Monday, August 16, 2010

Highs and Lows

The HIGH:

Yes, we are expecting again!!!!  Well, let me rephrase that....Our daughter and son-in-law are expecting grandbaby number TWO in March 2011!!!




Kelly slipped Harper into this cute "BIG SISTER" dress and had her casually stroll out to us!
You could have heard the hollering a block away!!
We are thrilled!

We ask you to pray for Kelly and the new baby that all will be well.  We know God gave us a true miracle when Harper was born.  We trust Him for a healthy baby and Mother!!


The Low:


Our beloved Buddy had to be put to sleep today after much agonizing and tears on our part.  He hasn't been well in months and on about seven medications, none that were making him any better.
He was almost totally blind, couldn't hear and certainly had a difficult time breathing.
We just couldn't let him have this kind of life.

He and his brother Kramer, who passed last year, gave us so much joy.  Westies are the perfect family dogs!  We loved them both very much!




We are now down to two dogs!   We love them too!


41 comments:

Betsy said...

I am so excited for you Judy about the new baby! I just found out in June that I am going to be a grandma too!! Ashley and John are due in February. We are so excited for them, but it is hard for me to get used to the idea of being a grandma. I feel like I should be sitting in a rocking chair and putting my teeth in a glass! haha

But I am so sorry to hear about your sweet dog. That is sooo sad. Dogs are almost like our children. I cried for days when we had to put our dog to sleep. Praying God will heal your heart.

Renea Flaishans said...

I dont know if I have ever posted on your blog before, but I couldnt wait for you to post about grandbaby #2, so that I could tell "Congrats"!! I tell you that I am SO beyond happy for ALL of you!! Our thoughts and prayers are with Kelly & the new baby. And I believe Harper is going to be the BEST big sister EVER!!

On another note, I am SO SO sorry about your dog. Animals become party of the family and it is so hard when you loose one.

Renea (Michigan)

Heather said...

Congratulations on the second grandbaby! How wonderful! I'll be praying for Kelly that she and baby will be safe!
I'm so sorry that your dog had to be put to sleep. Dogs make a way into our hearts and really become family.

Heather said...

I am so, SO sorry about Buddy. I know that is so hard but you are so right about the kind of life he was having. I love my sweet Gracie-girl so much and Westies are just the BEST!!! I will pray for you and your missing piece of your heart!
And CONGRATS on Grand-baby #2!!! I was so excited when Kelly told me!! God is sooooooo good!!!

Melissa said...

Congratulations! I was so excited when I read Kelly's blog this morning. I will keep her in my prayers these next few months! So sorry about your dog, too. They really are part of the family, aren't they?

Sarah Sharp said...

I know you are over the moon that Kelly is expecting again! I am thrilled and I have never met y'all! Congrats!

And I am so sorry about your dog. I have never been through that but I imagine it is very hard.

Lauren said...

I am beyond THRILLED for y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anm_2006 said...

Congrats on the new grandbaby! I;m pretty sure I squealed when I read Kelly's blog! (I've never even met y'all) So, I know y'all are beyond excited! :)
I'm rejoicing with you all!

So sorry to hear about your dog. They become apart of the family too. Praying a special prayer for your heart tonight.

Jilly said...

Eeeeeee....so excited about y'all's baby news!!!

Sad to hear about your beloved Buddy, too...I know that pain all too well.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I sent you a comment earlier today when I found out. I am so excited for all of you. I have already started praying for Kelly and the baby. And I am so sorry about your sweet Buddy. I know how hard it was to put him down. I certainly have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Love & blessings from NC!

The Garners said...

I'm so thrilled for your family with grandbaby #2 on the way! Won't Harper be a sweet big sister! She's been getting practice with her doll stroller! :) Congratulations. Praying for Kelly and Baby's health.

On the sad note though, I'm terribly sorry y'all are having to face this again with your dog. I remember how sad I was when Oliver passed. I'm thinking about y'all.

Toni :O) said...

