This Friday February 23 will mark 10 years since Ryan's snowmobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. A day that significantly changed Ryan's life, my life and our families lives as well. On this day Ryan prefers to treat it as any other day which we usually do. We take a minute to recognize that it has been so many years since the day that changed our life forever and then go about our normal routine. For me as his wife I usually treat the day pretty much the same but I always take time to thank God for not calling Ryan home that day. It doesn't take much to bring tears to my eyes thinking about that day and how different it could have been. Even more so now as I watch our beautiful son Silas snooze away in his swing. On this day I am forever grateful that God gave us this life that we have. All the ups and downs that we have endured over these last ten years have brought us to this place of living out the life we have always imagined.
Being paralyzed has never slowed Ryan down, his determination and fighting spirit have been the keys to his success. Those attributes of his have paid off over time and have blessed us with making some of our dreams become a reality. It hasn't been easy making our dreams come true but Ryan has never stopped working hard at making them possible. We've been blessed to continue to grow our farm and we've been blessed with the arrival of our son. We have goals to continue to grow our farm and our family and hopefully someday be able to pass on our farm to our son. For those of you in the farm world you know its not easy to get into farming, to rent or buy farm land. We are blessed that my parents, brother Casey, Uncle Tim, and cousin Taylor are willing to take the time to help get Ryan in and out of the tractor and help us farm the land that Ryan and I run. We are blessed with some wonderful land lords who have never consider the fact that Ryan being paralyzed would effect him farming. They look at his character, and all the other attributes that make up who he is, at least I like to think they look at his character. I know people that meet Ryan for the first time they see his chair and wonder what his story is but when you get to know Ryan, his heart, his sense of humor, you know longer see his chair, you see him and the person he is. I'm blessed to call this man my husband. He is the most selfless human being I have ever met, he has a heart of gold, he is stubborn beyond belief, funny, sarcastic and more sensitive (in a good way) then he would want me to say.
So on this ten year anniversary what better way to celebrate the life God gave us then to share our interview with Successful Farming. They had reached out to us last year after coming across our blog. This past fall Kacey came out and interviewed us and had plans to share the interview this week. Ryan definitely does better being in front of a video camera then I do but both the article and video turned out very well! You never know what path life will take you on, but even on the bumpy road always stay determined, always fight for what you want in this life, because this life is worth living! Every day is a gift from God, don't waste it, take advantage of it!
Head on over to check out the interview with Successful Farming www.agriculture.com/sf-special
To read about Ryan's accident check out our blog post the-day-our-life-change.html
Thank you to all of our family and friends who have supported Ryan, who have supported us. We love you all so very much and we know each of you have memories from that day. Take a minute to celebrate life on Friday, I know we will!