It is July already and we have a break in the action! No puppies and just a few dogs to train. The grandkids are taking turns coming to the farm to spend some time with us. I love having time with them alone. Russ and I get to know them a little better without their parents and siblings around. July is also a month that brings back memories for me. My dad was killed in July, 1968. Our son was born in July, 1987 and was killed in a car accident 18 days later. On his birthday this year I sent a text to all of my kids reminding them of their brother’s birthday, and also to say how thankful I am that they are all ALIVE. Life is so fragile and precious. I try and not take it for granted, but it slips up on me and all of a sudden I realize I am not appreciating all the good things there are, but I am quick to see the bad. I hate that. Just go to the children’s ward in a hospital or look at the living conditions in third world countries. It won’t take you long to be happy with what you have. We are so blessed in America and I am extremely blessed to have so many amazing people and animals in my life. As I bike the dogs down our half mile drive-way and watch them run and romp without a care in the world, I am reminded of “casting my cares upon Him”. There is nothing too big in my life that the Lord can’t handle. In all the tragedy, He has brought triumph. He has restored my joy and healed my broken heart. If you are experiencing tragedy in your life, turn to Him. He is the only one who will never leave you nor forsake you. God has never called me on the cell phone or sent me an email, but He has spoken to me through His word, other people and even the dogs. Many times He brings comfort through others. I am not supposed to go to Africa to be a missionary. My mission field is right here. I am called to be a wife and mother and to raise healthy, wonderful puppies to bring joy and even healing to my clients.
I don’t mean to be so deep. I think it’s important for my clients to have a glimpse of who I really am. To sum it up, I am the luckiest person in the world to share my life with my family, and share my puppies with some amazing people!