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The Poodle

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions,

they pass no criticisms.” ~ George Elliot

Pets can be the best balm for a hurting heart.

Consider this my formal blog announcement that we did add a third furry friend to the family this year.  Her name is Persephone and we adopted her this summer past.  She is the exact dog I have always called my dream dog… well, if my dream dog had been put in the dryer too long.  She is a purebred miniature black poodle.  I have always wanted a standard poodle for bird hunting but this little lady will do just fine in every other pet aspect as I plan to explain further.

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There Was An Autumn!

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …

~Ecclesiastes 3:1-22~ ESV

Saying autumn was lovely is almost a given… it was lovely… and longer then usual so we enjoyed mild snowless weather right up until December.  Even now our December is not crazy snowy or crazy cold.  The kids had a great time covering the whole town on Halloween, getting too much candy and enjoying the hot chocolate and hotdogs handed out by our local seniors club.  I ran around taking as many pictures of the pretty changing leaves, as often as I could get out, and the dog (Riddick the smooth fox terrier) enjoyed the longer warm season… he hibernates come winter… poor little guy has very little fur.  School events are underway with clubs and sports for each of the kids, my man and I are enjoying our continued time spend volunteering for Spoken Word Ministries and we are all settled in to our old house actually able to await a real snowed in winter after such a good fall.

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Rubber Boots Required

“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;

his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

~Hosea 6:3~

My morning walk was so warm and comfortable and calm.  Rubber boots required and this fact made it clear that spring does indeed come to the prairies each year.  No matter how long the winter seems it ends in a damp season full of mud and pot holes in the road but no bugs, no blistering hot summer sun and very little yard work!  I got teary eyes on the way home.  I was thankful that if by chance I was spotted the prairie winds are always a good explination for watery eyes. Continue reading →

What a LOUD change QUIET has been!

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

~Psalm 62:5 (ESV)~

Quiet is now found in my days.  Silence, a much desired prize only so shortly ago when my crew of kids were younger, is something I have had to go through mixed feelings about once found.

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Feeding the Birds

My eldest son came home very excited about a school project that made a simple and quick bird feeder.  The crafting table was set up and we decided to encourage and help the little chickadees specifically.  These adorable chubby birds stay here all winter and must be hungry.

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Extrovert In Me?

Can being less busy actually make you more extroverted?  Can being bombarded with busyness make one an introvert?  Moving has been a literal step back for me.  Settling meant all the stuff keeping me busy before has had to take a back seat. Moving away from the city means all the ways city life is good at keeping one busy is now optional for me.  I don’t have to face it day after day and I can be more myself without fighting to be myself.  I am happily in no hurry to take up the rush again, to join the flow of DOING and GOING.  I am totally okay with being ordinary and with my kids just slowly frittering away the summer. I am a townie and living in a town has made me feel more like ME again! Continue reading →

Bugs and Buddies

I am not the only gardener in the family.  My husband and I planted a delightful little violet willow tree together, my 4 year old has been a very busy helper as I put in the seeds for all out vegetables and we have all been excited about the little plants we placed at the front yard, which should eventually provide us with a nice hedge.  As a little pat on the back I even picked up a few pretty little garden decorations.  It felt so official, I am a gardener, as I picked out GARDEN DECORATIONS.

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The Cat

What can make my children, especially the girls, suddenly more then eager to walk the dog?  A cat, but of course.

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Riddick’s Blood Pressure

They insist that contact between dog and owner is healthy for both.  Now I love my fox terrier but I feel like we are both just too up tight to really be lowering one another’s blood pressure.

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Two Years

Two years ago my baby boy was two.  He spent much of his time pretending to be a dog.   So we got him a four legged friend; a purebred retired show dog named Riddick.  Riddick, the smooth fox terrier, was named after a Vin Diesel movie character, and he had plenty of character himself.   He needed a home and we needed a dog to adopt.

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