I want to caution you: this post is raw, ugly and painful. It won't be flowered to ease anyone's discomfort of reading raw emotion, ugly words and painful topics. This is my therapy. I know I'm not the only one who needs it.
I love dogs. My first dog was a black/white chihuahua/terrier mix named Tiger. Our family got him around Christmas when I was 5-6 years old. He was mean and I have the scars to prove it! Not too long after we got Tiger, we got Mary. Mary was a black and white dachshund. For all of Tiger's mean behavior, she made it up in love. They both lived very long lives. Our oldest son even remembers Mary. In our family, they were my brother and sister. No joke, I would get Christmas presents, even get well cards, from them. I knew better. I knew it was my Dad. So, I will blame my Dad for one of my greatest loves.
Another person to blame for this craziness is my Aunt Clyde and Uncle Truman. That is who we got Tiger from. She bred dogs. I l…
Nothing can separateEven if I ran awayYour love never fails. I know I still make mistakesBut you have new mercies for me everydayYour love never fails. You stay the same through the agesYour love never changesThere may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning And when the oceans rageI don't have to be afraidBecause I know that you love meYour love never fails. The wind is strong and the water's deepBut I'm not alone here in these open seasYour love never fails. The chasm is far too wideI never thought I'd reach the other sideBut your love never fails.
This weekend something pretty amazing happened but before I share let me preface with a few thoughts. As with most thoughts, they are the opinion and expression of the one who is feeling them. Those around may not share the same opinion or thoughts, not because they are wrong, necessarily, but because they view their experiences from a different lens.
My husband has tried desperately to find his place in his extended family. As a small child, the formative years, he developed strong bonds with the elders of his tribe. However, for a season he was removed from those people and missed critical connection with his family. As a young adult, he was reintroduced, but he missed so much in the separation. This last few days have been nothing short of miraculous. It started out with visiting his “brother” Jimmy, Leigh-Ann, John, cousins Mary and Kevin. If that were the end of the journey, it would have been wonderful but it was just the beginning.
As many of you know, I am a Geneal…