Sonoma County, CA
My heart is full when I am at the Ranch! My husband Devin and I felt a strong calling on our lives to relocate to Central Oregon in 2016. We knew God had a plan and we knew His promises to be true and that He would reveal His plan in His timing. For the first year following our relocation we knew we would, for family reasons, need to still split our time back in Northern California. During this time I knew that I wanted to serve by volunteering, so the search began to find a nonprofit that was Christ-centered. So, like most of us these days, I asked Google for a little help. My search brought me immediately to the website of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. As soon as I watched the promo video, the tears flowed and I knew this was where God was calling me to serve first as a volunteer. But as time went on, God revealed His bigger plan and opened doors for me to join the staff team here at the Ranch. For that I was obedient and I am grateful!
My adult daughter really struggled as a child, teenager, and young adult. Horses and participating in rodeos in high school were a huge part of her recovery and healing. I also have found horses to be part of my own therapy through my journey in healing and growth through life circumstances. Through some of my own painful circumstances and difficult seasons, including a divorce and being a single mom, I developed a heart for the hurting and brokenhearted. The Ranch provides a safe place for from life’s hurts. One of the messages of the Ranch is hope and the healing that takes place between a horse and a child through the love of Christ. In addition to being in the great outdoors with horses, I enjoy being part of a team of people who are Christ-followers, relationship-seekers and love kids. I love watching God at work in my life and the lives of others.
Jeremiah 29:11 – “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (NIV).
Have you ever had a favorite or unique pet?
Well, how can I just pick one? ...I love horses and I love dogs. So if I had to pick just one of each that have been in my life, I would choose Oja and Jojo. Oja was my 16-hands sorrel gelding that had a heart of gold and carried me like the wind, protecting me every step of the way. He was an Appendix Quarter Horse that was trained on barrels. I loved to just ride him on trails where I could clear the cobwebs out of my head, be amongst nature, and spend quality time with him. After a season of life, he went on to run barrels again with his new owner: a sweet nine year old boy. Jojo is our English Golden Retriever and she brings us so much joy, love, and laughter every day. Between us, my husband and I have a blended family of three daughters, but Jojo is our child together. It’s always exciting to take her out on adventures to swim or go off leash and explore. We can’t imagine life without her!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love everything outdoors: hiking, cycling, kayaking, horses, camping, snow shoeing. I enjoy quality time with my husband where we always say “life is an adventure.” I love to travel, am a foodie, love to entertain and host others in our home, study, and enjoy wine. I am a student of life, always learning new things, reading, focusing on personal development, fitness, health and growing as a Christian and my relationship with the Lord. Relationships are very important to me, including family time and building friendships.
Any interesting facts about you?
I am one of four generations of Rae’s. My grandma’s middle name was Rae and she passed it on to my mom, then to myself and then I passed it on to my daughter. So we all have the middle name Rae, and over the years when my grandma was still alive, we would take a group family photo of all four of us together.