"Follow me and I will make you fishers of me." Mark 4:19
Our sister prepared the cutest puppet show to tell the story of Matt. 4: 17-20 and Luke 5:1-10. The kids sat on quilts laid on the grass and listened with enthusiasm.
Then they all got a chance to do some fishing for fish and men. When they caught a fish they a prize and when they caught a man they got an extra special prize. We played a couple more games and had blue jello with whipped cream and gummy fish on it.
They all got a gift to take home with their memory verse. A little fish frame to color and put a picture in of someone they would like to pray for to come to know Jesus.
They had a lot of fun while learning more about what it means to serve Jesus.
The Angels are crying with us this morning as we had to say goodbye to our sweet gentle eyed Holly. She was such a beautiful dog. We lost her to breast cancer. She never had her own puppies, but she lactated, nursed and watched diligently over the puppies our lab had. You can see the pictures of it on the link below. We got her for free when Shane was 8 years old and wanted his own dog. He loved her very much and spent a lot of time and his own money trying to cure her of cancer. She was my walking and jogging partner the last couple months. She was just such a sweet dog. I miss her already so much!!!
It was nice to get out in nature for awhile today- to breath in the freshness of the cool damp earth, the fragrant pines and soft, sweet grasses. It was a wonderland of every shade of green imaginable.
My husband came up with a great idea today to use disposable diapers to cover Holly's wound. We were going through the largest surgical pads we could find. I paid $9 for a box of twelve at Walgreen's, and then we bought another box for $6 at Walmart. Today, Felecia picked up a box of 168 Huggies at Target for $25. Well, I wasn't expecting her to get such a large amount of diapers, but maybe we can make another diaper cake for someone soon? $25 divided by 168= .15 cents per diaper. $6 divided by 12= .50. So if you take .15 away from .50 you have a savings of .35 a pad. So 12 diapers = $1.80. That is a savings of $4.20 per box of surgical pads. Not bad! And they work great. In fact, because the way her tumor protrudes out of her stomach, the gathered sides of the diaper help keep it covered better.
My husband took Holly to the Vet to see about a growing wound in her breast that wasn't getting better. He called me at home from the vet and said that the vet was almost positive that she has cancer- a very large tumor and that she probably has other issues going on as well. Do even run test to see if she would be a candidate for surgery was almost $400. Treatment itself was over $1500. We just financially could not do that. And so the vet said that the other most humane option was to have her euthanize.
I told my husband to bring her home so we could say goodbye to her first. He brought her home and my son and I decided that we wanted to try to see if we could help her through natural healing methods We took her off her regular dog food and put her on Dr Johanna Budwig diet. We picked up surgical gloves and pads and we are and we are cleansing the wound several times a day with a mixture of warm water, Epsom salts and concentrated Aloe Vera juice concentrate. We are also giving her daily doses of Chlorophyll Drops, aloe vera juice and acidophilus. The first couple days she slept and her breathing was shallow. Her wound has been increasingly draining. YUCK! It's not a fun job at all. But her strength is returning and she has more life in her. That is only after three days of treatment. In fact, we can't even keep her on her bed now because her energy level is too high to rest all day long. We will see what happens.
Felecia and I shopped Friday for the shower and the Diaper Cake. Then we called Aunt Sherry to come over and put her talent for decor to work and help us assemble it. This was the first diaper cake any of us have made. It came out so sweet.
We tucked little headbands, socks, lotion and baby bath and a few other things in around it.
The roses are silk and we found silk petals to match to sprinkle on the table along with some candy kisses.
I made cupcakes, chocolate and vanilla with buttercream frosting.
I know that beauty is vain, and that it only goes skin deep, but sometimes the feminine in me wants to decorate myself with curls, a beautiful dress and a faint spritz of fragrance. I felt like Juliet this evening, ready to hear my Romeo call out to me, and I run to meet him with beauty emanating from the inside out.
"How is your head?" my husband broke into my romanticized revere to find out if I still had a headache.
"It's in the clouds!" I reply with an air of mysticism.
I am finding my forties to be interesting- sort of a desperate pull between the past and what remains in the future. I have never even read Romeo and Juliet, but now I am contemplating checking it out at the library. Or maybe I will read the Knights of the Round Table.
Yesterday I held up a picture of myself when I was in my twenties, in the mirror next to my rapidly aging face. "Ugh! It IS true. I am getting old. There is no way around it. Is there romance and adventure left for me yet?
Today, I just want to be beautiful. I will be as beautiful and God will afford me to be. No matter what my age, I am still a woman, and this woman cherishes beauty.