Awww...I'm so sorry about the loss of your sweet doggie. We just rescued one three months ago and now can't imagine life without her!

SOOOO happy about the future Grandbaby news...YIPPEE! I saw it on Kelly's blog this morning and JUST KNEW IT when I read the tagline! Woot Woot...praying for a healthy pregnancy!

Jacquie said...

Boy, that is a happy and sad post. I just keep asking Steve... what are y'all going to do with TWO grandbabies!! And he just says "I'm gonna LOVE them!" Ha!!

I know you will sure miss Buddy. Jodi is going through so much of the same thing with Mercury. It is so hard to give up one of your pets!!

Jo said...

I am so sorry for the lost of your furbaby, it is such a painful decision to make - you know its best for them but the worst for you. When we had to make that decision all I could think is why does doing the right thing have to be so painful.
I'm am soooo happy for you...a second grandbaby to spoil.... how lucky!!

Sandra (Sarah Creamer's Mom) said...

So Happy about Kelly and the new baby and will certainly keep them in my prayers. Congratulations! So sad about losing your sweet Buddy. Praying for healing of your heart, knowing the heartache of losing a beloved pet!

Blessings and (((hugs)))!

Carol said...

Hi Judy!
I was so excited when I read Kelly's announcement this morning! I know you must be so thrilled!


Smiles,
Carol

Todd and Courtney said...

Congratulations on becoming a grandma for a second time. I know my mom thinks it's the best job in the world :) You have such a sweet, beautiful family and I look forward to following this wonderful journey.

I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. We lost our beloved Shih tzu, Chandler, to kidney failure and it's like losing a family member.

Brooke said...

I'm so sad that you had to part with a special friend today. Even though we clearly understand what is "best" for them, it does nothing at all to ease the hurt and disappointment in our hearts. I bid a very difficult farewell to my 16 year old Golden Retriever on April 1st. It's a day I will certainly never, ever forget! It is a hard price to pay for all the joy and companionship they bring into our lives. To be so completely dependent on us, we have no choice but to offer them the mercy they so well deserve when their quality of life becomes compromised. But those goodbyes sting like the dickens!!

I don't think fashionista Harper has ever worn a dress so well. :) What a joy to be able to rejoice with your family, and and honor to pray for healthy months ahead.

Marie said...

Another baby, now let me think, seems I have heard that grandchildren make the grandparents feel younger so shed those extra years and be ready for 2 little ones that need love, and be ready to nicely spoil him or her, two so much fun, , I am so proud of Kelly and Steve and their Christian lives even tho I have never met them but just on Kelly's blog, Now I can't hardly want until she reveals the gender.
Harper will have her own little doll to play with Can't you just picture Kelly the first time Harper come out dragging the baby LOL , congratulation!

I am so sorry about Buddy, I too lost my precious Hannah several years ago but still miss her and it does hurt , I feel for you and Mr Steve, after some time passes I did get another puppy and now she is my baby but I still have many wonderful memories of Hannah

Rachel said...

Congratulations (and condolences). You are truly blessed by the Lord! Even though I only know you from the blog world, I can't think of anyone more deserving! Can't wait to find out if Harper will have a little brother or a little sister! Praying for you all....

Rachel in Alaska

Melissa said...

I'm so happy for a second grandbaby to be joining your family next year. I know Harper will make a great big sister!!!

I'm so sorry to hear about your four-legged baby. Animals become our children, and it's hard to see them suffer. Just know that they're together in Dog Heaven together, running and playing with each other.

God bless!

Kimberly said...

Sorry to hear about your dog. I know that is a very hard thing to do. Hang in there!
on another happier note: Congratulations on the new grandchild. What a blessing.

PinkCupcake said...

so sorry to hear about your dog's passing. I know how agonizing that decision can be as I have been through it a few times myself. They are truly members of our family and it's heartbreaking when we have to part with them. But, we will see them again at the Rainbow Bridge, don't forget that!

Congrats on the bsby news! I thought Kelly looked "different" lately and couldn't put my finger on it! Ha! Now I know! So thrilled for you and the whole family! Praying for a healthy pregnancy.

