Saturday, January 28, 2017

Let The Journey Begin!

Wow! What a week it was!

It started with encouraging the children to play outside in the snow because very soon all of their snow gear would be packed up...

And sledding would not be an option...
Jake is sledding down the hill with Mia!

A blurry pic of Grace's first time sledding!
I bought a new camera and once again had trouble with it...

Grace is such a trooper!
Even with her club foot she is out there sledding and 
walking up the hill!
She is such a determined little girl!

We have a wonderful sledding hill at our MN home
and we wanted to enjoy it as much as possible before leaving!

The children built forts while the dogs played!

Even Sarah was out there in her "boot" 
after breaking her leg sledding (while we were in China)!

It was a beautiful winter day!

Ever since we got home from China we noticed 
how skinny Sissy was...
My first thought was
"Oh no, they forgot to feed her...?"
but that wasn't the case...

So we decided to bring her into the vet and have her checked out...

The vet did all the necessary tests and then an ultra sound...
 We were so so so very sad to find out she had lymphoma...
I will be writing a tribute blog post 
for our sweet amazing golden retrievers...

Every day we evaluated her health and wondered-
can she make the journey with us?

Hubby and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary!

This pic is from the weekend before when we were in DC
visiting the grand babies!
So thankful we celebrated with Andrew and Katie 
because on our actual anniversary 
we did not feel that we could leave 
the children and the dog...

The next day the packers came and 
all of the things we planned to bring to Colorado
were packed away...

during this time...
the big boys came 
over one by one...
to see our sweet puppy dog...
(talk about breaking a Momma's heart...)
I prayed through every day...

The packers did a great job!
So thankful we did not have to do it!

Everything was placed in the rooms 
that had previously been flooded and 
that will not be "redone" while we are in Colorado!

God has a way of working things out...
so thankful!

The children were a bit bored but
we did not have a choice...
more TV was viewed
than ever before...

Thankfully we kept out a few entertaining items
such as puzzles, gel pens and teen coloring books!

Then Grace and Daddy went to St Louis, Mo.
to see Dr Dobb's,
so Grace could begin her club foot repair!

Grace was the only one that could use the ipad!
It was her special treat because...
between you and me...
under the circumstances...
she couldn't do anything else...
God Bless HER!

And another big brother came over to see our puppy dog...
We had glimmers of hope that she could make it to Colorado.
We were prepared for her to go with us!
We had all the right medicines and the support of her veterinarian.
For a couple days she perked up.

And the next day was Abby's birthday!
Which is also another "Happy Birthday Blog Post"!
Thankfully we celebrated 
"over a period of time"
and the birthday girl was happy with the outcome!

That same day we had 3 doctor appointments.
Victor was our translator and he was awesome!
He also translated for us during Jake's appt the week before.

And while we were going through things
we found a CD with pics
of hubby and his sisters
when they were young!

I married the guy on the far left!
He is soooo cute!

 There are not many picture of my hubby when he was young 
so these are treasures!

Hubby with his sisters!

 Thank you Auntie Kathy!
She gave us this CD before she passed away in July 2013.

So thankful that we found it and I was able to download the pictures!

What a HUNK!

And a super nice, smart guy,
that obviously loves birds... hahaha!

And a random photo found of our two beautiful doggies!

The following day the moving truck came
but because the could not get a "moving van" down to our home they
had to use a smaller truck and make a couple trips up to the van.

And another big brother came over to see our precious puppy dog...

This was the day we needed to make our decision...
We prayed and prayed about it...
And we hoped and we hoped...
 but it was obvious that she was not getting better or even maintaining...
so today our dear sweet Sissy(formally known as Missy)
was set free from her pain and her illness.

We all sobbed and sobbed 
and were rendered helpless...
we could do no more...

We mourned our loss that evening
and gave ourselves a free pass
to leave...
at what ever time worked...

We are so thankful that God has been so close this week...
so many changes,
so many transitions,
so many emotions,
and yet
everything fell into place...

The kids did so well...
all of them!
We stayed close, we cried together, we processed together
and we moved together!

The ending was sad...
but it was happy...

Thank you Jesus!

To be continued...

(I promise the next post will be happier!)


Emily said...

I am tearing up at this! I'm so sorry for your loss. My sweet cat, who has been my pet since a child, passed away a few months ago and I'm still grieving. I will pray for continued comfort for your family, as well as a smooth transition into your new home.

Jenny said...

Makes me cry -

Janet said...

Boy, I thought my week was hectic! You're so encouraging and always seeing the positive! I thought the 1st pic was YOUR kids, because hubby looked just like Billy...but then saw the little girl had curly hair. I think each pic looks most like Billy.
I pray you get settled quickly and smoothly.

mtnrunner said...

It's so hard to see our four legged family members decline and have to say goodbye. What a busy eventful week. Hopefully getting to and settling down in Colorado will be less chaotic! I heard we are supposed to have warming weather (40s) all next week although coming from Minnesota you guys wouldn't have been so bothered by the 15 degree days last week!

mary m said...

Being the dog lover that I am
I can't look at that last pic of
Sissy without crying!....just
look at that beautiful face, as
if she knows its "good-bye, I
love you all so much.Thank you"
Bless you all as you go through
the move to Colorado. What a
gorgeous state it is. Thank you
for your precious sharing of your
family adventures...

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