Saturday, May 30, 2015

I hope dogs go to heaven

If you are on my instagram or facebook then you already know our sad news... My sweet Bailey-roo died last Sunday night. It's been a very rough week.

Bailey ~ July 1, 2006 - May 24, 2015

I miss hugging him. I miss him climbing up onto the bed with me when Gary left for work. I miss him looking guilty when we caught him sleeping on the couch. I miss him always laying nearby. I miss him following me around the house and yard all day long. I miss him laying on my feet. I miss him waiting in the kitchen for something to fall to the floor. I miss him sneaking into the trash. I miss him climbing up onto our beds (yes, even the kids' beds), especially if we'd just gotten out of bed, he loved to roll around in our warm spot. I miss him barking for no reason. I let him bark at night (not all night) in case he was scaring a "bad guy" away. I miss him coming into the bathroom and curling up next to the shower waiting for me to get done. I miss him being excited to go for walks. He knew the word walk and we had to start spelling it so he didn't know we were talking about it! I miss him being overly excited when he saw his no-pull harness (for walks). He would bounce around and then lift up his paws to put them into the harness without me even asking him to. He loved going out! We will miss him doing "rodeo dog". We will miss him being our pool lifeguard. We will miss him digging holes everywhere to keep cool. We will miss him trying his darndest to sneak out of the house and "run free". I will miss him waiting patiently in the kitchen for his share of the daily homemade bone broth. I could go on and on! He was the best dog in the whole entire world. So patient and kind with everybody, even the babies who'd pull on his face and ears. He didn't growl and he didn't bite.

Copied from my instagram on Memorial Day...
Our best friend passed away last night. We are in shock and heart broken. He suddenly became lethargic yesterday evening and I noticed his tummy was bloated. He was too weak to walk. We took him to the vet who confirmed he was severely anemic. Xrays showed a tumor (pancreas) and he was bleeding internally. Surgery gave no promises and the risks were high, even after. We had to choose to say goodbye, we were with him until the end, I wouldn't let him die without us there loving on him. (The kids stayed home, we waited until we got home to tell them the bad news.) Bailey is more than our "dog" or "pet". He is our best friend, our most loyal friend, and my 3rd child. I miss him more than I thought I ever could.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Amish Promises

I just finished reading Amish Promises by Leslie Gould. (Fiction)

This is the story of two families who have different beliefs and struggles, but serve one God.

Shani moves her war veteran husband and their son to her father's farm in Lancaster County, PA. Shani is hoping this move will help her husband and their marriage. Her husband Joel is injured and suffering from PTSD. Joel's best friend Charlie comes by often to help out, you will find that he is a very loyal and honorable man.

Eve and her brother Tim Lehman are Amish and live on the neighboring farm where Eve takes care of Tim's five motherless children. Shani's son accidentally involves one of the Amish boys in an accident, bringing the two families into each others lives. He soon becomes friends with the Amish neighbors children by way of helping with the injured son's chores, but their father Tim is not happy about the Englisch neighbors and their influence on his sister and his children. Eve loves her nieces and nephews; she made a promise to her dying sister in law to take care of her children, a promise Eve will not break. However, Joel's best friend Charlie has suddenly captured Eve's attention and maybe even her heart.

I really liked reading about Shani and Eve's friendship. It's almost like they have always been friends, the kind of friendship we all would feel blessed with! Sharing kids and homes, serving each other in love.

There is a lot going on in this book and many more characters you will meet.

I admit that it was a little difficult to remember who was who in the first several chapters, there are so many names in this story!

I also really liked Zane's character (Shani and Joel's son.) The Amish children are a wonderful influence on him and it shows. I wonder if we will be seeing more of his story in one of the upcoming books? It seemed there were a couple of subtle hints about that possibility.

I enjoyed this book and give it 4 stars, out of 5. I can't wait for book two to come out!

I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion.