The Things We Do For Family

Sometimes we surprise ourselves at what we will do for those we love. Even better when we surprise our loved ones by what we will do for them.

I am not an animal lover per se, but I am not an animal hater either. I’m just one of those people who would choose¬†not to have a pet. I have two children and a husband so I do not really need one more living thing to take care of.

Five years ago we decided to get a dog for the girls. Our intention was to get it for our youngest child who has health and social issues. However, the dog immediately bonded with our older daughter. This dog was really a good fit for our family.


My girls were surprised at how I would play with the dog and take her on walks when they were too busy. I love that. They think they know me and I blow their little minds!



Last year I told my younger daughter that we should get her a dog that is hers. She couldn’t believe it. She never thought we would have even one dog and now I’m suggesting that we get another. Yeah, anyone who knows me knows that is YUGE! Again, if it were up to me I wouldn’t have a pet, but the girls are both animal lovers and I really think it will be good for my younger daughter.

So right now we are shopping for another dog. Praying that we get another one that is perfect for our family. Yes, I actually do pray about this. A pet is a big deal, especially for me, so I want one that is a good fit for us.




Proverbs 31 Woman, Say What???

I don’t know what you think when you read Proverbs 31 in the Bible, but my first thought is wow, I fall very short of this woman, and not just because I’m only 5’2″. Then I read over the versus again and realize that I do many of these things or something similar in this modern age.

However, verse 26 says “She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindess [giving counsel and instruction].” I am a pretty nice person but I can also be not so nice and dare I say ugly. So when I read chapter 31 this is how I picture myself.

delicate feminie flower

I have a tendency to be a very direct person. Sometimes this hurts people, including those closest to me. My husband is completely opposite of this and so is one of my daughters, so I try to find a happy medium and use more tact when talking to people who may get hurt by my words.


My youngest daughter is a very quiet introvert, like her father. My oldest daughter is like me, and we are not quiet people. We are loud and animated, and somewhere between introvert and extrovert. My youngest daughter has been through a lot as a child and has clung to me tightly. Together we have been through a lot of struggles. She wrote me this poem several years back and it makes me sound like a Proverbs 31 woman. The first line makes me laugh out loud because I do not see myself like this at all, but the poem makes me happy and proud of her and me.

“A gentle woman, full of peace,
A soothing love that will not cease.
Her love is comfort to my soul;
To pay it back, an impossible goal.
Time again through the years,
She’s been there to wipe away my tears.
In all life’s pitfalls lying ahead,
I’lll follow the path that she has led.¬†
She is the person I’d love to be,
Hope her beliefs and morals are seen through me.
Thank you, Mah, for all you’ve done;
You’ve given a world with hope to someone.”


Like most things in the Bible we will not always hit the mark right away but we have to keep striving to be our best, for our families, for ourselves, for our Lord. So even though I may sometimes sound like Xena the Warrior, I will continue to strive for the balance between her and that gentle woman full of peace.