EVERYTHING IS NEW! It’s a NEW year, NEW season in life, NEW resolutions (that we rarely accomplish), NEW puppy… yup, you read that right… a NEW PUPPY. Over the past couple of months we have adopted a new family member. Everybody… meet Cooper Carter. He is one fun, smart, loving, hilarious yellow lab. You see, we use to have a dog named Dakota and after he died my Dad would always say, “We are never EVER getting another dog because no dog would ever be able to replace Dakota!” But, although Cooper will never replace Dakota, he still has a very special place in all of our hearts. Surprisingly, Coop has been the BEST thing that has happened to us this winter. Everybody says we are CRAZY for getting a puppy (even the doctor) but, our response is … that’s just our life, we are the Carters.
You know when people see a new-born baby girl and say… “Oh yeah… daddy is going to be wrapped around her little finger.” Well from the moment my dad picked Coop up and he fell asleep on him, I thought “Oh yeah… daddy is going to be wrapped around his little finger… I mean… paw?”
After we took baby Coop home… reality hit. The nights were longer and the sleep was A LOT shorter. I remember the first week, my parents and I were screaming and arguing over who’s going to take him potty in the middle of the night…. but it sounded more like… “ykjdh tandlnf sfjdlkj jdsflk”. Because, A.) It was 2 in the morning and regular humans are supposed to be sleeping. B.) We were all wearing either our retainer or mouth guard. So no matter what, there was no way we could understand each other anyway. ( If you wear a retainer, you understand my problem)
I’m proud to say, Coop has learned to sit, stay, go potty outside, go down the stairs (Just last week), and walk on a leash…somewhat (still a work in progress). And he is truly our bundle of joy and always so happy to see us when we get home! He greets us with a KISS and a FRANTICALLY WAGGING TAIL. I was right about Cooper having my dad wrapped around his paw. The other day when we were sitting in the hospital, my dad says… “Man, don’t you wish we could text Cooper to see how he is doing!?” (DAD, WE HAVE BEEN GONE FOR TWO HOURS!)
You know what’s funny though.. this is exactly how the LORD sees us. Think about it… He wants to TEACH US the ways of life. He wants to let us know we are LOVED. He wants to say “GOOD JOB” and give us a TREAT when he is proud of us. He wants to pick up our… CRAP… and move on. He wants to be in CONSTANT COMMUNICATION with us. And what are we suppose to do? We need to be BE STILL AND OBEY. We need to CRY to him when we are in trouble. WE NEED HIM TO SURVIVE. We need to LOVE him and LOVE everyone around us. Isn’t God cool!? It’s that SIMPLE! We should just act like dogs…. well not technically.
With my dad going through chemo, through this journey God really has picked up this MESS and turned it into something BEAUTIFUL. My family has grown in so many ways. Each day you learn something new; whether it’s cherishing the moments, or telling someone you love them because you actually mean it. We have received multitudes of BLESSINGS from friends, BLESSINGS from family, most importantly BLESSINGS from God.
The past two times we have gone in for an MRI there has been no changes in his brain and the doctors have been VERY impressed on how he has been handling the chemo. My dad has even asked… “So how am I doing? Good?” The doc responded, “Not just good… FANTASTIC!” We still have a LONG journey ahead but the doctors have told us… the only thing we need to worry about right now is… our puppy.
Thank you for all your prayers, we couldn’t get through this without you.
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8