Sons add spice to her life

Lorrae Moon is outnumbered four to one in her family. But the mother of teen boys Doyle, 18, Rance, 15, and Nate, 13, said she wanted boys from the start and loves the excitement.

"It's a Tom Sawyer adventure everyday," she said. "I send them out to the barn to do one thing, and the stuff they find to do on the way is amazing."

On Wednesday, Moon celebrated her 20-year anniversary with her husband, Lewis.

"I work really hard at being a mom, and being married for 20 years is kind of awesome," she said.

She grew up on small ranches in Routt County. Fifteen years ago, the Moon family moved to Craig after Lorrae's parents bought Frosty Acres Ranch north of town. Just four years ago they all moved onto the ranch.

"I wanted my boys to grow up that way," she said. "They have cattle of their own and are pretty proud of them."

While Moon works during the day as a customer service representative at Farm Bureau Insurance, getting children to school safely is her priority.

She was hired on the spot with no training 16 years ago because the director remembered her ability to drive horse trailers.

She said during her first year as a bus driver she caught every illness and had a few mishaps, such as backing into a bus. But she knew she was in it forever.

"I've had the same route for six to seven years, so I feel like they are my kids," she said.

She doesn't drive her own children to school but often takes them on trips.

With her family active in agriculture, the upcoming Moffat County Fair will be a big week for them.

Not only is Moon busy helping her boys get their projects and livestock ready, she is also is preparing as many entries as she can for the open class.

Months ago Moon and close friend Jennifer Stagner found a 3-foot Mason jar at a thrift store and are entering it in the "Most Unique Canned" contest.

"We have the jar, but have been trying so hard to come up with something to put in it!" she said.

Moon said she stays active because a strong community is important.

"You can't complain unless you do some supporting," she said.

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