A boy and his horse.

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Last weekend we moved the horses to their new home. It’s one of the biggest decisions I’ve ever made and, quite honestly, I expected it to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. And yet…every step of the way, an extraordinary sense of God’s love has been present. Colorado and Dakota have made themselves easily at home with Taevon, a 9 year old boy who is the reason I feel good about all that is to come. I’ve never seen the horses love anybody as easily as they love that little boy. They loved Carl, too. They melted into his arms the moment they met him. But this boy, Taevon…he brings out their gentleness and curiosity in a way that I’ve never before seen. It’s strange and downright breathtaking to watch. His mom and dad and extended family are pretty fantastic too. My heart still lives inside of these horses and I will miss them more than anything or anyone else on this side of the planet. In a way, I get to pretend that they’re still mine. But…this heart of mine knows…they’ve found happiness. They are ready for this next stage in their lives. And, truth be told, maybe I am too. They changed me forever. They healed me and are the reason I stayed around long enough to reconnect and fall in love with Carl. They’ve breathed life into me since the moment I met them. After Carl’s passing, they were the only thing that got me out of bed each day. I grew close to them in a way that I’ve never experienced with other animals. Colorado especially. I’m certain that he is the most special horse I will ever know. They will always, always be a part of me. I don’t know what it is about this little boy…but I trust his love for these horses with everything in me.

God knew that Africa was going to swallow me whole. But He also knew how much I love these horses. With an uncertain and anxious heart, I pleaded, “God, please protect my heart, especially when it comes to my animals.” I begged Him not to break me. I knew I couldn’t handle the loss of anything more.

And so God sent Taevon and his family into my life. Thank you Drew and Samantha. I’ve never felt better about anything. I know this isn’t a goodbye…but rather a hello. May God bless your new life with Colorado and Dakota. May they teach you more than you ever thought possible. May they change your lives as much as they changed mine.  ❤

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13:13

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{originally posted on Facebook Dec 3, 2016}

2 thoughts on “A boy and his horse.

  1. This truly is a wonderful thing for this boy and your beloved horses. I know how difficult it is to leave these special animals but knowing they are in the loving care of this young man must make it a little easier. I never told you but I wished so much that I could take them for you but I knew I couldn’t. I love horses so much and want to have them back in my life. To care for Dakota and Colorado would have given me great pleasure. But now I see that this arrangement is meant to be!! What a good life they will have! They will get all the attention they can handle and more! Love to you Jessie, as you make all of these final things happen before heading to your home!

    On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 11:29 PM, if this is grace wrote:

    > jessiemarianiello posted: ” Last weekend we moved the horses to their new > home. It’s one of the biggest decisions I’ve ever made and, quite honestly, > I expected it to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. And > yet…every step of the way, an extraordinary sense of God’s love” >

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  2. Aww, Jean…if this other situation hadn’t opened up, there would have not been another person that I would have felt more comfortable and confident leaving the care of my horses in! I mean that with every ounce of my heart. ❤

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