Saturday, December 31, 2011

And what did you over-cook during the holidays??

So.. I promised you yesterday to share what happens when a dog stands too close to fire.  (I can't believe mom is making me share this with the world... how embarrassing!)  Butt for your viewing pleasure, here it is...



By the time mom got around to taking the picture, big sister had already brushed the black ashes from the "spot".  The smell hit before they saw me and instantly everyone knew just what had happened.  Fortunately I was smart enough to move before it burned skin.  A new lesson I have learned full well!  For you fellow Disney fans, mom says this brings a whole new meaning to "the smolder".  BOL!!

Stop by tomorrow to read our Sunday Sermon - 2012 "Year of the Dog".

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Getting Back in the Groove

So much to tell but where to begin...

First off, Christmas was WONDERFUL!  The human children got momma a bed for me for Christmas!  Mom was absolutely delighted with the one they chose and humored that they knew "just" what she wanted.  And to top it off... it worked out really good for me!  I heart my bed!


Then there was the day that mom and dad had a brush with the law.  For whatever reason, I was left behind and Scarlet and Kudzu were taken to our favorite swim hole five miles from our house.  It's where we always go (90% of the pictures of us doggies near water were taken there).  As normal for such an outing mom had a throw toy tossing it into the lake for Scarlet and Kudzu to retrieve.  Since there were NO OTHER HUMANS ANYWHERE around, mom had no problem allowing them to roam freely.  And they were having a blast.

Scarlet

Scarlet

Kudzu

But then... <cue dramatic music: duh duh dum>... a park ranger appeared.  Apparently having watched too much NCIS, he identified himself as "a federal offiicer with the national park service".  He immediately asked where the dogs leashes were.  Dad was holding one in his hand, and quickly attached it to Kudzu, and told the officer the other one was laying on the picnic table where they'd eaten lunch.  Obviously not taking dad at his word (oh the nerve), he instructed dad to "show him".  Once there he took dad's driver's license and disappeared for a bit.  When he came back he informed them that the dogs being off leash is a punishable offense with a $75 fine.  Mom insisted that we come here all the time and had never seen anything posted stating such a silly thing.  He told her the sign was hanging on the bathroom wall... well, mom has never, not once, used that bathroom.  So how was she to know.  Fortunately he let us off with a warning, but now we have to find somewhere else to go swimming.  And mom is all spit-fired wanting better legislation and rules for dogs who have passed their canine good citizen test.  Scarlet and Kudzu were under vocal command the entire time and posed no threat... and again, no one else was around to be disturbed!  And now thinking back on it, it was probably a good call that I was left home that day.  I'm sure I'd have greeted him with a famous Boondocks Bear Hug!  (They're my specialty!)

Mom and Dad also finished off Southern Jewel's bedroom makeover that was her Christmas present.  A play gate has been placed at Jewel's bedroom door, and we doggies are no longer allowed inside.  What good is a bedroom without a dog??  But mom is strict since so much work went into designing the perfect teen lounge.  And mom is now boasting "interior designer" on her continually growing list of accomplishments.  Mom loves how this room turned out so much now she is raring to go redoing hers and dad's bedroom.  She promises it will remain dog friendly though!



And now for the bad news - I'm guessing mom hasn't let me tell y'all about this because to actually write it out makes it more real somehow.  Our darling, Scarlet has begun having seizures.  The first one was maybe six weeks ago, the second one two weeks ago, and then again the following day.  We're pretty sure she had one while we were gone on Christmas Eve because of the amount of drool on her bed when we returned.  Dad took her to the vet to be checked and all of her blood work came back normal.  The vet said when she begins having them daily, we'll start a treatment.  We're hoping that day doesn't come for a long time, but there are other symptoms that has mom worried about her.  Scarlet is only seven and we hope for at least seven more good years with her.  She is after all GOLDEN and irreplaceable. Please say a prayer for her.

Scarlet


And now that we have crammed a weeks worth of blogs into one sitting, we bid you ado.  But come back tomorrow to hear about what happens when a doggie stands too close to fire!!  <wink>



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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Boon's Sunday Sermon #19 - Christmas

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.  Luke 2:10-12





He came as a babe in a manger, but He didn't stay there.

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

He came for us - to deliver us from our sins, to redeem our souls from hell and the grave.

He is Emmanuel - God with us and where ever you are, whatever your circumstance, He is there with you in the midst of them.

Let the JOY Christ came to bring rule your hearts this day!

May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be GOLDEN.




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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the Day Before Christmas...

Yep, there have been fewer December posts and less visits to your blogs (we hope to catch up very soon!).  But we've been busy peoples...  as mom always says, "the more there is to actually blog about, the less time there is to actually blog."

Our big bro, Jaden had his eleventh birthday last week.  To celebrate we went to another small town to check out there light show.  It was awesome!




A few days before that we were very blessed by a neighboring town's live nativity.  It really brought the story to life... but I guess that's what they meant by "live" nativity!

That same night, Mistletoe found us and because there was no room at the inn (aka shelter), she came home with us.  We were very excited when we found her a furrever home just two days later.  She is now named Peppermint and enjoying the good life.


Then Aunt Shawn and Uncle Paul came to visit.  They are our favorite relatives cause they really love us doggies.  Don't tell the human kids, but we're really the reason they come for visits... they just can't get enough of us!!


