Monday, June 25, 2012

So I've Been Kinda AWOL. But Whisper Made Me Do It.

So in case all seven of my regular readers haven't noticed, I've been a little absent lately. Or a lot, if you use typical blogging standards, which I don't, so I guess in some weird way, this makes total sense. Note: if you followed that, please seek help immediately.

Anyway, first I hit a slump. Then I wrote this good post and I thought Blogger ate it because it just vanished. Really the fault was mine but it sounds better blaming Blogger, fair or not, so that's what I'm going with on that. Then I had a good long sulk about said disappearing post. Then my husband had the plague, which needs no explanation. Then I got the same said plague and now here we all are.
So. What have we been up to? Mostly the usual stuff - end of school, summer child care insanity, garden stuff etc. However, I am excited to report that we have found a family interest that we are all thrilled about. I have been wanting to find some kind of organization that we can all volunteer with so that giving back to our community becomes simply a part of our normal (hahahaha!) family life. There are so many worthy organizations in our area and I am happy to promote their causes via Facebook and word of mouth, but in order to really be able to dedicate serious time and effort, it needs to be something that resonates emotionally with all of us.

I'd like to introduce you to L.E.A.R.N. - Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network. Here is what they are about, from their website: "It is our mission is to educate our youth, prospective owners, and owners concerning the proper care of animals. We also support the local Animal Control departments with the care and housing of abused and neglected farm animals. We are dedicated to the management of reported neglect cases and work with law enforcement to insure the animals receive the care and feed needed for optimal health."

Obviously, there are numerous organizations dedicated to the care and well being of animals but the problem with large animals is that it is difficult to have the space, the facilities and the very specific knowledge base needed to intervene for them during a crisis, and even less of those factors necessary in order to rehabilitate them both physically and psychologically. Through the tireless dedication of their director, board, and volunteers, LEARN has been standing in the gap for these animals officially since 2009. They had operating in horse rescue for over twenty years but upon taking in 33 horses in one day, the need to change to a non-profit became obvious.

These folks made their way onto my radar when what is probably the worse case of horse abuse I've ever seen was broadcast via local news and Facebook back in March. I began following along with the story of Whisper and Traveler, and like many others have been thrilled to see the progress that these beautiful horses have made under outstanding routine and veterinary care. About a month ago, I decided that just cheering them along on social media was not enough - it was time to be involved.

Whisper, about ten days into coming to LEARN. This picture is not nearly as horrendous as reality.

Whisper, about a month ago.

For those of you who don't know, I have been an avid "horse person" basically since I could walk but since marrying, having children (time and money - yikes!) and a major injury, my horse love just got pushed off the table. In the last year or so, I found myself really wanting to reconnect to my equine roots but not sure what to do since I neither wanted to compete or take lessons, and definitely could not afford to have my own. Y'all, let me tell you what. LEARN has scratched that itch. The people are wonderful, the cause couldn't be better and to me there is just nothing like a horse.

However. You know the best part of all this? My entire family is all in. Lawton is not exactly a horse lover but got out in the heat yesterday and helped move bags of feed. Will and Celi have helped clean stalls, carry water buckets, sweep, feed  - you name it. They are learning about horses, and I have to admit that I am re-learning a lot of things I've forgotten, but the best part is the giving back. It's just good for everyone involved, and I plan to hang around for as long as they will let me. I'm very content with this and that is an extremely rare state of being for me, which is my mind, confirms that it's right. I'm home.
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dena said...

fun! i have been looking for something to dive into too! but summer is so damn crazy with kiddos and vacations and my general laziness!!

Stephanie Abdon Bray said...

I am planning to move back to the area with my 3 year old son who LOVES horses, who is likely going to be too tall and too poor for us to think about him going the equestrian route. This may be the answer! Thanks for sharing!

bereccah said...

Oh I know. Summer is just busy busy for everyone - maybe in the fall. I bet ALB would lurrrrrve to pet the ponies!

bereccah said...

You are quite welcome! Come check it out when you get here!

Karen said...

I'm your new BFF...according to your post on the in true new BFF form...I am now stalking your blog, because BFF's stalk each other's blogs (p.s. I actually hate typing BFF, but it's so much easier than typing Best Friend eightyfourthousand times. I chose simplicity)...unless of course you were referring to another which case ~blush~.
p.p.s. you had me at word nerd.

bereccah said...

I knew you'd see things my way. HA! So I stalked you back, because that is totes what BFFs do, and love your project. Very cool. I love photos also and take scads of almost decent ones but have no real talent with that other than being willing to humiliate myself. Anywho. So. Whatcha doing later?

Karen said...

possibly throwing all the ice in my house into a kiddie pool and taking a dip - it's at least 5 levels of hell hot here today.
there will also be wine...

bereccah said...

So what you're saying is that you are inviting me to a sloshy pool party? I'm IN.

Karen said...! what kind of BFF would I be if I failed to invite my BFF over for ice cube swimming and wine!