Dog Attack and the Lord’s Protection

This morning, after a beautiful rainstorm, Ellie and I went for our almost daily walk. It was cooler than normal, and the breeze made it feel nice. I stopped for a moment to contact Mary about something, when suddenly, I turned and saw three dogs racing from the opposite direction at top speed. My heart sank. I had heard of these same dogs trying to attack another dog Sunday, and one was a pit bull. Immediately I shouted at them to stop. They circled Ellie and began attacking. I shouted and tried my best, but again, I couldn’t do anything in this situation except hold onto my puppy’s leash and cry out for someone to help me. Ellie’s yelps as she was bitten cut me like a knife, and time seemed to stop.

Thankfully the road is very public, and a car soon drove up. I could tell the lady wasn’t sure how to help, but she stopped and told me to get in the vehicle. The dogs stopped attacking Ellie and circled around the car, giving me a chance to pick Ellie up. As I was trying to get in, another vehicle stopped, and two men jumped out. They scared the dogs off and asked me if I was okay. I’m so grateful the dogs had not attacked me physically. The men were very kind and carried Ellie to their van and brought us back home.

We took Ellie to the vet, and although she sustained some minor injuries, she’ll be okay. It was extremely traumatic to both of us, but the Lord gave grace, and I’m grateful the little ones weren’t out too.

Lesson I learned? Always carry pepper spray. I haven’t, but believe me, I will. Obviously one doesn’t know for sure if that would have deterred them or if I would have had time to use it, but I will be prepared next time.

Love,
Sarah

Ellie and I this afternoon with her bandaged paw
Ellie and I this afternoon with her bandaged paw

“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will
I deliver him: I will set him on high, because
he hath known my name.”
Psalm 91:14

New Baby Joy

Mary did her signature baby sign, which turned out really well! She’s sweet to include the little ones in the project too. You’ll also find some random photos attached to this post. Enjoy!

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Ruthie helped Anna make granola bars while the sign-making was in progress.
Ruthie helped Anna make granola bars while the sign-making was in progress.
Daniel
Daniel
A smiling Bethie!
A smiling Bethie!
Wow, love Ruthie's expression!
Wow, love Ruthie’s expression!

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,
and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.”
Psalm 92:1

Meeting Daniel Maxwell

I still can’t believe Daniel made his appearance so quickly! Anna Marie was even at our house for our 4th of July get together (more on that later!).

The other night, most of the family gathered to see Daniel. I loved seeing the little kids’ joy. Drew and Daniel are birthday buddies, and Drew loves babies and was immediately taken by his new cousin.

I assure you there are more baby posts coming, and we have our newborn photo session on Saturday.

Love,
Sarah

Mom with Daniel and Anna Marie when Daniel was less than 2 hours old!
Mom with Daniel and Anna Marie when Daniel was less than 2 hours old!

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Quite a roomful!
Quite a roomful!
Ruthanne and Anna
Ruthanne and Anna
Dad and Daniel
Dad and Daniel
Uncle Nathan spending time with Joshua looking at a lawn equipment catalog (Joshua loves them).
Uncle Nathan spending time with Joshua looking at a lawn equipment catalog (Joshua loves them).
Abby, Melanie, and Daniel
Abby, Melanie, and Daniel

 

Abby, Jesse, and Daniel
Abby, Jesse, and Daniel
Mary and Daniel
Mary and Daniel
Posing for a quick photo with the little bundle.
Posing for a quick photo with the little bundle.

“… a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day.”
Esther 9:19

Daniel Titus Maxwell

Daniel Titus Maxwell, born July 5th, 2016
Daniel Titus Maxwell, born July 5th, 2016

Announcing Daniel Titus Maxwell, born this morning to Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell. He was their smallest yet at 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Daniel shares a birthday with his cousin Drew!

Anna Marie and Daniel are doing well—it was a short, but fairly intense labor. Anna Marie is an incredible girl and loves her babies. It was so sweet to see her snuggling Baby Daniel this morning.

Enjoy some first initial pictures of this darling family!

(I guess Anna Marie really was in nesting mode!)

Daniel: God is my judge
Titus: Defender

A humble man who has a close relationship with God and strong, Christlike character.

Joshua's introduction to his little brother
Joshua’s introduction to his little brother
Joshua, Christopher, Daniel, and Anna Marie
Joshua, Christopher, Daniel, and Anna Marie
Anna Marie's face as her little girls came in.
Anna Marie’s face as her little girls came in.
Ruthie ponders the wonder of her new baby brother.
Ruthie ponders the wonder of her new baby brother.
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Lydia’s grin was so cute!

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“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works:
in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that
is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no
evil thing to say of you.”
Titus 2:7-8

Getting Ready for Baby

All right, so you mamas out there know about nesting mode. I suppose that’s what Anna Marie is experiencing right now! Anna and Mary went over yesterday and did a deep cleaning of the house. My sisters are very efficient and whisked around and had it done in several hours. We’re one step closer to Baby coming. The project list is getting crossed off.

Anna and Ruthie
Anna and Ruthie

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Anna Marie sewing matching outfits so they can be ready for the baby photo session.
Anna Marie sewing matching outfits so they can be ready for the baby photo session.

“LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble:
thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.”
Psalm 10:17

Mary Torques a Tire

Recently one of our vehicles needed to have brake pads replaced, so Dad set aside time to do that. My sisters enjoy learning new skills and being an asset, so Mary offered to help (Anna would have loved to but she was busy with work).

Mary replaced the tires and torqued them. Good job, Mary!

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“Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes,
no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should
plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should
be partaker of his hope.”
1 Corinthians 9:10