18-08-18 A Happy Day!

“You are only as happy as your least happy child.” A friend told me this when my kids were just little kids. I have found through my journey as a parent ( my ‘kids’are now adults) that this is absolutely true. I can only be as happy as my least happy child. But today, August 18, 2018 is going to be a very happy day.  Our  daughter is getting married at our house.  Her fiancé is a wonderful human being and makes our daughter very happy.  They have both been married before and during the last two years have blended their family into a working unit with two young girls and one young boy.

This wedding day will  be a very happy one for our daughter.That means I will be happy too. I don’t usually post about things from my family life but today is the exception. There is also a special reason why I am thankful for my daughter. She brought me back to horses.

As many of you know I stopped riding when I was in university and did not ride for 30 years. At the age of 10 my daughter went to a riding camp in the summer. When she came home she ceaselessly asked  to go riding, to find somewhere to get riding lessons, to see horses. So we began to look. We found somewhere that seemed like a good place and she started taking lessons. Then we were leasing a horse for her, a Quarter horse , Thoroughbred cross called Tradie.

My daughter on Tradie her first horse.

When Tradie went up for sale we bought the her  That was when I started back riding. For about six months we shared Tradie and then it became clear I should get my own horse. So I did and my journey with horses started again.

My daughter was a very keen rider. In 2006 she represented Canada on the Junior Team at the North American Junior Championships.

My daughter on Espar the horse that took her to the North American Championships.

Now she is on sabbatical from riding as she is a mother and has a full time career as well. Perhaps, like me, she will return to horses later in her life. This Saturday she will have other things on her mind. This will be the day she marries the person she loves very deeply.  This will be the day her mother…me… will be very happy.

Forgive me if I am absent over this weekend. Our son is also here from England for the wedding and we will all be very busy. I will post some photos of the wedding as soon as I can.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for allowing us bloggers to glimpse into your personal life – still so interconnected with your lifebeat of horses and family.
    Blessings to you and your ‘least happy’ child; both now progressing into new stages of life.

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  2. dprastka says:

    Congratulations!! What a special day and weekend! Your daughter is a beautiful rider like you, I bet she’ll ride again some day! ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      If you have time take a look at the post i just put up about all the details of the wedding day. Thanks for your comment and she may well ride again.

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  3. Joyful2bee says:

    Congratulations on the upcoming nuptials. You now have three children l you grandmother and to teach the love. So happy for you!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. We had a wonderful wedding day and I appreciate your congratulations.


  4. Emma Cownie says:

    Well, Congratulations to your daughter! It’s lovely that you have a shared passion for horses and riding. As you say, she’ll probably return to riding later in life.

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  5. dprastka says:

    Congratulations!! What a GREAT day! Enjoy this day and I bet she’ll ride again. She’s a beautiful rider like her Mom!! ❤️ -Diana

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thabk you Diana. She may well ride again and yes she was a lovely rider.


  6. Have a wonderful weekend! I can’t wait to see all the photos. 🙂 xxx

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  7. Judy says:

    Definitely a happy day! Best wishes!

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  8. I’m so happy for you all! Have a wonderful day! There’s no better feeling than to see your children happy. Congratulations to the happy couple.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is a wonderful feeling to see my children happy. Thank you for this comment.


  9. dprastka says:

    Congratulations to your daughter on this very special day! What a beautiful rider, AND such a WONDERFUL story, thank you for sharing! 😀

    Those are such true words spoken, as I know the happiness this brings to you as her mother!! Have a WONDERFUL weekend! ❤️ -Diana

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  10. Robyn says:

    So exciting! Congratulations to you and your daughter! Loved the quote too. I bet she will ride again one day – but enjoy today! Congrats!

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