Yesterday was one of those days again. There seem to be so many of those days these days!
We had a dicey few days before the conditions on the sale of our house were negotiated out and everything became final. It was touch and go and we were not sure we wouldn’t have to go ahead and put the house back on the market. Thankfully God heard our prayers and answered with a YES! The sale went through last night so now we get to start packing in earnest. We are already pretty much half packed so we don’t have too much to do yet.
So that was happy.
But in all of the craziness of an out of country move to a place where we have no solid work lined up (though God is making things somewhat clearer and I’ll share more when I feel free to) and no housing lined up yet either, we had to wrestle with the question of whether or not our animals could come with us.
As you probably know, we have two very sweet dogs, Bruce and Sally. Here they are.
We love these dogs. But the fact is we do not have the luxury of buying and moving straight into a new home. My parents are willing to house Bruce (the Golden) while we settle in and possibly until we find a place that either allows large dogs or until we buy a house. But they couldn’t manage two dogs.
We wrestled with this so much. We put ads up and took them down and put them up again. I did this about three or four times because I so did not want to do it. But ultimately we came to the decision that we could not manage to bring both of them. We have had Bruce longer and we know my parents can handle him if needed. So we had to find Sally a new home.
I love my sweet Sally. She has an amazing personality and is such a sweetheart so I knew that the family that we chose had to be absolutely ideal. I prayed for this. Our gracious and loving God even hears prayers on behalf of our pets. I heard from several people but didn’t have a really great feeling about any of them until I heard from a family that lives literally two blocks from us. They have BOYS! Sally loves her boys. The Dad likes to go fishing and would appreciate a canine partner. And the Mom is at home for several months until she starts work again so Sally will have plenty of time to get accustomed to her new arrangement with lots of daily interaction. And now she has a little baby to love on also.
We got an update on how she did her first night and apparently she sat by the backdoor for a good while waiting to be brought back home but also spent some time watching the baby jump in the jolly jumper.
The only reason I can stand this (though not without choking up) is that God found our sweet girl an equally sweet family that will love her as much as we do.
Sally, sweet Sally, we will miss you. Your boys cried their eyes out (and so did I) for a good 20 minutes before feeling they could go on and eat dinner. You will always have a special place in our hearts.
And Bruce misses you too…
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.