Sunday, August 24, 2014


We lost our sweet Rosie girl last month when she was tragically killed by coyotes. The stars were so beautiful and bright one night, and the kids decided to sleep on the trampoline so they could watch them until they fell asleep. Rosie slept with Eliza every night so she stayed on the trampoline with the kids. we figured she would stay put since she was always too afraid to get on and off of the trampoline by herself. Our trampoline is buried so the mat is at ground level, but the gap where the springs are always intimated her.
Adam and I awoke at around 11:30 to the horrible sound of her yelping and the sound of coyotes yapping. We ran outside just as the coyotes were running out of sight. We think when they came into the yard, Rosie got off of the trampoline to get between the coyotes and the kids.
Of course, the kids were hysterical and we were all devastated.
I've never grieved the loss of the pet the way I did with Rosie. Loosing her was so hard for all of us. Even though we only had her for a short while, she was such an important part of our family .
I'll never forget how one night she came into my room and woke me up. She was acting agitated, so I thought she needed to go potty outside. As we went down the hall, she stopped at the girls bedroom door and started whining. I was annoyed because I just wanted to go back to bed. I picked her up and carried her outside but she just ran to the back door and wanted back in. I opened the door and she went back to the girls room and started whining again. I followed her in and found Eliza's bed empty. I looked down and Eliza was sprawled out on the bedroom floor face down. I rushed over to her and she woke right up. She was fine, evidently she had simply rolled out of bed, but I was so grateful that Rosie was concerned enough to come get me.

Rosie LOVED kids. She was always so sweet and patient with them. They could carry her around, tug on her tail, wake her up from a nap or take a bone from out of her mouth. She never growled or snapped at them. She would just give them a little kiss and let them know she loved them.

I babysat two little kids for a few months and of course, they fell in love with her. One day they asked me to write a story about Rosie. I told them I wasn't good at writing stories, but I could write a poem.
This is what I came up with. (mind you, it was written for children)

Rosie doesn't guard the house.
Rosie can not catch a mouse.
Rosie doesn't lead the blind.
Rosie isn't trained to find.

Rosie doesn't do to much,
Like pull a sleigh when she hears "mush"!
She'll probably never catch a crook,
or round up cattle near the brook.

But, when you're having a sad, sad day,
When no one at school will let you play,
when you feel like no one really cares,
That's when Rosie will be there.

She'll cuddle up when you feel blue.
She'll let you know her love is true.
She'll make you laugh, when you feel down.
She always likes to clown around!

So, even though she's very small,
and cannot do too much at all,
we love our little Rosie Girl,
and wouldn't trade her for the world!

Rosie was the sweetest, kindest little soul we ever knew. She will be missed.
We know we will see Rosie again some day and are grateful for this knowledge. It brings us so much comfort. 

Farewell Rosie, until we meet again...

Camping with Cousins!!

Every year, Lydia and I get our kids together for an annual "Cousin Camp-out".  We invite everyone to join us and sometimes everyone comes and we have a reunion, and sometimes its just Lydia and I, our kids and my Parents. This year our brother Ben joined us with his boys (his wife was sick and couldn't make it). I am so glad he came and I could get to know his sweet boys better.
I Love Camping!

The kids had fun playing together...

and working together.

 We went on our annual hike to Badger Pond in Greer and as usual, we had an awesome time.

My dad took Caleb and Daniel to big lake one night and set some crawdad traps. The next morning the traps were full of Crawdads and we had a feast for lunch. 

I am so grateful we are keeping this tradition going. I know our kids are making wonderful memories, just as I did when we went camping with my cousins when I was younger.

Runnin' For Fun on the Forth of July

My mom came up for a visit on the Fourth of July Weekend. Caleb wanted to do the Annual 2 mile "Fun Run", so I told him I'd do it too. My mom also decided to do the run.
News flash people....RUNNING IS NOT FUN! But, I am glad I did it. I worked up a pretty good sweat and got a sweet T-shirt to boot!
Caleb did awesome! He placed 3rd in the 10-14 boys division. not bad considering he's only 10! and, he's hooked on races, so I see many more medals in his future.
Great Job Caleb!!

Girls Camp

Back in June, I got roped into going to girls camp with our ward. This picture sums up that experience...

Actually, I had a wonderful time! Our theme was: A Mighty Change of Heart. We did a lot with the  Movie "Frozen". My job was basically "activities director" and help with skits, crafts, music and anything else they needed. The young women were a joy to work with and the other leaders and I had a lot of fun together. 

One fun little side note:
Our camp ground was only 20 minutes away from home. I left early Monday morning to help set things up, and later that afternoon, Adam brought our 5th wheel up for the other leaders and myself to sleep in. he got it all set up for us, and when he left, I went to put some water bottles in the refrigerator. I opened it and discovered that not only had Adam already put a bunch of water bottles in it, but he had also stocked it full of all my favorite Chocolates and treats!! It was so sweet! I love him!!