I like most people wear many hats throughout my life. For the past twelve years, the hats I have worn/ am wearing are as varied as the autumn leaves falling from the trees.
My most important hat right now is that of a mother. I have a 12 year old son, and he totally rocks my world. My love for him is boundless, and I am so proud of the choices he makes as an individual. He is a role model for other children around him, he is has a clear and cutting wit mostly associated with adult intellect. He is funny, kind and considerate most of all, he loves all things around him. I am constantly being floored by some of the profound statements he makes. I believe his is, an old soul... I know that sounds corny, but I think it is true, even when he was a newborn, his face held so much wisdom, I knew he was special. So, without further ado, let me show off my son:
My fondest desire is to raise a well rounded emotionally stable child, at this point my young man is exceeding any expectations I might ever have had. He is so cool!
This Sunday, my hat is that of a beekeeper, went out and checked on my 3 hives of bees this morning. They are all doing well, considering we got off to a very slow start this spring. I think I might have a small honey harvest yet this year! At least one can always hope!
Last Sunday that hat I wore was quite different from this Sunday's hat. At the last minute, the judge for the local 4-H club fun show backed out, so they called me, wondering if I might be available to judge their show! You can't imagine my surprise in being asked to judge, even if it is only a fun show! I happily told them I would be delighted to judge the show! Of course, I had some doubts, woudn't anyone? I mean, I have never judged a show before, but it IS only 1 person's opinion on one specific day... At least, that is what I have always told the kids I have had the pleasure of coaching. So Sunday morning July 18 dawns, and off I go to judge a horse show... I think I must have done alright, no one was waiting to lynch me after the pleasure classes, and it was a lot of fun and quite a learning experience also! I learned, no matter how many horses are in the class, there will always be one horse/pony that is going to be a brat. This particular class I am thinking about had a couple. It was a walk/trot 11 and under class, and man, it was CHAOS!! I had the ring steward watching 1 pony, the announcer was trying to keep an eye out on another horse, I told her at the first sign of more trouble ( had already had a taste of the nastiness of this horse) stop the class on the rail and we would deal with it... Luckily, there were no mishaps, I did end up excusing the one horse from the ring ( he was totally unresponsive to the rider), for the safety of the other riders and their mounts. But how the heck to judge a class like that? All I could do was take the rider with the least amount of mistakes and place them first, and then go down the line... all in a short amount of time. I have oodles more respect for the tough job those judges have to do now. At the same time, I have realized, this is a hat I kind of like wearing, and so my next goal is to attend the judging seminar and take/pass the 4-H judging test. Here are a few photos from the show:
A good time was had by all I think.
I thank all the people I have gotten pictures from, since I don't have a camera of my own, I rely on others people's photographic skills to get the pictures for my blog.
Today, my hat is that of a straw hat, because that is the kind of hat you wear at the beach, which is where we are headed now, before my riding lesson!
Ordinary single mom of my greatest acheivement, Matthew. I am incredibly proud and amazed at the kind considerate person he is becoming!
I love horses, just smelling them is a high for me!! I have found my calling here on our small hobby farm, I am content here, and love the country life!! I am wanting to try my hand at bees this year, I have found that I love keeping chickens, and ducks! I only have to remember that these are all God's creatures put into my care temporarily, and I can't overextend myself. I try to be the best person I can be, sometimes, I feel I fail miserably, but, I am willing to keep on trying!