Wednesday, April 04, 2012

wash away

I have never been so glad to be in the middle of Holy Week in all my life.
I need Easter in the worst way.
I need new life, redemption, hearts made over.
I need Hope. Buckets of it.

Yesterday morning we found all our chickens dead. Murdered in the night by a fox or raccoon.
Their headless carcasses flung across the yard.
On Sunday I floated through the grocery store, gloating to myself as I passed the dairy section that I would never have to buy store eggs again.
I am such an arrogant dork.

It was heartbreaking. For the kids, for me, for Sweet Man.
It was  especially tough  on top of losing Chloe last month. And on top of so many issues with the house, the never ending to-do list, the waiting, the trying and the general limbo that we have lived in since January.

So last night we did something completely impulsive and unplanned and inefficient.
We got a new puppy. A two year old English Sheep Dog.
She is precious and sweet and so loving and amazingly well behaved.
She had been taken from a not great situation and needed a new home (she also needs a really good grooming, but more on that later..)
She needed a family. Love. Affection. Joy. 
And we needed those things too; we needed to give them.
As I told Sweet Man when I showed him her picture online.  
"We need some happy."
And that is exactly what Maizy is for us. She is our happy.
And Easter is almost here.
And that is the happiest happy of all.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your chickens. I've been there! A new puppy sounds like just the thing for your family right now!
    Happy Easter!

  2. my heart goes out and my prayers go up for your loss . But double the joy that Maizy has a wonderful new family and you have her. The mysterious ways that brought her to you is a picture of grace. Saw her pic today and she is adorable. Keep the faith, friend.

  3. Yes, troubles seem to come in multiples --when it rains it pours. So sorry about the loss of the chicks and your longtime dog. Maizy will bring much happiness and joy for she needs you and you need her!
    Blessings this Holy Week!

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your chickens! I hope that you will be able to get more, but I can only imagine how tough that was! Your new puppy sounds so sweet! I am sure he will bring you much joy! Happy Easter!! xo Heather

  5. I am so very sad to hear of your chickens. We are raising some of our own and I realize how attached you feel to them. I know God cares about all of our hurts and joys, the chickens we lose and new dogs we love. I hope that the rest of this week sails along smoothly for you and your family. Blessings to you at Easter.

  6. how terrible so sorry to hear you lost your hens....I hope your new pup will fill your home with love. May you and your have a blessed Good friday? Easter Sunday...Mica @ The Child's paper

  7. Puppies do indeed bring happiness and joy, and it sounds like you need some! I'm sorry for your loss, and I wonder if having a dog around had been keeping the chickens safe from predators? Congratulations on your new family member, and thank you for adopting a dog in need!

  8. I am SO SO sorry about your chickens! :(

  9. I'm obviously behind on my blog reading. I am SO sorry to hear about your chickens. It's been a hard 2012 for us too, so I feel your struggle.
    So thrilled that you found a sweet pup to lighten up the days.
    Praying for your family. ((Hugs))


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