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Over at RevGalBlogPals it’s time to play

Friday Five: Dogs or Cats or What?

my experience in the United States, people are either “Dog People” or “Cat People.” As the graph above illustrates, not everyone is limited to those types of animals. So I am wondering about pets and experiences with them.

1. Are you a DOG or a CAT person? Or OTHER?
 I’m defiantly a dog person.
2. Who were the pets of your childhood and what were they like?
I only remember having one dog.  And sadly we didn’t have him for long.
3. What pets do you have now?
Currently residing in our home we have 2 Goldfish and 1 dog.
4. Have you ever had any unusual pets in your household or visit your home?
 Hmm, can’t say I’ve ever had any unusual pets in my home but I had a church member in one church that we served that had an alligator named Bill.  
5. What have you learned from your pets? Give one recent example, if possible.
What seems like unconditional love.  Our last dog was an awesome companion on days when I was bed ridden.  He would curl right up next to me and bed and lay there happy as can be until I decided to stir.  I’m sure in time our current dog will also be a good nap-time dog.  He’s just got a little bit to much puppy still in him.  
In the almost 16 years of marriage we’ve had 3 dogs and all have taken on names of important historical Moravians.  First came, David Nitschmann (we called him David) a Jack Russell who had some genetic joint issues and suffered from severe separation anxiety.   Then came Leonard Dober (we called him Dober) a mixed breed that we rescued from a shelter in Maryland.  He was the constant companion of mine and sadly he died less than a month after we moved back to NC.  Now Jan Amos Comenius (we call him Amos) fills our home with love and joy.  He is also a shelter rescue and has become best friends with our Littleman.  
BONUS: Pictures or anything else related to animals you love.
We knew that once Dober died we wouldn’t be without a dog for long, as our Littleman LOVES animals.  When he was about 4 he asked us how to write “I Take Care of Pets.”  We told him, not thinking much of it until we heard him at the patio door, where he had taken the sign and placed it in the backyard.  He was convinced that the neighborhood cats that were often running through the yard would see the sign and come into our house.  It’s one of my favorite things to do is sit in the house and watch the two of them playing together in the back yard.  There’s a lot of truth in the saying “A Boy and His Dog”!
So below are a few pictures of Dober and Amos….Sadly the pictures we have of David were prior to digital cameras so I’ll have to dig one of those out sometime.
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This is Littleman And Dober.
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 Leonard “Dober”
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John Amos Comenius
    Sleepy Boys

Over at RevGalBlogPals it’s time to playFriday Five: Dogs

Friday already?

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Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s Friday again!  But it is and that means its time once again to play Friday Five with my sisters over at RevGalBlogPals and our pals (either male or female).  So here goes another round!

Hey there gals and pals!
Happy Friday Five….and although I don’t have a theme for this Friday, I do have five questions for you to ponder upon:

1. If you could hear what someone is thinking for a day, who would you choose, and why?

2. If you were trapped in a tv show for a month, which show would you choose, and why?

3. If you could do any job in the world for a day, what would it be?

4. What are you loving right now?

5. Use these words in a sentence: bless, cheeseburger, chihauuaha, skipping, Georgia.

Have fun, and let us know that you played in the comments!

1.  If you could hear what someone is thinking for a day, who would you choose, and why?  

A little boy and his dog!

A little boy and his dog!

Well when my littleman was a baby I used to wonder what he’s thinking.  As he’s gotten older and sometimes I wonder if he will ever be quiet, I still think I would choose him.  I wonder what things he says when he and our dog are laying out in the yard together.  (And as a side, he really wanted a certain breed as mentioned in #5 but instead we  got a mutt and he’s loved a lot)!  I wonder what goes on in his mind or what doesn’t when he becomes distracted at school and when he uses animal sounds to cover his anxiety.  I wonder what goes on in his little but ever changing mind – I wonder if I could read his mind how might I be a better mom to him.

2.  If you were trapped in a tv show for a month, which show would you choose, and why?  I often watch Untold Stories of the ER and each time I wonder, why don’t they have a chaplain or I find myself saying to the doctor at the center of the incident, why don’t you also consult a chaplain or that persons pastor (or faith leader). So if I were able to caught in the show I could speak that thought and maybe help build a bridge between the medical world and the spiritual world.

3. If you could do any job in the world for a day, what would it be?  I’ve spent a LOT of time at a local Apple Store this week and if one thing I learnt is that there are am incredible amount of interesting people who come and go from an Apple Store.  Not to mention a staff that never seems to tire of smiling and being with each other.  I’d like to work at an Apple Store for a day….oh wait maybe not because I wouldn’t take home a penny of pay and would end up coming home with absolutely no money (in fact likely a lot less than I began my day with).

