Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Alpine Alumni Weekend

I had the opportunity in June to attend the Alumni weekend Alpine Academy with Janet and Lani. It was so good to spend that time with my girls and to see in more detail the work they are involved in. I am so proud of both of them and the difference they are making in the lives of so many girls.

Janet is doing a terrific job as Director of Alpine. She works some very long, hard hours but her job has been very rewarding for her as well. She's fortunate to work with a lot of wonderful people who love, respect and appreciate all the things she's able to accomplish.

This saying appears on a bench near the entrance of the school. When the girls come to Alpine I'm sure many of them think their life as they knew it before is over. . . and hopefully it is. But then with time and much effort by all the staff at Alpine, their lives get turned around, old habits eliminated and new skills learned so that they become like beautiful butterflies.

The landscaping around the campus was beautiful. The grounds crew (which now includes Rylee) had done a great job getting flowers planted, mulch added and everything perfect for a weekend of extended family and friends.

I was glad to have Payton as my little buddy. She and I were together so that Lani and Craig could host the families of their girls who were come to visit for the weekend.

Rylee, Rory and Baylee stopped long enough for a couple of photos . . . but mostly they were just having fun being together and doing their own thing.

Alpine Academy is such a beautiful facility. It has been fun to see the transformation over the years. When Janet first became involved, there was the original home and one new home in the process of being built. Now there are six beautiful homes, a school, barns, pastures, a soccer field and beautiful landscaping and trees everywhere. The program has grown and changed and transformed much like the lives of the girls who come here to change and improve their lives.

Payton got to ride one of the horses during the Saturday afternoon activities. Six or eight horses are kept at Alpine and are available for the girls to ride. The horses are used in Alpine's equestrian program and also used in their therapy programs.

Payton wasn't worried about getting on such a big horse --all she cared about was that she got to ride. Must be an inherited trait!

Much of weekend's classes and activities were held in the beautiful school on campus. Being able meet many of the parents of girls who have benefited from Alpine's programs was a very touching experience. Their praise for Alpine and it's Director and other staff members gave me a better insight as to what a difference they are making in these girls lives. It was an honor to be invited and to be able to spend time with my girls. Again, I'm so proud of them and pleased that they are doing such good work!

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