Friday, January 11, 2013

Here's To Life

Here’s to 2013.

Here’s to meeting new people, going new places and trying new things.

Here’s to determination, grit, try and the beauty of getting back on your feet and trying again tomorrow.

Here’s to the horses that will be rode and shown and loved.

Here’s to the cows that will be gathered, roped, branded, worked and cussed at.

Here’s to the dogs that are our companions, best friends and constant “getting in the gate”rs.

Here’s to the rawhide that will be braided, the horsehair that will be twisted, the silver that will be engraved, the mohair that will be strung and the saddles that will be built.

Here’s to the men that inspire us, push us and believe in us and here’s to the men that work day in and out to provide their families with a life they believe in and love.

Here’s to the women that challenge us, inspire us and help us along the way and here’s to the women that sacrifice so that their families can enjoy a lifestyle they believe in and love.

Here’s to the dads who ignore painful joints to shoe a beloved pony.

Here’s to the moms and dads who uncomplainingly haul sons and daughters from rodeo to rodeo each weekend.

Here’s to the GOALS that have been made and will be achieved this year.

Here’s to the love that will be felt and even lost.

Here’s to the joy we will experience from participating in this grand adventure we call life.

Here’s to you, and here’s to me.

xo xo Liz  


  1. LOVE this!!!!!

    SO awesome! :)

    1. Thank you friend!! Your blog this morning inspired me so much!! :) HUGS!!

  2. What a beautiful post! Here's to all of our endeavors in not just this new year, but in life. Here's to finding what you love, roping it, throwing its happy ass on the ground and making it yours!

  3. This is wonderful!! I have to laugh at line about shoeing the pony. My dad was a farrier for 20+ years and still does it on the side. But he always cussed doing our little miniture donkey's feet. He kept telling us when we were little that we needed to learn how to do it since we were short!!

    Good Luck on all you do!!

    1. BAHAHAH Erin, your poor dad! I so wish I could see a picture of a mini donkey getting shod!! HAHAHA So cute! :)

  4. Lovely poem, Liz! I grew up showing cattle vs. Rodeo. It is a little different, but I GET all you express in this poem. It really is inspiring to look back and think about all our parents have done and sacrificed for us.

    1. Thank you Robyn!! It really does mean so much, I feel like those of us that were raised around livestock are sooo blessed by our parent's involvement!

  5. I love this! It is so true to many hearts, thank you for sharing! I'm hoping to take time to realize these things and especially the "little" things this year on the ranch. Hope y'all had a great new years! This is definitely the way to start it!