The Road to Recovery

We brought Ellie home Thursday evening, and she was so glad to be back. It goes without saying I was too. Some of her favorite little people came over to visit and love on her.

Friday evening, Ellie became very lethargic and wouldn’t drink anything. We took her into the vet first thing this morning. I was sure she’d have to be on IVs again. About the time we put her in the car, she began to perk up. When we got there (an hour drive), Ellie really had perked up. We ran a complete blood panel, and her white blood cell count had halved from Wednesday’s number. That was good. Her electrolytes and kidneys looked good too. The vet checked her incision, and that too is headed in the right direction. We brought her home, and she’s happy to be napping (hey, me too: it was a long night). I’m grateful we had her checked before the weekend, and that she is on the road to recovery!


Even Arnold was concerned about her and stayed close to her when she was not doing well.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

Ellie Update

Thank you all so much for praying. I’m very grateful for your sweet love and support. The surgery went well without complications, and Ellie’s recovering well. We’re heading out to pick her up. Yay!


“Thou art my hiding place and my shield:
I hope in thy word.”
Psalm 119:114

When Dreams Fall Apart

Thursday morning update: Thank you all so very much for your love and concern. Vet sat with her last night before going home, and she was calm. Ellie’s surgery will happen about 9am Central.

I’m going to be really raw with you all tonight and share what’s going on. There’s not always a good way to share hurts and disappointments, because sometimes they involve other people.

Ellie, my English Cream Golden Retriever, has been a sweet buddy to me since I got her three and a half years ago. She’s such a loyal friend and super smart too.

A dream of mine has also been to raise puppies, so I pursued that route once she turned two. Ellie went through extensive testing and turned out beautifully. Even the vet said breeding her would only improve her line. Her hips, which can be a weak link on goldens, scored in the top 5%. Excellent.

Last month, I bred Ellie to a gorgeous male. We all were excited about puppies in August, and it seemed my dream was coming true. Two weeks ago, Ellie had a concerning issue, so I took her to the vet. He checked her progesterone and even ran a blood panel, and she seemed okay, so we scheduled an ultrasound for the 10th. In dogs, gestation is very short. About halfway through, you can check for pregnancy via ultrasound.

Giving Ellie some love when she wasn’t feeling well

Ellie hasn’t been herself since, but some of that could be attributed to being pregnant. This afternoon with anticipation, I brought her in for an ultrasound. I watched the screen as the vet moved the wand over her stomach, and instead of seeing little puppy sacs with beating hearts, we discovered infection. This wasn’t a small infection either. After drawing blood and testing it, we found her white blood cells are dangerously high. Because of that, Ellie needed to stay so they could start her on an IV and antibiotics, keep her overnight, and do surgery in the morning.

That was hard. Really hard. Yes, the loss of dreams, but to leave my sweet girl and to know she is so sick. She’s the kind of dog who doesn’t even like to go to a vet, and here she would have to stay. I took off her collar and leash and said good-bye with tears. The vet and his staff have been incredible and super helpful through this whole process. They assured me they will take good care of her, and I know they will. They hope I can bring her home Thursday night yet.

Life doesn’t always go as planned, but the Lord uses disappointments to draw us closer to Him. While I don’t understand, I know this is minor in the grand scheme of things. I trust, and I rest. Yes, I do shed tears and pray that Ellie’s infection will go down overnight and the surgery goes well so I can bring her home.


One of her favorite places is to be on the porch in the morning while I have my Bible time.

“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast …” Proverbs 12:10

Scripture Memory With Little Children, Part 2

Joshua on the Jonah night

We enjoyed the comments on the first post in this series on Scripture memory. It is so important that we seek to fill little hearts with God’s Word to prepare them for salvation and a relationship with Christ.

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 3:15

In Part One, we talked about a free ebook download Whatever It Takes and then three memorization techniques: listening to an audio Bible (free from Faith Comes by Hearing or also VerseLocker), reading personally and as a family, and repeating frequently.

In this post, we will look at three more.

Singing —I love Scripture songs. I memorized most of Psalm 119 with a friend years ago using recordings available for free here and now have started working on them with the children. Also, I stumbled across this site looking for 1 Corinthians 13 in song, and I love her version of it. Memorizing Scripture through song is a wonderful way to memorize, and was an approach to memorization that God wanted the Israelites doing in the Old Testament.

Writing—We like using Scripture passages for copy work. Some of our children love doing copy work, and for others, it’s more of a task that needs to be done. If they’re working on penmanship anyway, it’s nice that they get the dual benefit of reinforcing memory verses.

Motivating—When Joshua memorized Jonah last year, we told him we would have a “Jonah party” with some of our extended family. He got to plan out a program with a few songs, quoted the entire book, shared a little sermon about Jonah, and we finished with a dessert of his choice. The evening was delightful, and Joshua had a blast. In addition, our family memorized a chapter for the Scriptorium in Kansas City earlier this year and having a “deadline” helped keep us all motivated. This year we are participating in the National Bible Bee, and I am very excited about the memorization and study we are doing on the theme of worship this summer!

We were originally going to do this as a two-part series, but a question was asked about choosing, keeping track of, and reviewing memory verses that we will answer in an upcoming post.

Anna Marie

A New Kind of Birthday Gift

Dad and Mom are blessed to have such a growing group of grandkids! Over the past 10 years, Mom shopped and kept up with a gift each child would like.

Recently, they had an idea. Instead of a physical gift, the child gets a special evening over at Grandpa and Grandma’s. There is a string of summer birthdays, so Mom got right on scheduling.

The kids have totally loved their special time. After all, isn’t the gift of quality time something to be valued?

We began with Abby, then Joshua, and last Christina. Up next will be Danny and Drew, the birthday-cousin-twins. They will have separate nights. 🙂

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7

Of the Red, White, and Blue

Patriotic colors. Red, white, and blue. We wear them as a symbol that we belong to this country, and we’re proud of our heritage. Red signifies hardiness and valor, white is purity and innocence, and blue is the symbol of vigilance and justice. We’re grateful for the patriots who bought our freedom with their own lifeblood.

The Pledge of Allegiance declares one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

One nation under God and with justice for all. Sadly, our beautiful nation has taken God out of so much, including the right to life for the preborn. Justice for all means they should have a voice too. They’ve done nothing wrong to deserve to die.

If you have given your life to Jesus and are trusting in His shed blood, I encourage you this Independence Day to cry out for repentance for our great nation.

Happy Independence Day!


“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such
as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth,
judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor
and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9