After years of dreaming and praying about a move, a little over five years ago, we finally moved to Colorado. Lori grew up in Colorado but after attending college in South Carolina, it appeared that the Lane family was destined to live in the South for the remainder of their lives. No offense meant to the South or the wonderful folks who live there, BUT, we all had a strong yearning to “go west”. We tried and tried to get back to Colorado and nothing seemed to work.
Finally, we gave up! and THAT is when things started to happen. God opened the doors wide open and we went running through them and have been in Colorado for six years now!
After living in Colorado for a little over four years, God seemed to be changing things up just a bit. In April John’s job in financial project management, was abruptly eliminated along with most of the senior finance staff of his company. You know the drill…….reduction in force and costs! Many people around the country have been affected by the current state of our economy. To make a long story short, instead of feeling worried and nervous, we felt excited and looked forward to seeing what NEW thing God had for us.
We were already in the middle of a season of change. Our two older sons got engaged and then married within eight weeks of each other on opposite sides of the country. We were experiencing a changing of the guard in long time leadership within our ministry with Artios Academies (www.artiosacademies.com) and we had our third son starting his senior year of high school. We had lost Lori’s grandmother and her great-aunt within weeks of each other and to top it all off, John was facing a career change that would affect the whole family.
In changing careers, God opened some amazing doors the 1st of September, 2010, we moved 40 miles down the road to begin managing a ranch. Yes, you read it right! John, Lori, and our two younger sons are now ranchers…..complete with cows, goats, chickens, dogs, cats and a plethora of horses. We now raise range-free chickens, offer a goat share program for those desiring raw milk and raise grass fed natural beef. The beautiful equine facilities allow us to board horses year round and to offer lessons, training and clinics. To top if all off, there is a modern cabin on the property that serves as the “bed” to our Bed, Barn and Breakfast extension of the ranch.
We welcome you to look around our site and get acquainted with our family, our work and our journey and new homestead ranchers.