|The location of our most recent Branch* activity. I live in a truly gorgeous area. Come visit me!|
And I am not even one bit embarrassed about it.
I had a tough winter this last year. I was in a pretty dark place mentally and it was really difficult for me to even haul myself out of bed and function. I don't want to belabor the point, but it was hard. At one point, the Maestro gave me a priesthood blessing, and in it he said that I should get a dog. Even though I'd been wanting one for some time, I'd held off because the Maestro himself wasn't totally on board. But, after that blessing, things came together pretty quickly and within a month or so, I had Puccini.
And she truly has been a gift sent from God directly to me. It's amazing how she has lightened my life, as corny as that is. And not just mine--the girls' lives and Joel's are happier because of her, too. The joy she has brought to our family amazes me every day. She's so smart and full of personality, and even though that means that she steals my glasses and has now ruined them (it's okay, I was up for a new pair, and she knows better now) or that she turns into crazy dog as soon as the sun sets, she fits perfectly into our family dynamic.
All of that to say that, yes, I'm now a freaky dog lady and I brought my puppy to our branch* activity the other day. And now I am about to flood my blog with pictures of her. Along with some ducks. I like taking pictures of ducks. And I suppose I'll throw in a few of my offspring for good measure.
Life is good.
*Branch-A small congregation of the LDS church, used when there aren't enough members in an area to make up an entire ward, which is the standard congregation.