There are so many people we could wish Happy Birthday to on these blogs throughout the year. But it seems important that we stay focused on the goals of the ride which are of course:
1- Hearts Up Ranch
2- Accomplish a dream
3- and Inspiring others
But today is the birthday of someone very special. As I mentioned on Richard’s birthday and on our anniversary, this ride would never have been started if it weren’t for my husband’s support, encouragement, and motivation to actually DO it- not just dream of it.
But the dream would never have lasted into adulthood if it weren’t for my mother who encouraged me to follow my dreams.
She never told me my dreams were silly when I schemed of ridiculous things to do for my life or my business plans as a child. She just listened and encouraged me to dream, dream, dream. And I talked and dreamed ALOT- so that was no small thing!
She never agreed with my guidance counselors at school who tried in not so many words to tell me to “get real” and not to “waste my intelligence on horses.” Instead, she encouraged me to follow my dreams with complete confidence that I would attain what I strived for.
She never forced me to get a higher education in anything that wasn’t where my heart was leading me. But she did support me when I chose to fly across the country for a unique equine college.
And I partially have my younger brother to thank for paving the way and preparing her emotionally when we do crazy things- but she was always supportive when Richard and I decide that ‘for real’, we were going to do this. I think before I believed we were actually going to do it, she already did.
So like me, she has now had two birthdays while we have been on the trail. And since I am unable to be there and am still without an income allowing me to send her a special gift, I hope this gift of public appreciation will at least lift her spirits.
So please join with me in wishing my supportive, always believing-in-me mother a most happy and blessed birthday.
*You are the reason I never stopped dreaming. I love you, Mommy, and thank you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! *