Saturday, November 22, 2008

Who'd Have Thought?

     Emma has been telling her dad that she needs a puppy for quite some time now, and as you may know, Tim's response has consistently been, "You can get a dog when I'm dead."  In fact, in an attempt to declare our new home a pet-free zone we even re-homed our beloved cat, Lucy, before we moved.  Recently I had a discussion with Emma during which I explained to her that daddy and Heavenly Father know what's best for our family, and that a pet dog just isn't for us. I told her that she needed to respect her father and stop bugging him.  And so she did.
   Then a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a misplaced ad on Craigslist.  Imagine my surprise when I saw Baxter's picture and received a prompting.  I called Tim immediately, and told him that I couldn't believe that I was doing this, but that I really felt that we were supposed to have this dog. He was just as shocked as I was, but after seeing his picture he told me to go ahead and call.  As it turns out, Baxter's owner, Casey Evertsen, was a member of the other Branson LDS Ward, and now they were moving to Utah and had to give up their beloved pet.  Tim had met Casey's father this spring and had hoped to get to know him better, but he passed away recently in a tragic helicopter accident. When Tim learned who Baxter's family was, he quickly told me to "go get the dog."
   Emma and I picked him up the next day, and had a nice visit with the Evertsens. We all were very grateful for the prompting that brought our families together. We could not have anticipated the immediate love we felt for Baxter or how he completes our family.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Fun!

This was the first year Emma chose her own Halloween costume. Even though she has never watched a Disney princess movie, she knows them all by name...LOL, I guess it's a girl thing!  We had fun at our ward Trunk or Treat activity, and afterwards she enjoyed lots of attention from the Wal-Mart employees when we stopped by on our way home.  Her favorite part of the day was, of course, lots of treats and candy!