Thursday, October 13, 2011

soapy pup

When my little cousin Ashlin was a little baby, maybe 2, she would call Sophie, soapy. It made us laugh. I got reminded of it tonight because I was giving Sophie a bath! I'm gonna show you guys how this usually goes.

Sophie doesn't mind getting a bath. I just go in the bathroom and tell her to "come on! it's time for a bath." She comes in there and lets me take off her collar and then she gets up in my lap so that I can brush her out before I stick her in the tub.

The first thing she always does is drink the water. I guess the warm bath water tastes better than the water in her bowl?

Then she gets soaped up with puppy shampoo. I use the puppy kind still because it is supposed to be gentle and isn't supposed to burn her eyes. It smells like lavender.

Then I have to scrub her face good and rinse her off. I like the fact that the cup I use to rinse her off is the same cup I've always used for giving my dogs a's a batman cup that came from McDonalds. It's from the Batman Returns movie that came out in 1992. So, this cup is nearly 20 years old! It is important to getting a dog clean! And, I love Batman's steely blue eyes.


Here is Sophie giving me the "is it over yet?" look


Next is blow drying..which Sophie actually likes. She comes into the bathroom during the winter and wants me to just blow dry her for fun. But, think about it. Who wouldn't want to be all warm and have someone rub your back? Because I always give her a backrub while I'm drying her.


when the drying is done, Sophie always kinda demands her collar back. She wants it back on!


Then she wants to crash and take a nap because she's all relaxed.


On a side note, notice the houndstooth and red flower pillow on my couch! Made by my mom.

Anyways, hope you guys enjoyed this Sophie story!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Who are the least?

Hi friends! So, I was listening to NPR on the way home (as usual..i'm a nerd) and I honestly can't tell you what they were talking about lol. I don't remember. The topic stuck in my head (and maybe they were talking about this? I honestly do not remember!) was Alabama's new immigration law. Again our state has made headlines for what can be boiled down to racism and intolerance. And I know those are strong words. I am not going to begin to get into the politics of illegal immigration simply because I don't know enough about all of the issues to carry on what would likely lead to some kind of debate with my good friend Adam Lamar in which I'd just have to end with "YOUR MOM!" So I'll just keep it to what I know.

Jesus tells us in Matthew very clearly to care for the "least of these." They are all around us. They are the hungry, the sick, the ones in prison and strangers just to name a few. These categories aren't some I've made up. Jesus said...

"35. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

So, I hopped over to to just make sure I had the definition of a stranger correct:

stran·ger [streyn-jer]  

 1. a person with whom one has had no personal acquaintance: He is a perfect stranger to me.
2.a newcomer in a place or locality: a stranger in town. outsider: They want no strangers in on the club meetings.
4.a person who is unacquainted with or unaccustomed to something (usually followed by to ): He is no stranger to poverty.
5.a person who is not a member of the family, group, community, or the like, as a visitor or guest: Our town shows hospitality to strangers.
I think you guys can see where I'm going here. Jesus told us (and I'm paraphrasing) that when we do for the least of these, we do for Him. He said that. And I don't see where it says when you invited only strangers who had the proper documentation in, you did for Him. I can't imagine wanting to leave my home to go to a country where I don't know anyone or even speak the language. So, it must be a desperate decision when someone decides to do such to try and have a better life. 
I'm not meaning to be on a soap box. Seems like I am always asking you guys to think about something! But, I'm just sharing with you the thoughts that stick in my brain. I have to remind myself constantly of God's Word because I promise every day I do 10 things wrong for every 1 thing I do right. So I thank God for His Grace! 
I just mean to say that as Christians we are charged with following God's Word. Not just the Words that are convenient or that fit what we already wanted to do anyway, but all of them. And I just don't see how this Immigration Law fits into this.