Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Counting My Blessings

Indy & Me…unexpectedly wanting to share a pillow at nap time instead of laying at my feet. LOL

I woke up in the middle of the night and started crying as I realized that my Indy wasn't laying at the foot of my bed to give me a sleepy kiss as he had nearly every night for almost 15 years…and he would never be there again since his unexpected passing just a few short weeks ago…

I've been missing my "furry baby" quite a lot and have been feeling a little depressed, even though I've been trying to keep up the pace of my day-to-day life with a cheerful spirit. I know we were very blessed to have had such a special companion all those years—but it's truly been a struggle to regain my usual "snap" without him by my side each day.

God knew just what my heart needed as I opened up my emails this morning and found this video entitled "Gratitude" from my dear friend Lisa waiting for me… (hit the "full screen" option for the maximum impact!)…


WOW!! What a gentle and wondrous reminder that each day is a unique opportunity to appreciate all the we have been given through God's care and the wonders of the world around us. I hope you will take the time to share this amazing video and be encouraged to look around you today (and every day!) for all the blessings in your own life—and to be a blessing to those around you as well! *Ü*



28 comments:

  1. So sorry for your loss. Pets are with us for such a short time, but become so entrenched in our daily life. Take each day one step at a time.

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Michelle! *Ü*

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  2. I think he lived a very happy life and was well cared for! He runs free waiting for the day you will be reunited!

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    1. Thanks for helping me remember that we did give him as much love as we could in return! Nothing comes close to the unconditional love from a loyal pet, but we did our best! *Ü*

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss Lori. It can be devastating to lose a pet. I have had to say goodbye to several and it was so very hard. Hugs to you and thank you for sharing the TED talk.

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  4. Sorry for your loss Lori, he looks very happy and very loved. You did a wonderful job with him, I know he was happy

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  5. I'm so sorry for the loss of your furry companion. People who don't own pets often don't understand how much they become part of your family. I know you'll always cherish him in your heart.

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  6. So sorry to hear of your loss Lori, it is very hard to say goodbye to our pets, I have had to many times over the years, just take every day one step at a time. He looks very happy in your photos

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  7. Looks like you enjoyed each other a lot!

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  8. Lori, How lucky you and Indy were to have found each other, it was no accident that you were in each other lives.
    You both brought so much joy and love to each other, that is something you will carry in your heart forever.
    It's devastating at first, learning a new normal. But now I love stronger and am even more playful because I know life is fleeting and we must make the most of every moment.
    My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. sending you lots of hugs and love in this difficult time.

    Your heartfelt story of indy touched my heart and made me cry...loved the movie it's a reminder.

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    1. I've been breaking out into a tear or two each time I've gone back and looked at these photos today—but in a good way (as I'm sure you know what I mean!). Thanks so much for the lovely encouraging words! *Ü*

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  9. So sorry for your loss. I've also had to say goodbye to many beloved pets and it is never easy as they are a huge part of the family. It leaves a huge void when they are no longer there. Your pup looked very well loved and you'll hold on to wonderful memories.

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  10. Lori, it's always hard to go through mourning a loss in the family.

    The movie is great; thanks for sharing.

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  11. Thank you all SO much for your lovely comments and encouragement! I haven't been able to talk much about our loss, except with my family and after the one FB post when I announced that we were going to have to put Indy to sleep because of his suffering. So it's been comforting to know you're all thinking of us today and can sympathize with that special bond only a beloved pet can give us. (((((HUGS)))))

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  12. Ah... Lori... sorry for your loss. They really do become a part of our family!!

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  13. Lori- I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your darling Indy. I recently lost my 16 year old Sheltie who, by the way, was raised by our last Keesonden, Cutter. We had Keeshonden for almost 15 years and I trained and showed them in the breed ring, in Obedience competition and in Agility. They are the dearest dogs. Seeing that dear fuzzy face of your Indy brought back memories of our Keesie critters.

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    1. I'm also sorry to hear about the loss of your own sweet companion and sending cyber hugs your way! That's unusual that you are so familiar with the Keeshond breed—most people we met had never heard of them, but were always totally in love with him at first sight. They have such wonderful personalities and I know your Sheltie was a joy too! I'm sure you know all too well how hard it will be for us to find new companions that can never replace them, but will be equally as special… here's to finding new loves to fill that empty space in our hearts! :-)

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  14. I'm so sorry for your loss. Pets easily become part of the family so can imagine what you are going through. Thoughts are with you. Great video!

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  15. Just this morning as I was driving to work, I had the same thought. I didn't lose a precious pet recently, but I certainly find that I take my time, family and life for granted. Thank you for the reminder to breath and appreciate the amazing things I have.

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    1. That's exactly the message I was trying to send, Nicole! We all definitely tend to take each "ordinary" day for granted, but should try harder to appreciate all the little things that make it unique and how we can give a blessing to others too! *Ü*

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  16. At least you have memory as a pictures !!! so cute :)
    Sorry for your loss it must be hard time for you.

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  17. Our furry friends are often the hardest to lose...it's that unconditional love. You'll never replace Indy, but I hope you're open to find another special friend soon!

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  18. sorry for your loss but those images are amazing

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  19. Pets bring such a wonderful happiness and show us patience and love. I can tell in your pictures that Indy and you both touched each others lives and memories are one thing we can always cherish.

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  20. Unique Cozy Treasures - Lori, I am truly sorry for your loss. Losing a pet can leave a cold emptiness in our lives. As time goes on you will feel better. Remembering your times together will be healing. The video was lovely. I would enjoy have having the link to share with others...thanks

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  21. My heart pains for you Lori. But you are blessed to have had such a special friend and even more blessed to be counting your blessings! Loved that video.

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  22. Sorry for your loss, furry friends play such a huge part in our life

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  23. What a great picture to have as a memory. He was blessed to have you in his life. Wishing you the best ^_^

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