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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!


I Am Blessed!

In  February of 1988 I started dating my husband Rudy! We worked at the same place and had become good friends. Playing ping pong at lunch, him sneaking notes into my coat pockets (the coast rack was outside my office in the main hall from the lab). The progression to dating was inevitable. 

April 1988

I know God brought us together. He knew what each of us needed! We eloped on Saturday, September 21, 1991! That’s right 23 years ago today! Thank you Lord!

We’ve seen our ups & downs, we’ve laugh & cried together.


We were blessed with the joy of our daughter Audrey on April 11, 1997!


I love him more each day! He understands me and my odd quirks and loves me anyway! We are the same amount of “weird”, hehe! As one of my 6 year old niece’s said in her loving way ” You guys are Mr. and  Mrs. Weird”!

So after all this time he’s still here right with me! Thank you Rudy, I love you big bunches!

With Rudy


Thanks for sharing our anniversary with me and Rudy! God bless!

(On a side note… look at my HUGE glasses, wow!) 

Happy Birthday Mom!


Happy Birthday to the best mom In the world!

Of course you would expect a daughter to say that, but my Mom (and Dad too) has been called “Mom” (and “Dad”) by sooo many more kids than their own three children!

So Mom, I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I love you soo much!

My Mom, Blondell!
My Mom, Blondell!  




My Niece Is 20!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Cassidy! It’s so strange saying the actual words “you are 20”! Logic tells me that’s true, but in my heart that just seems impossible!

You are such a beautiful young lady inside and out!



Since becoming an aunt to Finley and Easton you finally realize just how much I love you!

Cassidy & her niece Finley!
Cassidy & her nephew Easton!

So Cassidy, I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I love you big bunches!


Thirteen Years Ago!

MrRuffles_911 Where were you when you heard the news?