Sunday, August 7, 2011

Puppy Love & Learning to Embrace Change

I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have received so many prayers and sweet emails over Shasta.  I just wanted to check in and give a quick update.


Shasta does, unfortunately, have cancer of her blood vessels, but she is home and doing quite well.  She's panting, smiling and begging for our food still....which I'll be honest, she's been getting a lot of lately. Today she tasted an egg bagel sandwich for the first time and she loved it. She told me (: Shasta is now the princess of our home and we're totally okay with it.
She spoiled and she knows it!


She could rip up the newspaper a thousand times and we'd still tell her she's the cutest thing we've ever seen.

For now, we're just thanking God she made through her surgery and has some life left to spend with us at home.  Making her feel loved is all we want before she goes home to doggy heaven.  


Please keep her and our family in your thoughts and prayers, as losing her soon will be a huge and unwelcome change.  However, we know God is faithful and we will get through it!
Speaking of changes, our family is also in the process of getting our house up on the market.  Our offer was recently accepted on another home, so this week the goal is to get ours sold.  It's crazy, stressful and we will be leaving special memories behind, so we're all just all trying to keep it together over here.  We're going to embrace this change and know good things are in store!


One thing is keeping me sane: I get a couple thousand square feet to design very soon! (:


Well, that was a hard post to sit down and write, and I don't even know why. I try to keep things positive and beautiful on my blog, but sometimes life swoops in and you've just got to be honest about what's going on. So there ya have it (:


Back tomorrow with some muchhhhh needed prettiness in the form of a styled photo shoot Cristin and I helped with! Hooray!
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I'll leave you with one of my favorite verses that I recently saw on one of my friend's blogs...and let me tell you, it was just what I needed...


The LORD gives strength to his people;
   the LORD blesses his people with peace.

~Psalm 29:11


Hope you've had a blessed weekend(:
Love,
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36 comments:

  1. Perfectly written, perfectly beautiful!! I adore you, Mich, and I love this post from the heart. Praying SO much for Shasta, you, and your family!! God really IS faithful and He will see y'all through all of this craziness going on right now!!

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  2. God is good all the time. prayers for you and your sweet frup shasta.

    i know how awful it is when your furry friend is not doing well. :)

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  3. Gosh I have that little knot in my throat... God is faithful and is full of favor, so I know that He is there for you, your family and Shasta. I will be praying for all of you!

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  4. I know it will be hard (been through it before), but you are so blessed that you know WHO can give you the strength you need. Praying for you and your family. :)

    Sophisticated Steps

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  5. SO sorry about your dog! My prayers are with you and your family! :)

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  6. I'm relieved to hear she is doing well, and you can bet your britches she knows how much she is loved (c: Change is always hard, even when it's good changes...let alone the not so welcome ones. Still sending hugs and prayers your way, good luck on selling the house!!! (c:

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your pup. I had a golden who was 14 when we found out she had cancer as well. She is in doggy heaven now and there are many things I miss about her. Sometimes I still come home expecting she'll be there waiting for me on the couch looking back as I walk in the door.

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  8. You know what, sometimes life isn't positive and beautiful. Sometimes life hurts. And I think that it shows the face of Christ even more when you're open about the ugly parts of life, but still choose to trust Him. Thinking about you, the sweet pup, and the rest of the family as you all embark on changes!

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your beautiful dog. My 9 year old lab was just diagnosed with Lymphoma a few weeks and undergoing chemo. I completely agree with you. Give them all the love and food they want. I just gave my sweet girl a steak plate with rice for supper last night..lol. It's amazing the love and joy a pet (family member) can bring to a home. Prayers are with you, her and your family.

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  10. Will be thinking about you and your family!

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  11. adore this girl :) so sorry to hear about your pup! thinking of you xo

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  12. Thanks for checking out my guest post over at Aubrey's blog :-)

    Shasta is such a pretty girl, and I'm sure she'll enjoy each and every day she has left with you to the max. Our pets really are members of our families, and it's just as difficult to deal with a pet illness as a human illness. Sending lots of positive thoughts to you and Shasta :-)

    Good luck with selling your house - hope it goes quickly & smoothly.

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  13. Praying for you and your family, sweet Michaela. The Lord will surely guide you all through this season in your lives. I'm sure of it! I just pray He provides you all with a peace that surpasses all understanding. And that's another thing I'm sure of, He will indeed.

