Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Shelter Pets

Ok, not wordless, but words worth being shared.

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: Black dogs have a hard time finding homes, so BARL is making a special Christmas plea. We are offering a reduced adoption donation fee of $40 'or best offer'. We do require a fenced yard, run, or outside kennel, unless the dog will be an inside dog, outside only on a leash. These dogs are spayed/neutered, current on heartguard, current on all vaccinations, and microchipped.  Give some love this Christmas season by inviting a new friend to join your family!


Visit us online at www.barl.net for more information.  You can view all of our adoptable pets at petfinder.

Mom went yesterday to take Christmas pics of some of the black pups available.  These guys were fun to work with and had tons of personality!!  She also took some pics of some new babies.  Aren't they adorable??

Shania is a husky/lab mix.  She is bi-eyed (having one brown and one blue eye).

Hennessey was our playful pup of the day.  All this happy elf wanted to do was jump for joy!

Wrigley hopes his stocking is filled with a family for Christmas.

Zetus was all tangled up in the tinsel knowing she'd make the perfect gift this holiday season!

Look at those blue eyes.  Mom's heart was melted.

We called this one Prancer.  He's getting his reindeer game on!

Sharing secrets.

This guy really knows how to command attention!

This is Mary Kay.

She's begging for a home for Christmas!




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Monday, November 28, 2011

Elves Extraordinaire

Boon wonders, "Hey, who spiked the egg nog?"

Kudzu bidding for a space on the nice list.

Isaac and Cosmo make this elf business look good!

The Cheetah Girls - Rose Bud and Dacey







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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Boon's Sunday Sermon #15 - White As Snow

We've shared more than once that mom really gets into the whole Christmas scene.  This year she decided that in addition to the whimsical, family tree in the living room, she'd like to set up a more traditional tree in her bedroom.  She shopped for the perfect ornaments for her perfect tree for over an hour.  She walked through the Christmas department with her cart loaded full of colored balls and accessories before making the final decision to go with a red and white themed tree.

Last night as mom laid in bed staring at the tree, a scripture from Isaiah came to mind.  It says, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow."  

The red and white tree suddenly took on a special meaning.  It reminded us of the gift Christ came to give us - that through the shedding of His blood, we can have eternal life with Him.

There is no sin too big for His blood to cover.  There is no wrong that can take His love away.  

Romans 8:38, 39 says, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Christmas began with the gift of Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

When we come before Him with a sincere, repentant heart, He takes all the sins of our past and cleanses us whiter than snow.  He's made the first step by coming and offering.  It's our decision to accept Him and begin life anew in Christ Jesus.

Won't you come to Him?



Have a blessed and joyous week, friends!


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For more information on this new life or any other questions, please email samantha@theloveshackpack.com.  We are also available to pray with you anytime.   God bless you!  We love you!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Decking the Halls

Well, things didn't go quite as planned... but they seldom do around here.

Instead of heading to a tree farm to cut down our tree, we decided to put our old artificial one up instead.  Mom was scared we dogs would be led into temptation to mark our territory should a real tree exist inside of our home.

After lunch yesterday we headed out to decorate the outside of the house.  I was in charge of supervising, but quickly became distracted by the piles of leaves.  So I left the heavy work to Dad and Jaden, while Connor and I played, played, played.




Do you remember that one of our traditions is decorating in our pj's?  Well, I don't have any of those, so I just participated in the furs God gave me.  Everyone else looked pretty silly!!

Jaden, Connor, Isaac, and Dacey

My peeples took several play breaks during the work...  Dad helped Connor ride his bike with one training wheel off and then had leave wars with Dacey and Jaden.  They make being peeples look so fun!!





Somehow they still managed to get the work done.





Of course, my ornament looked best:
It even has my name on the bottom of it!!

Thanksgiving 2011 was a fun day.  We have so much we are thankful for - but mostly we are thankful just to be blessed to have each other in our lives.

The Love Shack

Ohno meeting the new guy.



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Monday, November 21, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like -

Rose Bud's first Christmas.
CHRISTMAS!!


As we've said before, mom goes hog wild at Christmas time.  She believes that we should celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas in our hearts every day - not just one day a year.  So for the entire season, we have one thing going after another.  Gifts aren't nearly as important as opportunities to make memories - and all of our favorite Christmas memories include our favorite Christmas traditions.

We've already shared that after our meal Thursday, we will head out to cut down a tree, and look at light displays.  Then Friday we'll decorate the entire house.

