Growing up with dogs, I quickly learned that Easter, much like other Holidays, involved potential hazards for my pets. I recall as a young mom hiding the chocolate and plastic eggs for our yearly “Easter egg hunt,” and then scouring the yard over and over to ensure that NO EGGS WERE LEFT BEHIND. Only once all the eggs were accounted for were the dogs allowed back in the yard. Even then, I think I was on the look out for the entire week in case I happened to have missed one hiding under a tree!
Read this heartwarming excerpt from the book—Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
Married, a mother of two children, I finally felt we were ready for a family pet. My husband conceded (well, I didn’t ask him. Oops!). And so, we brought home a cuddly Labrador retriever puppy! Goldy was our sunshine during rainy days, and the stable, strong force that made us all feel continually protected and loved. I stand in awe of all the wonderful things she taught me.
Today I wrote a Mother’s Day Prayer with my mom in mind, but also to share with mothers everywhere. Mom, if you’re reading this, after the prayer is also a special image and quote written just for you! 💕
Thank you for my beautiful mom, who has loved and cared for me all my life with selfless abandon and unconditional love. On this important day (“Mother’s Day”) I specially want to lift her up, as well as all mothers around the world, and thank you for the unique role they play in the lives of their children.
Thank you for the encouragement, wisdom, and counsel they offer us, and the many sacrifices they willingly make for us. Thank you for their sweet smile, and for every hug and kiss and helping hand!
Today, I ask a special blessing on my mom, and on all the mothers throughout the world, that they would know how much they are loved and appreciated. Continue to bless them each and every day with Godly wisdom, strength, peace, and courage, and with the joy of your constant presence! Multiply your grace to them as they strive to carry out their many responsibilities and roles. And in all they do, help them never to forget to care for themselves. For they are deeply cherished and loved!
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!