Friday, January 20, 2017

A Dog's Purpose - Giveaway

Tuck: "Hey, Mom. Hurricane puked in his crate."
Me: "Okay. I'll go clean it up in a second."
Tuck: "You don't have to cause I already did."
Me: "Really? Thanks! That was super responsible. Plus it's a really gross job."
Tuck: "Yeah, but you know what, Mom? If Hurricane was a human, he'd do it for me."

So many cared and tried to help me find the perfect one. I looked high and low. I was inquisitive. Always searching. There were so many to choose from, it became overwhelming. Disappointment after disappointment, nothing panned out. I did my best to show my true self, to reveal the gem I had inside waiting to shine. I held out hope. But then it got to be too much. Through the ups and downs, I tried to let it go. I even tried to give it away a few times. But just as I would, there would be something that made rein it in and pull it back. Over time, I began to guard it with all my being. I locked it away, forgetting even where I put the key. I became down trodden and the feeling of hopelessness washed over me. I changed. I became a non-believer. And then, just as the hope was completely drained, I saw them. Surrounded in love, acceptance and patience, they embraced me. As much as I tried to hide it, we all knew. We were meant to be together. And then, with one tender touch, one gentle caress, I melted a bit. I felt myself let go. I crept toward them, believed in their smiles and goodness. I felt their positive energy and pure acceptance of me. And in that moment, I heard a click. Unlocked. My heart was free. And my forever family was here.

Hurricane's purpose was to join our family, bring us even more love and adventures and keep us laughing. He licks the tears away, eats fallen bits of veggies and plays until everyone collapses. We adore our little Hurricane and know we rescued each other. 

Which is why when our family saw the trailer for the upcoming film, "A Dog's Purpose," we all put our thumbs up and took note of when it came out on the big screen. Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A DOG’S PURPOSE, is a sweet and lovable family film that shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  Told from the perspective of “everybody’s best friend” the film highlights the importance of familial bonds, and the unconditional love we have for our best friends.  The movie stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, and John Ortiz. This heartwarming story comes out nationwide on January 27th! 

Are you as excited to see this film as we are? 
Well, I happen to have a $25 gift card to Fandago to give away, 
courtesy of my friends at Grace Hill Media!

Interested? Good! 
Leave a comment below about the best thing about 
your furry friend and you're entered. 
I will draw a name at 12PM on Monday.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Me: "I haven't posted on my blog in so long. I'm not sure where to even start."
Mags: "How about you start with this ..."Hi!"


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Conjuring 2

Me: "Hey, Chris."
Chris: "Yes?"
Me: "Looks like the dog needs to go out. Would you mind?" 
Chris: "Okay. But you're the one standing holding his leash by the door with your shoes on." 
Me: "I know. But it's...well..."
Chris: "Ahhh, it's dark out there. Got it. Knew that scary movie we watched last night was gonna get to you." 
Me: "No way! It's just that I really have to the well lit bathroom...while avoiding looking in mirrors. I mean, I'm pretty brave. 
Chris: *blink*
Me: *stare convincingly*
Chris: *smile*
Me: "FINE! I'm petrified."

Our good friends at Grace Hill Media came to Michele and me in order to bring you a prize pack for the soon-to-be newly released thriller, The Conjuring 2

With THE CONJURING 2 in theaters this Friday, June 10th, it’s only natural to think about scary movies. For some of us, the thoughts are about avoiding them at all costs, but for others there’s excitement at thinking about getting a good scare from our theater seats.

But what about our kids? Especially at younger ages, they can be truly disturbed if they happen to see something onscreen that frightens them. It may not even be a well-made supernatural horror film like THE CONJURING 2 – certainly not for pre-teens – but could be something they see in one of their favorite cartoons that raises fears.

What can you do as a parent when this happens to your son or daughter? Here are a few tips from the experts at Focus on the Family:

1. The first thing you need to do is sit down with your child and give them the chance to discuss the film openly. Ask them what they saw, what they thought about it, and how it made them feel. Whatever you do, don't make light of their fears or dismiss their feelings as silly or immature. 

2. Once their emotions have been aired, assure your son or daughter that this was only a story, just like the imaginary tales they may have seen in picture story books. Bad things weren’t happening to real people – they were actors playing a pretend game, like they and their friends do.

3. Reassure your child that you, as their parent, are dedicated to protecting them. Let them know that it is one of your most important jobs – ensuring they feel safe and are safe. Reinforce that message with plenty of hugs.

Come to think of it, if you go see THE CONJURING 2 and you’re still a little scared even after the credits roll, feel free to take your favorite stuffed animal to bed with you, too. 

Oh! And I almost forgot. We have prizes! Michele and I are giving away TWO prize packages from The Conjuring 2. Each package contains 2 movie money passes, a leather-bound journal, a T-shirt, a mug and
a flashlight (for taking out the dog) :)

The contest ends on Tuesday June, 14, 2016 at 12:00AM CST


Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Mags: "TUCK! COME HERE! Look at what is on the front door!"
Tuck and Mags: reading silently, followed by boisterous laughter 

Then, without warning, Tuck turned and ran back up the stairs. I didn't know what was happening. Was he upset? Going to the bathroom from laughing so hard? Forget to change his underwear? 

Me: "Tuck, what's the matter? You okay?"
Tuck: (from his room) YEAH! I just have to clean up my Legos, like Hurricane said to do."
Me: fist pump 

Cute puppy for the win! 

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Mags: "You got us a dog?!? What's his name?"
Me: "His name is Hurricane. What do you think of him?"
Mags: "He's cute. Can we give him a new name?"
Me: "Ummm...well, it's all he answers to, so..."



Me: "Is that rain on our roof or a truck?"
Chris: "Definitely rain. It's pouring out there."
Me: "Oh no! The chickens are outside in the pen, I should go put them in the shed so they won't get drenched."

When you run outside in the torrential rain to get the chickens to put them in the dry shed, but they freak out at your umbrella and get confused and high tail it into the woods which causes you to freak out thinking you'll lose the kids' chickens on Christmas, so you chase them into the woods and end up chest deep in prickers screaming for your husband while covered in prickers, getting soaked, and trying to will the spazzed chickens back to you. Finally your husband arrives to the pricker party, hands you the umbrella you've dropped and tells you to hang on while he gets his camera. You say some not so jolly phrases at him. both laugh hysterically as the chickens come right to him and go back into the open enclosure where you started this situation. He bounds back into the house to escape the downpour while you're left there to figure out how the heck to escape the prickers. 

But, hey, you have an umbrella. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


I dare you to type a scary story in TWO sentences.
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Please post your stories below in the comments.
Judging will occur on October 29th, 2015.
Winners will be announced at NOON.