Sophie

Daniel and I adopted Bro 11 months ago today from our county shelter. We have had a wonderful almost year with him and the whole family has  just fallen head over heels. 

We’ve also become acutely aware of the overcrowding at the shelter and although we were sure we were a one dog family our heartstrings were constantly tugged by the need and sheer number of pets who needed homes in our town. So after lots of thought and a family meeting about the meaning of fostering, we decided today to head to the shelter and see if we could help out by fostering a puppy or two for this summer. Well, that didn’t exactly work out and instead we met and fell in love with Sophie. She came home with us after meeting the kids and Bro. 

Sophie is another Border Terrier mix. She’s estimated to be 10 months old. She was very insecure and nervous at the shelter. She’s done great with the people in the family and with lots of patience from Bro, she is warming up in spades toward him. She has floppy ears and a long long monkey tail. She seems very sweet. She was spayed yesterday so we look forward to getting to know her personality as she feels better physically and more secure in our home. She’s here to stay! 

Her name is still under debate. We may change it to Lil Sis to match Lil Bro, but for today she is still Sophie. 🙂  

           

From my oldest friend. A poem which speaks my heart. Thanks Jeremiah.

The Story of the Journey

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Yesterday as I read about the rescue of the women from Boko Haram these words came to me:

If you see the world’s pain and do not weep or even groan in agony…
then you do not see.
If you hear the world’s suffering and do not feel your heart sink within your chest…
then you do not hear.
If you see only beauty, joy, and peace, you are not a “glass-half-full” optimist…
you have blinders on your eyes.
If all you hear are reports of “success”, “progress”, and “acceptance”…
you have become deaf to reality

As Christ wept with Martha and Mary when He encountered their pain and suffering
So we, followers of Jesus, must be broken by the things that break the heart of Jesus.

We shout, “Death has no victory!” We boast, “Death has no sting!”
Yet suffering causes anguish.
Pain brings forth the fears.
My heart sinks and…

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Leaving on a Jet Plane… for GSK Melanoma Summit

I am currently on a plane heading to Philadelphia for a meeting being sponsored by Glaxosmithkline (GSK) for a group of melanoma bloggers and non profit representatives. We will be comparing notes on what methods of communication are best working for us, what we feel is needed and how GSK can help us spread awareness of melanoma. Also the hope in current treatments and trials as well as prevention.

 

One of the most exciting parts of this trip for me will be meeting some of the people who are in my online support group while we are all in Philly. I am so excited to meet Jen and Steve Martin from A Bump in the Road.  Erin from Melanoma and the City will be there. T.J. Sharpe who writes a blog Patient One for Philly.com will be there as well as Rich McDonald from Hotel Melanoma.

 

We have some time planned for sightseeing as well. I am not the only one in our group who hasn’t been to Pennsylvania before.

 

For now, my flight has just left Tucson and is headed to Dallas. I was up too late and too early and am hoping to rest, although my super fancy germ mask (I swear, I should have sharpied “I’m on chemo on it not carrying some dangerous pathogen!”) and being right a super loud row behind the engines in a middle seat may keep me up this leg. Time to read my favorite magazine, Edible Baja Arizona!