Monday, March 2, 2009

My KC Anniversary

As of today, it's been a year since I started my life over here in Kansas City. When I came here, I was homeless, jobless, and without the help of my friends and sister I don't know what I would have done. My dear friend Darlene helped me move all the way from Texas, took in the few horses I couldn't place and let me stay a couple of days with her. Then my sister took me in for a month while I got a job and got a place to live. My friend Vicki Morgan also offered to let me stay with her at her place near Ft Worth, TX, but since the best job I had ever had was in Kansas City, I felt I needed to come back here and try to build a new life.

I placed all my horses because I thought at the time it would take me years to get back up on my feet and be able to properly care for them, so I made plans as such. My grandfather always said you don't have animals you can't take care of, so I did what I thought was right for them. I was so fortunate to find a job right away--I had my phone interview driving from Darlene's house to Kansas City! I was offered the job on my third interview and although I started at a relatively low wage, I was able to squeeze by paying the rent for a few months.

Although I've had a few tragedies touch my life over this past year, overall I feel incredibly blessed for how far I was able to come so very quickly. I thought it would take me a minimum of two years to be able to get a place and keep my horses with me again. I was so blessed to have success at work and work for a company that appreciated me and promoted me, so I was able to look for a place to keep my horses with me and make enough, on my own, to properly care for them.

I went from being homeless and jobless, not knowing what to do, to now having 7 acres, a barn, an oversized 2 car garage and a 3 bedroom home with an incredible view, a terrific job where I'm appreciated, and all my wonderful horses, almost all of which are here with me and the one who's not is happy, well-cared for and loved up in Oregon (and at least I have a place for him if and when he needs to come home)--all within one year. I've really been pretty lucky to have things turn around so quickly and I try to remember how blessed I am everyday. I have wonderful friends, a very nice little herd of my own, and really am not want for anything.

Thank you so much to all my friends and family for their support and encouragement over the past year. All of you know there have been some pretty rough moments, but with your caring words you've helped me through them all more than you can ever know. I hope one day I can repay each and everyone of you for the kindnesses you showed me. May this coming year bring lots of blessings and fun for us all!! :))


knoyes said...

Jessie, Good people have good friends and good things happen to them. Of course you had some bumps in the road, but you are "good people". Your integrity was sealed for me with the whole Ebony, Paula, whats her name fiasco....that was not a good deal for you, and then my gut feeling turned out right and you stepped right up and said what had happened. You didn't have to do that and I might have never known, but you pulled on your big girl panties and stepped up. Says alot. I am honored to be friends with you. Kim

Jessie Baker said...

Thank you so much, Kim. That was a fiasco and I couldn't ever thank you enough for all your understanding. It was a bad deal, but it all turned out for the best. I'd never imagined I'd have Ebony's gorgeous filly. I love Laramie so much. Thank you for sending her to me, and for giving me the benefit of the doubt. You are a true friend!!