And our favorite tradition each year is caroling to friends.  We spent a few days out and about spreading tidings of comfort and joy.  We had so much fun!!




We also oversaw the construction of a gingerbread house... and it's subsequent destruction:



And the human girl, Dacey, her Christmas gift was a room remodel.  So they've been busy painting in there and for some strange reason, we were not allowed to help with that project!




Oh, and our favorite Aunt and Uncle also gifted us with a perfect "finishing touch" for our yard decorations.. a six foot Golden Retriever.



It has been a fantastic Christmas season and we are sad to see it drawing to a close, but we carry the Christmas season and it's true meaning in our hearts each and every day of the year.  JESUS IS THE REASON....


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Boon's Sunday Sermon #18 - JOY

We have a  motto in our home that started as a song mom learned as a child.  It says, "Put Jesus first, Others second, and put Yourself at the end of the line, and you will find JOY in your life with J-O-Y."  It has been our goal to teach our children to prefer others above themselves - (a lesson they have learned well except for when it applies to a sibling).  Whether it is visiting with a  lonely neighbor or taking cookies to a sick friend or passing out candy canes to strangers in Wal-Mart, we try to spread JOY wherever we may be.  Not always in our actions but always is our countenance, we reflect the JOY that Christ has given us.  We hope it is a contagious JOY.

This time of year can be bittersweet for many people.  Whether it is experiencing Christmas without children at home or having expectations too high to be met, people face the season with depression and stress and unfilled ideals of what it should be.

Regardless of our situation we can make the choice to rise above and to have the JOY that Christ was born to bring.  In his birth and through his death, He offers to those who believe a heart of JOY.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great JOY for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  Luke 2:10

Whatever is leaving you feeling without hope and joy and peace this season, hand over to God.  He promises:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27



Let His JOY be your strength as you go through this next week and into the New Year.  It's a decision that only you can make as to whether you will choose JOY or not.  He died to bring it to you.  Accept it.




JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD IS COME!  LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING!!



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Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Love Shack Christmas Card

Well, for various reasons mom never got our Christmas cards in the mail.  We're pretty sick about that and decided to take matters into our own paws.  So here is our Christmas card to YOU.

(The sound quality is somewhat poor.  Before viewing please press "pause" on our music player in the left side column and make sure your speakers are turned up LOUD.)  









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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Boon's Sunday Sermon #17 - Naughty or Nice

The Elf on the Shelf story and tradition has become a fast growing phanomen across the country and probably worldwide.  In case you are not familiar with the adorable tale, let us educate you.

Upon arriving in your home, the elf must be named.  Once named he receives his North Pole magic.  Then he travels from your home to the North Pole during the night and back to your home to appear in a different place the next day.  If touched by human hands, he loses his magic.  He's Santa's special helper and delivers news of the children's behavior to him for determination as to whether they should be on the naughty or nice list.

Our home was happy to jump on board with this new tradition (my kids know that their dad is the 'real' Santa, but enjoy playing along) and "Elvis" joined our home a few weeks ago.  Not to leave the dogs out, we were happy to find "Cane" on our trip to Raising Cane's earlier this week.  Now our pups have their own version.  It has been a delight to see the kids jump up each morning to see where the elves have landed for the day and even more of a delight that the dogs haven't chewed them to shreds.... yet.

While it is fun to pretend that Santa is watching and making a list and checking it twice, it isn't reality.  Santa is a myth - a lovely and fun tradition but nothing more.

Christmas is about CHRIST.  As I shared with my children this week, it is a month long celebration of His birth.  Everything from setting up the Christmas tree, to riding around to view light displays, to playing along with the Elf on the Shelf story is all part of celebrating His birthday... it is all about HIM..  this is the reality.

Jesus is making a list.  And only those whose name is written on it will enter into His glory.

Revelations 21:27 says, "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life."




Is your name written in His book?  It is not too late.  The gift of Jesus coming at Christmas was to purchase your eternal life and your redemption from the grips of hell.  It is a gift, but first you have to accept it.






If you have not yet made the decision to receive Christ as Savior, it is a simple process.  Here is a prayer that you can pray.  (If you would like more information or for us to pray with you, please feel free to email us anytime at agapepuppylove@gmail.com .)  



Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank you Jesus, for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins.  Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.




Even Santa (St. Nicholas) followed Christ.  Won't you do the same?





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Friday, December 9, 2011

Icing on the Cake



When I was a child, I hated having a December birthday.  I felt like all of the celebrations were saved until the end of the year and nothing exciting happened for the other eleven months.  As an adult and as someone who loves Christmas time, my opinion has been greatly altered!

Yesterday was my 35th birthday.  I get so excited now days celebrating my birthday during my favorite time of the year.  It is icing on the cake!  Our day started without any big plans other than to take my husband for a check-up, but when the doctor cancelled, we went into high speed to plan a great day.

I have always wanted to visit Canton during Christmas but had never had the opportunity.  It is a fabulous town a couple of hours away.  We quickly decided that is how we wanted to spend the day, and off we went.  The entire town square is transformed into 1950's Christmas village.  It was spectacular!  The pictures can speak for themselves.












The day ended by eating at my favorite food place.. Raising Canes.  We don't have any close by so I love eating there when we have the chance.  Best chicken ever and what could be better than a "dog" ambiance!
It was a fabulous day!




The only thing missing from the day was the company of my crazy canines!