I’m All About The Dog

(Originally published in 2011)

I have good news and bad news.  The good news is that Snickers has finally slept through the night (HURRAY!!!).  The bad news is that I’m about to write yet another post about our (my) new dog.

I know.  What’s so special about this dog?  I’m glad you asked!

First of all, after only a week, she’s almost potty trained.  That’s faster than any of my kids potty trained.  Also, she never complains about what I feed her.  In fact, I’m constantly working to keep her from eating the mulch from our flowerbed, pieces of trash that blow into our yard, and our bushes.  So dog food is a nice change in her diet. Again, this is more than I can say for any of my kids.

She is very willing to please.  She only bites me 3-4 times before drawing blood and getting a swat on the nose.  (Kind of like my kids, well, except for the drawing blood and getting a swat on the nose part.)

She goes to her room, er, kennel without complaint, and all I have to give her is a doggie treat.

She likes to curl up and sleep on my lap.  (Of course, my kids did that as babies, too.)

She’s easy to please.  Just give her a rope and play tug-of-war and she’s happy for hours.

Finally, she willingly poses for pictures (see below).  My kids either hide when they see a camera or do something ridiculous that they think makes them look cool (again, see below).

Next time I will try to write about something other than the dog.  Like my kids…and how they are scared of the dog.  Or how our household has changed since the dog came to live with us.  Or our summer vacation (we’re taking the dog).  Maybe you’ll get lucky and I’ll post about the Mockingbird family that’s living in our backyard instead.  

What can I say?  I guess I’m an animal lover at heart.

We Have Oxen…I Guess

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4

So I’ve been complaining a lot lately about how frustrating it is that I can’t seem to keep up with everything, now that I’m working (that should really say WORKING) out and wearing myself out every morning.

But thank you, Lord, for giving us Oxen.

Yes, it’s true – if I had never joined this gym/bootcamp, I would have more time to do laundry and cook and all those other things. But rather than complain about the lack of time, I want to be grateful that we have a house to keep clean, plentiful clothes that require laundry, and indoor plumbing that must be cleaned.

If we had never had children, the house would be so easy to keep clean. Then again, if it wasn’t for the children, we wouldn’t need such a big house.

If we had never gotten a dog, the floors would stay cleaner. But what would be the point of shiny clean floors if I had no one with whom to enjoy them when I’m here alone during the day.

If I had never joined the gym, I would have more hours in the day, but what would be the point if my energy level just continued to decline over time?

Yes, I’m having my butt handed to me on a regular basis. Yesterday was probably the hardest day of cardio yet. However, I’m going to be thankful that I am still young enough to make these types of changes, and my body is able to be handle the calisthenics without (so far) sustaining injury.

So thank you, Jesus, for all the oxen today. Life would be simpler without them, but oh how grateful I am to have them.

Gratitude Entry

(Originally posted 9/5/2012)

I read in a Flylady email tonight that part of every evening routine should be time to reflect on everything we have to be grateful for. Flylady keeps a gratitude journal, and so I thought I would take a few minutes tonight to reflect and journal on what I am grateful for.


20120904-235632.jpgThere are, of course, too many things to mention in one entry, but tonight, I am especially for Snickers. She is such a sweet puppy. She is curled up next to me on the bed right now (don’t tell Brad – he’s traveling tonight), and just having her close is such a comfort. I know that my ears won’t be the only ears listening for strange sounds in the house, and she hears much better than I do, anyway! She is so pretty and has such a sweet disposition – especially when she’s tired or sleeping – ha! Anyway, she tops my list tonight.

I’m also grateful to the people God has brought alongside me to support me in this journey to lose weight, learn to eat healthy food, and get in shape. Heidi is my new friend who keeps me laughing during our entire hour together. Well, except when we’re in too much pain to laugh. I have told her – and it’s true – that I couldn’t do this without her. She encourages me, and I hope to encourage her – and I think we will be good for each other over the long haul.

My mom has been another source of encouragement, and I appreciate her willingness to indulge me as I talk her ear off about everything I’m learning. She’s one of my very best friends, and I’m excited that she’s making some of the same changes I am at the same time. I think we can learn a lot from each other.

Of course, Brad is the one I have to thank for helping me make the decision, despite the money it is costing us, and he has been nothing but supportive, even choosing to make his own personal changes toward getting more exercise and eating better. I love him for doing that without me even asking.

Finally, I’m grateful for my boys tonight for the way they say little things to encourage me each day. They ask – and actually seem interested – about what we did in class today. They commented on my new outfit this morning (!). And they offer to give me back rubs and let me take naps – they have just been behind me 100%, and that means the world to me.

Those are just a few of the very top of my gratitude list. I have a feeling it’s going to take all 20 weeks for me to get through everything I’m thankful for! But that’s okay – it beats the alternative! I know because I’ve been ungrateful before, and it’s a miserable place to live!!! (more…)