Dateline Des Moines.
It was a good day at Shetland Congress yesterday, and I’m not even talking about all the national titles my family won.
It’s the little things that matter, that I’ll remember.
Things like watching 9-year-old Shane try riding his bike up a mountain of manure shoved in a corner of the barn we were in. He made it about a quarter of the way up Manure Mountain before sliding down.
Then there was Spencer, my 13-year-old neat freak. He does a wash every night at home and there he was at the show, putting his clothes in a bucket to scrub them clean. Afterward, with no clothes dryer available, he hung his clothes on the back of every chair he could find. He complained when I took a few pieces of clothing off the back of one chair so I could use it to sit in front of my computer and write this blog post.
Sawyer, my 17-year-old, spent part of the day waxing his SUV in the parking lot and the other part tormenting Shane and Spencer. I often yell at Sawyer to knock it off, but it is good-natured tormenting and I know their bond as brothers deepens with each torment.
Also, it was fun and made me proud to watch Samantha, 20 and the oldest of the brood, help her little 6-year-old sister Sienna pick out her clothes, do her hair and get ready for classes.
Classes Sienna didn’t want to go in.
I won’t ever forget Sienna wailing she did not want to ride our pony Zeb in a couple of classes, and then go into both classes and win national championships.
It also was great to see old friends, friends we only see at horse shows, friends like Scott and Roelene Lundy. We met them a decade ago right here in Des Moines when Scott got down in the dirt and began playing with Spencer and his toy trucks.
And it was great to see Sam’s boyfriend Jacob and Sawyer’s girlfriend Sarah Beth pitch in, doing anything and everything to make life easier for Mary and me. Sam and Sawyer hit the jackpot with these two.
The six National championships and three Reserve National titles were great, as were the 17 top fives and 21 top tens, but it was those other things, those little things, I’ll remember most.