ABOUT THE EUKER FAMILY
It is so very hard to believe "again" that I have not done an update on our family for so long. So much has continued to happened in our lives but that is the course of life. There have been many trials and many triumphs and the Lord has continued to bless our family and to take care of each and every one of us in miraculous ways. Here is our latest updates on our incredible crew who are also our closest friends! Their isn't anyone we would rather spend our time with than our children and our grandchildren. The saying that says that "grandchildren are a parents reward" is so...........very, very true! We have (8) rewards and they are indeed......"Precious in His sight"! Our children and grandchildren are the light of our lives and the fruit of our years together that has multiplied over the years. For them...we are thankful.
Our number two son, Matthew (32) and his wife, Carrie, continue to reside in Hamilton which is south of our location.
Their crew includes Isaac (9) who is in 4th grade and enjoys all sports and being one of the guys, playing drums or guitar with his dad or hanging with his friends.
Rachel (7) is in 2nd grade and is the princess of her family. You will always find her in some type of dress or dress-up outfit dancing and singing wherever she goes.
Caleb (4) is "the little" brother and the spitting image "literally" of his dad! Kinda amazing such a little fella can look so much like dad at that age. He LOVES trains, anything that has to do with a ball, no matter the sport.
Matthew has a very successful business called Precision Painting and Construction and Carrie works part time for a company at home and is of course a full time mom. She has great ambition in several areas of life and does them with great passion. Matthew is also the Associate Pastor and Worship Leader at Riverside Christian Center in Hamilton, MT. Matthew is very gifted musically and can pick up and play most all instruments and play them well. Lets just say, they are a "very" busy family!
Our #3 son Samuel & his wife Emily's family include two rambunctious boys, Liam (6) & Eoin (almost 3).
Sam has also been blessed with a very prosperous business, Elk Ridge Contracting, which has allowed his wife Emily, to fulfill her dream of being an at-home mom taking care of & homeschooling the boys. His passion for hunting season and the Green Bay Packers is a big part of their family life!
Emily has done quite well in following in her mother-in-law's footsteps and becoming the next endurance rider junky! She also has a hobby in photography and is hoping for an opportunity to pursue Equine Photography.
Liam is a complete Lego fan with his latest creation being the StarWars Star Destroyer which has a kizzilion pieces. Star Wars pretty much has his complete focus at this time.
Eoin following in the footsteps of Liam at that age, loves to play trains. He is always wanting me to come in the playroom in the morning with my coffee and sit and play Thomas Train on the wooden track.
We share a 7 bedroom home with Sam, Emily & the kids with each one of us having a side of the house. It is always full of folks, family, poos and lots of love and fun!!
"Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am."
Last but not least, this is what Steve and I have been doing!! This year was busy with our precious poodles and sharing them with many of you that are reading this letter. They are such a gift in our lives and it is a privilege to play a part in bringing a new family member to those of you around the country and abroad. We thank each and every one of you that chose Shiloh Garden Standards for your standard poodle. With each puppy that leaves our home, you are getting a part of us and we feel that we are giving you the greater gift. They continue to bring us much joy and we are so thankful to live the lifestyle that we do here on the ranch, that enables us to raise this magnificent breed!
Our children and our grandchildren however, remain our greatest treasures on this earth! Without us, they would not be and without them, who would we be? We have 8 beautiful and talented grandchildren that make life complete. They are our life, our joy and we are so thankful for each and every one of them. Their is not one person we would rather spend our time with than our family!
Steve & I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary July 21st, 2015!!! Very thankful for a Godly man by my side like Steve to share life's journey with.
Steve is busy working with FedEx and due to time restrains and a bad break in both bones in his lower right leg in April of 2015 he no longer is spending anytime in the saddle and his main passion of playing basketball may have seen its last season. He broke his leg less than 1 minute into a basketball game at the YMCA.........So he is looking towards hunting season with minimal walking if possible.
Then there's me......I was born to ride, and to ride hard, ride fast and ride very...........far. They say a woman's place is in the kitchen, well..............I would dispute that to say, " a woman's place is in the saddle in the mountains or wherever their four hooves take you!"
My earnest passion of the Arabian breed will always stir my soul as long as I can walk, talk and think straight!
After a 2 year hiatus of not being able to compete due to a break at the base of my ball joint in my hip spring of 2014 and all the other trials that life has brought with Alana, moving and Steve's injury, my plan is to be back competing in endurance in 2016!!! I will be training both myself and my boy Chan throughout the winter being tougher on myself than him. He holds much promise for the season and I hope to see Emily by my side riding either Nakona or our other new upcoming Big Starr!!
Shylea .....who is our baby girl at (27) got married to the love of her life and an absolutely amazing man October 2014. It is truly a blessing for her and Alana to have Braden in their life and to continue on with "Alana's Story"! Braden works for State Farm Insurance and is doing very well in the business. This enables Shylea to now be full time with Alana and her rehabilitation and not work to support her & Alana. He is an awesome dad to Alana and the perfect addition to the Euker Family.
Alana's story is long....but the nutshell version is..... she started with seizures at 1 years of age, of which escalated to massive proportions continually over which time we tried every possible drug and alternative known & possible for her. September 2013 was her first surgery in which she had an abnormality removed as well as her right temporal lobe removed. Our hope was that she would not have another seizure, however, after 3 months, they started again and reached out of control again in October/November. December 2, 2014 Alana had a Corpus Callosotomy which is where the two hemispheres are separated. As of September 2015 when have had not seizures and she is working hard in therapy to regain what she can in her left arm and leg.
Shylea is daily busy with Alana running to and fro to all of her therapies. She hopes to start riding again with her momma when Alana starts school this fall.
Emily & I at the Camas Creek Canter
Our oldest son, Brandon (35) and his family live in Gig Harbor, WA and are both done with their service to the United States Military. Their travels have included several different states and two tours of duty to Iraq. Brandon and his wife Lacey are continuing their education since leaving the military. Their passion is traveling in their VW Bus and camping with the kids!
Together Brandon and Lacey have two of our beloved grandchildren, Chance and Kylan. Chance is 14 and has a passion for playing soccer and has many incredible goals for his future. Kylan, 12, is a girls girl and loves to take pictures and draw. She is quite an amazing little artist.
Last but not least, we have the latest addition to their family, BamBam Jr. of BamBam and Wilma. He is often confused with a fluffy teddy bear) also shares his home with Baylock an English Mastiff & two cats, Bongo & Bianca.
Emily on Nakona at Hooves & Company
I hope you enjoyed seeing our family and who they are!
Happy 30th Anniversary 2015
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