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Unconditional Love Is Priceless

I struggle to share my private life and I know this post is going to seem a bit weird to some who do not understand the depth in which you can love your pets, but this dog is my world.

This is my doggo, Shadow (the one with floppy ears). If you follow me on Instagram then you know how much he means to me, but to those who do not, you will quickly learn, he is my life.

We adopted this gentle guy when he was only seven months old because our sweet family friend was unexpectedly transferred to a new duty station and had been informed by the U.S. Navy that she could only take one of her sweet babies with her.

She had to make an extremely difficult decision and had to find this precious baby boy a new home. We already knew the boys because they lived across the street and so she asked my family if we would consider adopting this baby boy and give him a good home for her. She entrusted us with her most precious baby whom we agreed to adopt.

I made her a promise when we agreed to adopt Shadow that we would take the best care of him as we knew how. It didn’t take him any time to melt the hearts of our family and become one of us. As a result of his adoption, it enabled his Mommy Sarah and brother, Baby Bear, to remain in his life.

This was a win win situation. His mommy Sarah has the pleasure of seeing him as often as she comes to town while we share pictures and videos with her often. This allows her the unique opportunity to remain in his life.

Friends, if you have a special dog in your life then you will understand this statement,

Shadow is my sunshine on cloudy day.

We originally thought we would train him to be a service dog for my husband who struggles with the effects of PTSD, but it did not take long to see Shadow had a different plan.

Shadow quickly became “my” side kick. He goes on walks with me. He waits on me at every chance he gets. If I go out of sight, I know he is always there and exited to see me come back. He even loves to go for car rides every chance he gets.

He loves the rest of the family, but him and I have a unique relationship. He is truly my life (outside of my human family and friends).

“Shadow Puppy” is the bestest buddy any human could have or wish for. He has truly changed my life. He filled a void I did not realize I had.

If you have a dog in your life who has done this for you, then you understand what I mean when I say,

I truly love my dog!

He is the bestest doggo friend I could have ever wish for.

He is my life in dog form.

My friend, if you have a special pet in your life, give them an extra hug as well as an extra treat today. They earned it through their unconditional for you.

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Hope Shines Brightly For New Tomorrows

Today’s Challenge is simple and was inspired by this quote,

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” – Unknown

How many people do you know who are struggling and are in physical or emotional pain?

All you have to do is take a minute to think of a person in life in your life who is struggling. They will not be hard to find.

I challenge you today to reach out and show someone who is in pain that they are not alone. Give them a hug, a smile, or simply a note of encouragement. Let them know they will be okay and that they are loved.

This simple moment of caring is enough to give them the hope they need to get through today.

My Friend, please reach out today and encourage them, give them the hope they may have lost, and allow them to see the brightness of a new tomorrow.
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Stand Firm On Your Truth

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Today’s Encouragement is inspired by my daughter’s latest medical hardship.

I have taken her to Urgent Care two times in the past four days for help with her mega migraines.

Her first trip went better than her second one. The first doctor has a better understanding of what migraines are and how severe Kiddo’s can be, however today’s wasn’t as sympathetic. I suspect she may lack an understanding of how debilitating mega migraines are and does not understand how bad they are for my daughter.

It is my hope and prayer today’s difficult day will inspire and encourage you to know if you are standing on solid truth, it will not matter what any one else will think about you.

Today’s quote came from our experience at the doctor’s office.

“Standing on truth allows you to always know you are right, no matter what anyone else believes.” 

I am not sure how much today’s doctor believed Kiddo was in the pain she was in, but as I write tonight for tomorrow, I can sit here knowing in my heart that it does not matter what she believes or does not believe, we know the truth. We know how debilitating these migraines are and how her other chronic illnesses affect her migraines and at the end of the day that is all that matters.

Today’s encouragement and motivation is this same truth for you. It does not matter what others believe. It only matters what you know as truth. 

Stand firm on the knowledge of your truth and do not let the lack of other’s understanding sway you in what you believe.

Your truth is all that matters at the end of the day.