Three Gifts of Night

I am continuing my Joy Dare Challenge of documenting 1000 Gifts.I admit I am not doing as good a job as I would like. But luckily for me, this blog has me looking at my surroundings a little bit differently at least once a week. You can find more of my entries here.
Last night as I was waiting for my dogs to do their bedtime business, I was struck by the beauty of night. I thought it would make a good Joy Dare entry.

Name three gifts of Night.

20130829-142747.jpg344. A Safe Home. I live in a neighborhood where we feel safe from harm, no gunshots or sirens. This home is regulated to a comfortable temperature, teeth are brushed, prayers are said and we snuggle down in cozy beds. I am so thankful.

20130829-143442.jpg345. Night Sounds. Being on my deck when the stars and moon are out, is one of my favorite times of the day. I like to just sit on the steps and listen to the frogs and crickets croaking and chattering away. Tonight I watched the last of the summer’s fireflies dance in the air. I’ll take this song and dance show over any Broadway musical! (Image by Judd Patterson)

20130829-144645.jpg346. The Moon. No matter how dark a night it is, the moon is still there shining. I went on an overnight field trip with a fifth grade class to a science camp at the beach. One evening we went on a moon walk through the forest with no light except the moon, no flashlights, candles or torches. At first it was a bit disconcerting, but once our eyes got adjusted to the amount of light that was around us, we could actually see pretty well. We thought we were in complete darkness, when actually we were surrounded by light. Has your life ever been in a very dark place, where you thought you would never get out? Did you feel alone? Abandoned? Helpless? Did you know that even during that dark time there was always a light around you? There was and is a warm, comforting, safe and loving light that can show you the right path to take. This light is Jesus Christ. It is never too dark for you to find him. Just give your mind and heart some time to adjust and then you’ll be able to see clearly the path you should be on. (photo credit: jah~ via photopin cc)

What are your three gifts of night? I’d love for you to share them in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!


What’s a Doggy Momma To Do?

20130821-103927.jpgShe won’t stand up. She snaps when you touch her.

20130821-104640.jpgIt so sad to see her in pain, yet she can’t tell me where it hurts. She’ll hold her leg up and hop along, but when I feel her leg for an injury, she doesn’t flinch. Now when I start to help her up by reaching under her tummy, she yelps.

20130821-105728.jpgSince she’s been this way for a couple of days, I made an appointment to see the vet this morning.

20130821-105822.jpgAs I hang up the phone she is prancing around like nothing is wrong. I call the vet and cancel my appointment. She’s cured! Just needed some time, rest and momma’s kisses.

20130821-110334.jpgWrong! After letting her outside to do her business, she couldn’t move to come back inside. She sat there whimpering.

What’s a momma to do? I called the vet back again, and rescheduled her this afternoon. Have you ever experienced this? Have your kids ever had a fever/coughing/crud for a day or two, then when you get to the doctor’s office, they are cured? On one hand, I don’t want to look like an over panicked parent who can’t deal with a little sickness or pain. Yet on the other hand, I don’t want my child to endure unnecessary pain due to me being lax. I guess it is better to be foolish in loving too much, than to be foolish letting someone you love suffer because of pride.