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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Thursday, February 7, 2013


It's 12:42 AM and I'm up with my sweet puggy baby, Ruby.  Best dog in the world.  We adopted her almost 3 years ago- at the age of (approx.) 9 years.  I never thought to ask her age when planning a home visit, I only knew that we had fallen in love with her.

Senior Pugs are amazing little balls of love.  

Sadly, Ruby is in the midst of heart failure & kidney failure and to add to the vicious cocktail she has a collapsed trachea.  She coughs and struggles to breathe and my heart aches for her.

Ruby is resting comfortably at the moment, so I thought I'd show you pictures from Katie's Nutcracker performance.  Only 2 months late.  It's still winter.:)

Spasiba means "thank you" in Russian.  The dancers only spoke Russian but it was beyond cool to hear their accents.  It's not a particularly warm language but one spoken with authority and purpose.  It could be a bit intimidating.

The dancers were charming and friendly even with the language barrier.  My heart went out to them since they were so far from home during Christmas.

The night before the final performance, Katie and I went home and baked. and baked some more. And a bit more.  We wanted to show the dancers we were so thankful for them.  You can do that without speaking.:)

Loaded up with cookies, cupcakes, breads, granola and the knowledge of a new word (spasiba) we went in search of the dancers.

We passed costumes.  We carefully checked dressing rooms.  Didn't want any unwelcome surprises.

Then we found them!  All the children cheered, "Spasiba!" and the dancers clapped for them.:)  It was lovely to watch and see smiles all around.

The lady in pink was the "Mom" of some of the dancers during the party scene.  She came out in search of the children and asked for a picture.  What lovely young lady.  My daughter was beyond charmed.

It was such an amazing experience being on the same stage with such talented dancers! The bridging of two countries and cultures was the cherry on top.:)

Off to check on little Miss Ruby and maybe even get a bit of sleep.  Night night.


Tristan said...

been praying for your sweet ruby!!

how amazing is that dance..so sweet and pretty to read!

Jerelene said...

Keeping Ruby in my prayers! Loved the valley pics...lovely! You must be so proud!

Jerelene said...

Keeping Ruby in my prayers! Loved the valley pics...lovely! You must be so proud!

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

I'm so sorry about Ruby!

Sweet ballet dancers!

Julie said...

That is so sweet! What a great idea! Here are a couple of prayers I send to my dad when his dog was sick. I will say them for Ruby.

Prayer for a Sick Pet

Heavenly Father,
Please help us in our time of need,
You have made us stewards of Lucky.
If it is Your will, please restore her
to health and strength.
I pray too for other animals in need.
May they be treated with the care and respect
deserving of all Your creation.
Blessed are You Lord God,
and holy is Your name for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Saint Francis for Animals

God Our Heavenly Father,
You created the world
to serve humanity's needs
and to lead them to You.
By our own fault
we have lost the beautiful relationship
which we once had with all your creation.
Help us to see
that by restoring our relationship with You
we will also restore it
with all Your creation.
Give us the grace
to see all animals as gifts from You
and to treat them with respect
for they are Your creation.
We pray for all animals
who are suffering as a result of our neglect.
May the order You originally established
be once again restored to the whole world
through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary,
the prayers of Saint Francis
and the merits of Your Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ
Who lives and reigns with You
now and forever. Amen.

Sherri said...

Lori, Keeping Ruby in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures with us! HUGS for all of you!!

Jerelene said...

Ugghh...my auto correct put valley instead of ballet! I hope you knew what I meant!..lol I do hope and pray that Ruby is still on the mend and getting stronger every day. Love the shared prayers..so very sweet! Continuing to keep your sweet Ruby and your family in my prayers...((Hugs))