happy birthday MOM

March 28, 2009 by  

well today is moms birthday.
she is 40 lol
i have only known her for 13 almost 14 years and she is amazing!
She is the best mom ever.
i love her so much!
she means the world to me!
this is just wat she means to me.
i dont really have the time to blog lol.
well i better keep saying lol.
havent been doing it lately lol.
going to the mall so mom can go shopping.
then to church.
then she is going to the chop house with a bunch of people.
all is good here.
love you
and have an amazing day.
talk to you later.
Courtney:)(:

snow day

March 27, 2009 by  

Yesterday it started to snow but we ended up having to go to school. there was one point that i looked out the window and i saw nothing but white. it was a white out! and then around 9:50 the principal came on and anounced school was going to end at 11:35. so we stayed in our third period class tell the bell and then i went to lunch for like 10 minutes. and nate came to get me. today at 5:30 the district said that there was no school today so we have a snow day today. it is my third one of them. one in first at my old house and then 2 here.
Ok so my phone was ringing and so i looked at it and it was bee! i answered and it sounded like something was wrong so i asked him if something was wrong and he was no…he was happy…he got the job at hilltop in casper. i just thought it was funny cause he called me and asked for mom. hey thanks for showing the love lol. well i havent really been on here for awhile cause it has been a hard couple weeks.
It is so different now. so i was out shoveling and i opened the door and i was like wait shut it before casey gets out and then it hit me that my little baby is in a box:( she wont run away. i think that was the hardest time during this snow experince is knowing that casey wasnt coming out to play.
Anyways on to some good news. volleyball i am playing jv setter and i am starting everygame and havent came out yet. and so varstiy is playing a 6-2 and jv is playing a 4-2 and the varsity coach came over to me and he said that varsity isnt doing good with the 6-2 and he said they may go to a 4-2 and if they do he wants me to be the main setter for varsity cause i have the skill and i am athletic and i can dump the ball over if i need to. i thought that was some really good news.
well everyone in this household is doing good. got to go and finish getting ready
courtney

Q109 – Tough Quarter for Dogs

March 26, 2009 by  

Tonight, a fellow employee at Aplus.net is spending her last night with her dog, Dru. I just learned on Facebook about 4 or 5 weeks ago that Tracey Seib had an English Mastiff. I think I must have posted something about Hoover or somehow she ran across his pictures on my site. Anyway, she told me she had a 10 1/2 year old male English Mastiff named Dru. Just a week or two later, she learned that Dru had terminal cancer… a lump developed rapidly in his leg, and she was forced with the dreaded decision of what to do. Sadly, it came to her having to make the decision to put Dru down, and she scheduled the date just a week ago to take place tomorrow, March 27th. It has become very clear that Dru is a major part of Tracey’s life, just like Hoover is in my life. I have lost sleep and been very uneasy the past few weeks because Hoover is having a leg problem, has developed a small bump on his leg, and hasn’t been eating quite right. The bump on his leg, combined with the timing of Tracey finding out about Dru has weighed heavily on my mind. Fortunately for me, Hoover is eating better and his blood tests came back indicating no issues. Tomorrow, he begins new medication to hopefully help his leg, else we will have to have some x-rays taken with him sedated — something I don’t want to do. But for me, I am so fortunate because Hoover is in good health, yet his “brother” Dru is spending his final night (for now, at least) with Tracey. Last night I got out of bed and went and layed down with Hoover and thought hard about what Tracey is going through, and how someday that very well be me. I know Dru has been getting extra special attention from Tracey these past two weeks, and I was pleased to read on her Facebook page just moments ago that Dru has been enjoying some cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, while popcorn and ice cream await him later this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with Tracey and Dru tonight… it will be a tough night for Tracey, followed by many tough days ahead, but Dru will leave this earth tomorrow having had a very good life and knowing that he was loved.

Dru and Tracey

Dru and Tracey

This follows just two weeks after my sister Wendy and her family had to go through the exact same situation with their dog, Casey. Casey was 13 years old and had a tremendous life and brought joy to my sister, my brother-in-law Tony, my nephews Brandon, Nathan and Keegan, and my niece Courtney. Of course, she was a great dog to her extended family as well, and it will be hard next time I am in Fort Collins (in less than 2 months to celebrate Nathan’s pending graduation — you will be graduating, won’t you Nate?) Won’t get to see that cute little dog Casey-Casey. She, too, was diagonsed with cancer, but she made it on drugs and love for about a year before they had to make the ultimate decision to let Casey go before the pain was too much. Like Tracey and Dru tomorrow, they had the act performed at their home with the whole family there.

