Horse Riding Lessons, Homeschool Co-op, Feeding the Homeless and Christmas Tree Lighting

November 16, 2023

At 3 a.m. I woke up and went back to sleep at 4 a.m. listening to You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hahn. At 6:39 a.m. I woke up again. I jumped up and woke up Angel. We had to leave at 7:15 a.m. We went in the kitchen and greeted  Christopher. I made my tea and Angel ate her breakfast that Christopher had ready for her. We quickly got ready and were out the door by 7:20 a.m. 

We listened to Boxcar Children on the drive to horse riding lessons. It was a beautiful peaceful drive and we arrived right on time. Riding lessons went great. My horse was acting up, which made me a little nervous at first but then I stepped into my power and took charge. The horse started behaving and I worked on posting during a trot. I could feel myself starting to get the feel of it. The instructors said next time we can work on bringing the horse up to a lope. I’m ready! 

After our lesson, we headed meet a family that is interested in having me pet sit for them. The GPS took me to the wrong location. I called them and headed the way they said but ended up still going the wrong way. I was getting frustrated because I still needed to pick up a friends son and get the key to open up the Cowboy Church for the homeschool co-op. I called them again and we rescheduled for later in the afternoon. Relieved that I was back on schedule, I drove to my friends house and picked up her son and got the key. We went straight to the Cowboy Church and arrived 15 minutes early. 

The kids played while the other co-op members with their kids showed up. We had a new mom come with 3 kids. Our co-op is getting bigger and bigger, we have close to 30 kids now. When everyone arrived, we sang songs and did a scripture reading. One of the mom’s read the kids a story and asked them comprehensive questions when it was over. The rest of the time, the kids played on the playground together while the moms watched and talked. It’s great to have such an amazing homeschool community. 

After the co-op we went downtown to feed the homeless. On the way I stopped at Moon Brew Coffee (I had been calling it Moon River) and picked up a chai tea I had messaged ahead about. At Street Ministries, myself and another man that volunteers there made spaghetti for lunch. I had good conversations and wrote some of my blog. The kids played board games. Only a few people came in to eat but the leftovers will be served for supper that evening and lunch tomorrow. 

We listened to The Boxcar Children on the drive to meet the pet sitting family. This time I found the place easily. It was an instant great connection with the family and their pets, I look forward to pet sitting for them in the future. Next, I dropped my friends son off at home. Then we went to a friends house to practice a song I am singing for Christmas At The Kay, happening on December 3rd. My friend and his wife are both extremely talented musicians and he wrote the music for our performance. It was a wonderful practice, I recorded it so I can practice at home. Sunday evening I will practice live with the community band. So exciting! 

After that, we went to the car wash and I thoroughly vacuumed out the truck. Then got the oil changed at Mobile Lube. While we waited we walked next door to the Chamber of Commerce and said hello to a friend that works there. Next we went to The Shoppes at Moon River, which is where Moon Brew Coffee is…same same. On the way I called a client that I was pet sitting for over the weekend. She needed to cancel but insisted on paying me anyway. I told her it wasn’t necessary but she absolutely insisted. I finally accepted the gift and thanked her for her kindness. I felt grateful for having such kind and thoughtful clients. We stayed at Moon River waiting for the Christmas Tree lighting to happen across the street. Angel played with kids and I talked with friends. It was a fabulous time of fellowship and camaraderie. When it was time, we walked across the street and saw the Christmas tree lighting. I visited with people some more and Angel played with kids some more. Then we went back to Moon River to do more of the same. I was having great fun. Around 8:30 p.m. I decided it was time to go home. We were getting tired, it had been a long fun filled day. We listened to The Boxcar Children on the drive home. At home, we took a briefly talked to Christopher, took a quick shower and went straight to bed. We fell asleep around 9:30 p.m. listening to The Boxcar Children. 

I am grateful for tea. 

I am grateful for small towns. 

I am grateful for music. 

I am grateful for community. 

I am grateful for love. 

I am grateful for gratitude. 

Thank you for reading my blog and being a part of my life. I dearly appreciate you. 



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