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Day 13: Thirty Days of Thanks

I’m going to list something I’m thankful for each day of November.

Why don’t you join me by making you’re own list, or listing yours here with me in my comments!

30 Days of Thanks! I’m very thankful for…

  • Nov. 1st: My husband Rudy 💜!
  • Nov. 2nd: My daughter Audrey 💜!
  • Nov. 3rd: My Lord and Savior!
  • Nov. 4th: Loving , Christian parents 💜!
  • Nov. 5th: My loving little sister Mitzi 💜!
  • Nov. 6th: My loving little brother Tony 💜!
  • Nov. 7th: My Grandparents!
  • Nov. 8th: My Brother and Sister-in-law 💜!
  • Nov. 9th:  My nieces and nephews 💜!
  • Nov. 10th: My great-nieces and great-nephews 💜!
  • Nov. 11th: All of my Aunts and Uncles!
  •  Nov, 12th: All of my cousins!
  • Nov, 13th: Our pets! Since Rudy and I have been together we have had 12 dogs and cats and I brought a bird into the mix. At our largest group at one time we had four dogs and four cats (and our daughter wanted a “pet”). We are now down to two cats Patch and Binks. We would like to get another dog, but that is on hold until we get moved (here someday I hope). It’s hard being without a dog, we never have been since we’ve started dating in 1988. Anyway, i can’t image my life with pets, especially dogs and cats.

How many, and what kind, of pets do you have?


Project 365 // Days 10 – 16

10:365 – “Elvis Presley”, my great-nephew! His daddy loves Elvis, and wanted to name him so! Of course my niece didn’t want to make him Elvis! But with the name Easton Parker his daddy proudly claim’s “at least I still got the ‘E. P.’! Anyway my niece snagged this bib in Nashville while on a bachelorette weekend! Adorable and perfect!


11:365 – Easton’s big sister Finley! Don’t you just love her expression!wpid-20150110_102526.jpg

12:365 – James, our 4 year old current construction champ!

wpid-20150110_171355.jpg 13:365 – My parent’s dog, Ali, sleeping under his blanket (yes I said his blanket)!




15:365 – our ” heads” hanging in our car!wpid-20150113_140838.jpg

16:365 – Our daughter and I have been staying at my parents helping out. We needed to run home for some things and found this message on one of our chalkboards!


Hope you’re joining me on this 365 photo challenge!



Baby Deer Update!

If you have been following me since before August 16, 2014, you’ve seen updates about a baby deer born in our backyard sometime between July 14 – 16, 2014! Here are the other updates I’ve given during that time here, here and here!

If you don’t want to “click” down memory lane, here’s one of the first pictures of the cute little girl (which of course we didn’t know at that time) and her momma!

New fawn and Momma!
New fawn and Momma!

I haven’t given an update in a long time so without further ado…

Baby deer
Baby deer

I also have a short little video, but I can’t get it to work right. So, I’ll post it later, (keep your fingers crossed)!

As you can tell ( I hope) she’s gotten a lot bigger. That bunch of things that looks like branches sticking up out of the ground (there in the background). Are  actually the Forsythia bush in the two pictures below that are from the very first post “She Chose Our Yard!”

Forsythia bush in backyard! Do you see the brown spot under it?
Forsythia bush in backyard! You can’t see the brown spot under it can you?
New fawn's new spot!
Fawn’s new spot!

She can’t quite curl up under there like that any more! She can hide really good though. Her coloring makes great camouflage with all the winter foliage. So no plans of playing hide and seek with her…she’d be the sure winner!

We’re not sure about her Momma. What we’ve read, says that fawns will stay with their moms for as long as two years. This little girl will be 6 months around the 15th. We haven’t seen the mom in a few weeks. Of course she still could be sneaking in at night.

Any way, baby girl is doing fine. It’s snowing here now and she has a good warm “cubby” at the far corner of the yard (so hubby says).

So hope this tides you over until the next “Deer Update”. I’ll try not let it be so long between updates.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 38

Cee's Odd Ball Photo Challenge“Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.” Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge



An “odd ball” mass of cats! How many are there?

(Answer in the comments)

Linked to Cee’s weekly Odd Ball Photo Challenge

I Am Heart Broken

Eleven years ago a tiny black stray kitten joined our family! We found him next door to our church at the time! Audrey had asked a couple of times if we could take him home. On this specific day Rudy brought him inside to me and said “Don’t sit him down, he’s going with us!”

We were all excited, but especially Audrey! She held him most of the 40 min. ride home! With a discussion on a names minimal, Audrey came up with “Oliver” it seems appropriate! So with that, Oliver became our next fur baby!

Once home our four dogs and two cats had to get use to the new little family member! Within just a couple days they all loved the him! Oliver was right at home!

During the years since, our fur baby numbers have fluctuated. A year later we added another stray kitten, Patch. We’ve lost many during those eleven years too! Each one breaking our hearts. We never completely get over that loss but the sharp edges seem to dull just a little. At least until it happens again!

After countless joy, 1000’s of adorable pictures, one being a 4 or 5 year old Audrey pushing Oliver around in her baby stroller, many laughs and hugs. Oliver our sweet little “baby” has died. 

I couldn’t bring myself to talk before now, and even now it’s really unbearable but therapeutic!

Over the past few years Oliver has been in and out of the veterinary hospital with bladder and urinary tract problems. He has always done very well to treatments after just a few days and came home fine ready to go. This past Monday Rudy took Oliver to the vet, thinking it was just another reoccurrence. Wrong Tuesday afternoon after talking with the doctor, Rudy calls me at my parents with the horrible news.

Oliver’s kidney’s were failing and his temp. was low. He wasn’t going to live long. Instantly in tears I have to now go tell Audrey that her “baby” was dieing. Never something you want to tell someone, but especially not your dear sweet daughter.

She wanted to leave immediately to go see him and say our goodbyes. We went home to get Rudy and then on to the vets.

I can’t and won’t go into the details of our last time with Oliver. To hard to talk about and to precious to share. And now since Tues. afternoon Rudy, Audrey and I have been crying and remembering our little Oliver!

If you have ever had pets that are actually members of your family you know the great loss that is felt.

Thanks for letting me share mybroken heart! I didn’t want to ever make any of my readers sad, but I had to share to help my heart!

I would appreciate your prayers of comfort, Thank you! God bless!