Valentine’s Day

This may be my most controversial post ever, but I am going to admit something… I like, no, LOVE Valentine’s Day. I want the hearts, flowers, cards and cuddly stuffed animals. Give me the romantic sentiments and declarations of love. A sweet kiss or a warm hug. I adore the idea of a whole entire day devoted to just love, love, love. Call me a hopeless romantic, it’s okay, I am. Proudly hopelessly romantic me. The thing is, I am not alone in loving this “Hallmark” holiday that some of you naysayers call it, but for some reason it is absolutely uncool to admit one loves, well….. love. Roll your eyes at the cheesy sentiments and call me trite or simple. But, I have been watching the news lately and, quite frankly, a whole day devoted to love suddenly doesn’t seem like such a bad thing. So, Happy Early Valentine’s Day, friends. XOXOXO- With Love, Stacy💕💕💕❤️❤️❤️❤️

Goodbye Daisy

FullSizeRender (1)We said goodbye to our old girl, Daisy on Monday.  After a long declining health battle, she was having a harder time getting around and it was clear to me the only reason she hung on so long is maybe, somehow, she knew I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. How do you say goodbye to a faithful, loving furry companion?  My sensitive, sweet, gentle, happy Daisy girl.

I don’t know how to thank her for being so wonderful to us.  She was a part of our family.  She was the best dog I have ever known and I will love her forever.

I first decided to get a golden retriever after a life long love of them from observing my cousins wonderful dogs growing up. When my son, Andrew, was a baby, his physical therapy class had therapy dogs come in and play with the children.  Dogs big and small- all friendly and sweet in their own way.  Andrew, funnily enough, was terrified of the smaller dogs but went right up to the big Golden and snuggled right in to his furry chest.  I knew a golden was the dog for us.

Daisy came to us in a kind of unconventional way.   I answered an ad for her, a young mom had to give her up for private reasons, and as a mother myself with two young children I wasn’t looking for a rambunctious puppy.  Daisy was only two years old.  She fit right into our family from the moment she arrived.  She was loved by everyone who met her, so kind and sweet.  Gentle Daisy.  A big bear of a doggie with a heart of gold.

She helped me through some of the roughest times in my life.  When I was going through my divorce, she was my secret keeper.  She kept me company when the children were gone with their dad.  It was the loneliest time of my life.  She licked away many, many fallen tears and rested her sweet head in my lap for hours at a time.  She never left my side, for over a decade, and I often felt as if we were in a parade for two, she followed me everywhere.

She was the constant companion to me and a protector of my children.  She adored the children and how they loved our Daisy so!

When I was ready to begin dating again, I joined an online dating site. In my online profile I mentioned my love for my sweet golden.  A very persistent man kept asking me to go on a date with him. As intrigued as I was with this Christopher, I just wasn’t too sure- until he mentioned he had a golden retriever, too, and how much his dog meant to him, as well.  I figured, a man who loves his dog as much as I love mine can’t be all bad.  Long story short, I owe meeting the love of my life, my future husband to my Daisy.

I even named my blog after her,

She gave me years of happiness, and I can’t really believe she is truly gone. I will love and miss her forever.  Her paw print forever imbedded on my heart.

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Stories.  We love them.  We live them.   We tell them.  The stories we love best live in our hearts forever.  Did you ever love a story so much, you wished it would never end?

That is the way I feel about “Harry Potter”.  This simple children’s story touches me so deeply.  It isn’t just about a boy wizard. It is about bravery, loyalty, friendship, family, pain, hardship, and love- so much love.  It has touched me deeply for almost 20 years.

With the evolution of smart phones and technology, I have not read as I used to do. I have become distracted and involved with social media and it has been years since I picked up a book.  I am sure friends that knew me, find that surprising.  I was the girl who always had her nose in a book-starting and finishing several novels in a week. This week, JK Rowling released a new adventure, and my beloved Harry has come alive for me once again.  I would write more but the magic of Hogwarts awaits!

I challenge you this week to pick up a book and escape into another world of your choosing.  Enjoy!