Thursday, February 26, 2009

Emma's First Day!

Emma's first night with us went well...she whined for a few minutes but then went to sleep and we didn't hear a peep out of her. It was so hard to go to work today knowing I would be missing her first day with us, but at least Shelley was home most of the day. As soon as I got home from school, I received a VERY enthusiastic greeting! I took her outside, where she enjoyed exploring each and every inch of the yard.

I had been talking about getting a new puppy at school for the last week, so today I brought pictures and showed them to the kids. I had only been home about an hour when a couple of my students rang my doorbell and asked to see my new puppy. Emma enjoyed playing with the girls and got some of her "puppy energy" out of her system. Tonight I took her for her first lesson on the leash. She obviously hasn't done much of that, but she's a fast learner and is picking it up really quickly.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Miss "Emma" Arrives...

After waiting a week and a half, we finally have our puppy at home with us! She arrived tonight after dinner and has made herself quite at home. She loves our yard and in spite of her recent surgery (she was spade on Monday), loves to run around and bark at the sounds she hears. Right now she's resting in her new dog bed while Larry and Shelley watch "American Idol". She also seems to enjoy the blue ball we got for her and brings it back to us every time we throw it. She seems really smart!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rodeo Time...

This weekend was the finals for the San Antonio Rodeo and we had tickets for Friday night. After school, I met Larry and Shelley and we took off in our best "Rodeo duds" to go play was fun! We had a couple hours to kill before the show and we walked through the exhibits as well as visited the horse barns. My love for horses is still intact and Shelley got me checking to see if the horses felt the same way!

There's something about the opening ceremonies that really brings out the "Texas pride" in me...prayer, the national anthem, and the committment of each cowboy to God before they's obvious that in Texas, faith and patriotism are alive and well!

My favorite event again this year was the "Mutton Bustin", where little kids compete to see who can stay on a sheep as it runs through the arena...the winner was a six year old girl! I actually had one of my kindergarteners who competed in this event earlier in the week. Apparently, there is such a huge response to event that they now have drawings to determine who gets to compete.

I took this last picture for Larry. His company, HEB, is one of the largest sponsers of the rodeo. This year San Antonio again won the award for "Largest Indoor Rodeo of the year".

Sunday, February 15, 2009

New Addition???

We had an unexpectedly exciting day today! As I arrived home from church after teaching Sunday School, Larry was just leaving on the motorcycle to go look at dogs at Petsmart. He had heard that the Humane Society was going to be there today with dogs needing homes. I jumped on the back and went along for the ride, telling him all the way there how we didn't need a dog right now. As soon as I saw the puppies I knew I was gonna have a hard time, but I kept reminding myself that I didn't have time to come home from work to let a puppy out during the day. There were some darling dachsund puppies that were tiny and some others that were bigger, but then I saw the cutest puppy all alone in a cage. It was older, but obviously still "puppy age". It was the most mellow puppy...very observant, but quiet. Larry asked if we could hold it and that was the beginning of the end. I fell so in love with this dog! They don't know her exact age because she was abandoned on the side of the road in the country, but they're estimating 6 or 7 months old. The foster mother said she's really good natured and gets along with her other dogs and cats. I filled out the paper work today and if all goes well, she sees a vet and gets spayed and receives a microchip for identification and we will have her by next weekend!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Waiting on God...

It's been a busy week with lots of time spent with friends, old and new. Last Thursday evening we had a visit with Don and Jean Christman, friends from up north who were traveling through San Antonio enjoying the good weather down here. Since it was a work night, we didn't have a lot of time, but we enjoyed sharing a meal and catching up on news from home.

Then, the next night we had invited some new neighbors over for dinner and games. They just moved here from Arkansas and I have their youngest daughter in school. It was fun getting to know new friends and we invited them to join us at Oak Hills since they're looking for a church.

Larry and I are on a committee to plant a new church in our area and we're anxoius to find out what building Oak Hills is going to purchase for the new church plant. Our first meeting is scheduled for February 22nd and it appears to be moving very fast. We hate to leave the main campus of Oak Hills, but feel as though God may have moved us here for this very reason.

Saturday was a beautiful day and since Larry had to work, Shelley and I went downtown to explore a bit. In addition to the rodeo which kicks off next week, there was a huge Asian festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures. I had never been there and found a lot of Texas history I wasn't aware of. Shelley was, of course, very interested in all the Scottish influence.

Shelley is spending all her time filling out job applications, but we're finding that no one is hiring full time help right now due to the economy. It looks like she may have to take a couple of part time jobs while she waits and just pay for temporary insurance...kind of disappointing for all of us. In the meantime, she seems to be getting involved at CBC. She's gone tonight at a Superbowl party for the College/ Career group. We're all praying God quickly shows us what His plan is not only for her, but for all of us.