Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Surprise!

Today we looked out the window of our vehicle and right there beside us we saw this huge black beautiful horse. It certainly was working on Labor Day by pulling a beautiful shiny white carriage. As we zipped away I quickly snapped this photo. Yep! Sorry! This is all I got of the beautiful horse. Look at the neat braid cascading along the line of the horse's mane.
Seeing this horse in the middle of downtown was a fabulous surprise. Life is that way, full of surprises. Another surprise in my life is those of you who email or leave comments. It is really unreal to realize that you are out there and reading this and giving feedback.
I absolutely LOVE having this blog. Since July 2007 when my niece Karla (Rambling Roads on my side bar) emailed me and told me she had set one up for me, I have been pleasantly surprised how fun it has been.
I am careful how I spend my time. I am constantly asking myself if what I am doing has lasting value. And so I appreciate when you let me know that you have been encouraged.
I will share with you a part of a letter I received from a lady named Judy that I met and she started reading along too.
She said, "Dear Rachel,
So glad to see you back on here! I have missed your stories and pictures so much! They bring me so much joy! I met you in your store last year?"
I have been told when you prepare a blog post and then click "publish post", it is as though you have had an article published in every newspaper in the world. I did not take that advice lightly.
And so it is important to me that when I spend my time posting that you are encouraged. I want the way I spend my time to have lasting value.
As you go through tomorrow and the rest of the week, look for the fun surprises that may bring you delight. We found joy in admiring the neatly braided horse's mane. Our family has found that looking for small joys is sometimes helpful to take our mind off of irritations.
Thank you Judy, for allowing me to post a tiny part of your letter.
Sigh! How in the world did I think to say all of that tonight? My brain feels blurry! Good night!
P.S. Thank you for the Happy Birthday wishes for Mr. RP!


Esther said...

What a beautiful horse! Thank you for sharing the picture of it! And thanks for reminding us to look for small surprises! I hope you have a wonderful week!
Love, Esther

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I've enjoyed catching up on your beautiful blog! I see there are a lot who are in similar situations. I'm going to visit Mona, thanks for telling me about her!


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Ahhhh...Nothing like a pretty horse, all dressed up. :-) Love the "do".. What a treat for you. Thanks for sharing... And, for the thoughts on the value of examining how we spend our time. Wise words.

Warm huggies,

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my tablescape! I'm glad it posted this time!



Jean Tuthill said...

Beautiful horse and picture of it. Thanks for the reminder to see and appreciate the small things.....

Penny said...

Welcome back. I don't comment often;
but I do come and visit - your blog was one of the first blogs I found - and I have always enjoyed reading what you had to say.
One must be ever mindful of spending too much time playing on the internet as it does seem a bit addicting at times.
So never be afraid to just unplug and do something else when you need to. We all understand that life happens and that, after all is the bigger journey we are on.


Harmony said...

hey you have wonderfully taken and showed that nice to come here. take care!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

My grandmother would have smiled to think we are so delighted at seeing a horse on the street! I would have loved to have seen such a sight
I wanted to see more...but you tried!
Thanks for sharing that moment with us!
Love and hugs,
Mona :)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

The horse looks so beautiful and so proud of his work on Labor Day. It's good to be reminded to remember to cherish the little things. Your blog has always been something of substance, Rachel. Thank you for sharing your wonderful letter!