Posts Tagged With: November

Thank goodness for dogs | Intentional Gratitude

Two years ago, around this time, two dogs came to live in our house. We were shocked by the sudden lost of my hubby’s dear friend, Ed. We were even more shocked by his will. He left his dogs to us.

We had lost our beloved beagle just a few months earlier. The last thing we wanted was to replace her with another dog…let alone two.

One dog is a white toy poodle named Rocco, weighing about 9 pounds and without an ounce of house training. The other being an 85 pound black lab with an uncontrollable, intense bark, appropriately named Thor.

Parker, our 6-year-old, was completely afraid of Thor. Understandable since Thor was almost as tall as she was.

To make a long story short…Parker and Thor become BFFs (she often uses him as a pillow while they watch TV together). We spent hundreds of dollars on dog training services to control the barking (after two years I actually see hope that it is working). We’ve cleaned up a lot of poodle poop & urine (and occasionally still do). We  (hubby and I) take a daily dose of allergy pills. We have re-seeded many, many spots of our backyard, and replaced many dug up plants (Thor is a digger). Being named after the god of thunder, doesn’t stop Thor from barking at it. Rocco owns many cute sweaters that he proudly wears in the winter…strutting his stuff.

These dogs have become a part of our family.

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toy poodle

black labAt night, Thor takes up guard position in the hallway, just outside the girls’ bedroom doors. Rocco still sleeps in his crate because he can’t be trusted not to urinate (or worse) on everything. Thor and Rocco meet me at the top of the stairs when I come home from work…or from anywhere. Thor “talks” to me then. I don’t know if he is cursing me out for leaving, or saying “I missed you”.

We are thankful for these dogs. Although they have their bad habits (don’t we all?). We still love them and couldn’t imagine not having them around.

Ed knew what he was doing when he left the care of his dogs to us…Or, is it the dogs who take care of us?

>>> A month long giving thanks fest brought to you by the Joy Dare. What are you thankful for? Studies show that people who write 3 things they are thankful for every day are 25% happier. So, write it down and get happy!

Christmas at the farm Ann Voskamp, along with Liz Curtis Higgs, is hosting a free webcast called Christmas at the Farm on November 21 at Noon ET. “Unwrap the full love story of Christmas”.

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Giving Thanks Intentionally.

About four years ago we started a November tradition of giving thanks intentionally. To make it more fun for the girls, I try to come up with a different way to display our thankful list.

The first year we made a turkey “stuffed” with blessings. Year two was a thankful tree. Year three was a thanksgiving basket.

This year I was stumped, that is, until I clicked over to a blog I hadn’t read in a long time: A Little Grace and Mercy.

Apparently, her family has the same tradition of giving thanks. So, this is our Gratitude Web. The photos are mine, the idea is all A Little Grace and Mercy.

thanksgiving craft

Displayed on our dining room wall

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Lots of gratitude

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One of my favorites so far…

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Fun fabric bunting I sewed

We will be adding to the thankful web throughout November. It’s a month of gratitude…intentionally.

>>> Scientific research shows that giving thanks for just 3 things a day makes you 25% happier. A month long giving thanks fest brought to you by the Joy Dare. What are you thankful for? Write it down…and get happier.

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November Joy

november joyIn my email inbox was a post from Women Who Believe:

Joy.  Nehemiah 8:10 suggests that the “joy of the Lord is our strength”.  Strength is what we need to get us through these cold days of winter, with our lives often swinging back and forth between the brightness of sunshine and the dredge of those storms we know far too well.”

These women of faith are looking at November as a season of reflection and joy.

This got me thinking about “joy” and what it really means in my life.

But first I have to ask: What exactly is Joy?

Joy (v) to experience great pleasure or delight. [rejoice]

I am not one of those people who are happy and joyful all the time (you know the kind of people I am talking about). I envy those people because I have to search out joy. I need to actively look for it. I don’t walk around being a grouch either. But, sometimes it is hard to find true joy. Sometimes the “storms” in my head get in the way.

The other night the girls were play-wrestling around on the living room floor.

Oddly, this was pure joy to watch. This is not normal behavior. Normally, these two sisters are fighting; saying nasty and hurtful things to one another. That always breaks my heart.

But this night they were wrestling and giggling. They were laughing so hard they were almost crying. It was all play-wrestling. No one got hurt…until Daddy got involved in the playing. Then the joy was over.

It was a joy to watch my girls playing together and laughing the way sisters should.

So, what’s your joy? Keep your eyes open the month of November. You never know when you may experience pure joy.

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To join in the November Joy conversation click over to Women Who Believe and A Holy Experience and the November Joy Dare.

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