Sunday, June 29, 2014

One Day Closer Finally Came!

Read here first...http://thegoodlife54.blogspot.com/2014/05/one-day-closer.html

Then here...http://thegoodlife54.blogspot.com/2014/06/its-little-things.html

Some said it was still too soon.  Some said I couldn't do it.  Some said how can I help.  I knew in my heart I was ready.

The cheer was not only in my head this time, it was out loud with my hands held high in a big ole holler I rejoiced "praise God, I'm doing it!"....I rode my horse for the first time yesterday after 10.5 weeks out of my saddle.  Truly amazing.  And I did great.  I caught him, haltered him, brushed him, saddled him, bridled him, got on him and off I went.  I even opened a gate and went through the creek where the accident happened.  It was just a glorious day.  And my best friend D, my "wrangler", was right there with me, just in case.  We rode for 2 hours.  The weather could not have been better.  The day could not have been more perfect!

"I am who I truly am when I am in the saddle".


Last week was a welcomed week of "normal".  I babysat for my grandson not once but twice.  I photographed with my camera!  I rode my horse.
God blessed me with amazing joy and amazing grace.  To God be the glory!

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in. 

    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
      Let the earth hear His voice;
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
      Let the people rejoice;
    Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
      And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

Encourage one another, continuing the journey on fresh paths.
Blessings and love to you.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It's the Little Things

When you can't do much, ,due to an accident, even the things you thought weren't that big become huge.  And the big things become huge.  So when you begin to do things, it's the little things that become big things!  Like the first time you could put on a shirt without buttons, or pull on your under ware, or zip your zipper, or put on your bra or raise a fork to your mouth to eat.  Those are the things you never even give a thought to about being big or little...they are just things you do.  However, they become milestones when you couldn't but now you can, do them.
I can hear the cheer go off in my mind when I do them again after I couldn't for weeks.  Yea me!  Praise God!
So here's to milestones, to first time in a long time, and total recovery!
And remembering I'm one day closer!

Be blessed.
Nikon D3100

Isaiah 58:8
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.


Encourage one another, continuing the journey on fresh paths.
Blessings and love to you.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I Shall Keep Horses



While checking out pinterest this morning it lead me to an equestrian website.  It contained a forum where folks write in with issues.  One gal wrote in that she had fallen from her horse, broken several vertebrae in her back and had decided that she was not going to ride any more, that it would be too dangerous.  She asked others if they had any suggestions of what she might do to be a horse person who doesn't ride.  She got a lot of encouragement and suggestions about working horses on the ground, grooming, volunteering, or rescuing horses that may not be able to be ridden.  
Since my own recent accident I was very interested in reading all their suggestions.  As you know I have no intention too quitting riding however, I might be interested in some of their ideas until I can.  The one response she got that truly captured my attention and the one that has the thoughts that are most along my line of thinking, was this one...  
"This Monica Dickens quote sums it up for me : 'When I can't ride anymore, I shall keep horses as long as I can hobble around with a bucket and a wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out to the fence of the field where my horses graze and watch them."
Having horses in my own barn, in my own backyard, where I can see them grazing out my kitchen window, and walk out and saddle up at any time of the day has been a life long dream of mine.  Thankfully my life isn't over yet.  
 Smash
 Mosey and I
Encourage one another, continuing the journey on fresh paths.
Blessings and love to you.
I'm one day closer!

Friday, May 23, 2014

One Day Closer

I am One day closer to saddling my horse!  Everyday I wake up, this is now what i think.  I am one day closer to having my grandson come and stay with me.

I am one day closer to snapping a photo.

