A few weeks ago I decided to try a Square card reader. I got it in the mail the other day. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I am really excited about the new business I should be able to pick up by having a card reader. I already have 1 client who says she is going to start paying board that way each month. Hopefully by having the square I can cut down on the number of trips I make to the bank each week and it will help me keep better records (organization is not my strong point). Do you have a card reader? If so, please let me know how you like it!





Christmas Is Coming

IMG_20141124_222907(I can’t believe how much he has grown since last year)

This week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving which means that Christmas coming. I am excited about Christmas this year. Jacob is a little older now and will understand more about what is going on. Hopefully this year he will be more impressed with his gifts than the paper, bows, and boxes. My brother is a Fingerhut member and he gave Jacob his Christmas Toy Catalog (I’m going to have to hurt him). Jacob has something circled on almost every page. While I am excited about Christmas for Jacob this year, I am also saddened by the fact that some children will not have a Christmas like Jacob. The child cannot help their parent’s financial situation and should not have to suffer for it. That is why I have decided that from now until December 10, a portion of all my sales and lessons will go to Toys for Tots. My favorite morning radio show, The Rise Guys on 93.3 The Planet, just did a Toys for Tots drive and after listening to their broadcast I made the decision to donate. After December 10th, I will figure out how much we have to spend and then Jacob and I will go on  a shopping spree. I am really excited about this because while most children are only concerned with what they are getting for Christmas, I want Jacob to be excited about giving. I will do a follow up post to tell how much we had to spend and what all we bought. I am SUPER excited about this and hope to make it Christmas tradition. To learn more about Toys for Tots, please click here.



Man’s Best Friend

The saying is that a dog is man’s best friend. Well, my family lost our best friend. Kahlil was our shih-tzu. He was with me before I met Chet, and then he was our baby before Jacob came along. He was a part of our wedding, he went with us on our honeymoon, heck, that dog has probably been more places and seen more sights than most people. He will be greatly missed.




The Story of Jacob

This week, we celebrated Jacob’s 4th birthday!!! Time flies! I can’t believe my sweet baby is 4. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital. My life has changed so much in the last 4 years. For his birthday, I figured I would tell the story of Jacob.

It all started at SC NBHA State Finals in August of 2009. I ended up getting this bump on my arm, it looked like a harmless ant bite so I ignored it. I ran Friday and Saturday and ended up qualifying for finals on Sunday. By Sunday my “ant bite” was not an ant bite any more. It was huge and I was running fever and super sick. I felt awful, ran anyway, and lets just say it was AWFUL! Chet made me go to the hospital as soon as we got home. We found out that I had been bitten by a brown recluse and that it had gotten into my bloodstream since I waited so long and that I was pregnant so they couldn’t treat me the way that they wanted. They drained it as much as possible, packed it, and sent me home. The following day I went to the doctor only to find out I was 9 weeks pregnant. Chet and I made the decision to sell all the horses except Willie and we sent him to a trainer friend of mine so that he could continue to run. I had a miscarriage at 14 weeks. Thank goodness I did not sell Willie, he was what got me through that time. I decided I didn’t want to go through that again and started birth control. By February, I was pregnant. I just knew I would have another miscarriage so I kept Willie at home and rode him occasionally. In May we had our first ultrasound. We were having a girl and so far everything looked great.  In August we had another ultrasound-still a girl. We painted the nursery-white with pink and purple stripes, and tons of glitter paint. Everything was ready for our little girl. We had a baby shower and EVERYTHING was pink. I was so excited. Around the middle of October, my blood pressure started to go up. By the 20th of the month I was going to the doctor daily. On the 27th my doctor said if my blood pressure wasn’t down the following day they were going to take the baby. He did an ultrasound just to make sure she was ready since I wasn’t actually due until November. After he started the ultrasound he was like we have a small issue, the baby is fine, but its a boy! What the heck! How are 2 ultrasounds by 2 different doctors be wrong?!? I went into panic mode. My nursery was pink, everything was pink and now we were going to have a boy! Of course since I learned that news my blood pressure did not go down. My doctor told us to meet him at the hospital at 10:30. We checked in, I got hooked to the machines and magically my blood pressure came down. I requested to watch Young and the Restless. As soon it was over they wheeled me back, we had a c-section, and at 2:30 I was back in my room with our new baby boy. As soon as my mom and grandmother made sure everyone was healthy, they took off to start returning pick items and buying blue.

Jacob has been a blessing from day 1. He has drastically changed my life. This year he got a mini for his birthday. I am not trying to push my love of horses on him, but I am really hoping he picks it up and that can by our thing. Here are a few pictures from the last 4 years!





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