Sometimes people tell me they are inspired by the way my family and I have handled Sam’s cancer diagnosis.
It was never our intent to inspire, just our intent to make it through these days the best we can and never lose faith.
Some days are filled with laughter and family and Christmas memories. Some are filled with disappointment and loss.
As quickly as Sara’s new puppy Ava came to us, she is gone. She contracted parvo virus at the shelter and we made the hard decision to put her down the day after Christmas.
Sometimes it’s hard to find the good. I look around and think, Again? Really? Another something?
And then I think again.
Yes. Because this is not heaven. Not even close.
We are journeying, every one of us. We are not exempt from pain and suffering and heartbreak on this earth. It comes in many shapes and forms.
So, to keep walking in hope we have to actually do that: walk on in hope.
It might sound trite, but it is how I cope. I look for the blessings. I find them. Does that make the bad things go away? No. It doesn’t even diminish their effect, but it does give me a place to remember the good. We must find it every day without fail.
I dedicate this Friday’s Five to Sara’s puppy Ava. She brought smiles and laughter to this family. She had beautiful white paws and markings on her chest. She followed us everywhere. Sara was a great “mom” to her, caring for her to the very end. That little dog touched our hearts and we are wiser for her time with us.
Well. Those are five good things. Ava reminded us we’ll always need dogs around us.
I’ll add a sixth, related…
The vet gave us time to think. She treated us all with care. Dignity. Respect.
There is such a blessing in that. Revering life. Honoring it. I’ll always remember that.