Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I had to take Miss Bailey back to the vet today because she developed this large, nasty bump on the side of her face that required antibiotics. She was fine, but what a circus at the vet's office! First, Gracie peed on the floor, so they gave me paper towels to clean it up - you can imagine what it is like trying to hold two dogs and clean up pee at the same time. I no sooner got finished when Bailey got on the scale and peed on it! I told them I was going to take the dogs outside for a few minutes while we waited, and Gracie proceeded to poop in the middle of the parking lot. All I had with me was some kleenex to clean it up with. I'm sure they were glad to see the end of me!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

There is going to be an ocean in heaven...oh, and little puppy dogs too. I decided to take the girls to the ocean again today - it went much better this time; Gracie didn't come unhooked from her leash, and I managed not to lock my keys in the trunk!

The weather was pure heaven. There was a delicious breeze coming in off the water that felt like silk running across your skin. The girls and I spent an hour walking up and down the beach looking for sea glass and seashells. Well, I was looking for those things, the girls were mostly smelling under every rock and chewing on dried out crab shells (yuck!) and of course, Gracie was rolling around in the seaweed (again, yuck!)

After meandering along the coastline, we eventually ended up at the campground in Hubbards for some fish & chips (there's going to be fish & chips in heaven too.) I decided to take the dogs with me when I got out of the car at the canteen, rather than go through listening to them bark and howl at me from the car, and try to climb out the window. They proceeded to charm everyone in the vicinity, and after the man behind the counter gave them treats, he called the girls from the kitchen to come out and see the dogs. There was an older gentleman there who was camping, and he came over and wanted to know all about them, and even offered to hold their leashes while I collected up my food. They were all quite amazed when they heard the story of how I got them. It amazes me, the world that opens up to you when you have these cute little dogs around.

My usual spot at the picnic area was taken, so I decided to go down to the beach to eat supper, and it was incredible. Do you ever have one of those days where you feel the breath of God on it? Where it seems He is going ahead of you and arranging things? Well, today was one of those days, and I felt Him so close that it couldn't have been any more real than if He was with me in person. I took the girls for a walk, and with every turn that we made there was an even better surprise waiting for us. The scenery just became more and more incredible. Every bit of it had the signature of God all over it. As I listened to the ocean waves, I could feel everything inside of me beginning to slow down; my heartbeat, my thoughts, even the blood pumping through my veins.

I could barely tear myself away to come home, I just wanted to stay all night. Hard to believe there is a hurricane on the way, but time enough to think about that tomorrow; there's a little bit of heaven to be enjoyed here today.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Quiet Walks

"Sitting by the quiet stream is one of the best medicines for our fast-paced, helter-skelter, microwave society."

There's just something about being outside isn't there? As much effort as it takes, I have been enjoying so much getting outside and walking the dogs - last night was so beautiful, the air was just like silk, and the moon was lighting our way as it shone from behind the clouds. And the other morning the sun had just come up and there was this beautiful dew over everything, and then I saw eight mourning doves.

You can certainly appreciate the beauty of the scenery around you when you look out a window, but you miss out on the smell of the flowers, the feel of the air on your skin, and the sound of the birds as they call to one another from the's kind've the same with God's presence; you can watch others as they enter in, and you can listen to the things that God has revealed to someone else, but when you actually take that step into His presence and hear His voice for yourself, there's nothing else that can compare, and you wonder why you didn't do it before.

I read this the other day:

"Sitting by the quiet stream is one of the best medicines for our fast-paced, helter-skelter, microwave society. Simplicity and solitude are lost arts in our culture, even among Christians, which is one reason why so many believers complain that God seems so distant and unreal to them. We need a renewed emphasis on this facet of our spiritual lives. It's time to rediscover the power of contemplation, return to the quiet stream, and let the Good Shepherd restore our souls."

Monday, August 3, 2009

Great Big Bone

Bailey and Gracie went to visit their friends Kaylee and Leia the other day, and Gracie fell in love with this big bone that they had. Dianne graciously allowed Gracie to bring it home with her because it was too big for Kaylee - not so with Miss Gracie; I went out for a few hours one day, and when I came home Gracie had jumped up on my bed with the bone and was chewing away, much to Bailey's distress because she can't jump on the bed! I have no idea how that little dog jumped up on my bed with that great big bone!

Bailey & Gracie's favorite spot when I am sitting at my desk....


Okaaay...I guess I can't sell a puppy dog that is this cute...and besides I got myself a snazzy new pair of glasses!