I talk a lot about Jack and I know it may get old for you, but for me it makes me happy because, Jack makes me happy. January 29th, the day Jack came to live with us is a special day for Shane and I, it was the day I fell in love at first sight. I tell Jack all the time about the day he came in to our lives, even if he doesn't understand what I am saying I know in his heart he loves us and is just as grateful for the day he fell in love with his mama & papa. It was a Saturday, pouring down rain and I was driving through the Walmart parking lot when this fluffy white thing catches my eye. I quickly turn in toward these two women standing, huddling under the back of a truck canopy holding these two cute puppies. I got out of my car and took Jack from the women's arms and that fast I knew he was mine. With out even taking the time to think I left, went to an ATM and got some money, went back and paid the lady. She gave me one pee pad, a hand full of food and Jack. During all of this Shane was working and had no clue what I was doing until he got home to meet his new son. Papa fell in love instantly as well. Here we are 4 years later and Jack is still the love of our lives. It was so meant to be, Jack is perfect for us and he has healed me in so many ways. Not being able to bare children of my own he has been able to feel that void and give me something to spoil, take care of and love. Not a day goes by that I don't thank Heavenly Father for bringing Jack into our lives. Jack is so cuddly at night and in the morning he is always the right there sniffing in your face to see if you are awake or the first thing you see when you get home from work in the evening. I call him my Dino. Jack can be a stinker and well, that's how he got his nick name Sticker. He loves to play ball and can play non-stop until you say, Take a Break. I realized one day after saying that multiple times that he finally got what take a break means and when you say it he actually takes a break, sits down with his ball and will wait until you are ready to play again. At night when we are getting ready for bed he brings many toys with him. Anything from his ball to his stuff less toys and in the morning it's crazy how many toys end up in the bed and not even realizing until you roll over. I have my quiet moments with Jack as he sits on my lap and lays back in my arms like a baby. He looks up at me while I tell him about the love he has in his heart as I draw a heart shape on his chest. Or the times I tell him about grandpa and how we will go to heaven someday and will see him. My heart aches as I know I will out live him and I tell him when mama gets to heaven that we will find each other again. I look into his eyes and for a split moment I don't see a dog I see one of Heavenly Fathers creations, a spirit that was sent to me and I and so grateful. Happy Anniversary Day Jack.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Everyday I love my valentine just as much as the day I feel in love, but I am always happy to celebrate a day for LOVE. This year Shane surprised me with a clean house, dinner, dessert, a dozen roses and it gets better... dinner out the next day at the Dinner House in my favorite town, Jacksonville. What a great husband, he did good and I am so thankful for him and for taking care of me. I am blessed to have such a great man by my side. I hope all of you celebrated with the ones you love. Happy Valentine's Day
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Some random shots from Christmas...
Jack was so curious. A couple years ago I made him a paw stocking that we call a "pawking". My sister was teasing him Christmas Eve and he discovered his treats inside. He is such a kid. These pictures are really cute of him.
Christmas morning...I just realized I look really bad, but I had to post it because Jack is smiling and it makes me happy.
My family at my brother's home.
Nephew's Cody and Cade
My brother Ryan and his son Grady
My sweet neice Sydney
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Shane and I were in Portland this year for Christmas. I was really sad last year when we were not able to spend the holidays with any of our family so this year we were both able to get time off to travel to Portland to be with my family. It was a nice time being home. I'll always refer to my childhood home as HOME. It's a place where I feel peace and find my childhood memories. My mother was out of town in Utah and it was hard not having her there, but she did a wonderful job decorating and making things nice for Shane and I and my sister Nichol for the holidays.
Christmas being a hard time of year for my family because it has been three years since our father passed. I remember the Christmas just before he passed he had already been in the hospital for over a month and my mother by his side every day, every hour and visiting him there during the holidays was specially hard and now when Christmas rolls around I can't help but think of that time. Also a few days before he passed just before Shane and I headed back to Grants Pass I was in his hospital room and I knew in my heart it would be the last time saying goodbye. It was then a couple days later, December 31st New years Eve I received a phone call from my brother that my father had passed.
I love my father so much and I try everyday to honor him in all that I do. He is truly a one of a kind hero and a great father. I miss him so much and still can not believe that he is gone. He and my mother have created a wonderful family and I am so blessed to be apart of it. As I look at this picture I can not believe how much our family has grown. I have so much love for each one of these people. It was good times in Portland and more memories created.