The Story of Peter

The ride home- he didn't feel very good...

The ride home- he didn’t feel very good…

The day I brought Peter home- Our first "I will love you forever" kiss

The day I brought Peter home- Our first “I will love you forever” kiss

Ok, I am going to get all cheesy and write a post about my new adoption. I am just so in love!

My family has fostered puppies for a while now with animal shelters in the Kentucky/Indiana area. When we got the call about the two pups who had been abandoned on the side of the road, I was happy to come along to the pick-up. The site was heart-breaking; two wormy, dehydrated, emaciated puppies covered in fleas and their own mess. The little white one was the sicker one, but he appreciated our love like none other. Peter, the brown pup, had  a wonderful personality. For one, in all of his pain and discomfort, he really enjoyed his bath. Well, I fell in love with him right away.

Peter learned his name really fast. No matter how short the time from the last time we cuddled, any time I would call his name, he would run at me full speed ahead and jump into my arms.

Full-blown puppy love.

I quickly decided I had to adopt him. I couldn’t imagine breaking the bond we had for anyone else.Peter!

He is a really smart pup. Everything we share is worth so much. I am very happy to have been the fortunate one to rescue him. Even being offered $200 for my mut was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard, because no amount of money could buy the silly love I have for this dog.

Adopt please. There are shelters full of pups dying every day. It is really heart-breaking seeing pups as wonderful as Peter being killed just because someone would rather have a full-bred dog with papers.

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Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

I have recently tried to keep a lot of my boring personal life out of my blog, but that really leads to an awful case of writer’s block and a non-moving blog. So, I figured I would just offer a little update to any followers who may be interested and hope that God gets a little glory from it all.

So over the last couple months, I have been serving in the homeless shelter in southern Indiana, and then more often in Hope Central, serving those needing a little help making ends meet. I had been keeping busy also helping foster dogs, with 18 of them at my place at one point. I adopted one, had accidentally fallen head over heals in love with a previously abandoned and starved little boy puppy (pictures will surely come soon, I am so in love). God had been using me in many ways, as I could see, and blessing me beyond what I deserve. He is so wonderful.

Anyway, as my busy life continued, day after day my heart had been giving me some troubles and making life a little challenging (at least I think it is my heart). I had been getting dizzy most times when I stood more than 20 minutes and even climbing one flight of stairs was becoming increasingly difficult and would result in more dizziness and blurry vision. For a somewhat in-shape 19 year old, I know these things aren’t normal. After one episode of walking a few blocks ending in passing out, vomiting and shaking for two hours, my cardiologist back in Minnesota told me I had to find a flight back up north as soon as possible to find what was going on.

So, here I am, in Minnesota for heart testing. I have had two appointments so far in the week I’ve been here, and I have a final one in 3 days. My symptoms aren’t typical for just Marfan’s Syndrome (which I was diagnosed with at the age of 10), but hopefully they find what is going on so I can feel better.

Whatever the doctors find or say, I know God has all control. If I am in your prayers, thank you, and pray that God takes all glory from whatever he has in store for me, that I can be a tool for him.

My encouragement this evening:

From Psalm 41 (ESV) “Blessed is the one who considers the poor. In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him; the Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. As for me, I said. ‘O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!'”…”By this I know you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity and set me in your presence forever.”