Letters to My Daughters | July 2013

"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire."  -Sharon Ralls Lemon

Dear Drew and Harper,

Like most girls, you have always adored horses. You both had a fascination at an early age and we make sure to go on as many pony and carousel rides as we can find. While Drew's interest has waned a bit and Harper's is a bit more focused on unicorns these days, the idea of taking a real horse lesson more than piqued your interest. During our week in Wisconsin, your Grandma got you and your cousin Sydney a whole hour horseback riding lesson at a small farm outside of Madison. You were so excited on the drive out and when you walked up to the big barn, the three of you just gaped at the size of the arena and all the beautiful ponies. The young girls that trained you had a blast with you three and let you brush your horses (Ruby, Harley and Dennis) in the beginning and lead them around the arena so they could get used to you. You all looked so little compared to this grande horses. But, by the end of the lesson all three of you were sitting up straight leading your own horses comfortably around the indoor arena all by yourself! It was so fun to see your proud faces.

It struck me at the stable and again when looking through these photos and thinking about writing this letter to you both that you are really growing up- and way too fast. How is it possible that I have two daughters that can ride horses by themselves? Drew, you want to grow up so quickly and that is so natural. I am sure I felt the same way at your age. While there is so much to do and see and learn when you are older, with that comes big girl responsibilities and I know for a fact you aren't ready for those ;) So, please stop asking me if you can wear a training bra and trust me when I tell you that you'll wish you never asked for one when you are my age! And sweet Harper.... just tonight you told me you asked if it was ok if you never became a Mommy so you could stay little so I could always pick you up and get cozy. Oh, how I wish that were the case! And I do hope you become a Mommy one day... thankfully you are a little peanut so there are many more years ahead of snuggling and getting cozy! I am happy to keep you little as long as humanly possible.

While they say horses display the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire, it's you two who I'd say display these elements each and every day. I love seeing your grace, beauty, spirit and everlasting fire displayed more each and everyday.

Love, Mama

Please continue along the circle and see what Misty Davis had to say to her sweet daughters HERE