January 04, 2007

Favorite Things

The past month has been especially trying for our family. My mother-in-law had an accident in her home and has been confined to a wheelchair (and will be for at least another 12 weeks). The added responsibility of providing her care has been tough - especially for my husband. Our holidays were okay, but not great and we have both been feeling a little sorry for ourselves. Today I got an email from a close friend who has been struggling through a very tough situation for the past four years and this week, they were given some dreadful news. After hearing about it, I really started to think about all the great things I have in my life and that I should be more appreciative. I thought it would be fitting to share them with my fellow bloggers.

This beautiful fella has been such a blessing to me. Riley came into my life almost six years ago. My good friend Kristi and her daughter Annie Kate (who was just 2 at the time) went with me to pick him out. Riley loves to smile and cuddle. His favorite things are frisbee, riding in cars and bathtime!

Leroy was my husband's dog before we met - now he is ours. Although we had a rocky start, we are good pals now. Leroy is not quite three, so he loves to play - if only his big brother had a little more energy! His favorite things include chewing up paper, sleeping in a mountain of pillows and tormenting his brother.

My newest favorite thing is my neice Josie. She was also our family's Christmas miracle. She was adopted from Guatemala and came home on December 11. She is five months old and the most pleasant child I've ever met! She has a smile that will melt your heart. We never expected her to be here so soon, but we are certainly thankful for the blessing of her early arrival. It couldn't have come at a better time.

I have many more things that I am thankful for - my husband especially. Riley, Leroy and Josie have really pulled both Rich and I through the last few weeks. That is why I wanted you to meet them.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry you guys are struggling with your mother-in-law's confinement to the wheelchair, that would definitely be tough.

    It's interesting that your dogs and the joy of your new niece are what has helped you through this tough time.


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