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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 96 :: trust new adventures

7 Apr


We have created a spring monster. This morning Brady whined and ran around the house until we figured out what he wanted …to go back to the dog park. 

So we did, and the very first dog family we met at the park had a little puppy Vizsla. It was like looking through a time machine and remembering what Brady looked like, played like and acted like seven years ago. 

It has me thinking about new adventures and how bringing Brady home was such an adventure for us. Here’s Brady’s very first blog post from way back. Justin and I trusted that Brady was the perfect addition to our little pack way back then, even though we were still in the middle of our mobile cross-country adventure. But sometimes you have to stretch yourself and try new adventures. 

And of course, trust the power to live… and those little puppy moments. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 154 :: puppy joy

2 Jun

Nothing can bring out a smile better than a puppy. Serendipitously, we found both today.

My day started by looking out the back sliding door. I was thinking of Pup, and all the times we walked the grass out that door, and how strange everything feels without him around. Then, out of nowhere a little blue hummingbird flew right in front of the window, up to the tree and then disappeared. A hummingbird! I have never seen a hummingbird out the door, or windows, or anywhere on our grounds at all.

“It’s a message from Pup!” I exclaimed and excitedly relayed what I saw to Justin. Then I looked up the symbolic meaning of hummingbirds:

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol – further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity. … The prime message of the hummingbird animal totem is: “The sweetest nectar is within!”

My heart leapt with joy. It was a message from Pup. He was telling us that he is okay, we will always be connected and it’s okay to move on.

So we continued our day. Beginning with a stop at Pet Smart to find Brady a new bed. After losing Pup he’s seemed a little lost. So we are, of course, spoiling him with attention and treats. It only seemed fair that he should get a new bed, just for him.

We headed to Pet Smart. Where there was a whole crop of tiny little puppies. They were adorable and all cuddled up next to each other, so of course, everyone wanted to pick them up.

As I knelt next to the makeshift coup created in the middle of the Pet Smart aisle, about to pick up an adorable and squirmy little puppy I heard a little voice behind me. It was a girl. She wanted to see the puppies. I turned and smiled at her and said, “Do you want to pet the puppies?” She nodded. I moved out of the way.

Then, her dad picked up one of the black, furry pups and placed it in her arms. She was so tiny, the pup almost dwarfed her. But her smile was bigger than both her and the puppy combined.   

I really can’t think of anything more joyous to witness. A little one holding a little one. My heart beat harder and it made me smile right back at her. What joy!

And exactly what that hummingbird’s message was all about: life goes on and the sweetest nectar is within….our hearts.  

More tomorrow…


{heart joy}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 44 :: joyful day

15 Feb

It was a good day. A normal day. And I’m finding there is much joy in that.

Pup returned to his own lovable, walkable, tail wagging, treat seeking self. Which was a joy to behold. 

Sometimes normal can be so good. So joyous. And so worth the wait.

Joy is teaching me to enjoy the everyday normalness that comes in between the moments we remember the most. Every day can be so out of this world if we let it. 

More tomorrow…


{everday normal}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 37 :: the joy of living

8 Feb
{and loving}

My promise is giving me a bit of a joyride so far this year. Joy….has me thinking about joyousness, if that’s a word! And what it means to create joyfulness every day.

Today, I found myself puppy sitting a total Angel. She is eleven weeks of puppyness, high energy and cat naps included. We played fetch. And pooped. We ate treats. And pooped. We sat. And pooped. And then napped. And then pooped some more.

It’s a marvel really, to be a puppy. So little and so big at the same time. Above all, it was marvelous to witness the pure energy of being new to this life. The light coming in the window! The smell of new shoes! The absolute and total delight of pooping!

It made me reflect on joy — and the act of both loving and being totally alive. It is truly loving and living at the same time. 

Another lesson in joy.
(and pooping.)

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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 191 :: coolness is kind

2 Aug


It’s a hot summer. And getting hotter by the day. While it is NOT as hot here in Washington as it was when we lived in Oregon (109 today! in Grants Pass) it still feels like one hot summer.

Which brings me to this — is there anything KINDER than a cool breeze on a hot day?

Here’s to kindness. In all of its many forms.

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 51 :: two is better than one

21 Feb

Day 51. Sunday Funday.

Just a little puppy love for you tonight:

The video is adorable. Which is exactly what a Sunday night calls for.

We spent time with family today, which is always ooey, gooey, Sunday, Funday fun. Yoga is up next.

But before I downward dog, I am deeply thinking….of all the good we can create in our life, isn’t it more fun to create together? Collaborating. Cooperation. Co-creation. Whether it is with our new puppy, our little nieces or whomever else we share time with…

Two is better than one.
Namaste Sunday!

More tomorrow.

