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A few weeks ago, I was honored to be a presenter at a National Conference for individuals serving veterans with an emphasis on those working with horses. The amazing and innovative staff at the Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center in Poplar Grove, Illinois have initiated this national event for the past two years.
As big as is possible to say THANK YOU, I am saying it to you now.
The reason is because everyone has been so amazing and I am grateful.
This past eight weeks ushered in a time in my life that we all experience … the loss of someone dear. For me recently, I said good-bye to my Mother and a close, dear girlfriend.
Towards the middle of June my mother, Marie became very ill.
She went on to a heavenly life on July 7th. She would have been 94 on July 27th.
My three sisters and my brother and I spent the last two weeks of her life with her and with each other. We spent hours and hours together … laughing, crying and reviewing all of our lives … and so many memories.
I am letting you know such personal news because I’ve been a bit out of touch.
Here’s a picture of my Dad. He was quite a horseman. He and our Mom, Marie ran a 300-400 head horse business.
Dad was the son of a mule trader and learned the art of buying and selling very well.
If you bought a horse from Dad (and you had many to choose from) you could return it and trade it in for another at a later date! Now that’s a novel idea in these times.
I have always loved roses! Just now they are beginning to bloom here in Texas. I so enjoy waking up to birds chirping and gorgeous blooms!
Because this winter has been so long and difficult in many areas of the country, Spring seems even sweeter this year.
Who was your first horse love? Mine was a sorrel cutting mare that I showed when I was about eight years old. Her barn name was Snake because she was so spooky! But Snake and I loved each other!
Love is always a choice. Even deciding to love what is not going our way is a choice. Loving the hard stuff can be like a treasure hunt because the hard stuff always has a great gift tucked away beneath the surface.
When I was growing up Christmas was a special with family.
Dad slowed down his busy life with our 400-500 horse ranch to enjoy Christmas traditions.
On Christmas Eve we opened presents and attended midnight mass to honor the birth of the baby, Jesus. I can still smell the incense.
Our family recently celebrated my Mother, Marie’s 93rd birthday. Four of her children, their spouses and some of the grand-kids had the good fortune to tell her what an inspiration she is to all of us! (We missed our sister, Nicki and her family who couldn’t be there.) You go, Mama! Happy Birthday.
My husband, Tom and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary the next day. How lucky we are to share our lives. Did I say 34 years!?! Wow. Here’s to you, Thomas and 34 more. Hmmmm … let me do the math!