The Years Are Short

Thursday, August 25, 2016

This week, everyone's social media has been filled with back-to-school photos.  I thought it would be fun to get in on the action myself, with this little gem from 1998.

This was Garrett's first day of 1st grade and Gabrielle's of 3rd grade.  Though I didn't know it at the time, this would be our last first day at a traditional school, as before the year was out, we began to homeschool.

Though it seems like just yesterday, my precious children were this age, the reality is, it was eighteen years ago!  It's a good time to remind you young moms that these days with little ones in your home really are fleeting.  Though it may seem like they will be forever needy and that you will never have a moment to yourself, the truth is, the exhausting days will be gone before you know it...probably before you're ready for it.  In the blink of an eye, you will have a quiet house...a neat house...and plenty of time to pursue your own interests.  Only thing is, you may not want those things anymore.  You'll be wishing for the chance to turn the clock back and to relive the "little kid" years all over again.

So, young moms, hang in there.  The days are long, but the years are very short!!  This back-to-school photo is proof of that.

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It's a Veterinary Year!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wow!  What a veterinary-filled five months it's been!  Since getting our adorable Gracie in mid-March, we have been to the vet's office well over a dozen times.  At Gracie's initial check-up, it was determined that she had come to us with ear mites, kennel cough, and the intestinal parasites coccidia and giardia. (Obviously, her home of origin was not up to cleanliness standards, but the breeder refused to accept any responsibility for the puppy's ill health.)

Of course, our sweet girl had to be treated for all of those conditions, and it took three rounds of an anti-parasitic to clear up the coccidia, as well as three-rounds of another medicine to clear up the giardia.  Of course, since those things are contagious, we also had to treat Ginger.

In addition to all those "illness" visits, we had the series of puppy shots, Ginger's required shots, and Gracie's spaying.  Seriously, I'm quite sure we've been to the vet's office twenty times in the last several months, and last week, when I removed the collar/cone from Gracie, I was excited that my dogs were both healthy and that trips to the vet were over for awhile.

Alas, I was wrong.  Ginger had to go in today.  The result of something called cheat grass, she had an abscess on her left front paw.  The paw was lanced, then drained, and she was sent home with a wrapped foot and that lovely Elizabethan collar, otherwise known as the cone of shame.  For another seven days, that lovely collar will be a part of our lives.

We love our vet...but we really don't want to see him as often as we have been doing.  We would be happy with a little more space between our visits.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope your visit has been enjoyable and that you will return again soon. Blessings upon you, my friends,

Five Faves This Week (8/19)

Friday, August 19, 2016

It's Friday...time to take a look back at this past week and take note of all the blessings that came my way.  I'm joining in with Susanne of Living to Tell the Story to share my five favorite things in the past week.

1.  Beautiful, encouraging card---My primary love language is affirming words, so I was blessed beyond measure by the lovely, handmade card I received in the mail this week.  Not only do I appreciate the time that went in to making the card, but the words written were life-giving and full of love.  Thank you, Elizabeth, for touching my heart through your gift of beautiful words.

2.  Lunch, shopping, and conversation with Gabrielle and Nancy---I spent pretty much the entire day Monday with my daughter and a very dear friend.  We had lunch, shared our hearts, encouraged one another, and hit Michael's and Hobby Lobby in search of home decor. I am so incredibly thankful for the gift I have in both of these beautiful women.

3.  A cone-free Gracie---Ten days after her surgery, Gracie is completely well.  She can be active again, so I no longer have to sedate her.  Plus, she doesn't have to wear that Elizabethan collar/cone anymore.

4.  Thursday's moon---As I was driving home last evening, I was overwhelmed by the stunning beauty of the rising moon.  It was a huge, orange ball.  At first, I wasn't even sure it was the moon---I honestly thought a hot air balloon was on fire.   I can't remember ever seeing the moon look that orange...or that enormous!  I wanted to get a picture of it, but there was no place for me to pull over.

5.  Racial harmony in the Olympics---I am sick to death of hearing about all the racial disharmony in America today.  I feel like the media only reports the negative stories, and I am just so weary of it.  So, it was a breath of fresh air to see Simone Biles and Aly Raisman after they won their medals this week.  The two girls are obviously very close, and I loved watching them interact with one another, especially during their interview with Bob Costas.

What about y'all?  What brought you joy this past week?  Would you like to tell us about those things?  If so, please visit Living to Tell the Story to link up with Friday's Fave Five.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope your visit has been enjoyable and that you will return again soon. Blessings upon you, my friends,

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