There are so many things that I love about what I get to do on the ranch. I love working with children, horses, dirt and the never-ending list of chores. I love "the ranch buzz", the sights and sounds of ranch life on a daily basis. There is nothing akin to the clamor of excited voices coming up the driveway, the horses sniffing and snorting with tails swishing on a warm day, the clinking of brush buckets as the children get ready to groom their newest equine friend. I smile when I hear a squeal or two from a child because Buckshot has just licked his hand; I love the breeze as it whispers through the leaves of the Aspens, and the laughter and life that fill the air.
That is all great stuff, but there is so much more. I love the fact that I am a part of something that is more than me, more than a pay check. I love and have a passion for people, and I am thankful that so many are drawn to this place. Each adult and child brings something different to the table, and I get to have real conversations, make real connections and meet real folks. I love hearing where God has taken them, and catching a glimpse of where they are going.
I love being able to see God use the horribly broken and seemingly worthless things of this world to change lives and hearts. I can identify with so much of what goes on here. There was a point in my life when I was just like that child who walks up our driveway. I see myself in the child who is beaten, broken and forgotten. These children are my heart and they are why I feel called to serve. When they come to our ranch I can see pain and hurt in their eyes. I know that pain, I have felt it. I know that orphan heart, I had one. Because of the trials the Lord allowed me to go through, I now have a better understanding of the hearts of these children.
Who is your favorite horse on the ranch?
I really don’t have a favorite horse. Each and every horse brings their own unique personality to the ranch, and that creates both a great sense of diversity and an atmosphere of fun. This diversity is a crucial part of why this place works. There is a horse for every type of child.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I have taken cookies from a bear.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love just about everything I do here. I have my hands in a lot of different things. I enjoy doing sessions with kids whether it includes working with a horse, building in the shop, playing on the grass, hunting for lizards or building a deck with our “Pick Up the Phone” boys. I love facilities and being involved in improving what we do on the ranch from a physical standpoint. I l enjoy our Fellowships because it’s a time when our ranch families can all come together and hang out. I also love being a part of a “family” that chooses to reach beyond individual brokenness toward grace and healing. But most of all, what I love is seeing the ranch come alive when it’s full of kids, and then watching how God works in each of them.
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