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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A Labrador and a Corgi: A Lesson on Resolving Differences

Right before Christmas our Labrador got to meet our friends' Corgi puppy for the first time.  The differences between these two dogs was glaringly obvious from the start. One is an energetic puppy and the other a mellowed, fully matured adult. One has short legs with a rolly-polly belly while the other is tall and …

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This is My Father’s World

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” -Psalms 150:6 Today marks the first calendar day of spring.  Yet the evidence of spring began to arrive in our neck of the woods several weeks back.  The Phoebe bird, who perches on our deck announcing his presence, has returned from his wintering grounds.  The robins now …

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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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A Longsuffering Labrador: A Lesson on Love

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 Our Labrador has interacted with people of all ages her entire life.  It’s her interaction with children that always gives me pause to watch, wonder, and learn.  From the moment Adi arrived in our home as a wee puppy she …

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