Wednesday, May 28, 2014


My sweet girl got a hair cut.  A very cute hair cut!


Is it possible that she's even cuter now??? 

Goodness me.  I love that girl!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

looking for a place to call home?

Could I recommend an awesome place?  Yep, my house!

We have officially placed our house on the market. 

Let me tell you, this has been a process.  I mean like a.....2 year process.  It's simply a miracle that it's on the market!  We've been making our precious real estate agent (close personal friend of the family) crazy for about 2 years now.  Bless her heart.

But we took the leap of faith.  Now it's up to God.  We just pray that if it's His will for us to move...then it sells.  If it's not His will for us to move, then it doesn't sell!

We love our home....all 4 of my kids have come "home" to this sentimentally attached to this house.  But our kids education comes first....that's why we are looking into moving! 

So if you think about it...say a prayer for direction for us!  We would greatly appreciate it!

In all His ways......

Here's the listing on our house!   Click on the link below the picture!

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Perfect Gift

Over 15 years ago....early October I was eating lunch in the back room of the store I was working in (Casual Corner) and had the TV on catching up on the noon news. 

I just happened to catch the "pet of the day" segment.  They had a sweet little boy kitty named "Donovan".  He was lying in a woman's a baby on his back....and just as I was watching this clip....Donovan took his little hand and put it on that lady's cheek.  Sigh.  That little fella was speaking to me!!!

After a couple of days of not being able to get him off my mind....I called the humane society where he was located to see if anyone had come forward to adopt him.  Nope.  He was still waiting.  I pretty much decided then and there that he was MINE!  The girls that worked for me had heard that I was smitten with this kitty and that I was hoping to claim him as my own!  So they got together and donated all the money I needed to adopt him as my upcoming birthday present!  YEAH!!  How awesome is that?

Now fast forward 15 1/2 years.....I can tell you that last Tuesday was one of the hardest days of my life.  I had to say goodbye to the love of my Donovan.  I loved that cat more than life itself.  He had been with me longer than anyone (except of course immediate family) he had been the man in my life for years....way before Adam.  He had seen me through so many huge events/obstacles...he was the comfort I needed even when I didn't know I needed it.  He never left my side if I was sick.  He slept with me every single night and was the first one to greet me every single morning. 

My boy was loyal.  He was the most loving cat I ever had the privilege to know.  He truly loved me.  We used to joke anytime we weren't home....I'd ask Adam..."what do you think Donovan is doing right now?"....Adam's standard response would always be..."staring out the window waiting for you to come home"....gotta love that man of mine.

I have mentioned him before on the blog but it's been a long time ago....I talked about what an unhealthy relationship I had with this precious critter!  You can read about it here.

Needless to say, I am heartbroken.  But my baby boy is healthy and happy and waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge....I know he is. 

If I had 100 more cats...I would never ever have another Donovan.  He was truly one of a kind.  And I'm so thankful that I had the privilege of being his mommy for over 15 years.....what a blessing he was to me.  I am forever changed by the love of this precious kitty.

So, if you make it to Heaven before me....could you please give my boy a squeeze or a scratch around the neck from his mommy and tell him I'll see him soon! 

Donovan was indeed....the perfect gift.

Monday, May 5, 2014

one at a time

It's been a while....and I have lots of updates.....lots of things happening in this house! 

So, one at a time.  Don't want to overwhelm you!

First of all, Lucy.  If you have read the blog recently, you know that we made the trip to Chicago to meet with Dr. Reinisch regarding Lucy's left ear.  The news was what we were expecting.  For whatever reason, Lucy's left ear implant is exposed.  Again. 

We have no idea why this has happened and neither does Dr. R.  He's never had a patient like my Lucy.  What can I say?  My girl is one of a kind! 

We won't be going back to California for the removal...we will have it done locally...which is a blessing.  No travel expenses, no making arrangements for 3 other kiddos, no inconveniencing neighbors!  You get the picture.

What this means is that they will remove the plastic implant (it's what gives shape to her ear) and allow the tissue and skin to heal completely.  It will basically shrink up to her head..should be like a little wad of tissue on the side of her precious little head. 

The surgeon would like to give Lucy a couple of years:  allow her body to heal, allow her body to grow and then give it another shot.  We aren't sure at this point what we will do.  Right now....leaning towards nothing.  We will pray and seek God for that decision when the time comes....until then she will be free from surgeries, bandages, etc.....

Needless to say, this is not where we ever thought we would end up on this journey that we started almost 2 years ago.  I am heart broken for her....and yet I know God has a plan.  He has a plan for my Lucy....His ways are righter than my ways....His thoughts are higher than I I will continue to pray and ask for understanding and guidance. 

We would truly appreciate every single prayer as we yet again jump another hurdle on this journey.

My baby is perfect with or without ears.  She is my sunshine. 

I love her with all my heart.....I can only imagine how much my Father in Heaven loves her!  He's got her in the palm of His hand!