Flowers, Ferns, and Ticks. Oh My!

Spring is my favorite season for hiking.  The air is pleasantly cool.  The wildflowers are at their peak, and the forest’s undergrowth has not yet grown up to hide the mosses and ferns.  Already, my kids, father, and I have ventured out for numerous hikes to enjoy spring’s grandeur.  Our Labrador gleefully traipses alongside us …

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Dirt

Over the course of a couple hours my Labrador went from coal black to chocolate brown.  Each round of chase and wrestle through our winter worn yard with our neighbor’s dog added yet another layer of red clay dust to Adi’s coat.  I knew I couldn’t usher her into the house in this state, so …

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Shoe Gifts: A Lesson on Gratitude

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:18 Enter our home and you will be eagerly greeted by a Labrador Retriever.  Greet her and she’ll trot off and return with a gift just for you- a shoe. When Adi began bringing us shoes as a …

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Sticks: A Lesson on Thoughts

"...Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things." -Philippians 4:8 Sometimes it takes owning a Lab to realize how many twigs, sticks, and branches a tree sheds on a daily basis.  For Adi, tree debris is a source …

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A Lesson on Chewing

Dogs have a natural inclination to chew.  Fortunately, our Lab falls into the category of moderate chewer.  This means she doesn’t immediately destroy what she chews.  Nor will she chew on just anything.  Once Adi passed the puppy teething phase, she selected a deer antler as her chew of choice.  Slow and methodical are the …

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