A Somber Day

Yesterday was an interesting day. . . I had been looking forward to it because Sterling and I had planned my first outside-of-the-arena ride since my accident. We’d been watching the weather forecast, and the day was supposed to be beautiful—temps in the sixties. Then it was supposed to get overcast and rainy starting today. We knew the window of opportunity was narrow, and yesterday was the day.

So we planned it and I was looking forward to it.

Then we got a call yesterday morning that my sweet niece Jayci  passed away.

While the news about Jayci didn’t change our riding plans, it certainly made the mood a little more somber, and I was hesitant to blog about the ride because Jayci’s life and death is certainly much more important.

After thinking about it, I decided both are worth mentioning.

The ride was a milestone for me, and one I want to remember. And since this blog really is my personal history, I want it recorded. I got in and out of the saddle all by myself, we rode around (even trotted a bit), and I absolutely enjoyed being back on Kadie. I was, understandably, a little nervous but not scared. And Sterling kept everything safe and conservative; I even told him that we could go faster, but he said no. I’m sure we’ll step up the speed a little in the future. . .

It was a gorgeous day, and I reflected throughout the day on how important it is to enjoy each moment, to spend time with our loved ones, and to live our lives with as few regrets as possible. Jayci touched so many people in her short life, and I’m grateful for the lessons I learned from her.

Sterling and I, and several of the girls and their families, will be going to southern Utah this weekend for the funeral. We were actually planning on going down anyway for some much-anticipated family time, and this will be an opportunity to spend time with our extended family as well. I’m sure I’ll blog about that too.

In the meantime, thank you for your sweet thoughts about Jayci and your continued prayers for her family.