Non-Profit Status Achieved – need your support!

At long last, the government has given us official non-profit status.  We are now a 501(c)3 Charitable organization, able to accept donations which are tax-deductible.  Yahoo!

All donations are tax-deductible!

All donations are tax-deductible!

AND we found a farm we want to purchase.  Which means we have to raise a pretty size-able down payment.  You all here were the first to support the Ranch and Rescue, so I’m coming to you again.  Can you help us “buy the farm”? 

Here’s a link to our first major fundraiser.  Any amount you can give helps, and at the end of the year, you’ll get a nice little tax-deduction.  Share the word, cause it takes a village to buy a farm!

http://www.startsomegood.com/stonecottageranch

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Winter’s Almost Over

Winter's Almost Over

Well, the snow has finally melted and it’s time to come out of hibernation. Gained back about 10 pounds, but still celebrating the overall weight loss. We are still waiting for tax-exempt status approval. As of 4/20/14, we still had not been assigned a reviewing agent from the IRS.

Patience, young grasshopper.

The biggest change in my life is the 3 ladies here (plus the staff that go with). I’ve been with them almost a full year as their “house mom” and caregiver. It’s been a crazy ride, but we’ve had some awesome times like this Rudolph Run we did in Neenah last December. Well, we walked (and rolled) but it was still a blast. These ladies keep me on my toes. Hats off to all you moms and dads out there – I have no idea how you do it 24/7!

Other updates – Todd is going to stay in his own home due to financial (*cough* government *cough*) restrictions. Stone Cottage Ranch and Rescue will proceed, just without him as a resident. That opens the doors to housing the Ranch in any county in Wisconsin. And he, John, Newell, my 3 ladies, and any others who need it, will still be able to access a wheelchair accessible farm.

This Friday we’re releasing our first rehabbed felon back to the wild. 😉 He’s been with us 5 years and is marrying the love of his life soon. He’s done an amazing job getting his life back on track and we’re really proud of him. It’s bittersweet – we’re ready to have a little space to ourselves, but also will miss his sense of humor, kindness, and GREAT cooking! Luckily, he’s just moving down the street from us, so we’ll still get to enjoy his company frequently.

Progress is still being made, folks. It’s just all in divine timing now. Your donations are still in the bank, waiting to make an offer on *just* the right property. Keep sending your positive energy our way!

Final Weight: 199! 30 pounds lost!

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Wow, 1 year ago today I weighted in at 229 pounds. Today, the scale happily showed me 199 pounds! It’s been a long year, lots of struggles, multiple family/life changes, and we still managed to get here in one piece!

If you’ve been trying to get healthy along with me, I hope your journey was a success. I’ll keep working on eating right and exercising to maintain this weight loss. I still have a lot of pounds to go, but this has been a great start to long term lifestyle changes.

If you pledged financial support, now’s the time to send in your dues. 🙂
Total weight loss: 30 pounds X (whatever you pledged) = total
Make checks out to:
Sunny Link
Mail to:
Sunny Link
604 Hansen St.
Neenah, WI 54956
Remember, this is NOT tax exempt, it is seed money to buy the farm that will house the rescue animals and rescue people we serve.

Thank-you to EVERYONE who gave their support along the way. I could not have stuck to this without YOU!!!!!

Today’s Weight: 200!!!!!

wahoo!!! Just hit the 200 even mark. That mean’s by next Monday (if I’m good, I might, just maybe, be BELOW 200 pounds. Posts to follow! Deadlines make such good motivators!

Thinking Outside the Box (or barn)

Well, 4 weeks till final weigh in! Look like the total weight lost will be between 25 – 35 pounds. I’m okay with that – it’s stayed off, and I can continue to work towards a healthier lifestyle. And it won’t break the bank for any of my lovely pledgers!

Here’s a fun property to consider – we were talking about putting up a pole barn and making it the main residence anyway – here’s one already included! Just think of the great areas you could make with those little sheds. 🙂

3158 BREEZEWOOD LN, NEENAH, WI 54956 | Coldwell Banker – The Real Estate Group.

Today’s Weight: 203

ImageI was looking for something inspirational to post with today’s weight.  This photo came up when I googled “tadah”.  Well, it looks delicious, and hummus is one of my new favorites eats.  Unfortunately, the closest grocer who carriers it is in Chicago.  I wonder if Woodman’s would pick this up.  They have a great selection of healthy foods. 

Only 5 1/2 weeks left until the final weigh in.  While I was hoping to reach 185, my recent foot injury has made it very difficult to exercise.  That leaves all the work to eating healthy, and that’s so very hard some days.  Luckily, some of the gals at work also want to get healthier, so we’re doing a mini weight loss challenge starting July 1st.  I see these ladies more than anyone else in my life, so it will help to have that constant support.  Remember, Audrey, Julie, Christine, and Barbie – we need each other!  🙂

Learning to “live in the grey”

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I used to be a very black and white person. Actions were entirely right or entirely wrong. Intentions were 100% kind or 100% evil. People were completely good or completely bad. In the past 3 months, I’ve learned some very tough lessons in “living in the grey.” It’s discovering the many sides of an issue, a hurt, a conversation, an argument. It’s acknowledging the possibility that there are MANY possibilities. It’s agreeing to disagree.

Overall, living in the grey has led me to a greater understanding of others. It’s made me appreciate challenging situations for what I can learn. It’s helped me be more compassionate and kind. It’s led me out of the lives of some people and into the lives of others.

Here’s to the many grey days ahead!

We Create Our Tomorrows By What We Dream Today

Brooke's Awards 2013

Brooke’s Awards 2013

Brooke’s fleece arrived home this week from a 4 show circuit. She ended up with the following placements:

one 4th place
two 3rd places (white)
one 2nd place (red)
two “Judge’s Choice for Brightest Huacaya Fleece” (purple)

We are so proud of her for even placing – the judge’s choice awards are icing on the cake. As I hung these on the mantle for the picture, I noticed my little plaque – “We create our tomorrows by what we dream today” Today we celebrate one of the inspirations for what we’re dreaming – Brooke.

Todays weight:204

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These little tootsies took me on a very successful 5k last weekend.  Averaged about a 20 minute mile and that was at a leisurely pace enjoying the walk.  This time last year I would never have attempted a 5k.  Now I’m planning for next year already!  More pictures to follow.

May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” on YouTube

Spending the day with cousins Laura and Charlotte.  Somehow started talking about bluebirds and Laura remembered this song.  Made me smile.