Before 2016 starts outrunning me, and it will, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself and Ranching Happiness.
My name is Taj Lewis and I am the “owner” of Ranching Happiness. RH started as a dream I hoped to one day see come true and that has evolved into a pseudo reality.
First and foremost, RH is the reality of my photography dreams. I have optimistic expectations for 2016 and I am confident Ranching Happiness will be able to meet my goals! I can’t wait to get to know you through pictures!
As I developed my plan for RH I realized it had to be more than just a photography business. Photography is, of course, the base for this project but it is so much more than that! Ranching Happiness is a multi-faceted gem with so many layers of clarity, flaws and brilliance that it has to be clarified!
I am going to take the next week to introduce Ranching Happiness and all our layers! I am going to tell you who we are, what we are and what we hope to accomplish, so for this ride we can all start out with a common destination!
Today I want to introduce myself and tell you a little more about who I am.
I was born Taj Amelia Muratori. My due date was October 10 but on the first day of October, I was ready. To this day, I am always early! My parents had a farm in upstate New York at the time and my impending birth happened to coincide with the milk cow’s schedule. My dad, the ever diligent farmer, was not going to allow for the birth of a child to interfere with his schedule and had it not been for my Aunt Cyndi, I would have been born at Valley Farm. Thankfully, Cyndi was able to convince my dad she could handle this milking, take your wife to the hospital!
33 years later and I find myself following in my parents footsteps, sort of. I don’t live on a farm in upstate New York, rather a working cattle ranch in far west Texas. While we don’t farm so to speak, we do ranch and the two have a great deal in common. I love this lifestyle and the way we are able to raise our kids! I loved my childhood and I am thankful for the opportunity to recreate that as best as I can for my girls.
In addition to my position as owner of RH, I am a ranch wife, mom, teacher, caretaker, camp cook and chicken farmer. I spend my days “ranching happiness” to the best of my ability. Some days it is much easier than others!
I am a homeschooler! I deeply love that job! All the reasons we decided to homeschool are coming later but for now I just want to say, we LOVE homeschool! I feel smarter already and I get wonderfully positive feedback from my students! The principal is easy to get along with most of the time and I find I have a lot of pull with him. There is not much administration to deal with and it is easy to alter the schedule to fit our needs. There is so much, in fact, that I can’t go into it all here, it deserves a post (or 10) of it’s own.
I am a caretaker to my husband with kidney failure. That job, while challenging to the max, is also one of the most rewarding I have had to date. Kidney disease and dialysis are two things that will also get their very own posts! The impact they have on our lives is a crucial aspect of RH. I hope to use this as a means of raising awareness and educating the public about kidney disease. Yes, this could get deep!
I am a camp cook, in the most modern way possible. I don’t hook up the chuckwagon and cook over hot coals all day. I do, however, have the job of cooking for the crew when they are working close to my house. I probably cook about 8 times a year, mostly in the spring and fall during the works. I love to feed those hungry cowboys and they always appreciate the food!
My favorite job though, is being a ranch wife and mom! My girls are amazing little cowgirls and I just love spending time with them. They are smart and funny with a pretty good work ethic for 6 and 8! I love watching them grow into young ladies and I just can’t wait to see the kind of adults they become! They will be so cool! I love helping my hubby on the ranch and every day I learn something new!
I can’t wait to share this journey with you! Over the next week, I am going to tell you more about our homeschooling journey, our kidney adventures and how we ranch happiness every day!