Thursday, September 15, 2011

Horsing Around

Come on in, the coffee
is on.  So is the tea kettle,
if you are so inclined.

There's a nip in the air,
here in Minnesota, so let's
plump up the squishy sofa 
pillows and snuggle right in.

As I've been fluffing
the nest and welcoming
the fall, one thing keeps
galloping to the front of
my mind.


Here, let me pour you a
little more, and I'll explain.....

In August, my youngest
cousin, Lander, married 
his sweetheart, Sarai.
{Her name is biblical
and is pronouned Sair-ee.)

They met at their summer
jobs during college, in
Bend, Oregon, where they
worked as wranglers at
the Rock Springs Guest Ranch.

Like the movie Sliding Doors,
they had both vacationed many
times with their families as children
and teens at the ranch, but kept
missing each other by days or weeks.

But with a shared love of horses
and the dream of becoming summer
wranglers, it was inevitable
that the handsome Texan and
the beautiful California girl
would cross paths.

They worked at the ranch.

They met.

They fell in love.

They returned after college
to tie the knot, in Bend.

At Sarai's bridal shower, she
received a lot of horse-themed
gifts for their new home in Austin.
One was a book called Horses
and Homes by Jenifer Jordan,
which I absolutely loved.  As
soon as I returned home, I found a
barely-used copy on Amazon that
now sits on my coffee table. 

Like all great design books, I find
something new that inspires me
each time I pick it up.  Scooch a little
closer and take a peek with me......


{How cozy would this be, today?}

{Or THIS?}

I love all of the rustic-elegant 
details featured in this book.

Each room is more
striking than the next,
especially for an equestrian fan.

{Just a few of the many gorgeous
images in Horses and Homes.}

I never had formal riding instruction
as a child, but I guess the love for
these beautiful creatures is in the
blood, because my daughter was
also drawn to them and took 
 lessons for many years.

And as luck would have it,
my family was seated next
to the Gill Family at the reception,  
owners of the infamous guest  
 ranch, so we got to hear all about 
young love among the horses.

They sold the ranch a few years
ago and it's now a corporate retreat,
but in our family, it will always
be remembered as the beginning
of a happily ever after.

Thanks for horsing around
with me.  Hope you get to
kick up your heels this
{Sorry, couldn't


PS:  Speaking of horsing around,
I'll be at The Creative Connection
Friday and Saturday and the 
Junk Bonanza on Friday morning.
If you are going to be there,
please let me know!


Horse & Homes
The Gill Family
My family


Beatnheart said...

as always a lovely and moving post.


I have never left a link in a comment before, but I thought you might like to read my post on horses.(And thanks for being my friend anyway.)

Suzanne, I love your blog.


ps. I'll take coffee and tea.

Marie said...

Obviously meant to be! I do love a pretty love story and those pics are beautiful. So is that book! xxoo

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Such a sweet story! We may be moving into the English countryside in a few months, so this is definitely the direction we are going. Thank you for the visual book tour of inspiration :) XOL

Susan T said...

What gorgeous images from the book. I must admit to have discovered barely used Amazon books fairly recently, they are going to be my downfall, where on earth will I put them all!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Pictures from the book look incredible. I too like all that rustic elegance. What is it about daughters and horses? Kate spent several summers at horse camp and I still remember, what seemed like hundreds, of little molded horses she used to play with for hours. Oh, and the hours she spent drawing horses. Have a great weekend!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi lovely,

I've always had a fascination with horses too! I love riding - but I'm not terribly confident any more. I went on a horse that I couldn't control properly and it really affected me.

You've got me wanting to try again now!!


Gretchen said...

I've always loved too, and grew up with Quarte horses, than for ten years owned Arabians and bred babies. Even managed an Equine Vet Clinic for 8 years, thus I really enjoyed your post.
By the way, algol be at JB... Booth #256. ;-) Hope to see you. Would love tio go for real tres or coffee with you soon and chat a while.
Have fun at CC.