    Sending love your way :)

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  14. aw she's so lucky to have such a wonderful loving family :)
    xox dana
    thewonderforest.com

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  15. Yay Shasta! Glad to hear she is doing well and enjoying life!

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  16. so glad shasta is home with you! and i can't wait to see the new digs and more importantly what you are going to do to it!

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  17. Isn't God good? He brings just what you need to hear at just the right time! Praying for you and your family, lovely, very much.

    I'm going through a similar situation on the house thing, but it is exciting to dream up what the new place will look like and how many more wonderful memories it will hold! Hold to that verse and to God's goodness when you start to worry. He's got it all under control :)

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  18. Oh how I can relate right now. Tyler, our beloved 11 year old Golden is now showing his age. Not wanting to eat some days, and others eating his and Toby's food! However, he is getting thinner and grayer by the day, and I know time may be short. It is so hard...they are a part of the family. And, my first senior is off to start school in the morning, the other in a couple weeks. I am trying to stay positive, while some things are lasts...they are also firsts.

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  19. awww Michaela, I'm so glad that Shasta is at home with you guys getting some much needed love and attention!

    As for moving, I'm sure it will be hard to leave your home - but you'll have so much fun decorating! Can't wait to see your new stompin' ground!

    Hope you had a great weekend lovely! xx

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  20. Praying for you sweet friend. I can imagine what you're going through simply because we had 2 different Labs come into the clinic last week that we diagnosed with terminal cancer. Talking with the dogs' parents was so hard and watching them be so emotional was a reality check. I don't blame you one bit for spoiling her-she deserves it. This just hurts my heart :( I''m so sorry.

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  21. Praying for you and your family, sweet friend!! I know this is a hard time for you, but it's such a testimony of your faith when you can still trust and totally adore Jesus, even during the hard times. Love the Bible verse, too... I'm saving that one. :) Thanks for being so absolutely precious. :)

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  22. So sorry to hear about your sweet and adorable puppy! I will keep you and your family in my prayers for all that is going on in your lives right now. May He give you all the strength and love you need xo

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  23. I'm so sorry, but glad that she is pain free and has some time left to be spoiled. I know it will be hard to say goodbye.

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  24. I know y'all are taking wonderful care of her and spoiling her rotten! I'm praying for y'all...I know how tough this is...Love you girl!

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  25. so so glad she is home with you and the family right now..and that you have been able to have more time with her...ugh my heart so feels for you (we both know how connected we are to our pets) love love love you.

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  26. sending lots of pets and prayers your way. so glad you get to enjoy more moments at home with her. pets are such a huge part of our lives!

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  27. I'm so sorry Michaela, but I totally understand how you feel. My 4 year old cat is currently fighting cancer and seems to be losing :( It is devastating and it's hard to find a place to mention it on the blog. If I could, I would blog every single day about how he's doing but I know not everyone wants to read it. But then again, I try to keep my blog honest and there are people who constantly ask me about him so it's hard to find the balance! Love goes a very long way though, my cat technically shouldn't be alive right now and he's eating, playing and slept with me last night. Give Shasta lots of kisses, I think they heal :)

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  28. Michaela, having just gone through this with my own pet I understand how difficult this is. So glad to hear that Shasta is doing okay and most importantly getting loved on like crazy. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  29. Awww this makes me so super sad! It reminds me of when we lost our golden.... Shasta is such a special pup. Praying for you and your family!

    It's so amazing to have animals in our lives that leave such happy and lasting memories... those can never ever be taken away. Change is not always wanted, but it always makes us grow.

    xoxo ( ( ( ( (more hugs) ) ) ) )

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  30. Praying for you and your family and sweet Shasta!! I am glad that she is at home with all of you and surrounded by the people that she loves:):)

    Pets are such a very special part of our lives (as I type this, my fur-baby, Ziti-our tuxedo cat, is standing between me and the keyboard wanting me to love on her:)

    Remember all of the wonderful memories that you have with Shasta and make some cherished new ones!!!

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  32. I'm sorry to hear about Shasta :( She is so lucky to have a family like yours!

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  33. Aw this is such a sweet post! Praying for Shasta! She is one lucky and loved dog :) xoxo

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  34. Glad Shasta is home with you guys and being spoiled -- although, I doubt that's anything new! :)

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  35. so sorry to hear about shasta... this was such a sweet and touching post, and i'm definitely thinking of you! *hugs*

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  36. So sorry about Shasta. She looks so sweet. I'm glad you have more time with her. I have a 12 year old lab, so we worry all the time about how much time we have left. hugs to you.

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