We recently hosted a BBQ for some extremely special people who love and support the ranch. During the night we decided to interview Maggie who has been coming to the ranch for a little over a year now. She shared her heart and we hope her interview touches yours!
Amanda: What is your name?
Maggie: My full name is Margret, but I go by Maggie
Amanda: Ok, how old are you Maggie?
Maggie: I just turned 17
Amanda: How long have you been coming to the ranch?
Maggie: For a little over a year
Amanda: Alright, so can you tell me a little bit about yourself.
Maggie: Well I really love animals and children; I’m creative, spontaneous and I love horses.
Amanda: Nice. When you first came to the ranch where were you living?
Maggie: I was living in a group home called Palomino, it was a NHYH (New Horizon Youth Homes); which a behavioral home. I had nowhere else to go and I didn’t belong there, it was hard because all the kids there had bad problems. They would drag me in them and we would get in fights, then have to be retrained. And they didn’t restrain us properly so we always got bruises, they just weren’t very nice to us.
Amanda: Ok, where do you live now?
Maggie: I live with, her name is Jenni and she is my foster mom. She is ok, she lets me come here when I can. And that’s awesome, but we don’t really get along.
Amanda: Yeah, but it is a fairly new relationship
Maggie: True, I have only been there for like 6 months. But you know she is a very stubborn, and a strong-willed person like me.
Amanda: Ah yes, very strong willed and stubborn. I wish I had Maggie’s mentor here so that she could talk about Maggie.
Maggie: Oh, my gosh! I LOVE DEB, sorry but I just love her.
Amanda: Deb is great! So, the very first day Maggie came to the ranch, she was
Maggie: I was spitting fire, that’s what you told me.
Amanda: She was spitting fire, and she had a little melt down explosion; she was using language and all kinds of things. And I said: “Meet me in the back of the tack room.” See Maggie was having a really hard time if things didn’t go the way she wanted them to go or if anything shifted, she would let you know in a not so positive way. So, we had a discussion; it was Heidi, you, and me.
Maggie: Yeah, and then Deb came in too.
Amanda: Yes, and Deb, it took a couple of mentors to discuss the situation. But Maggie has been coming to the ranch for a little over a year now. And I have seen a huge, huge change in Maggie as far as; managing temperament, cooling down. Genuinely, you are just a delightful girl to be around, you are growing and it just awesome to be a part of.
Maggie: I’m glad you like me, I don’t know what I would do if you didn’t like me!
Amanda: How many group homes have you lived in?
Maggie: Throughout my lifetime, I have only been out of DCS for 3 years, so I have basically been in my entire life. It was a lot harder when I was little, but technically, I have been in over ten group homes.
Amanda: How old were you when you got placed into DCS?
Maggie: I was 6. My mom left me with my grandma, and she died. Before that, she left me with all 4 of my siblings and I had to take care of my brothers and sisters….. feed them, change diapers, put the kids to bed and I was only 6. My grandma had a heart attack, she was in her room and I didn’t know what to do… so I just did what I could. And then we were locked in there for 3 weeks, I finally crawled out the window to get help, because my baby brother got sick and I didn’t know what to do.
Amanda: Tell me what is your favorite activity to do here at the ranch?
Maggie: My favorite activity is going to be strange for all you who volunteer here, but my favorite is to bathe the horses, I just love it. It’s messy, it’s fun, it great for bonding. It takes a lot of trust for the horse to let you bathe them because you wash their face, wash their feet and some horses don’t like you touching their feet or face. And it takes a lot of courage for them to let you.
Amanda: So how about you though? How much courage does it take you?
Maggie: I feel comfortable around horses, so maybe a little when I don’t know the horse. But like Lacy, I feel like I can jump all around her like you do with Patience.
Amanda: What have you learned about yourself here at the ranch?
Maggie: I learned that sometimes you have to do the hard stuff, like, I love that they make us do a chore before we get to ride. And we might not always want to do those chores, but we end up creating some great relationships with the people we are doing that chore with.
Amanda: You know the interesting thing is that what you don’t realize now, is that in order to get something you have to give something. So that was your way of doing the hard stuff right?
Maggie: Yeah, and Cowboy Up. I love that one! When you fall, you got to get up or when you get frustrated you breathe and push through.
Amanda: What does the ranch mean to you?
Maggie: Oh, it means everything to me, there are no words, not one single word to describe how wonderful you guys are and how much you care; the horses and what they do for me. There are no words. You guys are just amazing, I was in such a dark place when I first came here and I was so alone. I had 3 adoptive placements fail me and I was in a dark place. You all and Lacy brought me out, I wouldn’t be this person, I wouldn’t know that these horses and people and this place could do such a thing… If you guys didn’t show me.
Amanda: Alright last question, what do you love most about the ranch?
Maggie: That’s hard! I have two things I love most, I love you and Christopher and I love Lacy. I don’t know what I would do without any of you guys because you are; supportive and comforting, you teach me lessons in ways I understand. And no matter if I come here crying or laughing and smiling you show me love.
Amanda: Wow, thank you, Maggie for sharing your story.