I am one day closer to normal.
I am one day closer to being me.
Praise God.
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. Romans 15:2 NIV
Encourage one another.
Blessings and love to you.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Perfect Life

Well since I last blogged I broke my right arm.  On April 15th, my horse and I had a parting of the ways...he went left, I went right.  Ugh!!
I am now ambidextrous.  I am awesome.  I have learned patience, and that moving slow, taking more steps, is better than taking no steps!  I'm learning to be very independent.  I'm learning to be humble and ask for and accept help.  I'm learning to do it myself.   I have learned compassion for others in my shoes, or anyone in an altered state.  I'm still learning...it's a process.  
This week God has shown me amazing delights.  A finch landed on my knee on the porch. He sat there a long time unafraid.   A bunny visited me on my front porch.  I saw bunnies playing and running in the yard and birds feeding in the grass.  I heard the songs of the mockingbirds and the peck of the woodpecker.  Tuesday my horse got bitten or stung in the mouth resulting in a huge swollen muzzle...today the swelling was almost down.  Today a woman recognized me.  She, who was a ten year old client/abused child I worked with 30 years ago, thanked me and shared her successful life story with me and her relationship with God and her mother who quit drinking and had a good life.
God is still good all the time.  We will praise him even in the hard times.  I praise him!
Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom pow'r and love
our God is an awesome God
My God is an awesome God.
I have declared I will be as good as new, 100% healed.  I am a believer, praising God!
Matthew 8:13
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Thank you mom and dad.

Be blessed, and encourage one another.
2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration,encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February 5, 1954 8:40am Happy Birthday to Me

I don't know what time she went to the hospital, just that it was Friday.  I don't know if she had any "drugs" but I suspect she did.  My father would have been waiting in the waiting room at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, Texas.  The sun rose at 7:16am.  It was 45 degrees with a very light wind.  The sun was shining when at 8:40am my mother brought me into the world.  Thanks mom!  I'm sure the nurse walked out and said to my dad "you have a beautiful 8 pound, 18 1/2" blue eyed baby girl!"  I'm sure he smiled really big and couldn't wait to hold me.  I suspect my grandmother was there too!  For as long as I can remember my mother use to bake me a white cake with chocolate icing for my birthday.  I wish she were doing that today and that they were both here to wish me happy birthday.  
I suspect that me turning 60, at the moment of my birth, never crossed their minds.  But here I am.  Seems like only yesterday it was my 50th birthday, as the days just seem to fly by.  I wonder if I thought that 20 years ago, that time flew by.  Truthfully, I can't remember.  And that's only one of a zillion things I can't remember.
But as a fellow birthday girl wrote on FB yesterday, Christy Brinkley says "that 60 is the new 40".  Well good...that's just the news I needed.  I also know your only as old as you feel and truthfully, I don't know how it feels to be 60, but if I was guessing, I don't feel 60.
So as another friend recently told me...you have another 30-40 years to live...that's what I'll plan to do.  I'll plan to live it one day at a time, to the fullest that I can.  I'll do things I've never done before and things I've always done that I love to do.  I'll try to take the high road, the road less traveled.  I'll try to follow my road to destiny, loving my family, my friends, my life, my horses, my pup and living and loving God.  I'll try to follow the path God has for me, listening to where he leads,  no matter where that is, as surely only He knows.  I trust it will be a good road full of blessings and love and good health.
Each day I wake up I thank God, as truly each day is a gift.  Another day to be alive on the earth and see what God has planned for me.  I trust Him to take me through each day, no matter how fast it flies by.  I know he's got it all figured out.
So thanks again to my mom and dad, who blessed me also with my sister and ultimately blessed me with my own daughter and my grandson.  It all started with them, and for me it will end with them, in heaven where we will all celebrate again someday.



2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardlywe are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Encourage One Another, continuing the journey on fresh paths.
Blessings and love to you, oxox, happy trails!



Monday, February 3, 2014

Less Than 36 Hours and Counting

OK, it's here, literally in less than a day and a half I will hit it...60.  My oh my where did the time go.  Wasn't it only yesterday when I was dating a rock star in high school; turning 21 while in college; 30 and pregnant then a mother; 40 plus and still running barrels; 50 at my surprise birthday party....and now single, a grandparent AND SIXTY.
It's just a bit crazy.  Fortunately my friend tells me I have another good 30 or 40 years?  Seriously, maybe so, but only as long as I'm healthy.
So here's to counting down the hours until I get into the movie for half price and get 10 cent coffee at Shipleys!
Bon voyage 59 years, thanks for everything!

Luke 1:14
He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.


Encourage One Another, continuing the journey on fresh paths.
Blessings and love to you, xoox, happy trails!