• Bethany Collins


Updated: Aug 22, 2019

This year we are trying something new here at Joy Ranch.

Family vacation.

Within our budget an allotment has been made for each cottage (boys and girls) to each go on their own vacation.

Our boys are planning to go on a trip in October, our girls went in the beginning of April to Charlotte, NC.

Using these funds, along with generous donations from many of our donors, our girls were able to visit Charlotte for three days during which time they went to Discovery Science, attended the Tobymac Hits Deep tour, visited the Carolina Raptor Center and went to a Charlotte Checkers hockey game. The girls also did some shopping, attended Elevation Church and enjoyed trying a few new restaurants - their favorite by far was Fuel Pizza!

At Discovery Science, above left, Relief Houseparent Kelley is with two of our girls at a magnet display. at a magnet display. Below - Julia petted the polar bear, and then picked its nose.

Pictured below: Tobymac Hits Deep tour featuring Aaron Cole, Ryan Stevenson, We are Messengers, Jordan Feliz, Jeremy Camp and Tobymac.

Above, artist Ryan Stevenson

Above and below, Tobymac in concert

A few of our girls with artist Aaron Cole who sings one of our favorite songs: “Right on Time”

The Carolina Raptor Center: The Littlest One and Mr. Gene measure their wingspan.

Bald Eagle:

Charlotte Checkers Game:

Above left, enjoying the game! Above middle, hanging out by the glass. Above right, our view from our seats.

Our girls Main Houseparents know one of the Charlotte Knights employees who was able to get everyone a $10 gift card for concessions and give each of the girls a turn standing down by the glass surrounding the rink!

Below: having fun!

When we got home, the boys cottage had “Bat Bombed” our house!

Breakfast with Betsy Maddox. She and her husband Steve were our gracious hosts!

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