Sunday, October 15, 2017

Missing our Girl and Grieving

We've been wandering around the last few days a bit lost.

Our little one is officially ours but still on the other side of the ocean.

Legally in her country you have to wait 10 days after court before you can start the paperchase to get her out. So we are home and again counting the days.

But that's not the only reason we are feeling lost.

Last Saturday night, while we were flying across the ocean, our faithful friend breathed her last. She was eleven years old and her time had come but it is hard. It is so so hard.

I'm lost without her.

She loved our family and faithfully cared for each one of us. I've spent the last many years with her keeping me company while I worked in my office.  Rob called her our rug on the floor because she would plod down right in our paths.  She wanted to make sure she was in the middle of whatever we were doing.

She always always hung out with the little boys outside while they played.

She LOVED to go on walks with Elijah but was too silly to go with him because she kept running in the road so every single day when he headed out for his mile long walks... he would always have to turn around and bring her back and put her in the house.

She LOVED Ben. She just loved him.  As soon as he was home she was up against him and nuzzling him.

And even though she lived here - she adopted my dad as her own. He came over every day to care for her and feed her. He lost his dog a number of years ago and caring for Summer was one of his life's pleasures.

She was our dog and we loved her and there is a huge hole in our family now that she is gone.

Like I said... we are wandering around and feeling a bit lost right now.

Missing our little one and grieving our faithful friend.


  1. My heart is so sad for your loss.

  2. What a beautiful dog your dear Summer was - thank you for sharing her story with us. Our beloved animal companions can wrap themselves right around our hearts, can't they? I hope someday many, many years from now you will meet Summer again, at the foot of the Rainbow Bridge...

    Mary's box will be delivered via FedEx on Tuesday - hope you will still be home then and not heading back across The Pond!

    Hugs from Kentucky,

  3. What a good dog. They are family.

  4. Pets are family! Congrats on court. Waiting to see this girl home.

  5. Oh, it's so hard when our beloved pets pass. I'm sorry. Maybe once Mary gets home and settled everyone will be ready for a puppy?

  6. Losing a pet is so hard - they are family, and they love unconditionally and teach us much. It's a very real loss. Thinking of you all.

  7. such a bittersweet time for your family. Praises abounding for Mary Alexandra and such sadness at the loss of your beloved Summer. So thankful for our loving God who holds us and understands every bit of our suffering as well as our joy. May you feel his comfort now and when you travel back to bring your sweet girl home at last!!!

  8. We are so sorry for your loss! We just adopted our first dog - a 7 year old female black lab, and she is just exactly how you describe Summer! We've had her for three weeks and she is already so much a part of our family. She LIVES for all four of the boys. Although we love having an older, calm, female dog, I can already imagine the heartbreak her passing will bring. We will enjoy every minute with her. Continuing to pray for all of you! Hugs!

  9. I am so sorry for you! How are the little boys doing?
    Kate Germany

  10. Sorry for your loss and thankful for God's provision of one thing at a time. Prayers for you reuniting your new family. Safe travels!


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