Last weekend we brought home a new family member. I’d like to introduce you to Talkeetna Tess: She was born in the Talkeetna Mountains near Hatcher Pass. We first met her at two weeks old, and visited her every weekend until we brought her home. She traded ten litter mates for these two, who give her twice as much love: Poor thing. It’s only been a … Continue reading Introducing Tess
This year was a little rough for the Easter Bunny. He’s magical and all, but it’s hard to compete with eleven little Labrador puppies. Judging by the smile (or lack thereof) on our son’s face, chocolate labs bring much more joy than chocolate eggs: One of these little pups will be coming home with us on May 19, and the anticipation is already killing the kids. I must … Continue reading Puppies and Bunnies, Oh My!
“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.” ~John Galsworthy I still remember Clark saying we would probably have three sets of dogs in our lifetime together. It’s hard to believe that we have already lost our first set. When Bailey died this summer, … Continue reading Profoundly Difficult: Part 2
It’s amazing what heavy equipment can do. This weekend the excavator arrived, and the alders met their match. Don’t get me wrong: remnants of their roots are still lurking beneath the surface, so I know the war is not over. But I do feel like we’ve won round one of the battle. The hill out front is nearly ready for seed. Quick recap: here is … Continue reading Alder Slaughter… Success!
“When dogs go to Heaven, they don’t need wings because God knows that dogs love running best.” ~from Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant I pray those words are true, because today we sent Bailey to Heaven. The pain in my chest cuts clear through to my spine tonight. I didn’t know how hard this would be. Last weekend Bailey walked out to the fire pit, … Continue reading Profoundly Difficult