How My Poodle Brought Me Through the Fire [The Incredible Power of the Human-Canine Bond]

Shock, disbelief, and fear gripped my heart! I watched helplessly as our house filled with smoke knowing that my dogs were still inside.
Never was the Human-Canine Bond more evident than when I experienced a house fire! My husband had been relocated and was house hunting in another state, so I found myself all alone. Well, not really. I had my dogs! The story I’m about to share reaffirmed how incredibly powerful the human-canine bond is in helping people deal with stressful events.

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Moments With My Sunshine [painting pottery]

our painted pottery
Our finished painted pottery!

Painting pottery with my sunshine (aka my precious daughter) was the highlight of my week!

The process of creating something beautiful was really eye opening, and exciting. All sorts of bare pottery lined the walls—plates of various shapes and sizes, mugs, vases, and cute animals. After deliberating awhile, we both chose a plate, and began to brainstorm as to what we’d paint. My heart was set on a sunflower with a whimsical feel, and my daughter wanted to do something a little more funny . . . she decided to paint a donut with a cute saying— “I donut know what I’d do without you.”

Here are the photos, from start to finish. You’ll notice the before and after photos of the plate are very different in color. That’s because before being placed in the furnace, the glaze is not yet set, and the colors remain faded. We had to come back a week later after our pottery went through the furnace to see the final product.

The day finally arrived to pick up our pottery. Wow! What a difference it was seeing something so faded and almost lifeless turn into a vibrant and colorful work of art! Enjoy our painted pottery photos . . . and always remember that God is making things beautiful in your life. It just takes some time.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”—Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

A treasured moment with my sunshine, painting our pottery. We have all the materials ready. We’re ready to begin!

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First Time Going Live! [what I learned]

So here’s my first time going live on Facebook . . .  just a little welcome to my office, and to the fabulous hope-filled Facebook page, Lord Help Me To Flourish. At one point I wasn’t sure if it was working and I paused, so hang on a few seconds with me, and then I get right back in to it. Oh, and you’ll also meet my amazing Poodle!!! Continue reading “First Time Going Live! [what I learned]”

Deactivating Facebook [Why I Left, and Why I’m Coming Back]

why I quit facebook

by Leila Grandemange

Have you ever contemplated leaving facebook?

If you have, you’re not alone. Apparently deactivating facebook it’s a widely searched internet topic. But why leave???

That’s a very good question, and one I’d been contemplating for almost a year. So here’s my story, about why I left facebook, and why I came back. Maybe something I’ve experienced will help you decide what road to take. Continue reading “Deactivating Facebook [Why I Left, and Why I’m Coming Back]”