A Roller Coaster of Emotions

This is the day the Lord has made

The world seems to be falling apart, torn from the inside out by hate and violence and television and social networking brings it right to our door (and mind) on a daily basis!
But I’m also certain that all over the world acts of LOVE, GENEROSITY, and JOYFUL CELEBRATIONS (marriage, birth, and all sorts of wonderful accomplishments) continue to be displayed.
Some mornings I wake up and feel like I’m riding a roller coaster—up, down, happy, sad.  Should I feel sorrow, or joy?

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Learning From Obstacles

Learning from obstacles

One sunny afternoon while taking photos of my pups, I was fortunate to catch this image of my tricolor Emma leaping over her brother. He happened to be in her path while she was chasing the ball. I couldn’t help but notice how enthusiastic and determined she was while we were playing. I could almost hear her shout—Look mommy I can leap, and twirl, and fly . . . and I’m bringing back the ball you threw so that we can do it all over again!—  What was so beautiful was that while she was facing various obstacles and challenges— digging, chasing, jumping—you could almost see her sprout wings. With each new challenge during our play session she was learning something new! What a wonderful visual showing how obstacles can work for our good . . .

Looking back on my life, I see how the obstacles I faced were used by God to teach me valuable lessons. Facing fear taught me faith, sorrow taught me joy, waiting taught me patience, and hurt taught me to forgive and to love. Dear friends, the obstacles we face were never meant to ruin our lives; rather, to challenge us to new heights. I can imagine God smiling as we learn from the challenges we face and sprout our wings!


“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” —Booker T.  Washington

“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” —Isaiah 40:31

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Mystery of the Barky Dog

Barking dog tips

Published in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Bulletin

by Leila Grandemange

Good communication seems to be the key to all lasting relationships, even with our dogs. Yet dogs and humans do not perceive the world in the same way, nor communicate in the same language. This realization must be our guide and motivation for trying to understand our dogs. Continue reading “Mystery of the Barky Dog”