Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Fledgling Mockingbird Found in Phoenix, AZ

Joshua found the sweetest, little, fledgling mockingbird in our side yard tonight. Unfortunately, he cannot fly yet. His parents were nowhere to be found. We googled for a solution and found a local couple who take in orphaned and injured birds. Should you ever find yourself in this same situation, we found help through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. They recommended that the first thing that we do is move it into a box and cover the box with a dry cloth. Then, move the box to a safe place, such as a garage. Safe meaning out of the way of predators, out of the sun, etc. You aren't supposed to give it any food or water. And finally, it is important that they stay warm (not a a problem during the summer in AZ!).

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Halo's 6 Month Anniversary

Time flies. I cannot believe that our furry baby has been with us for 6 months now. We've seen some dramatic changes in his behavior, and I am confident that he is on his way to being a really good dog. His playful personality is adorable (most of the time). We've also found that he loves to snuggle up and be close to us, which is tough since he isn't little. He loves us and we love him. I'm glad that he is a part of our family.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Memory

Do you ever have those moments when a smell or a sound brings you back to times past? Last weekend, a combination of things brought back one of my fondest memories of my dad, who would have celebrated his birthday today. Last weekend, I had a good deal of downtime by the pool. I found myself remembering a summer birthday celebration from the year that I turned 13. Being that my birthday is in May, and I usually only spent summers with my dad, I don't remember any actual birthdays with him. During the summer of 1992, he threw me a birthday party. I know it was 1992 because I remember watching the Olympics that day. It was late in the summer and definitely monsoon season.  Now, looking back, I wonder if it was actually HIS birthday?

I remember feeling so special. We had friends and family over. He and his friends barbecued this big, huge meal. Then after the sun went down, we carried a watermelon out to the swimming pool. I accidentally dropped the melon and thought for sure that I'd get in trouble. But, instead a watermelon fight broke out and everyone was happy and laughing. Childhood memories are often fuzzy, but it struck me so deeply when I realized that we were probably celebrating his birthday, but he made me feel like it was all for me. I had no idea, and I wish that I could thank him for a memory that I will always cherish.

The finality of death is so hard.


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