First of all… sorry for the length of this post. feel free to skip past the random stuff to the meat at the bottom about the newest Pomeroy- Izzy!
It has been a long time. Sorry I have been so flakey in our relationship. I have been doing things, sewing things, baking here and there. All of those are worthy of writing about. Especially the pillow covers I made for our living room.
Or the 3 homemade stockings I made out of sweaters from Goodwill.
Or the Football game that Will and I went to, and how I will never make a bet again. (I bet him that if the Bengals lost he had to shave…. That didn’t end well for me)
Or how we have made one of our first family traditions: Shaving Will’s beard in time for family pictures on Thanksgiving.
Or that we had the little sister Carrieli down for the weekend and took her ice skating for the first time.
Or the fact that it is our first Christmas, and this is the first time I have ever had a real tree! Let me tell you, I was quite giddy at the tree farm, running around trying to find the perfect one.
Or how Izzy Pup has grown by leaps and bounds (literally) since we got her. That is a story that I never shared here, and as they say, there is no time like the present.
Will and I both really wanted a dog. Both of us wanted one since before we got married, so it was only a matter of time before that want was given into. We were really trying to hold out till after the new year, and we were doing pretty good at it- until one day Will decided to start looking at pictures of puppies at the humane society on Paddy (that’s the iPad).
That one event planted a seed that could not be unsown. We tried to squelch it, but we couldn’t help ourselves. We kept talking about what size dog we would want, what size breed we would want, how old we want it to be when we got it, and things of the like. We both wanted a dog that would grow to be on the large end of medium. Will wanted to get a puppy that would have only known us and therefore get more attached. He was also very insistent on getting a girl whenever we got one. We talked about breeds and decided that we wanted a husky/lab mix or an Australian Shepherd of some kind.
All this talk was like Miracle-Gro to the little seed that had been planted. So one day, we couldn’t fight it anymore. Will told me that I could start looking online to find a dog that we would want. I don’t think he realized the gravity of the permission he had just given me. I was let off the leash (get it), and within two days I had found so many cute puppies- we had no idea what to do.
Luckily for us, there was a twist in this story. I found an ad for a litter of Australian Shepherd/Lab mix puppies at a pound about half an hour away. They were SO CUTE! Little puff balls. Will was in love. I could tell right away that this litter of puppies left all those other options behind as a distant memory.
So the enamored Will gave me the green light to call on these puppies. What we found out was that they were getting sent to Chicago (why, I have no idea) at 6 that evening. I worked until 5 and Will had class till 4:45… there was no way to get there.
BUT, God cares even about things like puppies. I say this because during our nightly prayer time we had been saying, God if we are supposed to get a puppy right now and not wait then make it easy, make it just work out. And you know God, He likes us to know that He cares and that He is in control. So literally 2 minutes after I got off the phone with Will after telling him that they had the exact puppy we were looking for, but that we weren’t going to make it there in time, he got an email from his professor saying his class was cancelled. Turns out my work was rather slow that day so my boss gave me the green light to leave a little early, and what do you know, we got there and found our perfect pup!
Izzy was the size of Will’s foot when we got her. We thought that she was 8-10 weeks old, but we recently found out that she was only 6 weeks old. She was the cutest thing you ever did see with her “rosy cheeks” (because she has a cognac colored fur on her cheeks) and two different colored eyes. She had ringworm when we first got her, but that cleared up within a few weeks.
She is a great pup. She is really smart; she knows her name, come (although she doesn’t always listen), sit, speak, shake, let go, and we are working on stay, bed, and down. She is getting better on the leash now that she is getting bigger, which is good because I want to be able to run with her. That is part of why we picked such an active breed. When we let her out she goes out in our yard, or the yard without a leash and without us. She doesn’t run away. She can be left loose in the house; so far she has only chewed up one thing. I think she takes most of her chewing out on this little hand towel that used to be her traveling bed/spot to lay on the floor/blanket to snuggle against at night.
She is hilarious to watch and play with, and honestly… I am really not sure what we did before we had the dog. We must have been so boring. But not anymore! Now we laugh all the time.
We have a big road trip to Kansas coming up in a little over a week so we will see how she fares. The most she has been in the car for is 2 hours. She isn’t super fond of it yet but she is getting better. She doesn’t like curvy roads, so good thing the road to Kansas is pretty flat and straight.
As She has Grown:
More updates on our lives, and my craft/decorating projects to come, maybe not in the next 3 weeks of crazy, but after that I promise.
-Tomorrow’s Big Shnazzy Date Night
-Christmas in Kansas
-Urbana Missions Conference
-Oh and the Hobbit Comes out this weekend!!! So psyched about that one. Will and I read the book. We got it on Paddy and would read it in the car to and from the farm.