Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Last Gift

After a long and difficult week, this morning I said goodbye to our downstairs neighbor and one of my first friends in Texas, Ms. K.

Monday we found her in her apartment having difficulty breathing.  She went into cardiac arrest before the ambulance arrived and hadn't woken up since.  It's been a hard week to say the least, but I'm thankful to have had the time to pray with her, sing and read scripture to her and ultimately say my goodbyes.

Ms. K was one of those with a tough outer shell, but a soft, caring inside.  =)  She loved her little "monkey dog," Sky, and spoiled our little Bayley rotten; bringing her a new toy almost every week.

We are not the only ones who will miss Ms. K, but we're glad she is finally done suffering through her many health difficulties.  We've learned that she did have a relationship with the Lord and therefore know that she is praising and rejoicing as we speak, free of pain, fear and death.

Though we won't be the recipients of any more "Bayley toys" from Ms. K, I think she has given us something better.  The last gift we've received from Ms. K is her little "monkey dog" himself, Sky.  Sky is a bit of a "high maintenance" puppy right now, so when we heard he wasn't wanted by any family and it had been decided that he would be put to sleep at just 4 yrs old, we offered to take him in.  We've been caring for him since Ms. K went into the hospital and realize that though he has already made great improvements in the past three days, Sky is still going to need lots of TLC for a while.  He needs to be re-housebroken, trained and socialized, but we are excited to make him a part of our small family and truly believe that he can be a very healthy, happy little pup with some extra training and attention.

We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to have a relationship with Ms. K this past year.  We will miss her dearly, but hope to honor her memory in some way by giving her "baby boy" a happy home with us.

Meet Bayley's new brother...

He hasn't exactly been shy about making himself at home.  ;)

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