Each year each of the humans get a new ornament to add to the Christmas tree.  All of the dogs have one on the tree too - although we are somewhat jipped cause we don't get new ornaments each year.  With this being mine and Kudzu's first Christmas, mom has been on the lookout for the pawfect ornament for us.  She has yet to find mine but is sure she will.  She found one that looked enough like Kudzu that it would work (even though he is more red than brown).  However, we were all a little taken back yesterday when she popped the ornaments front leg off.  It was horrifying for sure.  She said she wanted it to accurately represent him - which we appreciate - but the way she went about it was so disturbing!!

It all sounds so fun and I just can't wait!

Here are some more pictures of Rose Bud's first Christmas:

Rose Bud carolling with our family.  Cosmo went too.  The black and brown dog is one we fostered that year.

Rose Bud couldn't wait to dig into her stocking - and now that I know such a thing exists - NEITHER CAN I!!!

We've already been watching Christmas movies by the boat load.  Saturday we watched A Christmas Wedding Tail on Hallmark.  Last night there was another one we missed but recorded, A Dog Named Christmas.  Tonight Santa Buddies and Santa Paws come on ABC Family!!  Those are our two favorites!!  (If you haven't seen Santa Paws, don't miss it!  It is the best  Christmas movie since It's a Wonderful Life!

We hope you are all getting into the spirit of the season too.


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Boon's Sunday Sermon #14 - Why? Because We Love YOU

Today we are sharing a post from Mom's archives.  This message has been strong on our heart this week and we wanted to share it with y'all because we love you and want to know that you have had the opportunity to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Read on.  If you have any questions following this post, feel free to ask in the comments or send us an email.  We will answer them as best we can.

How much must you hate someone?

A while back a youtube video circulated through the online Christian community of famed magician Penn Jillette talking about a touching experience he'd had with a "good" man during one of his shows. Jillette is a known atheist. He seems to be just as devout an atheist as I am a Christian. However, during this show this "good man", as Jillette often referred to him, offered Jillette a Gideon Bible.

Instead of being offended by the gesture, Jillette was touched. Though still passionately denying the existence of God, he said, "If you believe there is a heaven and a hell and that people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever and you think that it's not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward," he continued, "how much must you hate someone to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?"

Those words have pierced my heart. How much must I hate someone not to tell them about Jesus and how He has changed my life and what He wants to do in theirs? While I am a believer and I strive to live my life in a way that is pleasing to God, I do not often stop and preach the gospel to the unbelieving while going about my daily duties.

Jesus will return for His bride, and each day we grow closer to that moment. As I told my children just last night, the rapture could take place today or a million years from now. It is important that we keep our lives in right standing, that we wait and watch for Christ's return, and that we take as many people with us as we can.

We as Christians need to be busy about our master's business. It's not enough living a good life. We need to be actively proclaiming Jesus as Lord everywhere we go. I'm not talking about getting in people faces and screaming, "REPENT, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND!", but rather as the Holy Spirit nudges to share in love with someone the gospel of Christ. Instead of shying away from what could be a "socially awkward moment," we need to be caring about other people enough to share eternal life with them in a kind and loving way. I would rather spend five minutes of my life on earth feeling rejected for sharing the gospel with a stranger than an eternity knowing I could have been the difference between heaven and hell to just one person but was to embaressed to put forth the effort.

In Acts 5 an angel of the Lord freed Peter and John from jail and spoke to them saying, "Go, stand in the temple courts, and tell the people the full message of this new life." As the chapter continues the men are brought before the Sanhedrin and flogged because of their testimony. Yet the chapter ends saying, "Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ." Even in the face of persecution and opposition Peter and John were not deterred from doing that to which Christ had called them. Neither should we be.


Do you know Jesus as Lord and Savior?  If not, it would be an honor to pray with you.  You can contact us at: samantha@theloveshackpack.com .  Why?  Because we love you.


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Friday, November 18, 2011



HAPPY WEEKEND, FURIENDS!  We wuf vu all!

(This is our buddy, Eggnog, who was adopted recently from Brookhaven Animal Rescue League.)




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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday - And they call it puppy love...

As strange as it may be - it all started with a dog.  Well, there was a mutual attraction too, but the first time Mom met Dad, he stood at the back of her truck petting her dog, Rowdy.  They spent four hours together that first night and were inseparable ever after.  Four months later they were married on Mom's lunch break.  Fourteen years later, here we are.

Mom and Dad have a love story that is better than any you see depicted in movies.  What they have is real and beautiful.  It hasn't always been easy, but it's always been worth it.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!  We are thankful for the love and life God has blessed you both with.

We helped the kids put together a special scrapbook for their big day.  Here are some of the pictures:






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