A Note From Brett's aunt, Caroline Bryan aka "Aunt Lina"
"Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but can not. All the unspent love gathering in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in their hallow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”
Brett's Barn is a product of grief. Oh, how I hate that word. Even more, the fear and darkness that loom all around. It's the kind of pain you feel in every part, every inch, of your whole body. As much as you want the world to just stop turning, it doesn't. Life goes on...with or without the ones we love. Unfortunately, our family knows the feelings of grief all too well. We also know that we can choose 2 paths in life. One of bitterness/anger, or one of happiness and hope. We choose happiness over hurt. We choose to honor Brett, just as she continues to honor our family every day. We choose to help children, families, and precious animals.
After Brett passed away, I decided to keep a promise I made to her when she was about a month old...a white pony! We found the pony at a local animal rescue facility. Along with the white pony, we adopted another pony, goat and pig. Over the next few months, the barn continued to grow. The promise I made to Brett, for one white pony, quickly turned into a full blown miniature animal farm! Brett's Barn now has over 20 animals! We are discussing various ways of expanding and, hopefully, be open to the public someday.
We love these animals and the amazing children that come visit. It's truly a special place and we can feel Brett's spirit there every single day.