Ever so slowly this week life will start to head towards 'normal' once again. It's amazing how those little four-legged beings can have such a huge presence, isn't it? We miss Luka. A lot. And we miss Mow, too. We've never not had a dog - it feels very different around here.
Amidst all of that, though, lots of small comforts abound:
::Remembering. Planting, playing, and climbing the trees in our new 'Dog Garden" in the woods; writing a Blurb book about sweet Lu for the littles; and reading and talking lots with the kids about their (and our) sadness. There's lots of great books out there for kids on grieving, some of which we have. But truth be told, we always find comfort, truth, clarity, and gentleness in dear Mr. Rogers. Because that man was amazing.
::Blogreading. Sometimes staring at the screen for hours on end is a very welcome break, indeed. And really, there's so much goodness going on out there. And how about Miss Lydia? Oh gosh, just beautiful. This is one of those times when the downside of 'blog friends' (um, that pesky continent between us - sorry Midwesterners) is seriously bumming me out. Oh, how I would love to pop into the Karol house with some food and hugs, ears for the birth story (I love a good birth story), and a kiss for that soft baby head. Congratulations Amy, Pete, Sadie, and Delia, And Welcome, sweet Lydia - you picked the right family, girl!
::More Thrifting. I've had my eye out for one of these for a while. It's the exact model I used as a child (my father's), but it's in perfect condition, with a case, the instructions and warranty (expired in '67. dang.). I am thrilled to have one of these to play with (and so is Ezra).