A Healing Journey

I have a rescue cat. At the time I got Lilly, I didn’t realize the effects of trauma are similar amongst animals and humans. Don’t get me wrong, people’s brains are far more complex, but the fear, tendency to fight, and distrust are the same. Lilly was dropped off on the side of the road…

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Conversations

Although I’m not a houseparent, I was invited to contribute to our blog since I work part-time at Joy Ranch. I love being part of the “family”, even though I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with the kids we serve (as a homeschooling mom of my own three, high-spirited sons). A few weeks…

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A Time to Laugh

Community. I’ve been reminded recently how important it is. Sixteen months ago the world shut down due to COVID-19, and although many places have removed all restrictions, places like Joy Ranch are still dealing with regulations which keep us from fully engaging with the world around us. In many ways, we’ve been blessed through this…

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Waffle Iron Chef

See what we did there?  Since we are all still at home having to get creative we thought we would pass along some things we do here that add a little fun – as well as ease and convenience – to the “every day”. Most of these ideas are self-explanatory but we’ve listed a few…

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Spotlight on Cheyenne!

After taking a break on our blog for the holidays, we are back to our kid interview series. So without further ado, meet Cheyenne, our fun-loving silly girl, who regularly makes us smile. What is your favorite food?Chinese food. It was the place my mom took me for my first birthday celebration outside of the…

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Introducing Danny

We’re continuing the interviews with our children at the Ranch, and today we want to introduce you to Danny, our sweet-loving kiddo who brings joy to everyone he meets. What is your favorite food? “Chicken nuggets! But I don’t eat the chicken nuggets at school because they’re gross!” What is your least favorite food? “Homemade…

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Presenting Lily!

What is your favorite food?  Alfredo! (Fettuccine)   What is your least favorite food?  Mushrooms! How do you know if a mushroom is poisonous or not?  What is your favorite game?  Apples to Apples  What is your favorite animal? What is your favorite animal on the Ranch?  The cat family (lions, tigers, etc.) Panthers are my favorite. On…

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Introducing Edith!

We’re continuing our interviews with our kiddos at the Ranch, and today we want to introduce you to Edith, our fun-loving teen who lights up a room when she smiles. What is your favorite food? “Steak! I love both steak and ribs, but if I have to pick steak is my favorite. Ribs are a…

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Meet Julia

We have some awesome kiddos at Joy Ranch. It is our privilege to walk alongside and help them heal, grow, and mature into the amazing people God created them to be. You know them through the photos we share, but we’d like to introduce them to you individually over the next several months through an…

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