Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Neat Path to Eternal Flight...What?

I was trying to come up with some kind of combination of the registered names of the two Standardbred horses that are in our pasture.

But I can't.

Likewise, I am speechless at the goodness of God, Who gives us the desires of our hearts.

Ever since our three beautiful horses died last December, there has been a void in our hearts. Driving up our road hasn't held the same anticipation - empty fields grant no thrill.

A few weeks ago, Heather told me that she just isn't the same without a horse. She has been discouraged, depressed even, for months. Horses have been a part of her life since she was born (even as a wee baby in the car seat she would point at every horse she spied as we drove by the Mennonite farms). When we got Shantel in 1993, her heart was filled to bursting, and she passed this horsey disease onto the rest of the girls in the family!

Anyway, Heather started praying and searching for a horse. She found Doc, whose name will soon be modified, and whose registered name was Neat Path. She drove hours to see him, and fell immediately in love. He's beautiful, responsive, good around people. He comes when he's called, and stands close by as the humans talk. She made a deal, and phoned me, her voice dripping with heartfelt emotion. "I've bought a horse, Mom!"

On the way home she stopped to see a second Standardbred, Eternal Flight, known as Edith. (That will change!) A horse for Linda, and the rest of the family. The girls scraped together their hay money, and borrowed the rest from their hard-working brother.

Heather found a trailer, and yesterday we brought home two beautiful horses.

My heart is singing. And pictures are worth a thousand words. (Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see another one.


Linda said...

Send me pictures so I can blog about them too.


Jacqueline said...

Beautiful! My DD wants a horse so bad!

Adeena said...

Hurray! I'm glad you got them home okay.

Tell Linda I think she should name her 'Elf'. ;) EternaL Flight.

Janet said...

Jacqueline, I know how she feels. I wanted a horse so badly when I was a kid, too. It took growing up, having kids of my own, and moving to the country, then having a friend who was a horse-lover to get us into horses. It helped that some of our kids were horse-crazy, too.

I have always loved horses. To me, they are the most beautiful animals on the earth. So, I do understand how your daughter feels.