Sunday, July 24, 2016

Quality Time

Have you ever read the book, The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman? That was one of the few books that Randy & I had both read before we met. It talks about 5 different ways that make people feel loved: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. To Randy and I, Quality Time is our most important "love language."

I'm not sure what our kids' love languages will be, but for now, we try to spend quality time with them. It makes it easy for us, that they want to ride as much as we do. When they grow up and choose to explore different activities, our lives may get a bit more chaotic to keep that quality time together, but we will try!

A few days ago, we rode: Reata learned how to move our steers by herself! Rhett learned how to move steers with dad. And, Kaehl and I watched.

Moving cows was great for our "border collie," Reata. Instead of just riding Curly Mae around the arena, it gave Reata a focus. She learned how to direct the steers' movement by getting ahead of them.  No, wasn't perfect. No, she wasn't smooth. No, she didn't do it without dad directing her. What she did was learn patience. She learned that moving animals is a reaction to her action. She learned more control of her own horse by focusing her energy on the task at hand. Maybe she can't pinpoint these learning points, but she is learning by doing.

Rhett walked through the motions as well. No, he can't ride by himself, but I'm sure that he picked up subtle things that even we, as parents, don't realize. What exactly he learned, I'm not sure. Maybe he learned nothing? All in all, he spent time with his dad. That is the best part of it all.

Kaehl gets to watch. Something about siblings is just fun. He gets so excited to see Reata & Rhett in action. One of these days, he will get a turn too! As of now, his milestones are cutting teeth and learning how to stand and walk along furniture.

I love our life. I love that we spend it together. I love that we get our Quality Time.

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