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Monday, May 30, 2011

A Bump (or two) in the Trail

As this past week unfolded into the weekend, two things have now occurred.

Young Jordan's stay with us has now come to a close.

We, along with the animals, will miss him and wish him well.



And two, 
Russ is on crutches, resulting from his big horse, Raz,
tripping and falling (rolling) on his leg during his Sunday morning ride.

A long evening at ER confirmed no broken bones. 
Thank you God~!!.

However, lots of pain, swelling and bruising.

 So stay tuned, as we truly... 


Count it all Joy.


 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything."
James 1:2-4


Sunday, May 29, 2011

One Week Ago

Joplin, MO

If that still, small voice is nudging you to act, one week later,
here's how.

Franklin Graham, son of Reverend Billy Graham, created Samaritan's Purse.

I met Franklin's sister, Ruth, a week ago...



Please hear Franklin Graham's plea.


And the crowds asked him,
“What then shall we do?”
And he answered them,
“Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none,
and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

Luke 3:10-11

Saturday, May 28, 2011

On Your MARK Saturday

For the last couple Saturdays, I've been highlighting children who need a home.

Making Adoption Resources Known

First up, a fine young man named Sean.

Now, skip over to this young gal,
who loves horses, dogs,
wants to camp,
and just wants a family to spend time with her.

Destiny is her name.
 
Be sure and turn down the soothing music on Playlist so you can hear Destiny's plea for a family.

Open your heart, open your home.

It's that easy. 

Until tomorrow, God willing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Lord's Plan

"The glory of young men is their strength,




And the splendor of old men is their gray head."
 

Proverbs 20:29



Until tomorrow, God willing.




Saturday, May 21, 2011

Open Hearts, Open Homes

Last week I started something.

Take a look see.

It's an every Saturday feature of sorts.

On Your MARK.
(Making Adoption Resources Known)

Featuring anxious children awaiting adoptive placements.

Ready? 
Are you sure?

Here we go...

This adorable two-year old, sweet Jacob, is available to enter your home and heart. 
Sibling groups are, sadly, more difficult to place.
Brothers...Francis and Keith
And finally,
the featured video this Saturday...his voice will melt your heart.
Be sure and turn down the soothing music on Playlist so you can hear Quinton's plea for a family to call his own.


Quinton

"Each one of them is Jesus in disguise."

Mother Teresa

Gulp.

Until tomorrow, God willing.

Puppy Breath ~ The Essence of Life

Featuring our friends, Joann and Larry (and young Ana) Fortier of
 Coyote Run Kennel.

It was time to take a hike over to their place this week for a dose of puppy breath. 
It was well worth it.

Two litters worth.



We got to see puppies in action.



Featuring "Juneau", from the Alaskan-themed litter.







Love flowing.



Woodland adventures.



Cuddles with future Champions.

(Read about Joann's 2010 Midnight Run 90+ mile Championship here...)



Lead dog training.



Coming when called.



Perseverance displayed.



Playfulness.

Oh, there is so much to learn as a young pup...


Thank you Joann, for sharing your time, passion and pups.

And most of all, your friendship and caring.





For those of you who don't know, Joann and Larry act as a "feeder" kennel to us.

Their dogs wrap up an incredible life on the race circuit, 
followed by training new pups on the trail,
and then begin a new adventure,
which allows them to finish out their amazing lives doing what they love,
at our place, just down the road.

Running trails.

We have received the following dogs from Coyote Run Kennel over the years.

Ranger, a "Shaw dog", who has been Russ' main leader for years.



And super "Shaw dog" leaders, "the Girls", Windows and Star, who run our guest teams.



Or just help out around our 40-acre farm, hauling wood from cabin to cabin, and such.



We are grateful for our treasured friends, the Fortiers.

And for their gifts of life. 

Not puppy breath, but breath with the knowledge of life.

The older, experienced, seasoned canines that come our way, to begin life anew.

Until tomorrow, God willing.

P.S.  We did get a new dog, actually a yearling, this week from the Fortiers.  Stay tuned.

 



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Island Bound

There's only one thing better than being in my Wee House during a full moon.

And that is being on Mackinac Island.



Yes, it's that time again. 
Heading to the incredible women's retreat...Win-Some Women.
This marks my 13th year, with many years attending both Spring and Fall.



My last trip, which was last Fall,
was with friend and fellow homesteader, Homemaker Ang.



And a second blue-eyed beauty, my Mother-in-Love, Sue.

Both women are beautiful, inside and out.

This trip will be just Sue and myself, one we've taken many times together.



I'm looking forward to meeting Laura Story.

And all the other wonderful speakers, which includes Rev. Billy Graham's daughter, Ruth.
I was so pleased to hear Billy Graham rallied from pneumonia last week, at the age of 92. 
PTL! (Praise the Lord!)



I'm also looking forward to the familiar, which makes the Island so special. 
Horse travel.
There are no motorized vehicles allowed on the Island.



Exquisite food.
Female fellowship.
The name of Jesus on everyone's lips, hearts, and minds.



I rarely leave home, but to me, Mackinac Island feels like home.
And I hope that never changes.



Wish you could be here wish us.

Perhaps next time. 
Let's plan...

Until tomorrow, God willing.