Monday, July 30, 2007


I did something crazy last Friday. I loaded the kids up at 4am on Friday morning and we drove to Bishopville, SC to get a labradoodle puppy at a shelter there. I don't even have the emotional energy to relay all of the details, but here are the pluses and minuses.

Plus- kids did well on the trip, beautiful chocolate labradoodle with sweet temperment (temperament?) named Bailey, I had no allergies to her whatsoever, we absolutely adore her, she's very smart and has good instincts about where to go potty (training should be easy)

Minus- she was in a nasty shelter, she has parvo, she's been hospitalized at the vet for two days, she's coming home tomorrow even if she's not better b/c of $, she has worms, we really really don't want her to die

All by itself, this whole experience would have been hard enough, but as it is, this is just the capstone to a lousy summer. I'm really venting. I'm sorry for being so negative. There's just a very long, whiny list of things that are weighing me down and I don't see an end in sight yet. I keep saying, "Once we get through _____________, everything will be fine." The truth is that sometimes, this life just stinks and that's where the Gospel really begins to sink in. I know that for the next month, life is probably going to be hard (still), but I'm hoping and praying that in my weakness, I'll see my God's strength more clearly. Please pray for us. It's not just a dog-thing. Matt and I are both very discouraged.


keri said...

I'm sorry you're discouraged. I won't give you any pat "hang in there's," but I will encourage you to look at a site called Women of the Harvest ( Under Resources, there is a weekly Bible study that they email to you every week to do individually. I've been doing it for 3 weeks now and it has really been good for me. I like it because it's individual, yet thematic and thought-provoking. I empathize with you, though, and I'm sorry that life sucks.
Love, Keri

willa said...

I love you.

That's all.

Darla said...

It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black!
I heard this recently - it's a joke of course. I've been looking for a good time to use it :-) I'll call you soon and see what I can do for you. There must be something. Please don't feel like you're whining. Problems are real and they hurt and that's what friends are for - to talk to and to help. You've been there for me many times. And I know that you know that I know that you know that God has a plan in all of this. But part of his plan was also to put us in a community of believers to "be there" for us.

John and Katie Flanagan said...

I'm so sorry about Bailey and everything else, Karen. What a rotten summer. We are keeping your faily in our prayers and praying for some rest for you! I miss you. Keep in touch.

katiek said...

wow karen, whatta saga. I hope youi know that there are plenty of folks around to help you guys out. may you feel the peace that only the Holy Spirit can bring. we love you guys!