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On the one hand…

I have a dilemma. Frankly, if you have to have a dilemma, this would be the one to have. As it turns out, the process for applying to rescue a dog didn’t take as long as we thought. Most sites say to expect a 5-6 week waiting period to even be contacted after submitting an application. Both places we wrote to got back to us the next day. We have had our phone interview and home visit from one place… An email approval from the other. One place has a Golden Retriever puppy available for us, the other has a one year old Golden/Lab mix. I am torn. On the one hand, having a puppy would be really hard work, but would give the children a fun bonding experience that they might not have with an older puppy. They would pay more attention to him because he is little. On the other hand, having a one year old that is potentially house broken is a huge plus. We would still work with the kids to take care of him and love him.

We brought Rusty home about seven months before our first baby was born. So, he was always around and just a normal part of their world. They didn’t ignore him, but they didn’t pay too much attention to him either. He was always just a side kick of sorts.

Here is the puppy:

Here is Eric, the one year old. I think we would re-name him!
On another note, what do you buy a girl who is going to turn 9? She is my builder, so I bought Creationary, the lego game. She is an artist, so I bought her a few small crafty things to decorate. That is it. I am stumped! I am thinking of getting a large bean bag for the basement. Do I really have a 9 year old?
This is the almost 9 year old at 4 months old with Rusty at almost one years old.

Count it all Joy

Okay, it is challenge time again.

I am not a morning person. I do not like to get up in the morning. I am always rushed and feeling like my day is getting away from me, and that is all before 8:50 am.

The 21 day facebook fast had a nice affect on me… so, my new challenge is a 21 day wake up early challenge. I figure that I will be groggy and upset, but I am not a snooze button person (fear of the snooze not working!), so I will definitely get up when the alarm clock goes off.

Except for Sunday’s when I am singing at church and need to be up, I rarely use an alarm clock. I rely on 2 little girls to wake me up on the weekends and I usually, at some point, hear my husband getting ready on the week days, which wakes me up.

I feel like I will be more refreshed, relaxed and organized if I start my day earlier… instead of always rushing. So, my goal is 6:00 am. Day one starts tomorrow! My friend Erin said that she would do this challenge with me, so I have accountability too. (and now, so does she! 😉

On an unrelated note – or rather, it could be related… I really want to rescue a Golden Retriever. A new dog in the house could help motivate me for early morning walks. Then it would be a habit for him and he would come lick my face if I didn’t get up! About a week after Rusty died (read: So long dear friend), I started researching local rescue sites. I have done this several times over the last few years, mostly for fun, but now because I miss my walking pal, I am revisiting several sites and I am learning as much as I can. I’m not sure when we will apply, but the process is long after you apply. Interviews, home visits, referrals and then if we pass, we get paired with a dog. I think I need to be a bit picky about the dogs age, only because I don’t want to go through heartache again too soon. Obviously the rescue dog would not be a puppy – but some recuses have been known to get 8 or 9 month olds. We shall see…

*I have added a blog roll to the end (footnote) of this blog.
Please take note to the special “pray” section. A good friend of ours was recently admitted to the hospital. This verse, James 1:2-3 (and vs 12) is a reflection of this family. Even in the trials that they face, they are trusting in God and Counting it ALL joy.  Such a testimony of faith and trust, very humbling.