Nancy said...

I'm very excited for your family!! I feel like I know you from your blog! I will be in prayer for Kelly & her family. I told her in an email long ago that my maiden name is Brown & my family was from Monette, Arkansas. A tiny little town :)
SO sorry about your sweet dog!!

Laurie said...

We are thrilled for ya'll once again and praying for a healthy baby.
Pets become members of the family and it is so hard losing them.

Sara said...

Congratulations on the new grandbaby!! I tried to comment on Kelly's blog but it would not let me.

I am so sorry about your beloved god. My dogs are like children to me and we have had to put two to sleep and it is just terrible. I hope your heart can heal with time and the wondeful memories can stay with you forever :)

Mallory said...

I nearly fell out of my chair and gasped for air when I read Kelly was expecting on her post yesterday! What a blessing! And YES, we will pray for healthy momma and baby all around. :)Harper will be in a new world then! ;) And so sorry to hear about your doggie....that is NEVER an easy task. Prayers to you guys!

Erin said...

Congrats on the new baby and I am sorry about the loss of your other baby. Such strange feelings, that of pure joy and sadness.

Christa said...

I'm so sorry that your dog had to be put to sleep.

I just wanted to tell you CONGRATS on grandbaby #2! I'm so excited for y'all!

Christa from TX

Lauren said...

Congratulations on another grandchild! What a true blessing.

And my heart goes out to your family. Our furry animals are such a wonderul part of our family!

Last year a dear, dear friend passed away. When we told our children, our oldest (who was 6) got a great big smile and said, "I bet she is having a great big welcome party from God!" I have no idea where she got this, but I always think of a wonderful WELCOME PARTY to those who pass. I bet your sweet dog had a crazy party! :)

Michelle said...

From one dog lover to another, I'm so sorry for your loss. Buddy was a beautiful dog.

And from one baby lover to another, congratulations!!! How clever of Harper to announce it! ;)

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Melissa Stover said...

that is so hard about the dogs. they become such a huge part of our lives.

your family is so blessed! harper is going to love being a big sister.

Beverly Wooley said...

SO sorry about Buddy. I know it was a hard decision for you and Steve. Praying the sweet memories of your Westies will overpower the sadness.

Donna said...

Oh, Ms. Judy. I am so sorry about Buddy. Putting down a pet is one of the hardest things I have had to do.I know you are heart broken. I'm writing through tears now, thinking about my beloved cat. They really are family.

But the other half of my heart is overjoyerd with the news of a new grandbaby. Aren't they wonderful! And how cute was Miss Harper in her "announcement dress". If this is a boy, where will Kelly put the bows?lol
Keeping all of you in my heart in Ga.
Donna

Michelle said...

Yay for new babies! They are a true blessing. I am sorry about your precious dog. I understand!

Random: the word verification I had for today? "bumshumi" what a funny word!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i just popped in from kelly's to tell you congratulations! I am so exicted for you all.

My oldest daughter is 25 and just had her 4th baby making 6 grandkids in all. There is nothing like sweet grandyoungin's!

Many, many prayers going kelly's way!

Kelley said...

Congratulations on the grand baby news! March babies are fabulous! My oldest daughter was born then. It is a great month to have a baby!

Taylor said...

So so so excited for Kelly and Scott...and you amazing grandparents as well!!

I can total relate to the "low". My husband is a K9 officer for the police dept we both work at, and on Saturday night we had to have Aros (the K9) put down because cancer had overtaken his body. It was one of the hardest days for my husband for sure, and for our whole family. They're like members of the family, and it's heartbreaking when you lose one. Prayers for you guys!!

Maryellen said...

So happy about the new grandbaby.

I'm the blogger with Solomon the westie. I can only imagine how you feel. You wrote such a lovely note to me since my Solomon is aging rapidly it seems.

Praying for comfort to you and your husband in this loss.

Erin said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about Buddy.

Congratulations on the new grand baby who is on the way!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am so excited for yall.....