April 10, 2017 – Miracles Happen When Someone Loves Unconditionally


The Meadowcreek community received the joyous news on March 20th that Sara, one of the horses that Shirley and Charles Rosenbaum have rescued for the Meadowcreek Equine Rescue Mission, gave birth to two mules.  What makes this a miracle is that Sara came to Meadowcreek with a broken pelvis. She was not expected to live but Shirley was certain she could nurse her back to health. Then the news came that Sara was pregnant.  Several veterinarians were consulted and the best they could hope for was a fifty/fifty chance of Sara’s survival much less her foal.





The best hope Sara had was to go to the Oklahoma State Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Ranch to give birth under the supervision of a highly regarded veterinarian team.  Oklahoma State is seven hours from Meadowcreek. Shirley and Charles had a big decision to make.  The chances of Sara making it through a birth was marginal. There would be medical bills and several trips to Oklahoma.  They made the decision that Sara was worth it and took her to Oklahoma State with a lot of love and compassion. They were not certain they would see Sara again.


Sara received lots of attention from the veterinarians and students at the Oklahoma State facility. They decided to induce labor because they were afraid she would give birth in the night when no one was there. This birth would require special handling. In the late afternoon of March 20 Shirley received a phone call that Sara had given birth to a healthy filly and Sara was doing fine. Then the call was interrupted and the news came back shortly later that there was another one. Sara had given birth to twin fillies, one white and one black.  The staff at the Veterinary Health Services Center were elated. One of the instructors told the students to look carefully at the scene because they were not likely to see this happen again in their lifetimes.


Sara and her young ones are still in Oklahoma as of April 10.  The news of their birth was put on Facebook and the staff reports there have been five hundred thousand hits from all over the world


We are not certain when we will get the newest members of the Meadowcreek community back home. The big question everyone has is what to name them. Salt and Pepper has been the popular choice. Shirley says she wants to bring them home and have a naming contest. We will let everyone know when they are back in the Meadowcreek barn and ready for visitors.  In the meantime we ask everyone to send special thoughts for their continued good health.  As you can see from this photograph, we are concerned about the white filly. She is getting the best care possible and there is a good prognosis she will continue to improve.


Shirley has made a special place for horses at the Meadowcreek Equine Rescue Mission. She is unable to take all the horses in need due to a lack of space and a staff. Her love for these animals clearly shows after they have come from often miserable conditions to Meadowcreek. With special diets, daily exercise, veterinary care and a healthy environment they recover. Charles supports her efforts every step of the way.  Their project takes a lot of work and is expensive.  Then comes a once in a lifetime reward that their efforts have paid off for Sara.


We at Meadowcreek join a half million others people to say congratulations to Shirley and Charles and of course, Sara.  We have witnessed a miracle and your unconditional love made it possible.



March 18, 2017 – An Aerial View


MARCH 17, 2017

Dear Friend of Meadowcreek,

Meadowcreek operates similar to many small rural communities on a low budget with lots of volunteer help. We do not have any full-timed paid employees. Members of our Board of Directors serve as volunteers for management responsibilities such as accounting, programming and day to day operations. Our residents often trade labor for rent. When we do need outside help we hire people for the specific job on a contract basis. Several months ago when we were struggling to find a volunteer to revamp our website, I asked my son David if he had any suggestions. David has a high level IT job with a major insurance company in Des Moines. His suggestion was an offer to take over our website operations and to cover the costs as a donation to Meadowcreek. He got the job!

One of David’s hobbies is flying his quadcopter. As many of you know, the use of quadcopters for aerial photography has exploded over the past few years and is changing the way we look at our surroundings. Last September David flew his quadcopter over the valley and we were astounded by the views. (see above) Meadowcreek became much more than buildings, fields and roads; it was a work of art.

Naturally we decided to share these visions on the website as a motivation for people to visit our valley, attend our events and book our facilities.  We also planned to get shots at various times of the year. We gathered together last weekend to do some early spring fly overs. As anyone living in the Ozarks will tell you, the natural world has its own schedule. Even though spring flowers are out, daffodils (jonquils) are blooming winter returned to our valley last weekend. The quadcopter was grounded by both icy rain and temperatures below the operational range of the machine.

Sunday morning we woke up to a white sparkling wonderland. A wet snow covered every tree branch, blade of grass and everything else. The sun was just up over our eastern slope and we decided to try a flight. Outside in the bitter cold David started the copter but it would not fly. The batteries were too cold so our only choice was to let it hover about two feet off the ground for almost fifteen minutesl to warm up. When we finally got the signal to fly the batteries were almost drained. The copter took off from the road just outside our dormitory, sailed high above us and got this shot.

We made four more flights that day and some stills are offered on our website.  We hope you enjoy them and make a plan to join us when it is convenient. My thanks to David and all the volunteers associated with Meadowcreek. The preservation of this incredible valley may be our only compensation and to me we are richly rewarded.

Gary L. Valen


March 13, 2017 – Welcome to Meadowcreek

Dear Friend of Meadowcreek,

This is my first letter to all of you about Meadowcreek, the place and the organization. If you do not know about us, please review our website: meadowcreekinc.com. When you have questions or comments, please contact us on the website or directly to me at gvalen4@outlook.com.

This letter is especially directed to any of you with a Meadowcreek story. Since 1979 hundreds of people have spent some time in our incredible valley. We want to know what you experienced and how in impacted your life. In return I will share what is happening now. As many of you know, Meadowcreek is a community made up of current residents and also everyone who has a special feel for Rocky Hollow, Pinnacle Point, Bee Bluff and Rock Hole. I am always amazed by the number of people I encounter in my travels with a Meadowcreek connection. That common bond between us has inspired a new direction for our present organization.

We face some challenges in today’s society that could not have been anticipated thirty years ago. Environmental concerns no longer take center stage even though climate change is obviously impacting our daily lives. Our attentions are riveted to tiny screens in search of the next intriguing news, game, gossip and score. Many young people never walk in a forest, wade a creek or encounter an animal in the wild. Rural communities are dying as people flock to major urban centers just at the moment when our technological advances allow many of us to work anywhere. People generally do not experience the taste and nutrition of fresh food from a local garden.

Our mission is twofold. We seek to imagine, discuss and implement ways to cultivate vitality in rural communities. Our residents live and work in the remote Meadowcreek valley every day. We learn from their experiences and we are constantly seeking the advice and teachings people with similar lifestyles.

Our second goal is to share our pristine valley with as many people as possible to ignite an appreciation and reverence for natural systems. We share our valley with wildlife as a part of The Humane Society of the United States Wildlife Land Trust. When a corporate board selects our Meadow Creek Learning and Retreat Center for a meeting, we make certain the participants also immerse themselves in the wonders of the Meadowcreek valley. We offer opportunities for individuals and groups to join us just to spend some time in nature. We dream of building ‘tiny houses’ with a low environmental impact for people to experience and perhaps embrace. In the meantime our facilities are available for rent to give you a first time Meadowcreek adventure or renew your connection with our valley. Come back to this site often to learn what we are experiencing. In the meantime we want to hear from you.

Warm wishes,

Gary L. Valen

President of Meadowcreek Board of Directors