Well, TnT leave for Texas in the morning. I have done pretty good about not crying until today. My skin has been as thin as onion paper and the tears have overflowed more times that I would like to admit. I told the guys last night that this is a part of God's plan...that kids leave their parents and start homes of their own. And...that parents all over the world have to let their kids go...but that didn't make it any easier!
They will be taking the Dodge Dually (the one Becky pinked!) pulling the horse trailer and a Budget Truck pulling a car hauler with a Chevy 4x4 Z71 Pickup. Their dirt bikes will be in the back of the pickup and Katy and Rusty will take turns riding with the guys and their puppies. After spending some time with the last four puppies, TnT changed their minds on the puppies that they wanted. Travis chose Black 'n' White Girl Too, the one with a million freckles and Tony picked out Black 'n' White Boy. They chose the twins! As far as the puppies getting too hot in the Texas sun...they can always cool off in the horses' water troughs. I will get pictures in the morning of the guys with their puppies.
Today was filled with final packing, saying goodbye to old friends and cleaning the corrals one last time. I will go over tomorrow after the guys leave to clean Clancey's pen and make sure that our cleaning job of the other four is complete. We don't have electricity right now and we finished cleaning in the dark! I went in to Doc Pipkin's to get the Health Certificates and Coggins Test Results for all five horses. After a tear overflow episode at the Veterinary Hospital, I drove up the highway to our egg lady's place to give her some egg cartons (and to see Katy's pup that lives there now!) Amanda (Mandy) has grown a little and was glad to see me and gave me puppy kisses and a hug!
I have pictures of her with her new owner and the Rust 'n' White Boy and the White 'n' Black Boy with their new owners that I will post in the next couple of days. It is getting late and I still have to make a couple of postcards to sneak into the envelope that the guys will keep Pecos contact and important information in. They will be using it to put their receipts in and I want them to find the postcards while they are down the road... ...this is the hardest post I have had to write... Psalms 121 (The traveler's psalm) will be prayed over them as they travel to their new home:
My help cometh from the Lord, who make heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he who keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he who keepeth Israel shall not slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.
King James Version