Forget Real Housewives: The Inspirational Reality TV Show I Can Actually Get BehindJoanna Mazewski
Bulloch Family Ranch is a whole new dimension of reality television that will not only touch your heart, but also inspire you.
The UP TV series chronicles the dramatic everyday adventures of Julie and Rusty Bulloch, a fun-loving working class couple from Lakeland, Florida that juggles multiple jobs to make ends meet. But what makes them so different than other families in their shoes is that together they are the proud “parents” of currently more than 30 children, with only two, Amanda and Brodie, being their biological kids. The rest are teens and young adults who have lived at the Bulloch Ranch during various times of dire need. For more than two decades, the Bulloch family have helped troubled teens and young adults with open arms while giving them a chance to get back on the right track in their lives.
Sounds totally different than the usual fare that we see with the Gosselin family or the Real Housewives franchise, right?
Well, despite their own personal struggles and hardships, Rusty and Julie are committed to giving all their “kids” a stable, caring, nurturing environment along with the tools they need to become productive adults.
Julie tells Babble exclusively: “When people ask us why we do what we do, our answer is why not? Everyone deserves a second chance at life and for some of these kids, our family IS the only chance they have left. We also believe that the kids we bring in our home are kids that God has intentionally brought to us, and we’re not the kind of people that tell God “no!” We consider it an honor to serve Him.”
As the second season kicks off, Julie makes a sudden, heartfelt decision that affects every member of the ranch in dramatically different and surprising ways. Having found Ciara — a 21-year-old single mom and girlfriend to a beloved former Ranch kid — in dire circumstances, Julie unilaterally invites her and her 3-year-old daughter Shania to live at the Ranch. The unexpected news unsettles husband Rusty, who is worried about having two more mouths to feed.
“My emotions are a wreck because I made a ‘heart decision’ knowing it was the right one but also dealing with an upset family because of it,” says Julie of both the onscreen and offscreen drama.
She adds: “Amanda (the Bulloch’s daughter), in particular struggles with this as she and Steven are still recovering from the loss of their unborn baby. We’ve also got Brodie (the Bulloch’s son) moving out and two boys (Wilson and Jordan) moving in! With all of this going on, Rusty doesn’t have much time to hunt and we all know that’s not good!”
When asked how grateful she would be if another family would be willing to take care of her children the same way she and Rusty have done for others for years, Julie says: “That’s a tough question because I don’t know that side of it but we all need help at one time or another for whatever reason, and I’m always grateful for help!”
But if there’s one thing that Rusty and Julie want to have other families take away from their reality television show, it’s the importance of family values and spending quality time with one another. “In our opinion, families need quality time and for us, that looks like a family dinner without cell phone interruption. And turn the TVs off! That’s one of my biggest pet peeves,” adds Julie.
“There are too many things that want to take our attention away from the things that really matter. Dinners are a perfect time for the family to come together and catch up on the day or the days ahead.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
Sound like your kind of reality TV show? Then be sure to check out the Season 2 premiere of The Bulloch Family ranch on UP TV, this Wednesday, February 26th at 9 p.m. EST.
Photos courtesy from The Bulloch Family
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