a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012...Thank You

I thank you for your kind words and thoughts about my previous post.  It was something, as painful as it was, that I seemed compelled to do, be it attributed to a crazy mind or a big heart, it was difficult.  It was not something I did lightly.  There's were months of thought, gallons of tears, and much research that went into this decision.  It was not for me.  It was for my beauties, my dolls, my horses, that I made this decision, and for the children that will be touched by their presence, guided by their gentleness, and loved by my big babies.

The equine director was grateful for the gift since they had more children than mounts.  He was impressed with their beauty, their skills and their gentleness.  I have an open invitation to visit any time.

I was not here when they left...I could not handle that, it is even difficult now to write about it. I still cry. I apologize for not answering each kind and supportive comment individually.  I want to thank each and every one for your prayers, your kind words, and your support.  It only enforced my belief that blogdom is full of kind people and dear friends...thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The thought came to me in my emptiness that there would be no more At The Farm or Familiar Spirit but there is still a farm with many animals and livestock and much living to share.

May 2012 be a blessed year for all of us.

23 comments:

Linda in New Mexico said...

I'll clink virtual glasses of juice to a better year for all of us. Hugs and love, Oma Linda

Farm Girl said...

I am glad that anytime you want to see them you can visit. You live is such an interesting place and do such interesting things I am sure you will be able to give us lots of entertainment with your writing. I really know that your giving will impact kids for the rest of their lives. Your act of selfless giving will bless so many others. I am so in awe of your generosity.
You are off to a great start to 2012

TexWisGirl said...

when i saw you commenting around blogland today, i thought 'oh, poor gail. she has to find a new profile photo.' sniff...

Rae said...

I think a visit to see the joy and smiles on the faces of those children will help you know in your heart that you did the right thing. The sting of missing your sweet dolls will still be there for a long while, but they are just a drive away for you hug and love.

Jo said...

I'm so glad you are able to see the horses anytime, Gail. Blessings and hugs Jo

Deanna said...

Indeed, and well said - "May 2012 be a blessed year for all of us."
Bless you! You are in my prayers! I'm sure this is a difficult time as you get used to the changes On The Farm. My heart is with you my friend.

EmptyNester said...

Ok, now you've got me sitting here crying too. I can't imagine ever being as giving as you. I'm way to selfish. I'm sure your beauties will thrive from all the attention and the kids will thrive from being with them. How absolutely fabulous to be a world changer- That's what you are.

Lou Belcher said...

I just read yesterday's post and todays all in one swoop and I have leaky eyes for you. You have done a wonderful thing, and I wish it didn't come with pain, but that is usually the case with wonderful things.

sending you comfort

Lou

LindaG said...

You definitely still have a farm. I have a farm with less...
And you will still have Familiar Spirits with Kai and the kitties and such.

*hugs* and Amen. May 2012 bring you many blessings. ♥

P.S. Don't you dare find a new profile photo - unless you want to. There is nothing wrong with keeping the memories you have. ♥

Rudee said...

I don't much speak of this, but one of the many approaches we tried to get our autistic daughter to socially engage was therapeutic horseback riding. She was so little and young that I rode with her. I don't know what she got out of it, because it certainly didn't make much of a difference in her behavior, but I, the one providing all of that exhausting care, always left the stables feeling renewed. it was like spending 2 hours with a therapist.

So I thank you, Gail, from the bottom of my heart for this very generous gift. I know for a fact that ultimately, your gift will somehow make a difference in someone's life and not always in an expected way.

Dreaming said...

To piggyback on Rudee's comment... I see miracles happen with horses while volunteering at therapeutic riding programs weekly. The horses provide therapy to the volunteers as well! As they say, the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person, and your horses will bring so much to so many.
God Bless you! We have a wonderful new year with who knows what adventures right around the corner!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy New year! :)

Marti said...

I hope that this new year will bring you much peace and happiness. You are a very special person.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Yes, Gail, life does go on whether we are ready for it or not.

Happiest of New Years wished for you, my friend.

~Lisa

A Quiet Corner said...

Gail, with all your support, you will make it. And perhaps, some day when you're ready, you'll go visit...:)JP

Nora said...

It will take me a long time to get over this, Gail. I'm not good at dealing with it. It hurts my heart tremendously. XOX

Janice said...

First...I have to say I can't stop bawling....second I have to say what a wonderful gift you have bestowed to those that need it. Third I believe you are strong enough to walk out that door every morning and right into whatever life offers up.I wish you and yours all the best in 2012......

Debi said...

Gail, I am catching on post, so I had to back-track. I know for sure this was terrily hard, but what a realist and unselfish person you are for sharing these gentle creatures with these youth. It's not every horse that gets accepted to have the opportunity to work with children. Only one of my 3 might ever get that chance. So, it speaks to the good love you gave them that they will be greated each day with a big smile, a leg up, and a pat on the neck. Take a bag of carrots and visit ofen. You're a great gal for sharing.

doublebhomestead said...

God bless you, and here's to a Happy New Year!

Sue said...

I love what you did, Gail. And I know you and others will be blessed by your sacrifice.

=)

S.P. Bordershot-Photography said...

Happy New Year!

labbie1 said...

I hope that you will learn of the help that your gift has given to young people far into the future!

Happy New Year! May your blessings come back many fold!

Nezzy said...

Oh darlin', I'm readin' backwards here so I have to catch up.

What a wonderful gift of your heart you've given here. I for one, know how much you love your horses.

I'm sure God will spill many blessins on ya this year. It's good to know what a wonderful difference your horses will make in the lives of others.

God bless ya generous lady and enjoy your day! :o)

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