Friday, April 18, 2014

The right thing is rarely the easy thing...



We had to say goodbye last week to our sweet boy, Reggie. He was 15. He lived a good, long life. But the time came when his legs began giving out on him and his breathing became more and more labored.

And we knew...it was time.

We were blessed in that the vet came to our home making the transition as comfortable and stress free as something like that can be. Having had to do "the right thing" for two pets now...one in a sterile and uncaring vets office, and one at home...at home is the only way to go.

I mean, in the end, it is what it is; one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do. Ever. It sucks. But as I watched Reggie limp around the backyard the night before, struggling to relieve himself, hesitating going up the garage steps, and then needing our help to get him in the house, get him out of the house, get him up, lay him down...he was miserable. And I realized as I watched him tough it out, struggling with every single thing he had to do, that it was my responsibility to do "the right thing". I couldn't put it off any longer.

Our pets rely on us for everything...food, water, a safe place to sleep, warmth, shade, love, comfort, kind words...and yes, in the end, mercy.

Rest in Peace, Reggie. 
You were my good boy...
I love you and will miss you always.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday in the Word

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I cannot imagine my life without Jesus. 
I lived without Him in my life for a lot of years. 
I wouldn't go back to that darkness for anything in the world. 

Thank you, Jesus, for plucking me out of the mud and mire.
Thank you for guiding me, loving me, saving me.

Some people get uncomfortable with the name Jesus. 
Don't be.
He is good. 
He loves you.
And He will bring you out of the darkness, too.
xo




Monday, April 7, 2014

just a lot.



It's been a busy, busy week or so around here...

  • Seth headed back to SLO. It was nice having him home. It's always good to have us all under one roof. 
  • To ease our heavy hearts after he headed back, Chris and Ian and I headed to Mt. Diablo for a hike. It was amazing and I showed some fears who was boss when I climbed this.
  • I started a new bible study last week. 
  • I've been work, work, working, of course. 
  • Friday night I took my mom to our school musical...we went to dinner first with a friend from work and her family then headed to the show. It was a nice evening...
  • Saturday I got up early and headed to a women's conference...a friend and her church hosted a Priscilla Shirer simulcast and it was good. Really good. I needed that, for sure.
  • My heart has been heavy the past couple of days...five local teens got in a terrible car accident Saturday evening...two died and three are in critical condition. So, so sad.
  • Also making my heart heavy is the fact that Reggie isn't doing so great these days...I know the time is coming, soon. It's just such a hard decision to make. 
Sometimes there's so much to say you just don't know where to start, ya know? 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday in the Word


do you need this?
A WHOLE lot...a whole, whole, WHOLE lot.



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday morning...






Friday, March 28, 2014

old movies.



The summer between my 9th and 10th grade year I probably watched (at least) two or three old movies a week. We had one of the movie channels...HBO, Showtime, one of those...and they would play old movies on weekday mornings. So after sleeping in, and while working on the chore list mom left for me before she headed off to work, I'd watch an old movie.

I remember a few specifically...

Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda...quite possibly my absolute favorite. There's not a scene in that movie that I don't love.

Cheaper by the Dozen was another good one...the dad was strange but would you believe I employ a variation of his bath time routine for the most efficient use of shower time?

Houseboat  also stands out in my memory...though I can't tell you exactly why. Sophia Loren wasn't necessarily a favorite...but maybe I liked the houseboat itself? Or maybe I liked Cary Grant? Ahem.

Doris Day movies were always fun...they were light and upbeat. And she was so pretty and put together. Send Me No Flowers is a favorite...not only is it a cute movie, but the house is awesome, too. Love that back patio.

Of course, I can't talk about old movies without mentioning Shirley Temple. The Little Princess is my all-time favorite...when her dad returns from the war and saves the day?! Come on!

Then of course there are the old movies that mom introduced me to...Little Women, Meet Me in St. Louis, Wizard of Oz...all of them favorites of hers, and now favorites of mine, too.

I'm not a fan of most of the remakes, I must say. Except for A Little Princess. (Honestly, I might like it better than the Shirley Temple version.) and Little Women. Other than that, I think I'm an old movie purist.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I need to pop some popcorn and find myself an old movie to watch.

How about you? Do you have a favorite old movie?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday in the Word


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Reminding myself to give soft answers...
even when my first reaction is to react with a harsh word.
Sometimes I don't heed my own reminders.
(But I try to think before I speak.)
Turning the other cheek isn't always easy. 
But it can definitely diffuse a situation. 

Doing the right thing is rarely easy thing.