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Friday, April 26, 2013


Cuffs @ Granny & Grandpa's farm in 2004 (ish)

Dear Baby

Your Daddy and I love animals. We pray that this fancy for our four-legged friends is passed along to you. We haven’t met you yet, but we wanted to give you a chance to know about an adorable beagle pup that you will undoubtedly see pictures of around our house.

Cuffs, who we later started calling “Beagle” or just “Beag’s” was Dad’s faithful companion before he met me. He found her at a shelter and fell in love as she jumped up on the fence to get his attention. She had a rough start in life. Given a different name, she was locked in a closet with cats before she was rescued. The day Dad brought her home, he was in his cruiser and she kept hitting the button to turn on the lights!! This is how she earned her name! He used his handcuffs from her collar to the door handle to keep her safely in place.

Cuffs helped Dad to win over my heart in the very beginning. I thought a handsome police man who loved his dog had to be a great catch (and I was very right)! It wasn’t long until Dad & Cuffs and I & Fizzgig became a family. (Fizzy, as we called him, was my little shih-tzu pup named for the Dark Crystal that I had from the time I was 16 until he left us at 13 years old). Cuffs and Fizzy got a long really well. For a long time it was just the four of us until we bought our house in WV. The story of the other fur-kiddos is for another time though. But as we added dogs to the household, Cuffs transformed into Beag’s. We nicknamed everyone.

Beag’s absolute favorite game was hide and seek. She only played it as the seeker though, and only with Dad. All I had to say was “Where’s Dad?!?” and she would get excited and start searching for him. He could never hide long, that beagle nose always led her straight to him.

She’s love to bark her special “wooooo” bark/howl at us whenever we came home. She would speak on command, and no one could sneak into the house or the yard. Sometimes it was like she was yelling at a passerby or the other dogs. You could hear her for miles!

She’d do tricks and do almost anything for food. She knew exactly where the treat jar was and loved to train us. She’d come in from outside and sit right by the counter where the treat jar was and look at it, then us, then back and forth again. Smart little monster! She also had her chore… she was the pre-washer of the dishes. She would lick all the dishes off as we put them into the dishwasher. All we had to do was open the door and she’d come running to do her job.

Beag’s also loved horse poop. Yes… horse poop, much to our dismay! We used to take her to Grammy & Grandpa's farm and she would run out into the pasture and chow down. So very gross! We’d wind up having to chase her because she wouldn’t come back when we called… why would she? It was a glorious buffet to her! Yuck!

Cuffs would hop right in the bathtub anytime for a bath. She was so good, but she didn’t love swimming in the lake. She could swim like a champ but it took a lot of coaxing to get her out into the water. However, we took her with us on a vacation to Emerald Isle, NC one year with friends who had a boat. I’ll never forget her and Fizzy being on the shore, while John and I waded out to the boat for something. We turned around and both of them were swimming their way behind us! I guess they were afraid they were going to be left behind.

Beag’s started to slow down in the last year. She had a tumor on her spleen and had to have
Cuffs in March 2012 at the vets, after her splenectomy
it removed in March of 2012. She bounced back fairly well after the surgery, but was slower and a little grumpier when the big dogs wanted to play. At Christmas time we took her and the big dogs with us to visit Nana and Papa in Michigan. She started to get very picky about her food. We bought all kinds of different foods just to get her to eat. Well… fast forward and sparing you any gory details, we had to say goodbye to Beag’s on Sunday April 21st, 2013. Dad and I sat with her to the end. We know that she is no longer in any pain.

She was a very good dog, a faithful friend. We’re sad that you aren’t able to pet her very soft velvety ears, or see the white tip of her tail wagging for you, but we’re so glad to be able to share memories of her with you.

Love always,


Daddy & Cuffs NYE 1/1/09

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Everything You Can Wish On

Dear eyelashes, wishbones, dandelions, pennies, shooting stars, 11:11, and birthday candles:  
DO YOUR JOB!  Make our wishes come true!  

Love Dee & John

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

For the Record...

... after all, this is a record account of our crazy roller coaster ride to parenthood.  (Wait, isn't parenthood itself supposed to be the hairpin turn and death defying drops ride of our lives... maybe we're just getting a preview!)

I wanted to simply capture the Adoption Journey page we posted (to save for our record).  Friends, Family, and even people we don't know have been so generous! We are BLESSED to know such wonderful people.  We know times are tough, for everyone right now.  That's why we stepped out on a limb and put up a donation page; in hopes that a couple of dollars from the people who love and support us won't be a hardship to them, but added up can be a HUGE help to us.  You should know we really, really debated about putting ourselves out there.  However, we aren't shy, we are confident walking down this path, and we feel God is walking beside us on this. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Hey all...!  
After everything we've been through and tried to do medically to start our family, we've spent a lot of capital - emotionally, physically, and financially.  We're actively working to raise some money to help pay for the the adoption.  One brilliant idea of John's... was to list a lot of his collectibles on eBay.  If you know him, you know he's got a wide sentimental streak.  So for him to list his collection of badges and patches is so sweet and endearing to me.  So if you're in the market for some police collectibles - or other items, stop "buy" on eBay! 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Turning down a new road....

It's funny how things turn out... we tried so hard for so long to become pregnant and carry our child.  God has other plans.  Through an ironic twist of fate, we've been led directly into adoption.  The notion of adoption has been there for quite a while, but it's cool how it's come to pass.

Tax time... blech, yeah, so we had someone help us with our taxes this year.  While speaking with him, the question we hear so often comes up - "do you all have any kids?"  We shared a bit of our story and he told us how his wife has been involved in adoptions and homes tudies, and that she'd be happy to talk with us!  During my call with her, she shared about a new agency starting up in Martinsburg, that she's heard very good things about it.  We checked out Bethany Christian Services on the web, and requested an information packet.  They reached out to us because they were having an information session that very Friday afternoon.  Oddly, we later find out that it was a one-time session - not during their usual cycle.   We go, and run into another couple there... and this is the amazing twist... 1) they've already adopted thru Bethany Christan Services before and are very happy, 2) we have a mutual friend in common, and 3) he is in law enforcement too!!  Talk about divine timing!!! 

We felt so great after leaving that meeting; this is what we are supposed to do! Adoption has also been a catalyst for us to become more involved with church.  In the last month we've met so many wonderful people and have learned so many wonderful things.  It's true, there's always a reason, even if we can't understand it at the time.  This journey, has been heart wrenching, but John and I are more of a team than ever.  And we just can't wait to become a trio... or more! 

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