Annabelle and Michaela’s Story!
“We’ve got an incredible God. And, Hope Reins.” Theresa
Overnight, Theresa, a 28-year-old pediatric oncology nurse, became a mother to three: Annabelle, 9, Michaela, 7, and Oliver, 3.
It was a daunting proposition, but she couldn’t stand by and watch the lives of her sister’s kids destroyed by domestic violence.
When Oliver ended up in the hospital after ingesting his mother’s prescription medication, Theresa knew she had to act. “Everything looked good from the outside but was crumbling inside.”
Theresa and her church small group prayed and worked their way through a tangled legal system that eventually granted her emergency custody of the kids. And, ultimately, both her sister and her brother-in-law surrendered parental custody.
Even though Theresa won the kids, she knew it would be a long journey repairing the emotional wounds, especially as a single mother. “Their trust had been shattered,” she says.
The girls are now Kairos Kids at Hope Reins. They’ve discovered the simple love, understanding and acceptance that comes from forming a relationship with a horse.
According to Karen, one of their session leaders, they’ve been able to channel anxiety into purposeful activities and learn to regulate their emotions by being “present” with the horses.
“The ranch is like this amazing miracle in our lives,” says Theresa. “We would never had made it through all of this without Hope Reins.”