"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, February 23, 2012

girl meets horse










For years this dreamy daughter of mine has been a horseless rider.  She reads (and re-reads) everything she can get her hands on about horses - collecting books by Marguerite Henry, Walter Farley and Anna Sewell.  The stable in the computer room houses myriad breeds of stallions, mares and foals (Breyer). She has subscribed faithfully to Young Rider magazine for 8 years.  She draws horses, paints horses, watches horses, works with ponies, pony sits (kinda like babysitting/house sitting, but involves Welsh ponies).

Today we signed the lease papers on sweet Barr.  Erin has a horse and a whole new world has opened up for her.  She's learned a lesson in perseverance.  Hold onto your dream... it really can come true.

Blessings, Debbie

    

30 comments:

  1. Going to share this with a young friend of mine who is also horse crazy but does have her own named Sugar.

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  2. How wonderful is that? I love horses, sometimes I wish I had my own, I dream about a Friesen. But so long, I´ve got two at my work.

    I think every girl should have one :) I wish your daughter lots of fun with her horse. She looks very happy.

    Greets Manuela

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  3. Oh wow! Well deserved, I'd say. I hope they have many happy rides together and time just hanging out.

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  4. How so very nice for Erin. The horse is so beautiful. No doubt, Erin will love her.

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  5. Perfect example of manifesting...dream it...and it will be! I'm so happy for her!
    Hugs,
    Courtney

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  6. Ahhhh! You didn't tell me! That is so awesome! Barr is beautiful! Oh, I am so happy for her! I remember the years of Lindsay's dreaming - she didn't get her horse until she was almost 15!

    Sorry for the overuse of the exclamation point! Can you tell I am excited?

    My horse lovers are off to a horse expo today with their Grandpa!

    Deanna

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  7. Yeah! Very very exciting. I see your daughter's 'horse phase' is not a phase at all, but a passion. Hope the two become great friends. What kind of horse is it? It looks 'furry'.

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  8. Oh, I know how excited Erin is! I, too, read all those books, had the same "stable" of horses, dreamed and dreamed. There is something about a girl and her horse... I am excited for her! blessings ~ tanna

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  9. OK, her smile in that last picture made me cry. And the magic of dreams coming true...
    I'm so happy for her and I'm sure Barr is about to get the best loving of his (?) life.

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  10. How very wonderful! Good things do come to those who wait! :)

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  11. How very nice for Erin. What wonderful parents you are to make her dreams come true.

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  12. What beautiful photos to capture the special day! I am your newest follower. Looking forward to getting to know you better here :)

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  13. I am happy for Erin. She will be best buddies with Barr, I am sure of that. xo

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  14. Oh I am so glad, nothing hurts as much as being horseless. I remember when my Dad brought mine home, I was so happy. Girls need horses. She will have so much fun, but I don't know how to say it but it goes deeper than that. I am glad the first love of my life was a horse. :) You did good Momma.

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  15. How exciting for her! Waiting makes everything so much sweeter.

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  16. Oh how exciting! Such a beautiful horse too. I am so glad she has a horse now!

    P.s. We're not going to talk about how many of those tortilla crisps momma ate... ;)

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  17. One word: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. What a great day for Erin to have her own horse finally. Congratulations on her dream coming true. The beginning of a beautiful romance. I hope that they will be great companions for each other. JB

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  19. Living the Dream! What a wonderful day.

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  20. Yeah for Erin!! Now she will learn lessons in responsibility and hard work but I bet her Momma has her well-prepared.

    In answer to your question about MOA. The older I get the more the commercialization of malls and similar venues sicken me. That said - you are right about how awe-inspiring the place is. When I was still in college back in Iowa, my husband had an interview in the Twin Cities. His interview happened to occur on the Friday that the Mall opened so we walked through it on Saturday. The place was packed - I remember standing on the fourth level and feeling the floor of the whole structure vibrate (I hoped that the architects had planned better than the designers of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge).

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  21. So much to say about this. My parents would never hear of tying their lives up with a horse - we moved too much. And they weren't at all animal people. Which is too bad. The lessons to be learned, owning a horse or leasing one - momentous. As you described the room, it brought back so many memories. I had read every horse book in my Los Angeles library - owned reams of Breyers, drew horses, dreamed horses - spent half of my childhood being a horse - everything from wild mustangs to regimented Lippizaners. But I only got to ride once in a long while - stable horses, rented by the hour. i didn't get my own horse till I was forty nine years old, and then I bought him for my daughter. That's when my education began. Now, every day - morning and evening - i walk among the horses, carefully, with an eye and ear out for trouble. As I pass them, I run my fingers along their sides, catch their tails and let the hair run through my fingers. I serve them, shoveling out the manure to keep them clean, shoveling in the hay to keep them warm and healthy. I clean their eyes with my fingertips, scratch under their chins to loosen itchy, shedding coat. And sometimes, I simply lie on their backs as they eat, smelling the warmth of their coats, my heart against the solid fact of their broad, warm backs.

    A woman needs a horse. She will learn, though, the difference between the dream of a horse, the visiting with horses - and the reality of horse. To love them, you have to see what they really are, with no romantic notions.

    Come spring, Barr will sleek up. I will be curious to see what she looks like out of winter coat.

    Oh, the excitement of having your own. Of learning your own. Lucky, blessed girl.

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  22. Oh, I'm so happy for Erin (and Barr)!
    She should start a book of poems about her horse. I really believe that girls who love horses are special girls indeed!

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  23. what exciting news! so happy for the two of them! it's so good to have a friend and what better friend than a horse!

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  24. What a beautiful horsie! I am sure she is over the moon.

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  25. lovely story...lovely daughter and lovely horse...YES!! dreams can come true!

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  26. Oh, Debbie. My AnnaLynn is just the same -- dreams of a pony of her own. I showed her this post, and she just sighed and said, "Oh, Mom! Do you think I'll ever have a horse like that?" Hold on to your dreams, indeed!

    Blessings, ~Lisa

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  27. I just want you to know that this is one of my favorite posts I have read today. I'm behind, you know, and trying to catch up on favorite blogs. I've read more than usual today, and so for this to be my favorite is no small thing.

    I almost want to cry for some silly reason. Maybe it's because I am such a big believer in dreams. I'm so happy for your daughter and her new friend.

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  28. Ohh I was just like your dd! But I only could get my horse fixes through horse sitting myself, never was blessed with one. I am sooooooooooo happy for her! What a sweet blessing this must be!!! (((HUGS))) to your dd from a fellow horse lover.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  29. Congratulations to Erin! How exciting for her!! I'm going to have to show Peach this post. She is my horse girl and I know secretly she would love a horse. Personally, I wouldn't mind one either.

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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