Monday, November 17, 2008


Miracles do happen. Evidence? There's a puppy in my house. In fact she's asleep on my lap as I type. For many years Janelle has asked for a dog being the animal lover that she is. She's owned numerous pets and has cared for them meticulously - and independently. She once kept a hermit crab alive for 3 years! Yet I knew that having a dog was very different than a rabbit or bird or hamster and to be honest, I just wasn't up for the task. Unbeknownst to Janelle, I had been praying for her to have a dog one day, but if I was going to say yes I knew it had to be God's doing, not mine. My heart began to soften this summer when Gary and Kathleen showed up at a soccer game with their new puppy, Gus. So we surprised Janelle for her birthday 3 weeks ago and told her she could have a dog. She sobbed - for an hour. Then she went up to her room and came down with money she'd saved for years in a small box under her bed. In another small box she'd written down prayers on little strips of paper folded up tight asking God to let her have a dog someday. Needless to say we were all in tears. The most tender part of it all for both Christoph and me was the way she had submitted to our decision and trusted us, but more importantly, God. What a joy it has been for us to see Him grant her the desires of her heart.
We drove up to the breeder's home in Pennsylvania yesterday to pick her up. She's a 7 week old Golden Doodle. Janelle has been in classes all day so Maggie settled in nicely on Evelyn's lap while she did school this morning.


Kelley Murphy said...

congratulations, nelly! you deserve it. well done.

grey_pumpkin said...

haha.. so cute

Lydia said...

my heart just melted....
i love you puppy so much, nelly!!

Ben said...

Oh my goodness.....I was crying reading the post! What a beautiful testimony of a daughter's submission to her parents. Thank you for your example.

BTW, Maggie is adorable....almost cute enough to tempt me to get one!


The Glabs said...

A - she's adorable
B - she's so beautiful
C - she's as cute as can be!

WE are all so excited for you!

nolly said...

Yay Janelle! You finally got your puppy :] That's SO exciting!!

Becca said...

ohgoodness what a cute little puppy!!

& how sweet to see God (and Mom & Dad) bless Janelle. :-)

Laura said...

I'm madly in love with your dog.
We have been thinking about a dog for a year or so...a mini-golden doodle.
I'm having trouble making the commitment.
ooooooohhhhh this dog is so cute.

Seth and Janet said...

she is so precious!

Jeannie said...

I'm so excited for you guys! There is nothing like a dog! I still remember Janelle coming over to walk with Craig and our dogs thru the woods. Glad you have one of your own to love now. Feel free to bring her over for a play date!!

Jean Marie said...

I'm somewhat of a lurker on your blog, due to coming here through various DC blogs, photography -
Lydia Jane, Kristen Leigh, Peter Bang, Andree and Becca, etc. :D You all are amazing, and I love your pictures.

It really surprised me the first time I came here, it was surreal looking at your pictures, just for the silly reason that your watermark - jean M. is my name.
My name is Jean Marie, but I often sign it Jean M. . So, it was really strange going through your photos and seeing my name. :D

Anyway, the real reason I am posting, was to thank you for having your blog open to the public(me!), and allowing us to see your lovely pictures, as well as to tell you something about your new doggie.

My friends is Colorado have a golden-doodle puppy as well, and her name is Maggie Moose! :D They are such sweet dogs.

May God bless and keep you.
~ Jean Marie