Our twelfth anniversary fell on the third weekend of September this year and Ryan and I could NOT wait to get out of town and have some alone time together! It was the first couple trip we’ve taken together since before Kash was born, so it was long overdue!
We decided on Fredericksburg (TX) because it was easy to drive to and we truly didn’t care where we went, as long as we were away together! I checked out Airbnb on a friend’s recommendation and found a simple little one-bedroom house on a peach orchard.
We did some fun things while we were in town, like hike at Enchanted Rock, shop at Fredericksburg Trade Days, and drink wine at Grape Creek Vineyards. But what was really fun for us was driving along Texas backroads, soaking in the sun, all while talking and dreaming about the future. On the way to Fredericksburg, we just generally “caught up.” As in, “Hey, I think I know who you are but we haven’t had time to connect lately, let’s talk!” And then while we were driving, this dream we had on our honeymoon twelve years ago became the subject of discussion.
For whatever reason, God placed on our hearts the dream of having a guest ranch. (Quick explanation: a working ranch where our family lives, and also hosts different families each week who want to vacation on the ranch.) This dream started on our honeymoon and we dreamed about it for a full week while we were out in Cali, and then we came home and life just kept going. Our little dream lingered in our hearts but we weren’t able to spend much time and energy into developing it because well, life.
Over the years, there has been small chatter about it but no action or deep thought on that guest ranch of ours. But on this twelfth anniversary of ours, we got to our cozy little cabin and busted out a notebook and whipped out a bunch of crazy creative ideas. We nailed down the concept, the experience, the activities, the goods, the mission and then the next step was going to the local HEB (wish we had those in the DFW area) and purchasing some poster-board for these ideas that were too big for a regular sized 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. We laid out a sketch of the lodge, the house, the orchard, the guest houses, the horse barns, the mercantile, and all the other little places we need for our ranch. We went to the local pizzeria and couldn’t quit talking about it so we used their big white placemats and drew on those and then we did what we always do and we checked out the local real estate.
It felt good to dream again. To focus on the future, and not just the list of things that must be done this week for our family to survive. It was freeing to recall those honeymoon memories and to acknowledge some different things God has put on our hearts. And now as we work on our current and future goals, we are working our activities all around that little guest ranch dream that we hope to make a reality someday!