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Dogs of Halloween Past

No dogs were harmed in the making of this post.  If you know anything about me and my husband (especially pre-kids, and now with kids) is that we are crazy dog people.  Our dogs are spoiled rotten, so please don’t go calling animal control on us, as we have (now) 3 of the most loved dogs in the whole world!

Fortunately for Baxter, he has yet to be subjected to a costume, but unfortunately for Devon and Zevon, I have 9 years worth of photos to embarrass them.  They are such good dogs and good sports and I promise, were never forced into any of these – if anything it earned them more attention!

It was fun looking through past photos, not all are Halloween, but all involve our dogs in some sort of get up.  Many more great memories and topics came to mind too, but let’s start with this one and stay tuned for more!

I hope you enjoy as well!

Here’s some Halloweens past:  (I regret that I don’t have Devon’s very first Halloween which happens to be the first time I met my hubby Steven.  Devon was dressed up as a little hula dancer with a Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt!)




New Years 2012:


Winter 2010:
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Easter 2011:

4th of July 2012:
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Fun with Kids:

Other Fun Times:

Thanks for stopping by.  We love our dogs and hope that came through in all these pictures I have fun pulling together.  There is only one other thing in this life that compares to the unconditional love of dogs…the unconditional love of our Father above and I truly believe He placed dogs on this earth to give us a small glimpse of His love for us!  Amen!

And check out this video/past post here too!


Filed under Calling, Canines, Celebrations, Chapters, Children

Ole McDermitt had a farm….

01-IMG_0088(Not from Ole McDermitt’s but a fun fall family picture to kick things off!)

You’ll probably be seeing a lot more fall family fun posts this month since October is the best month EVER!  This past weekend we opted for a longer road trip (Dramamine packed for LL) to Carrollton, GA to visit Ole McDermitt’s Farm.  We had never been before, and having sworn off our more “local” pumpkin patch/family farm, we opted for the longer drive.  It was quite a hike, through farmlands and countryside really not much at all (but much nicer than the views of the ATL interstate!).  Although I wish I had taken more pictures of the drive, as it was beautiful.  We finally arrived at Ole McDermitt’s farm and I think were the first ones there!

Not a huge area, although we were told the large corn maze consisted of 4.5 acres, the space they had was packed in with perfect fall activities for the lil’ ones!  Upon arriving, you enter into barn full of beautiful fall decorations and directly inside are two large corn boxes.  And bonus, packed with toy trucks and tractors.  I think LM could have stayed in this the whole day and been perfectly content.  There were also picnic benches, a small snack bar, and roaming roosters, chickens, and a large dog.

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Once we pried LM away from the corn box, we went to check out the animals.  If you know me (or even if you don’t) nothing can make my heart hurt more than uncared-for animals.  Our previous fall farm visit was guilty of this.  Luckily though, these animals looked pretty happy (as happy as you can with people posing for pictures and trying to pet you all day!)  They had goats, sheep, pigs, a donkey, and my favorite – the llamas (or alpacas – not sure the difference).  LL got some carrots to feed them too!


Other attractions were the mini-corn maze where the kids could push wheel barrows. 12-IMG_0139

A scarecrow dress-up station – meet princess scarecrow!


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A little playground. (And face/arm painting)

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A haybox to search for pennies.  A rubber duck racing station.  Cornhole.  Haybales and tractors for perfect picture ops.

And OFCOURSE – pumpkins.  LM kept going around to the biggest ones trying to pick them up saying “Big Punkin!”


Pumpkins in hand and lots of fun under our belts, we headed out in search of a picnic spot.  Close to both Chattahoochee Bend State Park and McIntosh Reserve, we went into McIntosh Reserve to eat a quick lunch before the long drive home.  This is a great part that we “think” we may have visited way back when…but it has plenty of trails, many of which are used by horses.  So the kids (and me) really enjoyed seeing all the horses around the park.  And LM even cried half the way home for a horse.  Not sure if he wanted to ride, or pet, or what, but definitely another activity to keep in mind for the future.

Overall a beautiful fall day, spent with my beautiful family!  More adventures coming soon, including Disney on Ice (ok not really fall themed – but LL is SUPER excited!) and the Great GA Air Show!  Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!


Filed under Celebrations, Children

God Made a Dog.

This is one of those videos that reminds me where my passions lie.  I get goosebumps from watching this (Thank you Oh My Dog Blog for sharing!)  Dogs are simply amazing creatures.  Filled with so much love yet don’t expect much in return.  Sound familiar?

I’ve always liked that DOG is GOD backwards, another coincidence?

So I just thought I would share for my fellow dog lovers out there.   I’m taking this as another sign to keep on figuring out how I can speak for these amazing creature who cannot, as I know that is part of what God has put me here to do.

March 2013 (169)


Filed under Calling, Canines

Animal Response to OK Tornadoes

It’s old news now, yet still a story and event whose consequences will be felt for a long time.  I wanted to acknowledge the recent Oklahoma tornadoes of May 20th and do my own little plug to help out where you can.  I didn’t watch the whole program last night, Healing the Heartland, hosted by Blake Shelton (who I have become a huge fan of through The Voice!).  But I do have to mention the one part I did see and how much it moved me.  I was so impressed by Miranda Lambert, see her performance below of “The House that Built Me”, which she dedicated to the animals affected by the tornadoes.  The slide show alone could bring you to tears, but the fact that she broke down as well, I’m sure there was not a dry eye in the country.

Animals have a special place in my life and heart.  And it breaks my heart to think of the countless furry victims from natural disasters, but also warms it to see that there are so many people out there with the passion and drive to help animals.  Here are a few of the articles I found about different ways to help:

To donate to the victims: (I’m in no way related to any of these organizations or receiving anything in return – just simply providing information)

I’m sure I could go on for quite sometime – but I wanted to at least mention a few efforts – feel free to add more to my comments.  My research showed so many local charities and organizations across the country gathering supplies and sending in reinforcement to help animals.  It really warmed my heart and was so encouraging to me to see people so quickly and eagerly spring into action.  I hope someday I can do the same.  (I hate to say someday – but when kids are older and maybe when we have our RV – we can respond to situations like this.)  Thank you to everyone who helped and is helping – my prayers are with you.

My prayers are also with all the victims – human and animal in this time of unknowns and healing.

I’ll leave you with one video that seemed to be making the rounds last week of a woman reunited with her dog during a newscast.  This gets me each time and even more amazing that the women gives credit to God saying He answered both of her prayers by keeping her and her dog alive.  Truly amazing.

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Psalm 107:6-9

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