"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

Monday, May 21, 2012

three cheers for chubby cheeks!









As the day progressed and my little chipmunk persevered, my heart swelled.  She was in pain.  There was a bit of pride as she tried to cover her swollen cheeks and teeth that refused to be hidden by lips that normally close when she wills them to.  Yet, not once did she say, "I want to go home."  It was a long day... a rich, 'I can do this' sort of day.  And her reward?  She ribboned in every event she entered!  I say it was a blue ribbon day even if she didn't have a handful of fabric to show the camera.  She did the hard thing and she felt true joy when she closed her tired sedated eyes in sleep.  Yes, definitely a blue ribbon day.

Blessings, Debbie  

29 comments:

  1. Bless her heart! How cute! That horse is so lovely, too!

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  2. Good kid. An uncomplainer!

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  3. Congratulations! And that is a sweet looking horse!! xo

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  4. Congratulations Erin, you are a true champion. I hope that you all can rest now with a job well done. You are both heros and Molly too of course. JB

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  5. Good for her! Love the horse pic. Have a good day.

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  6. Brave heart! It's a good thing. Hope she feels better physically tomorrow....her spirit is well and strong already!

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  7. Blue Ribbon Day indeed. Bravo, Erin. Bravo. Hope you are feeling better soon! I know you are proud, Debbie. blessings ~ tanna

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  8. Wow! Congratulations to Erin...for her wins, for being a trooper, for persevering! I'll bet it was sweet sleep that night!

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  9. Wonderful! Congratulations Erin! Way to go!

    That horse is so darling - I love it! It is my childhood dream horse! Wait until I show Lindsay and Rachel! They will be excited for Erin too!

    Deanna

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  10. Super Erin, congratulations!
    I hope you are feeling better soon and Debbie, that is a fine young lady you are raising, but I guess you know that!

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  11. God Bless her heart! Congrats Erin!
    Hugs,
    Courtney

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  12. Bless her heart pressing on in pain...those ribbons are that much sweeter. Congratulations on a job well done, indeed! xo

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  13. Erin's so lovely that chubby cheeks become her. Hope that she is feeling better with each passing day. One thing is certain, she's never going to miss those wisdom teeth.

    Congrats to her on all those pretty ribbons!

    (Blogging is highly overrated if you have a real life at all. You're choosing the better portion.)

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  14. Congratulations Erin! What a wonderful example of perseverance.

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  15. Congratulations... endurance paid off. My daughter would have loved for horses to have been apart of her life. Bless her heart, my it all be better soon.

    I so agree with Vee...a real life...you have choosen the best! Now I am going to enjoy mine...Benjamin is ready for his day!

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  16. I am so glad she won some ribbons. I can tell how hard she worked on that horse to get it ready to show. I hope now she can recover.
    Was it her first show? If it was she did fantastic.

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  17. She had entered green horse/green rider showmanship in a local show last month but this was her first time riding and she entered 5 events and all but the one were new to her. Yes, she did well!

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  18. Oh congratulations to the very tough lady she looks wonderful. Your photos are awesome and I am so happy you shared them. Living the American Dream:) B

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  19. congrats! nice pics too. ha...it took me a half of a second to catch on to the "cubby cheeks" and "chipmunk" (cute) and remember in the other post that she had all those wisdom teeth out! love,andrea

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  20. Bravo and congrats! What a fabulous day!

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  21. Yay!!! That's wonderful!!!! Congrats!

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  22. Congrats on all those ribbons and thanks for sharing this wonderful day with us.

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  23. Atta Girl! Way to persevere and bring home the ribbons!

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  24. Congrats to your girl and her horse! What a wonderful day for her! I'm sure she slept well after such a long and exciting/exhausting day!

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  25. She has a great example in her mama for persevering and for being thankful :-)

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  26. Beautiful photos to preserve some amazing memories for you and your lovely daughter!

    Her horse is so pretty! She must be proud!!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  27. Erin has tenacity and that will only be to her benefit in the days to come. Good for her and I am glad she was successful in the competitions too.

    And at least she will not have to have those teeth removed ever again!

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