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rose is home

April 5, 2013

make a cup of tea for this post.

heck–  better make a pot.

today was one of those days that will forever be remembered.

it took a lot of planning and a lot of work to make this day happen.

the beautiful thing is that it was done with teamwork.

in fact, very little happens around here solo.

tackle a project, and help arrives.


need to set fenceposts?

plenty of help is available.


oh, painting the post with creosote?

got another brush?

and thus we readied the farm for rose’s arrival–


it seemed to take forever for this day to finally come.

i’m pretty sure that the last two weeks took four weeks.

i felt a lot like a kid waiting for santa’s arrival.

and lo! and behold, *santa* finally called and said that the horse trailer

had just pulled off the interstate and would be arriving soon.

we had caoinlean and cormac in the turnout to greet her,

as we thought it would be fitting to begin

with a mother and child(ren) reunion.


rose whinnied from the trailer as it came down the driveway,

and they recognized who it was.

the others all answered, too.


rose, decked out in a brand new deep pink halter,

stepped off the trailer and looked around.


caoinlean reached over the gate to say hello.

that was sure a moment.

we led rose into the turnout and let her greet her boys.



after an initial flurry of excitement they settled right down.



we decided to leave them together while we took a break for lunch.

the day couldn’t have been more springlike and beautiful,

so we pulled the patio furniture off the deck and feasted out in the yard in the sunshine.

(and we have the sunburns to prove it!)


we had a toast to rose’s new home.


what a nice and fun surprise that was!

(thanks, c & j!!)

we had a lovely time, and i mean that.

it was relaxing, celebratory, convivial,

and it felt like one big, happy family!

i love that.

we went back out and introduced the rest of the herd to rose,

looked at the area for the arena,

checked the pasture ground and the ditches,

and just enjoyed being together.

when other commitments finally pulled our guests away,

sara and i felt that rose needed a little individual attention.

she got it.


she loved it.


then i remembered the ‘leap of faith’ halter that i had picked up at a flea market.

i ran back in the house to get it

and then we headed out for one of the photo shoots it’s reserved for in the back 4.

(seriously.  4, not 40.)

i’ll let the rest of the photos speak for themselves.












and at day’s end,

caoinlean and rose shared dinner together at the new feeder.

pure, sweet love.

how very lucky i am.

thanks for sharing in my joy.

i’m glad you were here.




hi, charlie and jan.

they are being very nice to me here.

you don’t need to worry about a thing.

love, rose.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2013 3:46 am

    hello, rose! welcome home!!

    i’m SO thrilled for you, dear janet.
    SO. very. thrilled.

    sending you so much love.

    * LOVE *

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      April 5, 2013 4:01 am

      thank you–
      for being here, for following this path with me, for being supportive and for sharing in my joy.
      today was a magical day, indeed!

  2. Laurie permalink
    April 5, 2013 4:15 am

    look at you two beauties ~ beaming with joy!!!

    so heartful over here for your dream come true . . .
    what a family reunion!
    what a day!!!

    congrats lovely friend, your Rose is home 🙂

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      April 5, 2013 4:32 am

      what a day, indeed!
      i am, once again, inordinately happy!
      i love having the herd together and can’t wait until morning to go out and see them again!

  3. Mary Harte permalink
    April 5, 2013 7:05 am

    Rose is so beautiful! As are the others! I’m so happy for you Jan. I can’t wait to come for a visit. Love you!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      April 5, 2013 2:44 pm

      i can’t wait until you can come for a visit, either! it will be so wonderful to share all of this with you, and then to contentedly sip wine out on the deck at end of day. come soon!

  4. Lori Dunham permalink
    April 5, 2013 2:06 pm

    A perfect day for all! Deep Contentment might be the word of the week for you..finally you have Rose with you.. ride the high my friend,

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      April 5, 2013 2:50 pm

      deep contentment it is!
      it is so satisfying to look out the kitchen window and see our little herd, knowing that all of them have a good home and that we get to love them every single day!

  5. April 5, 2013 5:44 pm

    i woke this morning giving thought to your sweet rose and the fact that her babies recognized her and immediately greeted her, in voice and in presence, touching each other. THAT just simply amazes me.

    and that being said, now you have too many horses. so you’d best just package up that sweet si gaoithe and send her to ME. pronto.


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      April 6, 2013 4:24 am

      haha! that would be quite the package, wouldn’t it? oh, my.
      and yes, the fact that caoinlean and cormac truly did recognize rose as their mother was absolutely amazing. caoin is rose’s best buddy here right now. their quiet temperaments give them comfort in each other.

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