{creating together?}
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BLOG – GIFT DAY 326 :: a month of inspiration :: the power of puppies and water

22 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share some water and a bath.
Because it’s very powerful. 

Today, Justin spent most of his day fielding calls and making appointments for Miss Sadie, the visiting puppy that we are fostering for a while.

We think we have found the perfect “forever” family for her to meet tomorrow! Keep your fingers crossed and I will keep you updated.

In order to prepare for the big day…
Miss Sadie took a bath. 

If this were a movie, the mere sight of water would signal “change” and something new on the horizon. Usually it’s rain or an unexpected storm that interrupts the scene. For Sadie, it was a bath and a really fun shower nozzle that squirts water and was, by her standards, super! exciting! fun!

We hope the “water rule” of change and new life that it brings holds true and ushers Miss Sadie into her forever home. She sure smells good and looks the part of precious puppy.

As I uploaded photos tonight, I realized the very last one of her in the bathroom is blurry. To which Justin remarked:

“That’s what she will be, just a blur in our lives.” 

I had to nod my head and agree with a lot of hope in my heart.
And a smile on my face too.

Sadie has already taught me some pretty amazing lessons over these last 48 hours. We all need to feel safe, have a home, good food, fun toys, loving hugs, pats on the back, good boundaries, fair rules and friends to play with.  Oh yeah …and a great bathtub.

All that, just might be the definition of ABUNDANCE.

I will report back tomorrow!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}

{wishing you abundance}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 325 :: a month of inspiration :: a prayer for sadie

21 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share a prayer.
For a puppy.

Meet Miss Sadie.

At least that’s what we call her for now.
Sadie is ten weeks old and she entered our lives last night. We have inadvertently through a long string of odd occurrences *unofficially* become foster parents.

Sadie was a mistake. 
But she is totally adorable. 

Her parents are paper-carrying Golden Retriever and German Shepherd certified dogs. She is all black with a little ruffle of white fur on her chest.

We have papered the local vets offices with flyers and are spreading the word. In the meantime, I reached out to my dog guru friend Susan from Dawgma Gallery to get some tips on being a puppy foster parent.

I want to make sure we give Miss Sadie what she needs and appropriately acclimate her to our dogs.

I also want to make sure I don’t get too attached.
I have a tendency to go “gaga for dogas” ….as you probably already know.

Pup is annoyed by all the hoopla and doesn’t want to be bothered.
Brady is all play all the time and just can’t wait to run in the yard with Sadie.

And I am convinced there is a family out there who need Miss Sadie.

Even though we were told that this puppy was a mistake, there is a place in my heart that knows she is really something else.

I think she is a Christmas miracle waiting to happen. 

There must be an amazing and loving family looking for a bright spirit to enter their lives this holiday. (If you know one please send them my way.)

Until the phone rings with the right family waiting for a cute pup, I’m over here saying a little prayer for Sadie.

Because we could all use a little prayer and a little love…. and a good home.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}

{say a little prayer for you}

Day 145: f*ing friday :: fit

25 May

F*ing Fridays are back!
And, they will continue to occur on Friday. I mentioned some of my favorite F words back on Day 5 in Year 1, including: Fearless, Fabulous, Fine, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness, to name a Few.

Last week I dove into the word Fried Foods.

Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the word:

As in, we all fit in the car. 

After days of packing, storing, moving, we finally all found our seats in the car to begin our journey north for the summer.

We expected the ride to be tight and a little uncomfortable, but we didn’t expect the littlest one to vomit all over the car — one hour into the drive.

I turned around just in time to see a little dog nose heaving up and down. Just before the chunks began to burst, I froze. Then I screamed, “Oh my God!” at the top of my lungs as I watched brown chunks descend down between my clothing bags and into the crevices and floorboards of my car.

All of which alarmed Justin, who was driving and couldn’t see what was going on — I’m sure he thought something quite awful was happening like a roadside pile-up instead of just a little doggy vomit pile-up.

I gagged, but found a plastic bag and clean up the f*ing mess, all the while Justin laughing hysterically at my passenger predicament. And to think, I was worried about the tail-end in the car.

Brady may not remember this car ride, but we will — forever.
Just as we’ll always love our little one.

Day 129: time to lighten up

9 May

It’s that time of year again.
Time to lighten up.

We are packing for the Great Migration North.

We unloaded the storage unit today and I spent hours making piles of clothing to donate to Good Will.

But Brady thought otherwise.
He assumed all the clothing piles were an effort to build him his very own nest.

It’s amazing how much STUFF we collect in less than a year.

It’s also amazing how much stuff I can hold on to for many, many years — as if tossing or donating would throw away part of myself.

The editing process is so powerful.
In the act of making piles, counting sweaters, and tallying up shoes, I found something we collected this winter that I am not willing to throw away.

Mark four legs and two puppy dog eyes for the keep pile.


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