I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


where we’ve been …

I’ve desperately been working on a post sharing all about the girls riding activities. It’s been over two weeks in the writing, and I still don’t have it finished. Basically because we’re at an event right now and it’s taking almost every waking hour, and I haven’t had much down time {or alone time}. And we’re in a camper. And it’s been hard to get to my computer.

Anyway … Taylor was presented with an amazing opportunity to ride an amazing horse, at an amazing show, training under a well-known and respected Canadian Olympic rider.

It took a lot of thought, planning, and sacrifice and finally decided I we’d do it.

And so we’re here now. In Florida. For two weeks. Then home for two weeks. And then back for two weeks.

Taylor brought her two horses from home. And she’s also showing the above mentioned “amazing horse.” Wynter’s showing too and brought her new horse. The girls trainers from home are here, as are some of the other girls that ride at the barn and their horses.

We have just a few days left of this first run. It’s been quite an experience. Some good. Some bad. But always learning and growing experiences.

Below is a photo Taylor and her newer horse, Performance Colorado {aka – Colorado}. It was just her third time showing him and they were amazing {as shown in the video below}. :)

They went clean their first round and made it to the jump-off. In the jump-off, she had a respectable time, but got a rail down. And for the record, that other post I mentioned I’m working on? It’s probably got too many technical explanations … but — if you don’t know much about the riding world — going “clean” and making it to a “jump-off” will make much more sense after reading it.

{if you’re reading via email or rss feed, please click here to see the following video}

Her ride starts around 38 seconds …

So anyway. That’s that. I’ve been wanting to check in, but just haven’t had a chance. So here’s a little snippet of what’s been keeping me busy the last couple of weeks!

Have a blessed weekend everyone!

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4 Responses to “where we’ve been …”

  1. dawn says:

    oh sweet friend! what a blessing to be able to see this again, this time BREATHING because i knew the outcome!!! i really loved the peek into this life of yours… watching you & tay’s dad rush to her side, making sure she had everything she needed, and then rushing to the best picture taking spot so you could hold your breath and document this minute in time. she is an amazing girl with amazing parents who clearly love her to the ends of the earth.

    and those two weeks you’ll have at home… please carve out some time to be alone!!! and rest!!! i’m praying for a great finish to this weekend for both girls, a safe trip home, and then the resting!!! xoxo
    dawn recently posted..smiling over the weekend

  2. Melanie says:

    So glad you can all be together sharing in Taylor’s opportunities! Taylor can really ride!

  3. terrie says:

    Thank you for sharing this tracie… Love you

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