Anonymous said...

Love this post. How romantic. Adorable couple. You made my morning warm. I adore your writings. Sipping my spice coffee and now reminiscing of a past fall trip with my girls in which we did a trail ride in the Rockies. What fun it must have been to be wranglers. Thanks, Suzanne.

paige said...

happily ever after indeed!

what stunning photographs.
i always wished i had grown up with horses in my life.
they are spectacular beings!


traci said...

i am so sad that i am not up in minnesota right now. i had so much fun last year. can't wait to hear all about your weekend.

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I wish I was going! have fun. That looks like a great book!

A Vintage Chic said...

SO beautiful, Suzanne...what a wonderful love story...

I've always loved horses. Growing up, I went to a horseback riding camp almost every year during Easter break...such wonderful memories!

Sorry I've been such a horrible visitor's been a real adventure the last month or two! Just caught up on your last few always delight me with your words and images...and poignant thoughts, so beautiful expressed...thank-you, friend...

Wishing you the most wonderful weekend--sounds like it will be! Can't wait to hear all about it!


cityfarmer said...

fun fun fun all around ... i just adore your short stories!!!

yes, it's a bit nippy

Jemsmom said...

Oh how I love horses!!!! My horse, Tags, was my salvation during my parents divorce. He understood. I was a barrel racer for a while, but my joy was in just being with my horse. I still love them and think they are so magnificent! What a lovely book! I may have to check that one out!

Farmgirl Paints said...

loved that sliding doors movie...i had my haircut just like Gwenyth for a couple of years.

all those pictures are you to a tee. it just screams SUZANNE! oh how i wish i would be with you today and tomorrow. it kind of kills me inside a little:( have fun with your friend. i want to hear ALL about it!!!

Olive Cooper said...

What an endearing love story of the girl, the boy, and the horses.

Sylvia said...

Thank you for writing such a heartwarming story!It's a special blogpost not only because of this charming couple , or this wonderful design book , but also because of these majestic, strong creatures. I have always loved horses (my teen room was full of images of them ).They have been the very embodiment of freedom to me and I believe they mirror us-they feel what we feel. My love for them has become even greater when I learned about their healing power and how perfect they are for therapy , especially with autistic children. It you haven't read the Rupert Isaacson memoir " The Horse Boy " -highly recommended. You are still inspiring me .

michele said...

beautiful images! i have only been in the saddle a few times even though my husband's family had a mini ranch (Arabians). my friend just got a former trail horse, and now i'm inspired to post pics of him soon!

have a great time junking, lovely.


Melissa said...

hi lovely...oh we have a huge love for horses in this big old english house ~ both our girls ride...

that book is just divine...the images are lovely...the bed head is great!

another gorgeous Suzanne story....i love them!

happy friday....Melissa xxx

Joanna said...

Sweet sweet story of a couple meant to be together. Gorgeous photographs, horses, homes and loved ones. Perfect.

Sadly I won't be anywhere near The Creative Connection/Junk Bonanza - have fun, it sounds super!


Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Awww man, I wish I was going to be at either of those and see you in person! What a sweet love story, and your new book looks lovely!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

NEVER heard of this book, but it looks wonderful. Perfect (magical) photos to dream on.

This is a happy story...a fairytale come true.



Linda in AZ * said...

*** This was sooooo wonderful Sweets, and touched my heart ALOT!!!

When we had our ski place in Park City, Utah, it was NOT unusual, (when not skiing or dining), to find me out discovering (or trying to!) some of the great places with super ski/rustic things for the house there.... and, I ALWAYS stopped at a few certain places along the road and would just get out of the car, w/ my hot cuppa, and watch the horses in all their magnificence... and the beauty of the mountains behind them was, well, just breathtaking.

I always felt so close to Him when I visited these beauties, too. I even had two uber-great pics of them... one while running and one who began to remember me and would always come up & actually nuzzle up to me... Heavens, I loved that!!!

