Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Puppy Praise

I have a quick praise to you know, we had 9 puppies that we were praying would go to good homes. Well, we weren't getting any solid responses to ads we had put out, so we decided to stand out on a busy road (well the sidewalk), and hold up "Free Puppy" signs. Today I went out with a friend of mine, though the weather was poor, with hopes of finding good homes for at least one or two puppies. I took only 5 first, and within 20 minutes they were all gone!!! So, we hurried back and picked up the remaining 4, giving them away within 10 minutes!! PRAISE GOD!!! We had been praying about this ever since the puppies were born. It may seem silly, but we were burdened about them finding a good home, and the Lord provided. All of the people either had dogs at one time or currently and/or had children. They all seemed like very good homes for our pups. It was bittersweet, though, I will admit that we will miss their sweet puppy faces, but the Lord is good! We're back to a 2 dog family now. :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Something Personal

Well, I am doing something I haven't really done before, and that is sharing a pretty personal story on our blog. It is not that I am against it at all, but just have never felt the need or had a reason to do so. Now I do. I have to share this story in full detail so that you can understand the gravity of the situation and the true wonder of God in it. So here goes...

When this story begins was a few months back and at that point in time we had been actively trying to conceive, without success. Thankfully we are in the military, with military health insurance, and because of that do not have to wait a full year of not being able to get pregnant prior to start any testing to see if there is a problem with either of us that may or may not be fixable. Either way, we wanted to know, so that we would at least know if we can have children. Anyhow, about 5 months into doctor's visits, I had a test done that poured dye in my uterus to ensure that it is shaped normally, has no cysts, or anything else wrong that would prevent having a baby. The day of the test, as I was talking to the doctor beforehand he said that it is always a possibility that my fallopian tubes are not open all of the way to the ends, and if so we will see that and possibly fix that with this test (by flushing them out). He also stated afterward that we would probably not see that, as it is unlikely, but you never know. Right after this, as I was waiting for the test to be preformed, I prayed. I prayed a quick, but heartfelt prayer in a breath (as I was not able to do otherwise), just asking God that if there was a problem to fix it right there and right then. I longed to be a mother, and had been struggling with this issue of not being able to become pregnant. Well, as the test went on, the doctor surprisingly stated that my fallopian tubes were NOT clear all the way to the ends! Whoa, can we fix it, I wanted to know. He said he would try to flush them out, and he did! He did not say that it is a recurring problem or anything to worry about, but that some women just have that happen. Needless to say after that appointment, I was recharged, thankful, and felt that we had a fresh start, and two months later, right before Christmas I found out that I am pregnant!! So now, I am about 10 weeks pregnant, and we are happy as clams about it. We are so thankful and grateful to God. I am so amazed and thankful that I have a Savior who would hear my small, quick prayer, and answer it, granting us the desire of our hearts. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Puppy Play

Well, our puppies are growing and are just now old enough to be sold. Please, please pray that they all find good homes. Here are a few pictures of them now.

I apologize for the blurriness in this's hard to catch puppies standing still. :)
Okay, this is kind of funny...this is one of our favorite puppies. She is the runt of the litter, and looks very similar to our dog, Missy (not the mother of the puppies). Well, since Missy has never had any puppies of her own, she has no idea what these little furry creatures are or what they want from her. Because of this, it is hilarious to watch her with them, because they can more or less bully her. She is in such shock about them that all she does is back up when they come after her. It's too funny. I tried to capture a few action shots of this and the result follows. :)

Carl's trying to show Missy that puppies are nice here, not scary. :) You can see the puppy cuddled up next to Missy.
Missy on the defense. :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

All Church Bowling Night

I apologize for falling behind on my blog. I try to update it weekly, but have been feeling a little under the weather lately. I am better now, though. :) Now, onto the post...

This last Monday, our church had a bowling night. Our new pastor rented a bowling alley close by so that only the church members could bowl, and we could even play our own music over the speakers! We did still have to pay, either by individual or family, and at a GREATLY reduced price. We had a great time! As you can see from the pictures, we packed the place out. I will not say I bowled well (Carl did not bowl), but I did bowl, which I haven't done in forever. Here are a few pics of the crowd and some of our new friends (with their permission of course). What fun!

Carl enjoying a seat, and the crowd behind him. The man in the blue hat standing on a chair, looking at his camera is our pastor.

Good friends of ours--the Rushings.

Our youth pastor's wife (another good friend) and her mother-in-law. : )

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mr. Fix-It

I will admit right off...this post is just to brag on my husband a little bit. : ) You see, after our last move our lawnmower, which hadn't been used in a couple of years (due to the fact one came with our last house), failed to start. For a few mows we were forced to borrow a mower from a neighbor to get the job done. Well, over Christmas, since my husband had some time on his hands, he decided to see if he could fix that faulty mower. First he checked out a book on small motors from the library, and after reading what he felt he needed to research he dove in to fixing the mower. After experimenting with different parts, he found the faulty part (the carburetor) and FIXED our mower!! Wow, good job, Carl! I was impressed with his success at his first attempt to fix a small motor and thought I'd share the victory. I say again, good job, husband!