Friday, July 13, 2018

Celebrating Grace!

Dear Grace,
It is a joy to celebrate you!

You are a blessing to this family!

And you are always so good natured!

Except, when your brothers tease you...

And because you are not one to defend yourself...

We are helping you to speak up for yourself 
and to tell your brothers to stop it.
We are teaching you to ignore bothersome behavior
and to move on to more important things!

But wait a second!
You share your birthday with someone that LOVES you very much!

When we saw that your birthday was the same as mine...
we knew you were ours!

Our oldest son Matt, has the same birthday as Dad 
and now our youngest daughter Grace, 
has the same birthday as her mom!

So, it was my turn to sneak into the pic and enjoy it with you!

So for today we get a 2fer celebration!

 The other kids love making cards for the birthday girl or boy!

You loved opening your presents!

And you were thankful for each and every one of them!

You have a heart of gold, dear daughter!

And to think...
if we didn't move forward,
we could have missed this...

I can't imagine that...

Yep! We gave you a water gun so you could defend yourself at the pool! 

I think she is beaming with joy! 

Grace turned 10 in May!
And I turned much older than that!

In China they do not celebrate birthdays.
Especially for orphans...
so this is Grace's 2nd celebration.

She is loving every minute of it!

I think she is putting some thought into her wish!

Thank you Jesus!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

April 14th and 15th, 2018

Do you like my flowers?

I just picked them from my garden!

Just kidding!

It started out like this...
not so bad,

But the snow never stopped!

It just kept coming...

Here is what April 14th and 15th looked like in Minnesota...

It looks like we completely missed spring this year...

Record low temps,
record snow,
record blizzard,
record depression,
record ice on the lakes,
record everything you don't want a record for...

The best part of a spring snowstorm is
that it will melt FAST!

It was a little too much weight for this tree!

Sarah was the first to go out and test the conditions!

We couldn't help ourselves...
we had to measure it!

Yes, that reads 19 inches...
because of the blowing a drifting.
It is NOT 19 inches everywhere...
Praise God!

Where did Sarah go?

Actually, the snow is a lot of fun for the kids!
They LOVE playing in it...
It's kinda like playing in the sand at the beach!

It was pretty funny watching the dogs try to run through the snow!

They weren't quite sure how to handle it!

They looked like bounding rabbits!
That's Quincy's back end in the air!

We are thankful that these two are getting along...
It was hard enough not keeping our Teddy...
Just can't bear to do it again...

Record low temps,
record snow,
record blizzard,
record depression,
record everything you don't want a record for...

Where are you?

The average for today's date is 60 degrees...
What's wrong with average?
I like average!
I'm good with average!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

We Didn't Know...

We didn't know?
We thought,
 what we were doing... was a great choice!

From left to right-
Teddy, Quincy and Sunny.

(from left to right- Sunny, Teddy and Quincy)

We knew it would be challenging
with 3 puppies the same age but we didn't know it would
NOT be a good choice for them and for us...

Unfortunately, we were uneducated
on the do's and don'ts of adding three female puppies,
 all the same age,
to our family.

It was a blast in the beginning.

A bit overwhelming after the first few months
and a zoo as they got older.

But we loved our puppies and knew within a year
they would calm down and be great adult doggies.

What we didn't know was,
 as they reach the 15 month to 2 year mark
they begin to get more territorial and claim their breeding rights.

As they hit young adulthood
and the alpha female lets the other females know,
that she is in charge and the leader of the pack.
She has all the mating rights...

Even though they are a spayed
the hormones are there
and they are strong...

Teddy exerted her right as the alpha
Quincy and Sunny didn't agree with Teddy...
And it got a bit nasty...
really nasty...

I have researched this issue at length,
talked to dog trainers,
dog behavioralist,
other breeders,
and facebook groups filled with dog owners.

This was bound to happen...
and before it gets too nasty or dangerous
we need to separate our doggies...

(The day Teddy came home!)

 they are amazing dogs
but together at 16 months old...
not so much!

Love is NOT the issue...
We adore and are passionate about each one of our pups...

How did we choose?

We didn't...
It became obvious that our wonderful Teddy was an alpha...
so much so,
that she needed to let the others know...
And unfortunately, she didn't do it in a gentle manor...

We never ever imagined that these two beauties
would not get along as they got older...
We thought they were soul sisters!

Sweet Teddy as a puppy!

Teddy is an amazing doggy,
perfect in every way
and probably the most beautiful of all our puppies.

Unfortunately, all three have attempted to claim the alpha spot
Quincy and Sunny seem
to be getting along...
so far...
we think...???

(The good old days!)

Our hearts are breaking again...

One minute I am thinking we need to go ahead
with rehoming her...
and the next minute I'm thinking...
What are we doing and why are we doing this?
We love and adore her...
we don't want to give her up.

We feel that the Lord is asking us to do what's hard,
and to put our trust in HIM.

Instead of doing just
what we want...
we have to do what we don't want to do.

I feel like we should be the family that welcomes-
the new child,
the new dog,
the new cat,

BUT not this time...

She loves a good belly rub...

and playing in the snow!

God heard our prayers
and through local friends and facebook
we found the perfect family for our beautiful
(Thank you, Katie and Marty!)

They live 5 miles away and still within our community!
They lost their doggy about 8 months ago
and are feeling ready now for a new doggy!
They were just beginning the search
for a Golden Retriever between 1-2 years old.
Since they had always had red Goldren's
that is what they were hoping for!
Teddy will be there 5th Golden Retriever!

They are Golden Retriever LOVERS,
just like us!

We are going to miss you sweet Teddy...


Our God is so amazing and we are so thankful!

We know she will be
so loved,
showered with attention,
taken on endless walks,
and blessed by an awesome family!

Please say a pray for Teddy's adjustment!
For our family's hearts to heal,
for the many tears of our children
(and their Mother)...

And if you can,
will you say an extra prayer
that Quincy and Sunny
get along
and can live together...
with us!

(Teddy, Quincy, Sunny)

Thank you dear friends!

Hubby, Sarah and Melissa brought Teddy to her new home today.
There was a bed waiting for her in the family room
and a crate in her new parents bedroom!
She gets the run of the house!
AND it was her new Mom's birthday!
What a great gift both ways!
Thank you Jesus!