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Peppy the Dirty Dog

Peppy the Dirty Dog

Somebody really enjoyed the rain today…
Peppy is a white dog with an orange and white bandana around his neck that says “boo” for the season.
I had to run to the store for a quick second so I let him outside with the garage door open (silly me thinking he’d want to stay dry)!

He had a Great day out too!

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Changes

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It is raining in Kingsbury today. We need the rain. We want the rain. But not today.

We were supposed to get our flooring laid today, but now it is delayed. For now I’m living (or camping out) on plywood floors (don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for floors!), barely any furniture. No dishwasher (I thought it would be ok…) and for the first time in a very long time, in the country.

This is a picture off my side deck. The pond is growing. Yesterday morning I heard a “critter” underneath my plywood floor.

I’m all for change. Growing. Learning. But I may have had too much of a. good. thing.

Or it could just be the rain.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Emotions

 

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Peppy Le Pew

I have a bichon named Peppy. He is 5 years old. He has been such a joy and comfort to me for 3 years. We got Peppy when he was 2yrs old. I’d prayed about getting a dog and I had a friend who’d had a bichon I had seen once 6 years earlier. I knew that was the breed for me but I also knew I couldn’t afford to buy one.

We checked Craig’s List often. One day to our surprise, a college student had a 2yr old male Bichon to give away to the right person. She was very particular and had turned away numerous people before me.The college student had to go to a dorm and they did not allow dogs.

I drove to South Austin to see if I would pass muster and be allowed to take care of Peppy. He was shy and liked to stay in corners, but he had deep brown loving eyes. I spoke with Amanda at length about Peppy and his history. He had come to her from a disabled lady who had 5 bichons. She was in a wheelchair and loved them all but couldn’t take care of them. 

Peppy came away from his corner and sat beside me on the couch. He let me pet him. He won my heart. Amanda could see the immediate bond between us. She gathered his bed, leash, food, brush and other belongings. With tears in her eyes she gave them to me. 

I took Peppy away from the only home he’d ever really known, with his owner crying and rain pouring down. Peppy was 2 yrs old and I was in love with him.

Off to the Vet we went. We got all his shots, and had him neutered. (he really didn’t understand the need for that!). Later we even bought another Bichon, Oso Blanco to keep Peppy company. They get along famously. Running together and tussling to no end. Oso is 2yrs old now, the same age Peppy was when we were blessed with him.

He has been my constant companion through a lot of surgeries and complications. His love is constant. His demands are few. I’ve considered him a Blessing from God.

Peppy was in a fight with a much larger dog yesterday

He is in surgery now. I know he will be alright. He has to be.

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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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How do you handle criticism?

I don’t know about you, but I hate feeling that I’ve tried my best but it wasn’t what was wanted or needed. That hurts! 

I’ve come to realize that I’ve got to become more humble and a “learner” if I want to grow. I cannot keep doing things the way I think they should be done and get angry when others are not appreciative.

God give grace to the humble, so I am putting myself into the stream of God’s grace when I become humble and a learner. I don’t have all the answers. Really. 

Dear God,

Help me to be a learner. Help me to not always have the need to be right. Help me to care more about others than I do about my defence.

I need much more of your grace. Please continue your life lessons for they are the only way to real life.

I love you,

Amen.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Guadeloupe River

Guadeloupe River

Life on the River at our new home (for a short while). We get to live here and manage the Guest House while our friends move to Arkansas. After it sells, we will move again. Seems like I keep moving, but at the same time, I get to have some pretty cool life experiences!

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Hebrews 2:4

God also testifies to this truth by signs and wonders and miracles and the gifts of the Holy Spirit lighting on those He chooses.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Blessings, Encouragement, Prayer, Scriptures

 

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being authentic

Who are you when you are alone. No one there. By yourself?

Are you the same person who is praising God in the sanctuary? The person friends call up for prayer and advice?

If you take time to speak and listen to God throughout the day, then yes. You are the same inside as out. But if you are going on yesterday’s Bible Promise. Or last week’s Memory Verse, there is every chance that you are pretty much running on empty. Nothing in – Nothing out.

If we are to be ready “in season and out of season” then we have to build up our faith by the reading of the Word. Speaking to God constantly. Listening for His voice telling us when to speak and what to say. It isn’t enough to just desire to grow in grace. It actually takes some determination to spend time meditating upon the word of God and letting the Holy Spirit reveal what it means for you – today.

You can be the same inside as out. God doesn’t condemn us for trying. He is the great encourager! Stay in His word, listen to His voice, sing His praises. You will be the person God has called you to be!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Devotional, Encouragement, Scriptures

 

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