Wednesday, January 22, 2014

and the winners are...

Laura and Melissa!

I have notified both and they will be getting boot cuffs in the mail soon. Thank you so much to everyone who entered!  I got so many cool answers.  We are going to

Berlin, Germany!

Again, my Dad is speaking over there.  He got us all tickets from points he has saved up from AMEX.   I'm so excited!  We are leaving early in February and also going to Amsterdam, England, and Scotland.  I am so very excited!  I have a question for all of you...Where is somewhere in England and/or Scotland?  We are trying to decide which places to go.  It's so very hard!

Thank you to all who entered!  Have a wonderful week! (:


Friday, January 3, 2014

a temporary good bye

Bob's story:

when we got our friendly english pointer in 2008, he came with papers saying that he was heart worm free, and that he had all of his shots. we fell in love with him.  he's such a sweet dog, and he loves loving on people. a year later, when we had our annual check up, we found out he had heart worms.  it was a shock, considering we had given him heart worm preventative ever since we got him.  we immediately started treatments.   after he was heart worm free, we got him married (; him and his wife Gabby had 9 puppies, but only 3 survived.

this past November, my dad was on the way home from Canada.  Bob started to cough a bit.  he eventually got worse, and dad was rushing to get him to the vet.  he almost passed away right there in the car.  he was breathing very very heavily.  when they got to the vet, the dr started an iv on him, and saw that his lungs were full of fluid.  he prescribed lasix, and sent Bob home on bed rest.  (:  when he got home, we treated him like  king.  he came in the house, laid in front of the fire, and got lots of love from us.  the next few weeks, he had his mountains to overcome.  he wouldn't eat at first, but then we figured out that he liked lunch meat, so we would buy lunch meat to give to him.  then, he got very bad one day, and dad took him to the vet.  our doctor kept him over the weekend, and got over half the fluid out of his lungs.  he came home, and Bob enjoyed a lovely Christmas with us.

on new year's day, we decided that Bob was well enough to go back to the kennel.  he was eating good, he was happy, and he was getting a little bit spoiled (;  later that day, us girls went to town. when we got home, it was after dark.  whenever it gets cold, my dad puts our dogs in our dog trailer that has hay and is nice and warm.  he went to put the dogs in and saw Bob laying in his run.  he had died earlier that day.

dad came back in the house and spoke to mom in private about it.  me, my friend melissa, mary and emma were all playing a lively game of uno when dad came and told us the news.  i was shocked.  he was so well earlier that day that i didn't think he would pass so soon.  it was very heart breaking for all of us.  dad had taken bob, wrapped him snugly in a sleeping bag, and put him in our barn in case any of us wanted to say our good byes.  me, mom, and emma went to see him.  i do have to say that when i saw him, i wanted to throw up.  i was mad.  mad that bob had to suffer.  mad that God had put us through this.  and i was so upset that bob was gone.  but, you know what i thought, after all my complaining?  we were blessed with the 5 years we had with bob.  he was such a sweet dog, an amazing hunter, and we have so many memories with him.  he is already so dearly missed, but this is only a temporary good bye.  we will see him again some day.

bob's wife gabby with the puppies



willow (she looks just like her daddy!)

bob and gabby last year

the pointer 'babies' from l to r- w.c, willow, and menzie

bob right after he got home and got a bath this past november

frolly was taking care of him (:

one of the last pictures we have of bob.

good bye sweet boy.  i love you so very much.

I wonder where dogs go when they die.

Do they find a kennel up in the sky

A place where they can rest

After living on earth and giving their best. 

I lost my dog a dear old friend

Willing and able to the end

A good companion trusty and true

Oh..Old friend I do miss you.  

When out shooting pheasant or hare

If I looked round your always there

To do my birding so willing and able

We always took something back to the table 

When I worked in the garden mowing or weeding

Your eyes full of begging and pleading

To go for a walk by the river

At the sound of my voice your body would quiver 

No more can I look in your faithful old eyes

But perhaps if I look in the grey winter skies

Memories will come of the day that I treasure

Of days spent together when you gave so much pleasure.

- Fred Miller

A Visit from the Thompson's!

Some of my best friends came to visit me on Sunday!  You might remember that I met Melissa through my blog almost two years ago.  We went and met them in July.  This time, they came to visit us on their way back from a trip to Texas for Christmas.  I was so excited to see them!  The whole family stayed until Tuesday, and now Melissa is staying with me until next week.  It's been so fun to be together!  so thankful for our friendship (:

We took them to the beach, and got a few pics(:

all the girls, from l to r, Kaitlyn, me, Melissa, Emma, Emily, & Rachel

the Thompson's

they are so photogenic!


A Visit from Aunt Retta & Uncle Bobby

My sweet Aunt Retta and Uncle Bobby live about 4 hours away.  We don't get to see them very often, but whenever we do, it's always so much fun.  They have three grown sons.  We got to visit with two of them this time, Peter John and Robert.  I so enjoy listening to all of their stories and hearing how God has worked in their lives.  Both of them are such an inspiration to me (:

Uncle Bobby

Emma & Aunt Retta

Mary & Aunt Retta

lunch time!

Aunt Retta with her great nieces (:

playing some hymns for them (:

I can't wait till we get to visit with our sweet family again!


Christmas 2013

Hi everyone!

We had a wonderful Christmas down here in the South.  Christmas Eve, we woke up and Mom picked us each out a present to open.  She gave us each a necklace that had our initial on it with a single pearl on the chain.  It's really pretty.  Later that day, we went to a Christmas Eve service at my violin teacher's church.  We got there, and it was absolutely packed.  There were no seats left, and we would've had to stand the whole service...unless we walked down the aisle to the choir section.  oh my word.  I hate it when people look at me period, but when I saw that we'd have to walk the long, dreaded trek to the choir, I almost died.  Thankfully, a family had to walk up there before us, but still.  It was so embarrassing!  The service was really nice, and we came home and watched the movie Elf.  

Christmas morning, I got up around 7:30.  My parents have a rule where we can't come downstairs until they tell us to (:  Around 8:00, my parents told us we could come down.  Mom had set out presents for Emma, and the tree was lit up beautifully.  It was so nice.  For Christmas, I got a few new clothes, two new pairs of boots, an Eno hammock, and some make up.  I got a few other nick nacks too (:
For Mary and Emma, I got them each rings that say big sis and lil sis on them.  I got Emma some American Girl things, and Mary a new purse.

For Mom, I got her books about Julia Child and Julia Child's cookbook, along with some new pjs (: and for Dad, I got him a very practical gift...sweatpants!

After we all opened presents, my Uncle Jon came over and we had a big breakfast (:

Here are some pics!

before we came downstairs...

our advent calendar

waiting on the stairs.  the dogs were so patient to wait with us (; lol and yes.  my eyes are closed.  (;

Emma opening my present to her (:

Emma got a ukulele! 

Mary opening my gift to her


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating Christ's birth!