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Light, Love, Hope

Light in the Darkness Surrounded by Love with Hope for those in need.


Shirley is the proud mother of two beautiful young ladies. She enjoys spending time with them on their ranch in the deep South with their three paint horses. Always looking for an adventure, she looks forward to hikes in the mountains chasing waterfalls, or scouring the coast for beautiful lighthouses! Shirley writes to encourage others and often times shares things that motivate and inspire her. She believes in living life to the fullest because no one is promised the gift of another day. Join her as we honor our bodies, minds, hearts, souls, and our Almighty Creator, God above!


  1. Kirsten Oliphant
    March 11, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

    I used to ride when I was younger, but we weren’t ever in a position to buy, so they barn didn’t want me to continue with lessons. I loved it, but also got thrown a few times in a bad way, so it was the kind of thing that I couldn’t see myself every feeling that comfortable owning horses–they just made me too nervous! Saying that, though, I’d LOVE to have horses if I ever got comfortable enough that I could handle it and if we had land. I hope you guys enjoy your 3-horse family and I’m glad you linked up!!


    • Shirley
      March 11, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

      Hi Kirsten! My husband had a horse when he was growing up. I always wanted one, but my parents couldn’t afford lessons or a horse. My children have always loved horses, with my youngest even saying she wanted to be a “horse trainer” when she grew up. Now she gets to live her dream right in her very own backyard! We have always talked about owning horses, and we find a stable when we go on vacation no matter if we’re in the mountains or at the beach. We “have” to ride horses on vacation. That was always a real treat for us. It’s so expensive, though, so we’ll save our money now and invest on our own horses. The girls are excited. I am, too!


  2. Anita Ojeda
    March 11, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    I had horses until I finished college and got married–then my husband and I weren’t in the position to own anything other than motorcycles (the only prudent kind of horse, according to my husband, because they don’t eat if you’re not riding them 😉 ). Now we’re working at a school that owns 14 horses, so I’m back in the saddle again (and I was VERY saddle sore after my first ride!). Enjoy your new treasures :). My favorite line “My girls, then, packed up everything, including their pouty lips that were almost dragging the ground from disappointment”. Priceless picture!


    • Shirley
      March 11, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

      I couldn’t help myself. 🙂 I had to paint that picture for all to “see.” I am laughing so hard over here now.

      I love that you have so much experience with horses. I know who I’m calling if we get in over our heads here with three!! I also love that you’re at a school with 14 horses! How wonderful!!


  3. Carol Bovee
    March 12, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

    Loved this. My girls grew up riding, but we were blessed in that the horses weren’t ours and therefore we could groom and ride and feed and clean only when we wanted to! 🙂 I hope your horses bring great joy to you and your girls!


    • Shirley
      March 12, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

      Hi Carol! We did that for a while in going out to a place in town, but now we feel ready for having them at our house so it’s just a few steps to the stables to love on them and ride! We are excited! Thank you for sharing in this time with us!


  4. Laura Melchor
    March 13, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    Your girls are so lucky! I loved motorcycles, but I had imaginary horses that I “rode” and a barn and everything–all in my imagination. I wanted a horse badly. There is still time, but my husband isn’t much of a horse man…


    • Shirley
      March 13, 2014 @ 10:43 pm

      Oh, Laura. It was always a dream of ours to have horses, too. It is still possible for you. Just work on your husband like I had to do. 🙂 Seriously, though, I love what you wrote about your imagination! I could picture it all, too! Thank you for that!


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