4.  What are you loving right now?  Gluten Free Fridays at my local Gigi’s Cupcakes and a group of girl friends to enjoy them with!

5.  Use these words in a sentence:  bless, cheeseburger, chihuahua, skipping, Georgia.  A littleman born in Georgia bless(es) my life with his love of cheeseburgers, chihuahuas and his ability to skip through life!

Ok so I stretched number five by Sayers blesses instead of simply bless but it’s all I had at 1:00 am.  Until next time my friends may The Lord continue to bless you!

It’s Playtime – Friday Five Style

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It’s Playtime – Friday Five Style
You guessed it, today’s Friday Five from the RevGalBlogPals is all about play.  I know I’ve promised many of you a post or two about my journey of becoming a United States Citizen and I promise I will get there but first lets play Friday Five!
1. Tell about your favorite outdoor play:   Being a mom of a little boy who loves to be outside but also being a mom who is at times limited to how much physical activity I can do, I’m often trying to strike a delicate balance.  Allowing myself to free enough to play with him and yet taking care of my body.  Last summer at the beach our family bought an Angry Bird kite (yes at one if those cheesy beach stores).  My husband groaned a bit about the $5 kite and another $5 for a nicer reel.  That night we headed out to the beach as a family and I can’t tell you for certain who had more fun (my husband, my then 6 year old or me).  Guess what we did the next day?  Yup went back and bought another kite.  I LOVE flying a kite it’s so freeing for me .  Theres no better way to describe it than its FUN to fly a kite.  The butterfly kite that is pictured is one I took at a recent family adventure to a Kite Festival in Salem, VA (one of the best days we’ve had as a family in a long time).  Perhaps one day I will own a more girly kite but first I need to find a good spot locally to fly them.
Another simple and childlike thing i love to do outside is blow bubbles.  My husband and I spent the better part of the evening of our 15th wedding anniversary blowing bubbles off the porch of a cabin in the mountains (so grateful for church members who share).  It was so cool to sit and blow bubbles out of a variety of wands and bubble toys and watch them take on a life of their own.  Blowing bubbles with my dear husband was great fun and its equally fun to blow them with my littleman.  I also experience great joy watching him blow them and our dog jump to try to catch them.
I love to take pictures when I’m out and about.  I’ve never taken a class, my pictures aren’t perfect, but seldom a day goes by that I don’t snap a picture (with my phone or my basic Fuji Finepix).  Anything that catches my eye becomes a picture in my rather expansive digital collection.  Pictures of flowers, pretty sunsets or cloud formations, pictures of people playing (especially my Littleman or those who I love), and life in general.  After all there is a famous saying “A picture speaks a thousand words!”
So in short:  bubbles, kites, attempts of taking pictures and occasionally a creation with colorful chalk.
2. Tell about your favorite indoor play:  knitting, sewing, crafting, coloring.  Yarn brings me a sense of deep peace and there’s not much better than a comfy place to sit, something to drink, and a groups of like minded fiber loving friends.  Ahh I miss my Friday evenings at a Tea House In the metro Atlanta area.  A well loved hymn of mine has these words “What brought us together, what joined our hearts….” For this group of fiber loving friends it was the fiber and knitting (ok and crocheting) that brought us together and it was the fellowship, the laughter, and the friendship that emerged out of an otherwise unlikely crew.  It is this group I miss the most since our move to NC in 2011.
 
Coloring is another favorite indoor play activity.  I am a happy girl with a new set of Crayola crayons, markers, or pencils (or any variations of them).  What’s even better in the last couple of years is coloring and creating with a littleman who has certainly stolen my heart.  I have a great rolling tray in my office loaded with colorerful goodness waiting to be…..
3. Tell about a game you (or your friends) created:  Not sure I’ve ever created a game.  Except variations of games to teach church history or to try to help my child master spelling words or math facts.  I know those are lame games but that’s all I’ve got.
4. Tell about a game that is new to you:  I love my iPad and therefore love discovering different apps.  Recently I took a break from Words with Friends (which I love but am not all that great at) and Gems with Friends.  Not sure why I took that break but if anyone is interested in a new partner – let me know. I’d love to play a few games of words with a few of my revgal pals!
5. Tell how you would like to incorporate play into your workday:  Another tough but good question.  I think about coloring, knitting, sewing, etc but I seldom have the discipline to work them into my work day. I encourage others to play and to make time for themselves.  Truth be told I need to pencil in, no use a bold sharpie, more time for play throughout my day, my week, my month, and my year.  Time to play in silence and alone, times to play with my husband and littleman and time to play with friends.  For with play comes laughter and joy and that would be good for my soul!   Play date anyone?