Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lost & Now Found

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

Daniel is ONE!

So much happens in a year!

I cannot believe my baby is 1 year old! This year has gone by fast and we have so many fun memories. It is hard to image life with out Daniel, he is such a big part of our family. Life has been a challenge juggling 2 boys and a husband in residency, but we have managed to make it through one of the more difficult transitions (so I hear) fairly well;) Daniel has changed so much and we are starting to see what kind of a little boy he is becoming. We hear from strangers and friends all the time how much Daniel looks like Charlie and they do favor one another and even have some similarities, but they are different in many ways too. Daniel is so strong and active, if I don't watch him all the time he climbs up on everything, showing me that he is a big boy just like his big brother. He loves to eat and is our constant garbage disposal. He now has 4 teeth on top and 2 on the bottom, and man does he like to use evidenced by the bite marks on Charlie's arm today:(. Sad. He is a very fast crawler and manages to keep up with us all. More recently he has started using a walker to chase us around the house. And then the day before his birthday he started talking a couple of steps on his own. He is a very happy boy, however, when he doesn't get his way watch out for the drama to come out!  His sudden changes in behavior should not be news to me since all of us in the Scarborough home seem to do the same thing on differing levels;) I am thankful that God continues to refine Charles and I as parents through our children's' sin patterns so that we can see our own sin more clearly.  On another note Daniel is a very good sleeper and "easy" when it comes to bedtime which has been a real blessing since Charlie still takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to fall asleep at night. Daniel still sucks his 2 fingers and is a great snuggler just like Charlie. I am so grateful to have 2 wonderful boys that love me so well and are so sweet and teach me so much! Daniel: you truly are a blessing and we thank God each day that we have the privilege to raise you. Your sweet smile, joy, and tenderness are qualities that we pray grow in your heart each day as you learn more about your Savior, Jesus. Here are some pictures of our big boy from his birthday. I am going to make a separate post with pics from his Birthday Party with Ada!

   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!