Our sweet dog Jackson decided to take a neighborhood stroll yesterday when he disappeared around 7:45 am. I had been enjoying the cool morning air while reading my Bible and left the front door open! He took the opportunity to bolt. By 8 I realized he was gone and had the boys in the van driving around the neighborhood yelling his name. I think Daniel got the hang of it around 8:30 and he started yelling something that resembled "Jac-Jac" too. I called Charles and within 30 mins he had alerted the neighborhood watch, animal control, made a Facebook post, registered him on the Lost & Pound website, and printed colored signs. Needless-to-say, we were anxious and our anxiety only grew throughout the day. I probably checked the front and back doors several times an hour just waiting for his sweet face to pop up all excited to see me! Everyone in the area was looking for him and helping to encourage us. We heard many stories of others who had lost their pets only to find them later that day or within a few days. Charles and I held it together somehow until the evening came and it started to get dark out. That's when the sadness and panic set in. We couldn't imagine our sweet dog out in the street somewhere, so we choose to believe that surely someone had picked him up and was taking care of him...We both struggled to go to bed and eventually decided to leave his bed and food on the front porch in hopes of enticing him to stay and stop roaming. We were both disappointed when the morning came and there was still no Jackson. We both set out with the same plan: continue to search, put out more flyers, and most of all pray that God would bring him home. I started thinking about things that I have lost. I have lost loved ones, toys, clothes, but never something that I cared so much about and not found it. I had never lost something of such value, not just financial value, but something of intrinsic value with which we had invested time and energy. He was part of our family. I began to get a small taste of what the Lord must feel searching for His lost sheep. It is a never ending, never giving up sort of feeling fueled by love. And oh the joy when He finds a sheep that had been lost and is now found. I experienced that joy when my friend picture texted me a pic of Jackson and said she had found him! Tears were streaming down my face as I pushed the boys in the double stroller through the park and into our driveway. I saw him for the first time in 24+ hrs, he was dirty and flea infested but he was our dog and he was HOME! Jackson was certainly a lot like us "sheep" when God finds us we are still "dirty" with sin, but thanks be to God who sent His Son to be perfectly clean on our behalf. And thanks to Trifexis flea and heartworm medication for "cleansing" Jackson from all unrightousness!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
So much happens in a year!
On his birthday we went to the Kroc center to swim, we made cookie pops, and had Chick-fila for dinner, then Daniel opened his Percy pillow pet from us:)
Here he is enjoying his cookie-pop
Here are some of my favorite Daniel "faces"
He loves getting into things!!!! and I mean everything;)
Here he is clapping, one of his new tricks
And here is our drummer boy walking!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Daniel is already 5 months old. It has all happened so quickly! As I write this he is scooting all over the floor, going from one toy to the next. He LOVES some tummy time, and cannot stand to be on his back for long. He is becoming very interactive and playful with Charlie and our dog, Jackson. He also loves playing in his bouncer. He is a little bit wild when he jumps around but Charles reassured me that he will not hurt himself. He is so smiley and happy! He is both similar and at the same time different from Charlie. It has been so good to see their personalities emerging. Daniel loves getting attention from everyone especially Charlie. He lights up when he hears Charlie's voice. He will even laugh when Charlie laughs. And Daniel's laugh is so sweet, it kind of sounds like he is sucking in. Daniel doesn't have any teeth yet, but I think they are close to coming in (Charlie had 2 teeth on the bottom by now). We have tried some rice cereal several times and Daniel is already pretty good at swallowing food. I have not been as consistant with feeding him as I was with Charlie, mainly because Daniel is usually sleeping at meal times. He still takes 3 or 4 naps; morning, late morning, afternoon, and evening. I try to get both boys down for afternoon naps at the same time so that I can have some time to sleep, check email, budget, or have some time reading my Bible:) Back to Daniel, he loves sucking 2 fingers (middle and ring fingers) on his right hand. His hair is starting to come in a little. He unfortunately had is first ear infection last month. We are praying he doesn't have his mommies ear issues:) At last months check up Daniel was in the 50 th percentile for weight and 95 th percentile for height. He might end up being bigger that Charlie one day. Daniel is currently sleeping in our pack n' play in the guest room. He is too big and rolly for the bassinet and I am not quite ready to put him in the same room as Charlie. He is such a joy and blessing to our whole family. It is funny how I can't remember life before him and can't imagine life without him. We love you Daniel!
