Archive | February 2012

Miracle of Life by Kari Boyer

Wonderful news from blogger and beautiful mother, Kari Boyer!

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Today we found out that our 4th child will be a GIRL! We are all so excited. Our oldest is a girl- she’ll be 8 this summer.  And then we had two boys. (almost 6 and almost 2)  So, it’s been a while since there has been a baby girl in our house!

After having my first baby, I remember wondering if every pregnancy and birth would be as exciting and as full of anticipation as the first baby experience.  Since I am now on round four, I can say that, yes, every new baby brings excitement and joy and expectation. First babies are definitely a special experience- everything is so new to you. And I remember the funny feeling after giving birth to our oldest, knowing that she really was ours and that I got to take her home and that I really was her mom. But every new…

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Bath time for Skippy or How do you wash a big cat?

Poor Skippy wasn’t feeling well Saturday. The end result was that we had to give him a bath for the first time in almost a year. How does one give a 18lb Maine Coon a bath?

When he was a kitten, we washed him in the bathroom sink – and then the kitchen sink (with my protests of course!) And now at two years old, he is too large for our new smaller kitchen sink. (“Yay!”)

John had it all planned out. He put a bath tub mat down (our very slippery tub has only been used once before.) Then he added the little Rubbermaid stool from child care days, donned a pair of shorts and got into the tub with Skip. He sat on the stool and held Skippy close while he trimmed his claws. (A “Must” we learned the hard way).

Next, John held Skip in a standing position. To our surprise, he didn’t protest! I controlled the sprayer (well, with some help from John. We discovered the “hose” attached can be quite noisy if pulled at an angle. Cats do not like noise. Avoid this pitfall by pulling straight up; making sure to hold the hose to keep it from banging against the side of the tub.)

Kitty shampoo came next – lots of shampoo. We lathered him well, making sure to get every inch of that long hair clean. From the back of his ears (never try to wash a cats face unless just using a damp wash cloth) to the tip of his luxurious tail.

Rinse. (No time for conditioner this time.)

He surprised us. No fuss – no muss!  I believe I heard a sigh relief as we turned off the water and reached for the towel. Not sure if it was Skippy or us.

And then came the dreaded part – Drying that luxurious coat! If it were me, I probably would have dried him on a thick, fluffy towel and allow him to dry naturally in front of the fireplace. However, since most of the heat from our gas logs escape through the chimney, we had to get out Skip’s least favorite item in the world. The dreaded hairdryer! He doesn’t mind if we use it on our own hair, but if we aim it at him or Ruby, he goes into attack mode. Not us – the noisy monster blowing warm heat on him. (Silly cat – the warm air feels good!)

The solution we came up with when he was a kitten is a black coated dog cage. You know the one – the training cage. We discovered that we can dry him better than in a closed in kitty carrier. Don’t even think about trying to hold him with the dryer aimed at a him!

Unhappy, wet cat

Not happy!

Little Miss Alice giving her new “big brother” support. She stayed with him the entire time.

Skip took a swipe at that that loud, hot air monster!

Through it all, a new friendship was formed. Little Miss Alice had stayed near to keep her big brother/friend company. Isn’t it wonderful to know that you don’t have to endure hardship alone?

O Love Divine – Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team – YouTube

O Love Divine by Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team

Rejoicing in His wondrous love for you and for me.

But God commendeth His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 12:8 KJV)

Wonderful Grace of Jesus – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Debrecen 2009 – YouTube

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”

Titus 2:11

What a wonderful way to begin the day – singing about the wonderful grace of Jesus! Have a lovely day!

Wonderful Grace of Jesus – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Debrecen 2009 – YouTube.