an exercise routine or start eating fresh from the earth food from God’s immeasurable bounty. Well truthfully, it’s never too late to see yourself on the path toward a greater life full of HEALTH & WELLNESS that our Creator has intricately designed for each of us.
After losing a significant amount of weight & our big move from the city to the country, I have taken the words “HEALTH & WELLNESS” personally & which ultimately became the inspiration for this year’s edition of the Conch Pearl. After taking my health & my family’s health into my own hands by eliminating processed foods, lowering stress, exercising, drinking plenty of water, lots of rest & eating whole organic foods, this lifestyle change has allowed me to learn about food in ways I never dreamed possible along with a clear understanding of its inexhaustible healing properties. With chickens that produce eggs each morning, fresh vegetables from our garden, milk from our goats, honey from our bees, steers for all natural beef and sweet fresh water from our aquifers, God has shown me that He is truly in the business of “HEALTH AND WELLNESS” not just for some, but for everyone who so desires.
This year, I encourage you to try your hand at gardening if you haven’t already. Grow a garden in your back yard, in small clay pots on your back porch or in a raised flower bed, but I encourage you to start. Even if it’s only a few tomato plants; there’s nothing more satisfying to the palette than a homegrown sun-ripened heirloom tomato bursting with sweet tart flavor, married with a slice of fresh mozzarella, fragrant fresh basil from your garden, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, caramelized balsamic vinegar, coarse ground pepper and sea salt….What could be better, can you taste it? I also, pray that this years you will be inspired to seek God first, eat whole unprocessed foods, be kind to yourself & “unplug” at least one day a week. Try becoming dedicated to simplicity, making more healthy choices, a simple exercise routine & embracing and relishing the forgotten art of doing absolutely nothing. Nothing beats getting on the right path to honoring the temple of the Holy Spirit (the body). My wish for each of you in 2015 is to be refreshed, revived and rejuvenated & hopefully with some of the easy tips included here, you and God can transform your body and your mind in no time. So what are you waiting for? Start today. You’ll be glad you did…..
Faithfully in His service,