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Look Out--I'm Hacking Again!

I attended Leadership Conference with Shelli earlier this month and several of our demonstrators asked me when I was going to hack into Shelli’s blog again. They seemed to be looking forward to it rather than fearing it, so I figured I’d try it again.

So here I am.

Leadership was awesome—thanks to everyone who went! From what I heard, it all went according to plan and everyone (both demonstrators and staff) seemed very happy with it. Of course, it didn’t go according to MY plan. I intended to attend leadership with Shelli, support her as she made her main stage presentations, and then escort her back to the hotel room where she could rest and relax and prepare for her next appearance.


That’s not what Shelli does at Stampin’ Up! events, even when she’s recovering from a pretty serious accident. I should have known better. Shelli thrives on the love and support she feels from demonstrators, so Shelli did what Shelli does—gave hugs, signed autographs, posed for pictures, and visited. And although when we finally did get back to the hotel room, she was exhausted, she was also rejuvenated and buoyed up.

And I was resigned. I’ve learned through 34 years of marriage that sometimes that’s what works best. :-)

That’s one thing I wanted to mention.

The other thing was a pretty exciting event yesterday—Shelli got back up on a horse again.

Shhhhh. . . don’t tell the girls. They’re not exactly looking forward to their mom riding again.

But it’s something Shelli’s been working towards. A few weeks ago, I put a saddle on a saddle rack up in our house, and Shelli’s been sitting in it while she reads her e-mail and does other work. That’s a step, and yesterday, she took another one.

We’d invited the grandkids over to ride horses; they enjoy doing that whenever they can. We went to the Courage Reins Therapeutic Riding Center’s indoor arena, and each of the kids had an opportunity to ride a couple of different horses.

And Shelli couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see if she could get on a horse herself. (Of course, she had a little bit of encouragement from the yahoo who was leading the horse. . . ) I suggested she try to mount the horse on the loading ramp, which allows a rider to get on a horse much easier than normal. But she refused. She wanted to mount like a real rider.

It took her a minute to get her leg up in the stirrup and to pull herself up on the horse, but she did. She didn’t put a helmet on, partly because I was holding on tight to the reins and had no intention of letting go and partly because she had a meeting right afterwards and didn’t want to mess up her hair. (So Shelli, right?) We walked down the arena and back, just enough to loosen up her muscles and start getting used to the horse’s movement again.

And that was pretty much that. She dismounted without any mishap.

A huge moment on the road back to recovery. . .

Looking back over the past few months, there are a few things that stand out to me. First, although I’ve always believed in God and Jesus Christ, I now have a whole new understanding and relationship with them, and I know—like I’ve never known before—that prayers are answered. Over and over, family, friends, demonstrators, even strangers have told us that they are praying for us. We have felt those prayers, and they have made a difference.

Second, we all have trials and challenges. That’s simply the way life is. And through those challenges, we have opportunities—opportunities to learn and grow personally, opportunities to serve, opportunities to develop patience (with others and with ourselves), and opportunities to recognize and express gratitude.

Finally, we can trust God. He knows us, He loves us, and He is there for us. We can trust Him.

Those aren’t bad lessons to learn!

Looks like it's going to be a great year for stamping AND riding!


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Reader Comments (12)

First of all, I'm glad to hear that Shelli was eager to be back in the saddle, even for just a little while. Secondly, as an equestrian myself, the minute I saw that picture of Shelii without a helmet I nearly freaked out! I'm glad you addressed the helmet issue and why Shelli was not wearing one. Shelli, next time, even if Sterling or anyone else is leading your pony, PLEASE wear a helmet! I've met you several times at Convention and I want to make sure I meet you again at the next Convention.
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLennore
Congratulations! What a great (and brave) milestone!
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Montague
An awesome milestone for Shelli! It's wonderful seeing all of the pictures. And Sterling, once again, great to see you blogging!
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
Congratulations Shelli! I knew you'd be back in the saddle again! I wish I had known you when I was a teenager--perhaps your courage would have rubbed off on me and I'd still be riding. I was riding my sister's horse bareback and he reared up, almost flipped over backwards on top of me, and that was it for me!
But now I'm a stamper, and you are with me everyday. You are the voice in my head that says "Yes, you can", "don't quit!", and "Be Happy!" (among other things when I need a slap!) You are the most wonderful and amazing role model for all of us, and for the incredible difference you and Stampin' Up! have made in my life, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Sterling, thank you as well for "hacking"! I always love to hear from you too!
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJudi
So glad the 'yahoo' hacked again. I told you we love it when you do. So glad to see you and Shelli at Leadership and to talk to Shelli and hear how well therapy has been going. Great to see her on a horse again. I know you 2 will enjoy many more rides together as the healing progresses. Congrats to the both of you for a job well done and to God who makes it all possible!
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSherrie Robinson
Dear Shelli,
It is great to hear that you are back in the saddle and that you and your dear husband give God the glory for recovery etc. I am a very new independent demonstrator of your products, (which I love). The products are extremely good quality, and I especially love the fact that a lot of stamps have matching punches or dies.
May God bless you richly.
Best wishes,
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Batten
Sooo glad to see you back on a horse! It shows a lot about you and your recovery. I'm eager for you to ride in a spring pasture on Katie. Do you still have her? Hope she is well and ready to see you. Sending prayers for your grandson as well. Thanks, Sterling for the post!
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDona S
I love this post for so many reasons but I'll spare you all the compliments and details. I just want to let you know that part of this really touched me. I am struggling with something in my personal life. Sterling's words about learning patience in ourselves and others really struck a chord with me. These words (and a prompting from the Holy Ghost) helped me feel some new direction and may have just given me a needed to nudge to not give up on my husband & marriage. Thanks more than you know! I'll keep on going and I'll keep praying. HUGS to you both.
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commentershh
Thanks for sharing Sterling. Great accomplishment for Shelli - great job and wonderful to hear recovery has come along good. There is nothing better than prayers and God and family and friends support. God Bless.
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTracy
What a strong and determined woman! I have fallen off horses myself a few times but never had injuries. The first time it happened it was a little scary getting back on the horse, but I was assured that it was the best thing to do. I'm so glad I did.
Good for you Shelli and hope you enjoy many rides in the future.
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGail
Sterling & Shelli-
This post truly brought a smile to my face. I've often wondered how Sterling was able to get the opportunity to post on Shelli's computer. Now I know ;-) It's good to see that Shelli has in fact gotten back on the horse. And that things are beginning to get back to normal (for you) in your little corner of the world! Take gentle care...
January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Steel
I love it when you hijack! Congratulations to both of you! God's grace and mercy is truly endless.
January 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

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