Wherever there's love, there's God

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Once in awhile I get an email that is just too special to keep to myself. The sender asked me to share it, so I'm sharing. Try to stop me. :-)

She lost her best friend.

Do you see this picture of an adorable little girl and her best friend? Her fur buddy became ill and went to heaven, as her mom told her. Her mother told her that her pal would be with God so she would be well taken care of. Her mother tried to console her the best that she could, but we know sometimes when we lose someone very special to us we are inconsolable.

From the sounds of the story, they must have spent a lot of time playing together so they may have been more like siblings than pet/owner. A dog can surely wrap itself around one's heart. I know. I've lost a few. The mother states they had the dog for 14 years and that is enough time to create quite a few memories.

The little girl, Meredith, was concerned that God might not recognize Abbey when she got to heaven. Maybe He would not know what Abbey's favorite things were so she asked Mom if they could send a letter to heaven. I imagine Mom was feeling the ache of losing her long time friend too, but if she could help Meredith feel better, she was willing to give it a try. Meredith dictated, Mom wrote:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith

Mom said that she had to put several stamps on this letter at Meredith's insistence because Meredith knew heaven had to be very far away and she wanted to make sure it got there.

Mom did not expect a response, but Meredith probably checked the mail daily. One day there was a package wrapped in gold paper. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called "When a Pet Dies.." inside the cover was taped her letter and the picture. Enclosed was a letter, which read:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven.
Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by..
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.
By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.

Someone who works in our postal service did a beautiful thing that day. God bless and take care.


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What won't I do for a Picture?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I park my car blocks from where I know there are pretty flowers, lock it up and go on a quest. With enthusiasm and a pocket full of batteries, I whip my camera out of the other pocket and aim and shoot.

I don't always get what I want and don't always know if I do until hours later when I download them into my computer. Many will end up in the recycle bin and others will be painstakingly edited for the best possible results. Icy, BC Doan amazes us daily with her photos and somehow or other Judy from Through Squirrel Eyes has cleverly photographed squirrels. Yes, live squirrels. She has gotten "up close and personal" so to speak, in that you can actually see the details of the little guys.

The pigeon was so pretty!

The other day when I got home from work I saw a beautiful pigeon sitting on my neighbor's roof. The feathers were a beautiful shade of blue, almost metallic colored and I was determined to come up with a picture of a creature of my own. Mind you, I am no spring chicken. I came storming into my house, frightening my cats by my movement. I charged up first one flight of stairs, then the second running to my attic window. There he was sitting there so prettily with his wings shimmering in the stream of sunlight from the fading sun. I pried and pried at the attic window.( I don't remember the last time we had opened it. )

Stop the Pigeon!

I slipped the camera out of my pocket and off he flew. Remember the cartoon "Stop the Pigeon"? That came to mind as I heaved a heavy sigh and took a couple of sky shots.

Later I told my friend Jeanne, and my sister Jeanne how much I wanted pictures of something different, like a wild animal or something. They both were understanding and actually gave me pictures. Jeanne, my sister, supplied the ones I am enjoying here. My friend Jeanne gave me some from animal visitors she had on her farm. I will share her's on Wednesday.

Maybe I can't capture pictures of animals in the wild, but my sister and friends can.

Thanks for visiting. Take care & God bless. :-)


S.T., the cat gives himself a bath

Most cats hate water, but not S.T. Having 7 toes on each of his front paws is not the only thing that sets him apart from other cats.

My friend Jeanne brought some pictures by my house today to share with me and gave me permission to share them with you. She tells me that she and her husband must make sure to turn the water under the sink off when they are not at home as he has flooded their bathroom.

S.T. is checking to make sure the curling iron is not hot. He wouldn't want to get a hot seat. He prefers his wet. She says she has seen him turn it on with his hind paws, and it looks like that might be exactly what he is doing.

Now he needs to test the water. He is fussy about the temperature. First for a drink.

He places the stopper down and once the sink gets half full he curls up in the tub (er sink) to enjoy his soak. Boy! This is the life.

Jeanne tells me that when she first brought him in from outside she kept him in the bathtub while she was at work. She placed his food and water there and it was the only place she could trust him not to get out of when he was a kitten. Perhaps he has a thing for porcelain?

By the way, this is not the only thing in the bathroom he knows how to use. S.T. is a very unusual cat.

Thanks, Jeanne, for sharing your story and pictures with me. Thanks, S.T. for being the special creature that God made you to be.

Take care and God bless.


Wordless Wednesday - Chrysanthemums

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S.T. the Seven Toed Cat

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

There was a tree that was hollowed out on my friend Jeanne's farm. In the tree a cat took shelter and kept her family. Sadly a badger came to visit the farm and soon the ducks and some of the kittens were missing so Jeanne and I scrambled to try and round up what was left of the wild cat and her offspring. Jeanne kept the one pictured here and named him S.T. because at first look she thought he had six toes. A trip to the vets uncovered a seventh toe hiding on each of his front paws. Look at the size of these paws!

He hung around for about half an hour posing for me to take photos. He loved the attention as I watched Jeanne play with him with a fishing line and toy mouse. I have quite a collection of his pictures, but only posted three. I wanted to share his paws with Cherie of Uncovering a Culture because she was curious about his paws when I mentioned him in a older post. Don't worry, he's declawed.

Take care and God bless.


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I'm in Love!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

If you know enough about me, you are saying of course you are in love; you're married! But I'm not talking about that kind of love!

Flowers - Photos!!

We run around capturing our beautiful subjects on film sometimes not even knowing their names. Judy, from the blog Through Squirrel Eyes and Icy of Wandering Thought have helped me with some and others have remained nameless. I have purchased four second hand books on annuals and perennials. These books just do not do the flowers justice, plus flowers are always cross pollinating and there are new species added daily. While visiting my friend Jeanne the other day she handed me a flower catalog.

The pictures are GLORIOUS! Not only that, they have names. Our beautiful flowers can be identified. If I am lucky enough to save my pennies I might even buy some bulbs. The above pictured flowers came from their web site and they are running a special right now. By the way, these are lily of the valley and pink dahlias.

I hopped right over to their site after taking the name off of my catalog. They have numerous pictures and categories posted along with growing tips. You can click on a picture and get a larger picture along with detailed instructions for growing this particular flower. I think I am going to find this very helpful and I hope you will too.


We are Needed by our Friends Across the Way

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tonight I sit in my home with my husband and two cats. My four walls are still standing. The television on, as well as the heat. I just fixed us a hot meal.

There are those who have no home. Their walls are not standing. In fact some have taken their last breath, others have lost their loved ones. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering of watching everything you have worked for get washed away or to see friends and family swept away. If there is anything I can do, I must.

In the blogger world we become attached to one another and soon link arms in common causes. Cherie's blog contains numerous links to advise us of how and where we can give aid. The official Google Blog site has posted this:

"We're very saddened by the losses the Filipino people have sustained during this calamity. To help you stay up to date on the disaster and contribute to the relief efforts, we've put up a Help for Typhoon Ondoy Victims in the Philippines page that contains the latest news from local media outlets, lists of verified donation sites and emergency hotlines, and a volunteer-maintained map of persons needing rescue."

If God is tugging at your heart to help, here are the sites. Please click and follow the windows which open. Let God open some relief windows for our brothers and sisters across the way. Thank you & G♥d bless.

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