Lights from the Las Vegas strip shined in the distance as the sound of the helicopter overhead sent Jon Ponder’s beating heart into overdrive. Jon squinted his eyes as flashing police lights flickered and sirens screeched around him. Police dogs barked and officers surrounded his vehicle. “Get out of the driver’s seat!” The thunderous and demanding voice sounded like God to Jon’s flustered brain. Distorted, he climbed out of his car... “Raise your hands! "Get on your knees! "On the ground!” ...
Go to school
...and go home
Each day blended into the next with seemingly no way out....until I discovered the Ranch! WHY Ranch gave me a reason to get up in the morning..."
I knew he would be a forever friend...
"It has been four months, eight days, several hours and countless minutes since I left you. I miss holding you in my arms and watching you grow up each day. I wanted to let you know that I am safe. I have brought a little of our memories together with me to keep me sane…. and have named each of my weapons after your favorite Power Puff Girls: Buttercup, Blossom & Bubbles. I know this is unusual, it helps me remember you are with me and that protecting you from the evil in this world is always on my mind..."
He died on February 7, 2016 and now resides in Heaven with his Savior and the love of his life, my Mom. He left me the legacy of his writings and it is my desire to collect, sort, rewrite, edit, and produce those writings for others to read and enjoy ...."
Pumpkin, one of our rescued & rehabilitated horses begins to Winnie as I approach the turnout. Her mouth starts to water, her nose begins to twitch in anticipation for hay and grains. This is a welcome site … just a few days ago our barn assistant, Phoebe, discovered Pumpkin lying down and rolling in the sand when her Turnout Crew was eating all their dinner....
"When you first met Sara she was a very shy and withdrawn young 8 year old. She had been experiencing challenges in school with emotional and behavioral acting out.
Teachers reported her as aggressive, non-responsive, lying on the floor in a fetal position, and not responsive to her school work. Children were afraid of her. Sara has been a bully and has been bullied . . ."
Introducing our friend & this season's nonprofit partner, Amy Meyer-Terry, Founder & President of WHY Ranch
"Each day a new beginning of Hope even when there has been despair. God walks alongside and carries us through the deepest valleys to the highest mountains, Loving us through all those embarrassing mistakes and cheering us on when we finally glimpse at the finish line . . . so begins my 23-year story in the making . . ."