Our Blog

We are currently in the process of composing a full length book about our first 5 years.  The following blog entries will give you a good idea of what to expect between its covers:  humor, philosophy, theology, narrative, memoir and more.  It’s truly genre-bending.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll buy several copies and send them to your family and friends!

Lessons from “Elvira”

There is a website out there dedicated to preserving misheard lyrics.  Its name (kissthisguy.com) comes from the most infamous misheard lyric of all-time.  “Excuse me while I kiss the sky,” from Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” has... read more


We start each day at Whetstone Boys Ranch & Boarding School, by logging the number of hours we have spent working on three things:  health and fitness, agriculture and wood-working.   Because our program is residential, we can budget every hour to maximize... read more

Memorial Day

I think it might be cool to post a bit of the boys’ writing at the ranch each week.  It will be encouraging for all involved.  A real win-win. Many of you already know that I introduce music to the boys through my extensive and ever-expanding record (as in actual... read more

Running the Race

We were on the last leg our first group 3-mile run.  All three boys and two staff had set out to “hit pavement,” 1.6 miles from our driveway, and run back without stopping once.  The farthest that one of these boys had run before now, was 2 miles…with much... read more

God’s Green Thumb

This entry is for all of those who have asked us at one point or another, “Are you guys going to have a garden out there?”  Our answer has always been “Yes,” but now we can go one step further. We have a garden out here. If you have been following this blog for the... read more

Thoroughly Equipped

Whetstone Boys Ranch is intentional and proactive when it comes to character development – a goal that is expressed in our very name.  Like the purpose of a whetstone is to sharpen a knife, our purpose is to sharpen the mind, body and soul of each boy on our campus,... read more


God has seen fit to bless Whetstone Boys Ranch with its third boy!  He comes with his own unique set of strengths and weaknesses…just like the rest of us. Transitions are always stressful, and being away from your family and friends for an entire year can only... read more

Deep Cleaning

Because our ranch home contains 10,000 square feet, we have to make sure it gets cleaned on a regular basis.  Chickens, cows and horses are one thing – “dust bunnies” are quite another. However, deep cleaning is not very high on the list of “things I like to do” for... read more

The New Guy

Boy number two arrived at Whetstone Boys Ranch on Monday, January 23, 2012. Of course, we don’t call him “boy number two.”  He’s not a number.  In fact, one thing that makes Whetstone Boys Ranch stand out is our low staff-to-boy ratio.  We stand committed to having... read more
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