I knew of Hope Remains for a couple of years before I ever became involved. I went to church with Melanie where we both sang in the choir, so I heard her speak with others about her ‘heart’s’ work. I’m not sure what specific event, if any, triggered my decision to become a volunteer at HRYR, but in January 2009 I became a weekly volunteer. At that time, HR was meeting at a farm outside of Chesnee. Later that spring, we moved to a property between Boiling Springs and Inman. Now we are on 27 acres of our own property! What an adventure! I knew that I loved animals, really enjoyed working with kids, especially teens, and hungered for a place where I could share Christ’s love and truth as a part of those relationships. Therefore, an interest in ‘helping’ at HR grew into a deep loyalty to its vision and ministry.
Being able to work within the framework of animals, kids, and Christ’s Gospel, I have grown personally and spiritually in ways too numerous to record here. God has grown me into a deeper, more humble trust relationship with Himself. He blessed my work environment by filling it with His presence as expressed through the faith of my fellow Christ-followers. He has given me the opportunity to speak His truth, life, hope, challenge and encouragement into the lives of our parents and kids. He has taken my many mistakes, covered them with His grace and used them for my good and hopefully His glory. Wow! Does it get better than that on this earth?
I am married to Chris who is the most patient man I know! He is a great supporter of HRYR and of my work in this ministry. I am a graduate of Columbia College with a graduate degree from USC. I am a retired teacher with over thirty-six years of experience in various forms and levels of special education. While I do not have biological children, I do have two step sons who have families of their own. Unfortunately, both live far away so visiting is a rare but special treat! We have three dogs that keep me busy and provide us with frustration and joy.
I spend my free time engaged in my hobbies of: word puzzles, studying The Word, going to the gym, hiking, and watching college sports.
What are your favorite horses at the ranch? Red and Silver (our oldest), because I know them best and have spent long hours with them. I have two other favorites - Zoe and Zacchaeus because we got them as babies, so I've been blessed to watch them grow and learn to be wonderful therapy horses.
What is a random fact about you? Within the first six months of my volunteering at HR, I was thrown by a barrel racing horse and broke my pelvis in four places, and I can wiggle my ears – not a result of my injury!