Month: April 2011

There’s another red head in the family

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(I apologize for the awfulness of some of these pictures…I’ll blame it on my phone.)

We are excited to announce a new addition to our family! And that we have another red head!

It’s not Gracie…

Or Cobo (my parent’s dog)…

Meet Peanut…

My sister’s year old miniature dachshund. Peanut and Angel are inseparable. I don’t know that Peanut is always so excited about Angel carrying her and holding her 24/7 whenever we come to visit. But they make a pretty cute pair.  Angel calls her Baby Peanut but she also walks around saying, “Baby baby,” in an Elvis voice. She also talks about Peanut being “just her size.”

This weekend my sister said that she thought Peanut should become Angel’s dog.  We were blown away by my sister’s loving gift because we know she loves Peanut so much. But she loves Angel more and loves to see her so happy.  And being the ridiculously crazy loving parents that we are, we said sure why not.

So Peanut came home with us and is getting settled into a new routine with her new family. And trying like crazy to survive the constant attention, touching and holding from a certain 2 and 3 year old.

(No Peanut’s were harmed in the taking of this picture. This was on our 2 block drive back to my parent’s house.)

This was us on our way home. Someone might be just a little bit happy. My sister told Angel on Easter Sunday that she was going to get to take Peanut home. From then on Angel would say that she was going to be Angel’s mama. So sweet.

Peanut’s first night home was last night and she was pretty traumatized. And so was this mama. I’m not sure what we were thinking. Am I mentally capable of having another toddler in our family who poops all over? I think I told the kids 394 times tonight to quit touching and picking up the poor dog. Thankfully my sister is more than willing to take Peanut back if it doesn’t work out for me. We had to make Peanut feel at home though so she got a new bling collar, a new blankie (one of Angel’s old blankets), a new toy and she even got a bath tonight.

Cuddling after baths…

Peanut’s new bling collar, toy and blankie…

So we shall see how this new adventure turns out. Peanut really is a sweet girl so I’m hoping we can get her potty trained and help her to not be so stressed about the two toddlers and the two other big dogs.  Last night she sad cuddled in her blanket on the couch while I did sit ups watching The Biggest Loser. And she didn’t even laugh at me.

This morning she ate all her breakfast and then went outside with the big dogs and did her business. I think she might be a keeper!

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He makes it endurable

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Pat and I went running yesterday. We were still at my parent’s house and so we had to run down the hill. Which means we had to run back up it.

If you don’t remember the hill, you should read this post.

Pat almost didn’t come with, but I’m so glad he did. Even though we didn’t talk much (ya know, cause we couldn’t breath), it was almost enjoyable having him along. As enjoyable as running could be. At one point I said it was fun.

Missy: Well, maybe not fun. But you certainly make it endurable.

Pat: Is endurable a word?

Missy: If it’s not, it is now.

We of course didn’t run all the way up the hill. We ran and then walked and then ran jogged and then walked and then ran fast walked and then walked the rest of the way home.  But even through pain and numb feet and knees throbbing and shoulders aching, it was endurable. Because he was along for the ride.

How true is that of our walk with Jesus.

Sometimes the road is long. Tiresome. Takes our breath away.

But Jesus is there the entire way, walking (running) beside us. Sometimes ahead of us, showing us the way. Sometimes behind us, giving us the encouragement (push) we need. Always with us.

He makes the way endurable. And I’m so thankful.

…And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:2-3

A perfect day

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Or as Ramona from the movie Ramona and Beezus Angel would say, “BEST DAY EVER!”

We’ve been at my parent’s for the past few days.  Pat took today and tomorrow off work so we’ve made it a long weekend.  We’ve been spending our time hanging out with family, playing with doggies, petting and riding the horses, doing a little fishing, enjoying great food, taking naps and relaxing.

The best part of our weekend was Easter Sunday. We all thought that Sunday seemed to be a perfect day.

~A day to celebrate and remember that Jesus is alive! No better day than that!

~Attempting to take pictures. Ok, maybe this part wasn’t so perfect…

And the kiddos with my parents…

~Before church the kids participated in my parent’s church’s Easter egg hunt. We had a great church service and amazing sermon. My parent’s church’s pastor is so humble and genuine. He spoke the truth of God’s love and the truth of our sin and need for a Savior.

~We had fun doing an Easter egg hunt and Jesus basket scavenger hunt with the kids.

~We had an amazing lunch. My brother, sister-in-law and sister did most of the cooking. We had appetizers, the most fabulous pork loin we’ve ever tasted in our life, mashed potato bake, salad, homemade bread, corn on the cob and amazing homemade chocolate pudding for dessert.

~We had great conversation about our faith, heaven, hell and Jesus’ return.

~After lunch everyone took turns riding the horses and took the dogs on a walk. It was a beautiful day!

~After horse riding and dog walking we went down to the docks and to my parent’s boat and tried our hand at fishing. We threw rocks. We laid on the docks enjoying the peace and sunshine. My parents, sister and the kids went on a boat ride. It was so amazing.

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~As you already know if you read this post, our butterflies arrived!

~We enjoyed leftovers for supper and then taught my siblings a new card game, Nertz, that we had just learned from some friends. So much fun! We watched Tangled and didn’t get to bed until 11:00 pm (little toddlers included).

I hope your Easter was a blessed day too. We are so thankful for Jesus and His love. And we are so thankful for time spent with family.

Perfect timing

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Today, on Easter Sunday, we were blessed with new life.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Blessings on this Easter Sunday!