Saying Goodbye to October Sky

“There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill

I listened to a podcast on perseverance recently and how perseverance feeds hope and hope feeds perseverance – cyclic.

  • Hope feels
  • Faith sees
  • Love never fails

This has been a very tough week for my girl. We will be saying goodbye to October Sky. You see she’s been training this baby for the last three years and I can’t tell you just how proud of her I am. Her tenacity is unlike any other. My girl does not give up! Her perseverance reminds me of my Dad when he was fighting cancer. He loves nothing more than his family and family is everything.

October Sky is a part of our family, but she will be going to a loving home and Ellie will still be able to visit her as much as she wants. I believe it’s a tough lesson in life, but one that will make her stronger.

Sometimes we don’t understand why we go through the life experiences that we do, but I truly believe that the tough roads can lead to beautiful destinations. One day she and I will be able to share our roads, all the curves and bumps. We will laugh and cry and she will better understand the why. We all have our own paths that we take and we may not understand each others’. If there’s one thing we can all do to make the world a better place right now, it is to be kind – You never know the battles other people are facing. But be bold and do not fear.

Fear of others allows them to lead us. For many years I feared real life monsters, monsters that will have no place in my story anymore. For when we trust in God – fully trust – then the devil will flee. It’s time to write a new book.

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  • Shelley

    So sad to hear this
    Life is full of changes that’s for sure. But god knows best.we just have to let things go and realize we don’t have control.turn things over to him and he will carry the weight on his shoulders. When I realized this and did this my life changed for the better.life is good thanks to my savior.

  • Linda Bellemare

    October Sky……such a beautiful horse and Beautiful daughter. Horses become our best friends and it really hurts to lose them. But she is young and will have a lifetime of beautiful, best friend horses. I just had to put my best friend down so I know how she feels but she will always have her memories.🐴❤️

  • Rebecca

    Courtney what beautiful words. I know everything will work out for you and your girl. You are without a doubt one of the most humble and kind people I know. ❤❤

  • Lori Delaney

    Good morning Courtney, So sorry about October Sky… I believe this is one of our hardest challenges in life to understand but I do believe it makes us stronger & then to share our experiences with others so we can move to the next chapter in life’s un-known journey ! Thanks for sharing …. ❤️

  • Daniel

    Life can throw us curves in our life but what I’ve learned is that you can become a better and stronger person. Also learn valuable lessons in life.

  • Judith Buckles

    Your insightful words brought tears to my eyes. I’m so glad that Ellie will be able to visit October Sky. There will be other beautiful horses and other challenges in Ellie’s life. She is so fortunate to have your gentle strength and devoted faith to guide her.

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