Taking Life by the Reins: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Faith

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Tate Publishing, 2012 - 176 pages
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Curtis loved to rope. In his early years he rode bulls and spent much time around the rodeo scene. Now that he was older his preference was team roping...He would spend hours upon hours taking a young horse through the same process until perfection was accomplished. Sandy would sit on the back deck and watch how patient he would be with his horses.Sandy Armstrong was only eighteen when her husband was killed in a gun accident, and she was left to raise their son on her own. Waitressing part-time to pay the bills, she enrolled in cosmetology school and began to rebuild her life.
One night at a dance hall, she met Curtis, a handsome, rugged cowboy with a son of his own. After a quick courtship, the two were married. Neither realized they both had pasts that could ruin their future together. Curtis's patience with horses did not extend to his family, and he was often harsh with them. He frequented the bars and slept with other women. Sandy almost left him several times.
But Sandy knew Curtis had a big heart, and she forgave him. Many years later, when Curtis was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, Sandy stood by his side as he underwent treatments, eventually selling their wedding rings to pay bills. When Curtis passed away, Sandy remembered his words to her: 'You move on with your life. My life is ending, but yours has not.'Taking Life by the Reins, Sandy started to rebuild her life once more.
 

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Contents

The Monopoly of Life
9
Sandy Arrives
11
The Memories of My Childhood
13
Sandys School Experiences
29
High School Has Arrived
35
Marriage at a Young Age
43
Life as a Young Single Mom
51
Meeting Prince Charming
55
This Cant Be Happening
95
The Very Last Dime is Gone
105
Surgery Day
111
Memories Stored for a Lifetime
119
Angels to the Rescue
131
The End is Nearing
139
The Memorial Service
145
Starting Life on my Own
149

Marriage Difficulties Arise
63
Reform of the Marriage
75
Were on the Right Track
79
Memories with the Children
85
The Grandchildren Arrive
87
Moving On
157
Changes in my New Life
163
Life with a Disease
169
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