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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all my Blogger Friends!

The uploaded picture was one that we took right before Thanksgiving. We had it put on Christmas cards that arrived the day we took Jezebel to the vet for her biopsy. I opened them several hours after we lost her. Then, I lost it.

All the same, I think the picture (that is her on the right) captures her sweet personality, perfectly. I don't recall if she was hoping for a treat but it wouldn't have mattered if she got a treat or a smile. She was the most loving dog you can imagine and utterly connected to her family. When you look at her, you can't believe she was sick. And I don't believe she felt sick, either.

I am grateful I can remind myself that even though we lost her way too soon, she didn't suffer; she left feeling like she had control of her life; she was confident of her place in the world; and she knew that all the people she loved, loved her back. But for the timing, she had a perfect life and a perfect death.

And now I will cry, some more.

Husband is supposed to be home in time for Christmas! I'll have to drive nearly an hour and a half to pick him up, tonight, but maybe Evelyn and I can check out the Christmas lights on the way. It is a nonstop flight so that diminishes the likelihood that he will get stuck in Chicago or some icy, lonely place for Christmas.

Say a special prayer for travelers.

I'm off to straighten the house, finish wrapping a few presents, and maybe work on Jezebel's quilt. Hold your loved ones close and say a prayer of gratitude for all you have, all you've lost and all the blessings yet in store.


Michelle said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Jezebel! I used to follow your blog daily, but after our move I lost some of my favorites. I re-discovered your blog today and just now read about your sweet dog. I know how much she meant to you and your family. I enjoyed reading about your dogs and seeing the pictures. They are beautiful animals! Blessings to you and your husband. I hope he gets home in time for Christmas!!

Infinity Quilter said...

Praying that hubby has a safe trip home!!! Give Evelyn a big hug from us!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you, DH and Evelyn a wonderful Christmas.

Thanks for this Blog. I do so enjoy all your writings.

Only the best for y'all,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your blog with us. I hope your husband makes it home safely and in time for you all to have a Merry Christmas.


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Penny!
Looking forward to your blog in the coming new year!

Linda said...

Have a safe drive picking up your husband. I`m so happy he`s able to be home with you! Wishing you all a happy holiday season!
Lurking Linda

Shasta said...

Merry Christmas Penny. I hope the flight is on time, and your travels are safe.

Pam said...

Merry Christmas Penny, Evelyn and your family! All the best to all of you in the New Year!

jacquie said...

merry christmas penny. god bless jez. hope you have a wonderful christmas with your family.

everythingquilts said...

I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and the best for the coming year. What a lovely pic of the girls. Hoping you and your husband make it home safely. Hugs, Donna

Stephanie D. said...

What a beautiful picture of the girls! I know it was for the Christmas cards, but I hope you get that framed.

Hope you and hubby were able to spend a warm, cozy day together at home.