Today is Sunday and usually I will eat out with my family after church services.  Today was different though because we went downtown for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure where more than 12,000 people came to support loved ones that either are fighting breast cancer, currently survivors, or lost their battle with it.  After we all got back home and I asked my daughter what she wanted to eat for dinner later tonight, she quickly said Red Lobster. Well, today would be one of those days none of us would not be able to go out to eat, so we settled on trying to fix something similar at home.  Here is the delicious result! View Post

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Throughout the years, I have owned many dogs yet, It is only very recently that I realized how much of a role a pet has played in my life.  I cannot recall ever crying over my dogs as they passed away.  Most died with out me around and also suddenly, and so I think that had something to do with me being able to control my emotions when they finally crossed over.  Recently though, reality hit me when my latest dog was given a terminal diagnosis.  I’ve oddly been dealing with it very different than the rest of the pets I have ever owned.  Why have I been so emotional lately though?  I believe it’s because she has been right at my side through most of the toughest times of my life – the death of a child, illnesses of my own, court dealings and also various changes in my life – and so I hold a perhaps larger connection and love for her that I had not had with any of the others.

Many of us see our pets just as our children.  And so it hurts just as much to see them in pain, to know that they are dying, and that there is nothing that you can do or say to change what’s going to eventually happen.  No one wants to hear that they will soon have to have their loved pet euthanized, or that they will die fairly soon.  But when that time comes, there are a few tips you can utilize to prepare for the situation a bit better.  These tips have helped me thus far. View Post

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For many people, the idea of being “blessed” is somehow automatically thought to be physical rewards in our lives.  Whether it be a brand new car, a rewarding career, living in a beautiful home, having access to more money than you can count – when some people come across situations like these,  they may think that the person in question is by all means “blessed.” No one is wrong to think or to believe that such successes are indeed blessings from God.   What is not right is when individuals who are having a hard time in life, when nothing seems to be going the way that they want, or when they start to compare their lives to non-believers that are more successful than they are start to feel, think or believe that they have not been blessed at all.   Despite what you may be going through, you are still blessed!  But, in what other ways are we all blessed, other than the ways people deem obvious? View Post

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