Sooooo, my friend, THANK YOU~~~ this was soooooo NICE to see AND read!!!

Warmest wishes to all,

Linda in AZ *

June said...

To me there is no more beautiful creature created than the horse. When you form a bond with one, it is the most unique and reverent bond one can make with an animal. I remember loading my horse many times into the trailer on my way to riding events and feeling that this would be the highlight of my week. A friend who only listens and never judges. An outing with a true kindred spirit.
Such a beautiful post. Congratulations to the new couple Suzanne.
hugs from here...

A Rosy Note said...

Oh mercy, those photos are pretty! I love the combination of rustic and elegance. I love, love, love horses, they are one of God's most beautiful creations, don't you think?

I really wanted to go to Junk Bonanza today, but then when I woke up this morning I didn't feel like driving over there so I went out to lunch instead. Hope you had lotsa fun. Did you see Linda? :)

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful story and photos to go with.

I love the book from amazon, I must go and take a look at this, there looks like some beautiful decorating ideas.

Beach House Living said...

Horses are so beautiful. Relatives had them and it's dream of mine (still) to have horses of my own.

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a wonderful love story. I have always loved horses. My great grandparents had a white horse all us cousins would ride when we were little. When I was 12, a friend and I decided we wanted to write a book about horses. We used an old typewriter, and would type up our pages, collecting horse hair, pictures, anything that could be a part of our book. I wonder if I still have that somewhere. Hubby was supposed to go riding yesterday -- something he hasn't done in forever, but it was postponed to this weekend. A friend of his just bought a horse. There is actually an equestrian club here -- and stables where you can keep your horse.

How wonderful that you are going to Creative Connection. No doubt you connected with many creative souls. Blessings, Tammy

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Suzanne!

SooOOOOoo good to meet you in Minnesota!

I wish we could have visited longer and yes... please do come to visit all of your friends in Illinois, new and old.... soon!

Will post pics of Friday soon, maybe tomorrow? I took a million photos!

OMG.... I LOVE this book. Will order it this evening. Looks like it will be my most favorite decorating book ever. :)

So thrilled to meet you!


Anonymous said...

Loving the photo of the long drive up to the country home. We could so move there this week!
Hope you're enjoying the weekend.
xo E + J

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WAIT! I have been so busy that I missed this fabulous POST! I LOVE HORSES! I NEED ONE! But of course, I will never have one...BUT SUZANNE, I was at the CC YESTERDAY, SATURDAY and I spent one magical hour talking to.........KORALEE!!!! Oh, did I have fun. She is so beautiful and happy and we laughed and cried and could not learn enough about each other!! I hope she was not SHOCKED by my energy!!! Oh what fun....I also bought a TON of metal embellishments from a booth selling beads and such. FUN!

I hope you had a grand time and as always, your words are magazine or book-worthy!!!! Anita

Stitchfork said...

Oh Suzanne, I could easily live in so many of those beautiful rooms (and the house with the white fences!) Even alreadly have the big yellowlab like in one of the photos. Sounds like a fun time for you!
xo Cathy

Linda said...

Beautiful post, Suzanne! This book looks just full of great inspiration photos! Your daughter is so lovely! It was so wonderful seeing you at the Bonanza and meeting Kathleen, too...such a lovely lady! See you soon!

Anonymous said...

big thanks to the author for new)


I love this story!!! So sweet and has "karma" written all over it :)

lisaroyhandbags said...

what a sweet love story :)
I've always loved horses but have never had the chance to enjoy them.

Lili said...

Love this Suzanne, thanks for posting some pics for us to see. Our daughter and son-in-law are half owners of a horse ranch in Ohio and this book is a great idea for me to get for them. Love the idea of using the silver trophies for flower vases. That pic of your daughter with the horse is fabulous, she looks so much like you Suzanne! xoxo ~Lili

Jeanie said...

I love a love story -- especially one like this! Beautiful rooms, beautiful people, so much love!