Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Catching Up is Hard To Do!

Let's See....

Love had her 8th laser treatment on the 17th. No fun! She is at the age that she totally understood where we were and why we were there. She didn't much care for it. Which totally makes it more difficult to endure these visits. Once we get to a place where we see no improvement...we are done. To be completely honest, I feel sure this is our last year for a while anyway. She is just such a sport. She dislikes all of it but does it anyway and tries to smile through it. She is much better after than before and she had her very first sick free visit. They gave her zofran on top of phenegran and she was good to go...took forever to wake up but she still did so good.
Right out of surgery
About 3 hours later :)
2 1/2 weeks post op....
If only she were a happy child ;)
Which brings us to an unhappy moment. Remember when we added our puppy Blue to the family? Well, let's just say we ended up being foster parents instead of her forever family. I still feel our time devoted to her was beneficial to both sides but....well, the girl was biting. Especially Hunter - and when she punctured his cheek about an inch or two below his eye with a bite - for no reason. Well, we decided it was really more a forced relationship on our part. We couldn't change her, it was more of her nature. Afterall she was bred to work. She needed more than we could give her and I wanted her to live. It was very hard on Hunter. And Hunter's Momma who totally balled like a baby - and I didn't like her much at all. I loved that little pest of a dog but really did not like her. Even Big Daddy teared up. It is just, well, so final.
Which, brings me to my next announcement:
Two of the sweetest natured dogs we have ever had. They love to be loved on and are learning their manners so well. We are making sure we teach them so that they will be true joys and not burdens. They both arrived home yesterday after an intense pound visit on Friday. There were so many great dogs there that we had a hard time choosing. But Faith spotted Gracie and she would not let up about her. Then when we went through the boy dogs and we spotted Bear. They did not even realize they were siblings. You should have seen her when they brought him out. She perked up and did the equivalent of hugs and kisses. She was ecstatic. Both were "fixed" on Monday and doing great. They just love each other so much.
They are a shepherd mix. We lean toward English Shepherd mix after all we have searched and googled but truth be told they are just a couple mutts. And we couldn't be happier. They were aged at 2-3 years old. So they are done growing and quick learners. So smart. Hunter is on cloud nine and I am not sure if that smile ever did leave his face. And guess who got up at 4 to check on them when the electricity went off? Hunter. And guess who got up at 6:30 to make sure there was plenty of time to play with them...ummm, both Hunter and Faith. They are two pretty good additions to the ole Harris abode.
And don't they just smile so purty?
We have a wonderful weekend coming up with loads of family time....can't wait! :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Love Day!

Love at first sight
Two years ago today we became a family of 6. Our sweet little one, Love; was officially our daughter. And our world will never be the same because of her. Our world is an infinitely better place with her in our heart and home and forever in our family.
Love home 1 year
She changed our lives...forever. And we thank God for the honor of calling her our baby girl. There has never been nor will there ever be another like say we love her just doesn't seem to tranfer our feelings into words.
Love home 2 years
She is our sunshine.
Not to mention 'bout the cutest thang ever.
She is that living breathing joy day in and day out that makes us so incredibly blessed to not only know her but to be chosen as the ones who hold her hand as she makes her mark on this world. And she will, make her mark-that you can be sure of. :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

If you happen...

If you happen to think about us tomorrow morning would you please say a quick prayer for our little Love? She will be receiving her 8th laser treatment bright and early tomorrow morning. And, of all days...tomorrow happens to be a very special one :) Just for the record, I am so not talking about St. Patrick's Day.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

There is only one thing...

There is only one thing worse than registering our son for his SOPHOMORE year of high school.
It is registering our daughter for her FRESHMAN year. Where oh where did the time go? Seriously? Two kids in high school...didn't I just graduate?

Truly none of it is horrible, it is actually quite exciting. It just brings the realization that one day all too soon they will be flying from our safe little coop and entering that great big world. And that could honestly put me under if I sat around and thought about it. The fact that in 3 years my son will graduate high school and my daughter will be on his coat tails the following year. Thank God for this nugget...

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" Matthew 6:34

And when I meditate on that I remember where we are today in our little journey through life with two teenagers and I think...."3 or 4 more years - how in the world are we ever going to last that long?!" Oh, I kid.

But seriously, training up teenagers is not for the faint of heart. I think I have called on the Lord so often this past month that He must hear me call for Him and think..."what did they do now?" :) I know I am being silly. It is truly beyond comforting to know He is with us through all the struggles we encounter while parenting. We are learning everyday that parenting has to be intentional. It just doesn't happen. It takes learning, lots of love and forgiveness...on both ends.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Why Watercolors Were Intended For Children...

Last night MiMi brought over the girls new watercolors. We go through them so fast! Anywhoo...we were sitting there watching the girls create their masterpieces and Big Daddy must have been inspired. Because he grabbed a brush and carefully painted...

Here is his first painting
Same subject
Another incredible creation - which inspired me to do...
Oui, Oui, Monsieur :)
Which led to much more of the girls painting their own faces. Followed by very intense baths :)