Saturday, November 2, 2013

Our family's loss


Off topic today, but you know life gets really REAL sometimes, and our animals are such a huge part of our lives here. Today I want to honor Willie.

Just when you think you're recovering from a tough month with Bethany's emergency surgery and the sale of our long loved family beach house, another blow has come to the Powell and Brower households.  Our dear "MicBeth's Madigan", aka " Willie", our 19 year old 16.3 hand Thoroughbred, passed away this week leaving us totally heart broken.

Bethany got Willie when she was 15 after she outgrew her first horse, to continue her riding career. He was always a beautiful specimen, a pensive soul and gentle as they come.  He loved people and always greeted walkers in our neighborhood. We had the honor of his company for 16 years at our home, and he made every day pleasurable.  







We still have our pony Thomas, and hope he will be alright by himself in the field. Lucky for us, Willie was buried next to Bethany's first horse, Dreamy, in the field, so we'll get to visit him everyday. Thomas will miss Willie terribly, too.

Our lives were enriched having known such a wonderful horse. It was our pleasure to take care of him, and he loved us back unconditionally. 

 Rest in Peace, dear Willie. 



25 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh you guys.....I am feeling your pain. Damn sometimes life is so unfair and I am very very sorry for your loss of this beloved member of the family. Know that my thoughts are with you.

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  2. This breaks my heart, Bethany and Nancy. There is nothing like an animal, and not much more painful than losing one I will keep y'all in my prayers.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  3. Animals are important members of our families so I know this is not an easy loss. My thoughts are will you both as well as the rest of your family. Glad that Willie is resting nearby…. hugs

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  4. So sorry, Nancy. Sending condolences and lots of love to both you and Bethany.
    xo,
    Phyllis

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  5. I'm so sorry Nancy and Bethany, your beautiful post and photos brought me to tears. My heart aches for both of you and your families today.

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  6. I am so sorry for you, Nancy and Bethany. I know it is so hard to say goodbye. Big hugs.

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  7. Oh my gosh.... I'm so sorry for you lost...my prayers and thoughts are with you..

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  8. I can imagine how much this hurts and will be thinking of y'all. Animals truly are our best friends and we have such special relationships with each one. So sorry for your loss!

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  9. I am so sorry. I hope you are both doing as well as can be expected. Thinking of you.

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  10. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Willie looks like a sweetheart. Horses are such special creatures. My daughter rode horses for a few years, and I always loved going to visit with the ponies and horses while they were tacking them.

    xo
    Kathy

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  11. I am so sorry Nancy and Bethany! Horses are that unique animal that connects with the human soul. Willie was so beautiful and his spirit will live on in your memories. xoxo

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  12. Oh Nancy and Bethany, I am so sorry for both of your for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...I know how important four legged family members are. Many hugs to you both!

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  13. Nancy and Bethany, I'm so, so sorry. What a handsome guy! Anyone who loves animals knows the depth of such a loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  14. My heart aches for you! We lost our beloved Magic this past week so understand fully the pain of the loss. Willie was a beautiful animal. Aren't we grateful for memories!

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  15. so sorry for your loss:( speechless.... prayers to you.

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  16. Oh my. How heartbreaking. I remember your telling of your daughter's first horse and the teenage years angst and how that horse was her best friend. I remember the gravestone surprise gift. I read that entry to my husband.. out loud. You see, we have several children combined, but only one 8yo girl together and my goodness does that little girl want a horse. We would like to move one day....to some land. :-).
    Take care and God Bless!

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  17. We are so sorry for your loss, only our pets give us that very special and unique love. He was absolutely beautiful!! We are thinking of you guys and of course Willie. I was just back home in Jersey and passed by the stables where I took riding lessons and his name was Willie also.


    He was blessed to have your love and live in your heart forever. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Kathleen & Family

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  18. Dear Nancy and Bethany, I am so sorry for your loss....a beloved, beautiful and very special horse.
    Pet lovers understand how crushing this can be. ....

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  19. Having a horse as well, I am just so sad for your loss! They are such majestic animals you feel like they will be with you forever..I am sure it was heartbreaking for you daughter as well. Hope your pony fairs well, you may have to get him a little friend to ease the loneliness. Wishing you well, Karolyn

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  20. I love how much yall love your animals. I am so sorry for your loss!

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  21. I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Animals are the better, quieter versions of us. I hope time softens the pain and sweetens your memories.

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  22. Nancy and Bethany ... I know your hearts are hurting now ... but how blessed that you had Willie and all the love and comfort he gave you and you him for those glorious 16 years. My heart is with you both. Much love.

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  23. Although I expressed how sorry I was about your loss on Instagram, I wanted to say it here too. I am so sorry and I am sending healing love, light and prayers to you and your family...

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  24. Nancy and Bethany...he was such a beautiful and majestic creature, and I am so happy that he came into your lives and enriched it in so many ways. Still, my heart breaks for you as it truly is like losing a member of the family. In my prayers - Rest in Peace Willie!

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