Friday, October 14, 2011
I cannot believe it has been almost 6 months since my last post. So much has happened in our lives and I have wanted to document it all, but have felt completely overwhelmed at the undertaking. Now it is irritating me enough to make me post something, it might be more photos and videos than words:)...so here we go. Our family increased yet again, thanks to the Lord on May 17th 2011. Daniel McKain Scarborough was born into our family and has brought us so much joy (I will hopefully write a separate post about Daniel's birth story.) He has been a fairly "easy" baby, realizing that the term is very subjective. He has been a great sleeper and a happy kid. His big brother Charlie was a little weary of him at first but now he is in love with him. Charlie loves introducing others to his "baby broder, Danel". Which consequently is now his nickname (no, i did not forget the i). He kisses him about 40 times a day and has recently liked playing games with him like the "rollie pollie" game where they play on the bed together and roll around. Charlie can now entertain Daniel and comfort him, for a minute or so at least:)
Still swinging in the park days before Daniel arrived
Charlie accompanied me to many OB visits, don't worry he didn't participate:)
The morning of our induction, 6am
Our new family!
One of Charlie's big brother presents
And a sweet little face!
life keeps going after baby Daniel arrives: the grass still needs cutting!
someone still has to drive the tractor!
someone still has to drive the tractor!
and horses at uncle Otis' are still a bit frightening:)
Charles and I turned 28!
Grandpa and Grandma GiGi came down for the 4th, she pasted almost 2 weeks later so these are treasured memories!
Charlie turned 2! Thomas the train birthday party with Nana, Grandpa, Andrew, & Dana
And Daniel is now 5 months old! How does time fly????
Sunday, April 24, 2011
We enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend with friends and family this year. My parents came to stay with us Friday-Sunday. We had a very busy weekend with our 20 month old. Charlie is always busy, all the adults were just trying to keep up. One thing that was not captured on our camera was our egg dying adventure. Yes, that is right, we tried to dye Easter eggs with a 20 month old. It began with him trying to eat one of the dye capsules and ended with him trying to crack the colored eggs. It was a pretty funny event. I will have to share pics of this later when I get those pics from my dad. Here are a few pics of all the fun we had:) We are very thankful to the Lord for conquering death and sin in our place on the cross that we might have his righteousness and eternal life. He is Risen!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Hello world! It has been a long time since my last post and I am regretting not documenting Charlie's progress through life as well as Charles and mine's journey through this pregnancy. This post will probably be a paragraph of rambling but I just felt like writing some things down while I had a minute.
We are excited to say that we will be staying in Augusta for the next chapter in our lives. Charles is looking forward to starting a pediatric practice in South Augusta with Josh Lane in July of 2012. We have already seen God's hand in the preparations for this and are excited to see all the ways he will use and teach us through this experience.
We are all a little anxious for Daniel's arrival. He is expected to arrive during a busy NICU month. But we are thankful God is in control of when we meet the newest member of our family. And I am becoming more and more excited to see what he will look like and how he and Charlie are similar and different. I am also anxious and excited to see how Charlie does with all the new changes once his brother arrives. We are praying for a smooth transition for all of us, and we know that it will only come through God's grace. I am thankful for a sovereign God who does not treat me as my sins deserve but is faithful to his promises and loving towards all he has made. I now hear the cries of my almost 20 month old. I will post this along with some pics later tonight when all is quiet again:)