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  1. The Joys and Health of a Volunteer

    “Giving of both money and time generally boosts wellbeing

    more than people expect. Volunteers tend to weigh less,

    to feel healthier, to have a lower chance of suffering a heart attack,

    and to score higher in every happiness domain.”

    Blue Zones Newsletter

     

    The purple stems above are enchanting if you glance their way.… Read the rest

  2. One of God’s gifts — Susan Hooper’s Story

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    In the serene setting of the library room at Reba’s Ranch House, Susan Hooper settled in with Phil Roether and his sister. They were there to discuss a topic Susan knew well — Phil’s sister was preparing to face her battle with breast cancer. Read the rest

  3. Third Graders, Bible Pages, and Loads of Grocery Sacks

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

    Reba’s Heroes:

    A Series Highlighting Our Wonderful Volunteers

    From the early days of Reba’s Ranch House, the heart of volunteers beat throughout the space to bring peace and comfort to all the guests who walk through the door.Read the rest

  4. A Medical Legacy from Indian Territory to Denison, Texas

    Article by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    Dr. Benjamin Denison was practicing medicine in Indian Territory when his wife passed. He married again, this time to full-blood Choctaw Susan Oaks. Their two sons, Harry and Hilliard, were both members of the Choctaw Nation.Read the rest

  5. Expanding Love and Service at Reba’s Ranch House

    A decade ago, Reba’s Ranch House was bursting at the seams with housing hundreds of vulnerable guests annually. Each individual needed a safe place to stay while their loved one was hospitalized. Thus began our partnership with international design firm HKS as they designed the new Reba’s Ranch House in 2010, the one we currently use to host 850 guests each year.Read the rest

  6. The Comfort of a Country Quilt

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

    Reba’s Heroes:

    A Series Highlighting Our Wonderful Volunteers

    From the early days of Reba’s Ranch House, the heart of volunteers beat throughout the space to bring peace and comfort to all the guests who walk through the door.Read the rest

  7. The Ranch House Angel

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    A guest trudged down the hallway at Reba’s Ranch House. She was coming in from the hospital where her mother had just passed. 

    Something hung from the doorknob to the room where she was staying, a note with a Bible verse from Psalms.Read the rest

  8. The Story Behind Reba’s Miniature Barn

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

    Barry Roberson drove his golf cart up to the lonely pine tree in a field behind his house. Grief from the passing of his father was still fresh, and after a visit to the doctor’s, Barry was facing his own mortality.Read the rest

  9. Uprooted But Cared For

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer 

     

    When Montine Jones walked into Reba’s Ranch House, apprehensive and alone, she felt lost. 

    For several weekends, she had driven from Edmond, Oklahoma, to see her husband Jay who was fighting Covid at the hospital in Denison.Read the rest

  10. Keeping Watch Over His Preemie Son

    “Here I stand hours on end,
    My days and nights are starting to blend.
    Hoping and praying our great Lord saves my new best friend.
    My eyes are bloodshot, my heart aches for you,
    Here I stand waiting for the day I actually hold you.”

    Read the rest
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