Friday, October 7, 2016

Happiness is . . .

(at the therapeutic riding center) . . . 

. . . little arms spontaneously reaching over to give me a first-ever-from-her-hug tightly around the neck. When playing a game on horseback after much concentrated effort and many tries, a sweet little girl that I am working with successfully threw a bean bag through the hole. The hug quickly followed. :) So heartwarming!

. . . dear Will whom I have been working with the last two years, saying my name for the first time with a big, sweet smile on his face. I couldn't keep the tears from my eyes . . . such a priceless, happy moment!

Will and I - Spring 2016

. . . adorable little grins from a little boy who has grown to love horseback riding therapy!

He and I - Summer 2016

. . . the opportunity to talk about the Lord with an older rider there.

. . . working on letters and doing 'trick' riding (on her knees, backwards, sideways, etc.) with a precious little girl Leah and I have both been side-walking with the last two years.

Leah and I with our little trick rider. No tricks at this moment, though, since she was in a 'real' saddle this day. :)

. . . seeing bodies strengthen, words being spoken more easily, tears turning to smiles, focus improving, confidence growing, vocabulary increasing, and much more.

Our days at the therapeutic riding center continue to be so wonderful and a very favorite part of our week!

12 comments:

  1. The blessings come back twice over, don't they. Those children will never forget you two.
    God bless,♥

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    1. They do indeed, Anne! We're for sure never going to forget them. :) Blessings to you!

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  2. What a richly rewarding thing to do ~ you described it beautifully, too.

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    1. It is very much so, Alex! Thank you :) . . . it is hard to put into words how special our times are there and how precious these children are!

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  3. You are adding so much to their lives by giving them confidence and a sense of self worth.

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    1. Thank you for that encouragement, Elizabeth! They certainly add a lot to our lives.

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  4. Oh, this is wonderful, Sarah! It makes my heart sing. May God continue to bless you and may He continue to make you a blessing to so many.
    Love and prayers from Ireland,
    Anne
    xx

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    1. Thank you for your very kind comment, Anne! It was a blessing, and warmed my heart. :) It is so wonderful seeing their progress!

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  5. I used to follow your blog several years ago now, and it is lovely to check back every once in a while and see how you and Leah are doing! :-) Your voluntary work at the riding stables sounds like it must be so fun and rewarding – it is lovely to hear the difference you see in those children's lives!
    Blessings,
    Anna xx

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Anna! If you are who I believe you are :), it is so good to hear from you again!

      Volunteering there is indeed so much fun and rewarding. We are so thankful for the opportunity and for the progress these sweet children are making!

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  6. How did y'all learn about this opportunity? We have researched here in our part of OK, but have not been able to find therapeutic riding centers.

    --Betsy

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    1. That's too bad that you can't find one near you all, Betsy! There aren't a lot of them around from what I understand. We found ours simply by looking online at volunteer opportunities in our area which led us to their website. We are so thankful to have it so close by!

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