Homecoming Queen!

I mentioned it yesterday, but one year ago today, we brought home our sweet Gretchen Greer. 

There’s so much to love in that tiny package, but if I had to pick just one thing, it would be her courage.  She’s not fearless, as most Jack Russells are, but my heart swells when I watch her suck it up and “just do it.”  I’m sure that and her deep love for and her tremendous devotion to her pack sustained her on that dark, long night when she was separated from us.

My beautiful fur-girls

My beautiful fur-girls

I could spend all day talking about Gretchen, but there’s more ground to cover!  Felicia has donated another prize to the pool, but you’ll just have to wait to see what it is.  Please do enter as many different ways as you can, because there are a host of great prizes.  This really is a big blessed bash!


Grace bestowed this award on me, and I am truly honored.  Now, to set forth the rules of said award, and follow them…

The Neno’s Award Rules and Regulations:

1. As a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.

2. To seek the reasons why we all love


3. Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.

4. Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.

5. Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.

6. Tag and distribute the award to as many people

as you like.

7. Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

Here we go!  Why do I love blogging?  Well, I’ve kept a journal almost since I learned to write.  Seriously…  I think my first diary dates back to age six or so.   Blogging has replaced my journal-keeping, mainly due to time constraints.  They’re not the same thing, by any means.  When I scribbled in my journal, I was generally trying to sort things out on paper that I couldn’t work through in my heart and/or mind.  Here, I just share rather randomly, although I do try to protect a few details, just because the web casts a wide net.

Me & Wendy, 2-2008

Me & Wendy, 2-2008

I’ve been lucky enough to meet several of you, and honestly, I count a few of my blogging pals as “best friends.”  I don’t go to a knit night, but I don’t feel I’m missing out too much, because I have a great community of knitting friends right here in whichever computer I’m using.

I’m going to tag Gaylen and Marjie (yesterday’s birthday girl and tomorrow’s), because through them, I’ve met several new friends this year.  They also blog regularly and always have nice photos too! 

I had more planned for today’s post, but that’s long enough.  I don’t want your eyes to glaze over.  I’m very excited about my rainy weekend, which I’ve already covered ad nausem, so just skip right ahead and tell me about your weekend plans!

18 comments on “Homecoming Queen!

  1. gaylen says:

    thank you for the lovely award. Love the photo of you! And the beautiful fur-girls.

    My weekend is busy – I need to sequester myself in the studio as much as possible, but I’ve been promissed breakfast out (which will most likely happen mid-day knowing my other half); Dinner with friends on Saturday night; Dinner with the Girls on Sunday for the other’s half’s birthday. He laughed so hard at your card he hurt himself last night 🙂 g

  2. Sue says:

    It’s raining non-stop here and has been for two days now. The weekend looks like it might be soggy. We didn’t do our bobbing for apples due to the skunk adventure so we have to fit that in somewhere this weekend.

    Monday is the big birthday, but if we get a nice day on Sunday we may have the party early. I’m making pumpkin peanut butter muffins with cream cheese frosting for the birthday party so I’m sure I’ll have a kitchen full of sniffers tomorrow.

  3. Marjie says:

    Great little paperweight you have there. I’m glad Thor doesn’t think he should help in this way. And thanks for the award!

    One of my daughters is coming home this weekend. I need to “help” her make a Tinkerbelle costume (translation: I’ll design it, and do much of the work, and she’ll cheer me on), and we’re celebrating Mark’s 10th birthday early. Poor little guy is always upset because so few people are home for his birthday, and everyone is here for all of the other birthdays. At least this year he’ll have one sister and one big brother! Plus, I can send Sis and big Bro out to help the boys figure out what they’ll be for Halloween, and save myself the agony of getting in and out of the car numerous times!

  4. anniebananie says:

    As much as I adore both of your fur girls, just looking at little Gretchen’s picture puts a HUGE smile on my face. Happy anniversary, little one!!!

    This weekend? We have no food in the house, have a wedding to go to on Saturday evening, and I think have a trip to MILs Sunday after church. This is what I get for taking a weekend off…. 🙂

  5. Happy Gotcha Day to the sweet pea!! A friend of mine always refers to the day she gets her dogs as “Gotcha Day”…isn’t it cute?

  6. Tobi says:

    Nice awards you gave out there and well deserved.

    You can tell just by looking at Gretchen how much love is in that little package. I’m sure she gets an abundant amount back too!

  7. AlisonH says:

    Such sweet puppies!

  8. That picture of baby Gretcen is enough to make me melt! I shudder just thinking of the night she was missing. Congrats on your award…and I hope you have a restful weekend…someone’s got to do it, and it sure ain’t gonna be me!

  9. Bubblesknits says:

    I’m sitting here watching Ghost Whisperer and eating M&M’s. Good start to the weekend for me. 🙂

  10. Sue J. says:

    Congratulations to Gretchen and you and the Knight. What a wonderful it must have been a year ago. May you celebrate many, many, many more anniversaries like this. Milo and I send our hugs.

  11. Anita says:

    Awwww, I just love those girls to pieces! 🙂

    Me? I’m sleeping late tomorrow! LOL
    Other than that not a lot planned unless I make the trip to the craft store, that remains to be seen.

  12. Sonya says:

    I am sitting here listening to six girls (ages 9-11) giggle and squeal. Olivia is having a sleepover birthday party. I hope I survive

  13. kathy b says:

    Pretty soon my weekend plans will always be WORK. Not just yet. I have this friday and saturday and next saturday “LEFT” I chose this!

    Tonight: Young Frankenstein and a fire going in the fireplace with easy baby blanket knitting

    Tomorrow: Knitting for sure. Possibly cooking? What is coming over me ….cooking???

  14. What a lovely Centrepiece! hahahah So cute!

    I know what oyu mean about journal writing versus blogging. I have to remember that blogs and online are FOREVER … and censor myself sometimes.

  15. Dianne says:

    Wish I had one of those sitting on my desk… Happy Anniversary little girl! All the brits here send you big kisses.

  16. Toni Gomez says:

    Oh my gosh.. I sure love the pics of your sweet doggies. I love to read what you write about them. Nice to know that other people’s hearts swells when they talk of their fur friends. Happy Anniversary …. You are lucky to have a Gretchen in your life.

  17. Kathy says:

    You already know my weekend plans:).

    And my blogging friends are some of my bestest friends fur-ever:).

  18. nichole says:

    Happy Homecoming Gretchie!!! Great pics!

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