Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected 9

What's this?

What’s this?

My Golden did not expect to see an angel in his yard since he wasn’t outside when I placed it there.

Adopted this guy 2 weeks ago.

Unexpectedly adopted this guy 2 weeks ago.

Finding this Keeshond at the Hawaiian Humane Society was an unexpected joy. They normally only have Pit Bull or Terrier mixed breeds. There are no Keeshond breeders on the island either. He was found wandering in a business area. They took him to the Humane Society after no one claimed him.  I have checked Internet sites to see if anyone is looking for him and so far no one appears to be.

The day before we adopted him is the first time I have been on their site since our Corgi died. I did not feel we were ready for another dog yet, but something made me check the site anyway.

Finding the Keeshond’s picture and information touched my heart. I quickly phoned my husband to convince him.

After leaving a message asking if the dog was still available on the Humane Society’s voicemail, I took my Golden outside where a rainbow appeared over my Corgi’s burial site. I took it as a sign that he blessed my decision.

A voicemail the next morning revealed that the Keeshond was at a pet store site for the day. I called the store to make sure no one had adopted him, and we loaded our Golden into the car to go meet our latest addition.

My Golden his happy that the Keeshond is not interested in his ball.

My Golden is happy that the Keeshond is not interested in his ball.

Maybe our angel sent him because after all:

I brought this ornament for our corgi's first Christmas.

I brought this ornament for our Corgi’s first Christmas.

Now he is a real angel.

Now he is a real angel.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers (Mother Earth’s) 8

Each week WordPress asks us to show our interpretation of the weekly photo challenge. This week’s challenge is layers. I’m grateful for the layers Mother Earth creates. Don’t forget to click on the highlighted link to see what others are sharing.

Instead of complaining about the wind, notice the beauty it creates.

Instead of complaining about the wind, notice the beauty it creates.

The wind is the goddess who first learned to fly. The wind is the bearer of bad and good tidings, the weaver of darkness, the bringer of dawn, … — John Denver – Wingsong Lyrics

Clearly water flows over rock and changes it. Remember this when you seem to hit a brick wall.

Clearly water flows over rock and changes it. Remember this when you seem to hit a brick wall.

“’…water stronger than rock, love stronger than force.‘ Vesadeva to Siddartha” — Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

I hope future generations are able to see the beauty of layers of ice and snow.

I hope future generations are able to see the beauty of layers of ice and snow.

Future generations are not going to ask us what political party were you in. They are going to ask what did you do about it, when you knew the glaciers were melting. — Martin Sheen

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit (Mine) 5

This week, Michelle W. requests that you show us something that’s a HABIT. If could be your daily walk to the bus stop, or your daily paper lying on the doorstep. Maybe it’s the guy behind the counter at the deli you always visit for lunch, the stuffed bunny your child must have at bedtime, or the view from your desk as you sit down to blog.

Capture a moment both constant and fleeting. We look forward to the glimpses into your everyday. Don’t forget to link your post to the weekly photo challenge and to click on the link to see what others are posting.

A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing. – Muhammad Ali.

Today I’m grateful for my camera, for my walking buddy, for the rooster, and for light.

Monthly Peace Challenge Love Thy Enemy (Dear ______, I’m Really Trying …) 5

Dear _______,
I’m really trying to believe you have changed. I see signs that you have, but I am skeptical where both of you are concerned. I have believed in you in the past only to watch you crush my daughter’s spirit. She will be okay in the long run. I know because she is stronger than she seems. After all, she is my daughter.

Still, forgiving those who almost destroyed her is not an easy task especially when she has never received a sincere apology from either of you. One of you flatly refused to give her what she needs to heal more quickly. The other one tried to convince others that she made things sound worse than they really were. I know this is not true and so do you if you are honest with yourself.

Yet, I also know that she and I need to forgive you to heal ourselves even if your changes are only surface deep. Perhaps that is the only change you are capable of making right now. I do not know. I am merely grateful that you are both out of our lives.

The most important thing I have learned from our experience is that we are all connected. Of, course, I know we do not appear to be as connected as either one of you, but in this web of life, we are. That is why I will continue to ask God to help me to learn to truly forgive you, and I pray you both continue to grow in true understanding of others. I especially pray that you no longer perceive anyone as not worthy of you.

With aloha,

Sue