Hi and welcome to our website! Allow me to share a little bit about ourselves and the place we call home, Bauer Ranch.
Tim and I both grew up in Winnie, Texas, and became high school sweethearts. And 50 years later, we are still going strong! I earned a BS Home Economics degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, while at the same time, Tim earned a BS degree in Agronomy from Texas A&M University. After college, we came home and started a family of three children: Lance, Cody and Brooke. Tim farmed and ranched while I was a stay-at-home-mom.
Eventually, I found myself in the classroom teaching English, going to graduate school, and before long became an elementary principal for 16 years. After retirement, I became a certified etiquette instructor from the American School of Protocol in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded the Etiquette School of Southeast Texas. Etiquette classes were held at Bauer Ranch. Tim kept busy with his business as a registered financial advisor, and retired to full time ranching while passing the business on to our son Cody.
We held our first wedding in the fall of 2012, and have been blessed by happy couples ever since! Our son, Lance, retired from the US Air Force and has returned to the ranch to assist with ranching operations and is currently a Deputy with Chambers County Sheriff’s Department. Both sons live on the ranch and always willing to help when needed.
Our daughter, Brooke, currently living in Hawaii, is a very busy mom of two children and a military wife. Both she and her husband are graduates of the United States Air Force Academy and are patriots to our country. Brooke serves as a constant source of inspiration for ideas concerning hospitality and entertaining.
I feel as if Tim and I have always had a gift of hospitality. We simply enjoy being around people and making them feel relaxed and comfortable. All the organizational and planning skills I possessed as a principal, I use as a wedding coordinator. Tim is my behind-the-scenes guy that makes things happen before, during, and after a wedding or special event. The ranch house is the home that Tim grew up in, and we feel so blessed to live in such beautiful surroundings that we want to share with others.
Weddings are expensive. It is one of the most important days of your life. I take this very seriously. The real payoff in turning the ranch into a wedding venue is that someday couples will return with their children to show them the place where their parents’ vows took place. And that… we look forward to!