Meet Moe, our new dog.
He is a three year old whippet
who joined our family this past month.
How grateful we are to have a dog again!
Our greyhound died this past March
after spending 12+ years of her retirement in our home.
She was a rescue.
After the difficult transition from kennel and racing life
to family and home life,
she was the most easy going dog I have ever known.
(Not all rescues have as hard of a time adjusting as she did.)
Our hearts ached when she died.
Now, we have opened our hearts again
to another dog,
a playful, energetic whippet
Continuing my gratitude list....
51. Moe - our new dog
52. Thanksgiving Day leftovers that lasted for several meals
53. a dozen deer we saw at the park
54. a long paved park trail that the children can ride scooters and bikes without worrying about cars traveling past
55. the children playing word games and I Spy games to pass the time while waiting
56. 'Jesus is the Reason for the Season' t-shirts given to my children years ago that are now being passed down through the family as they grow, and the lady who lovingly picked them out and gave them to us
57. Sunday school teachers who diligently prepare and teach each week
58. sermons that get to the heart of the matter
59. seeing hundreds, maybe thousands, of migrating birds (we live on a migratory path for a lot of birds)
60. strong coffee
61. a pair of favorite boots given to my older daughter from a kind neighbor that have now been passed down to my younger daughter
62. a filled heating oil tank that will be used to warm the house as these cold, dreary days continue
63. little hands decorating our Christmas tree
64. tender smiles of the elderly at the nursing home when the children's choir sang there this past weekend
65. sturdy drying racks that are used daily as the weather is rainy or too cold to hang out our laundry
66. my husband who willingly helps others on his day off
67. Christmas carols that fill our house with joy
68. co-op classes that my children enjoy
69. family and friends who brighten our days with phone calls and visits
70. making homemade Christmas gifts with my children
71. storm windows in place against the cold winter weather
72. children having fun while cleaning up the yard
73. going to a local Christmas light display and walking about the gardens drinking hot cocoa with my husband and children
74. a fixed dish washer and my husband's ability to fix it
75. being aware of how fast my children are growing up so I can savor each moment
...and so it continues...