Casey Casey

Casey Casey

Aside from Dru and Casey, my parents lost one of their two pugs, Maggie, just a few months ago. Unlike Dru and Casey, Maggie died unexpectedly when she went in to get her teeth cleaned. She was, so it seems, in good health, but they had to sedate her to do the procedure and she went into cardiac arrest. This is why I am trying hard to see if we can get Hoover healed without getting sedated xrays. Unlike Tracey and my sister’s family, my mom and dad didn’t get to say goodbye to Maggie… they didn’t get an opportunity to come-to-grips with it. In some ways, I think that’s good… I know when my day comes and I depart this earth, I want it to be sudden and quick, just like Maggie’s passing … a passing with no suffering. But, on the flip side, not getting to spend time saying goodbye… eating cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets… is something that you hate to think about missing out on.

Maggie Moo

Maggie Moo

I should mention, too, that though I don’t remember all the details about what my friend Shawn Porter told me (sorry Shawn, I *think* I may have had a few pre-birthday drinks when we talked last week), I know he lost his lab this year, too. I do remember him telling me how hard it is to explain to his daughter, and I know someday, I may be in that same place, too.

Time helps heal all wounds, but quarter one, 2009 sure has been a tough one for my family and friends when it comes to their four legged family members. My thoughts are with them all, and it is great to know that I am not the only nut in this world who loves his pet as if it were his child. Here’s to the four legged family members and those that have cared so much for them. Hang in there, Tracey, and though I didn’t get to meet Dru, give him a hug for me.

-RElledge

Busy couple of weeks

March 22, 2009 by  

I am home, Josh and Courtney renewed their vows, had a great party reception, Braelyn is back home with her mom and dad, Ryan had a birthday and I think if there is such a thing, normal returns tomorrow.
I am uploading pictures of Braelyn’s visit to Wyoming and Josh’s reception. Stevie hung out with grandpa and Brandon last night. Poor Sophie had to be the only girl around here for a few days.
Braelyn, grandma misses you. I have been really blessed to have gotten to see so much of my family in the last few weeks, even if it was only a few minutes. (as with Rebecca). Missed seeing Ryan and Spencer but think I got to spend time with everyone else, including Sister and family in California.
Good to be home. Now I have to find some help for dad and Betty. Will start on that project tomorrow.
Life is good, I am blessed. Thank you, Jesus

another day of spring break

March 18, 2009 by  

Ok so just to think that last year today i was in the grand canyon or somewhere around there. well i think that we were hiking today but who knows. i wish i was there or on a cruise cause this spring break is kind of boring. but i guess it is ok just to sit down and relax. and to try to recover from my loss. well nate finally came home. wow i havent seen him for ages lol jk. he is turning in to a bee lol. and me i have ran and taken some walks just to keep in shape since volleyball is not going on after school. i have softball today and tomorrow. on sunday we are suppose to be scrimmaging lol. the colorado stars joy. they are the ones that we went into over time for the championships and i scored the winning run. that was fun. i cant wait till april 11 that is our first tourney of the 2009 season. hope it starts out well. i bet it will. well i am gonna go outside. it is beautiful day. love you all and have a great rest of the day.
cant wait to see you all in may. hopefully i will be there for a little i have a tournement and we dont have many kids so i need to be there well love you all.
~!Courtney!~

piecing back together

March 16, 2009 by  

ok so after a loss in the lecher house my heart is slowly piecing back together. all my friends have been so nice about it and they are all giving me destractions to do. that is good. but as i sit here typing thinking about what to do i remembered that grandma and lil b are suppose to be here. there is the knock. got to go bye love you all.
Courtney

WOW

March 13, 2009 by  

Cayse Cayse

Well, as I sit here I don’t even really know what to say. I watched Courtney blog this morning and was in awe that she could write anything. When I questioned her about it she answered it was a good way to express her feelings. What an amazing young lady!!!! As you all are aware of our family had to say good bye to an important part of our family last night, Casey Dumbdog. Dumb she was not. That little girl brought more joy and happiness to us all, she will be greatly missed. It is crazy to think of all she ment to all of us. I am not sure I could even put into words what I am feeling right now. But I do want to share with all of you how extremely proud of my children I am right now. They all were here when Casey left this world and they all were more mature than I could have ever imagined. I know each of them is greiving, we ALL are but the way they handled the situation is beyond explanation. Makes me realize how grown up they really are. It also shows me that God was with this family last night(and always). Wow, I am sure any of you reading this are thinking I have lost my mind. I am sure I have been rambling, cause I really can’t figure out what to say, so I guess I will be done. Thanks for all the love and support everyone has shown. You can’t even begin to imagine how much it means. We miss our little white puppy sooooo much!!!!! Love you Casey Casey!!! So glad you are not in pain anymore. Love to all, I will try to be more coherant next time I attempt to blog. Love, Wendy

WOW

March 13, 2009 by  

Well, as I sit here I don’t even really know what to say. I watched Courtney blog this morning and was in awe that she could write anything. When I questioned her about it she answered it was a good way to express her feelings. What an amazing young lady!!!! As you all are aware of our family had to say good bye to an important part of our family last night, Casey Dumbdog. Dumb she was not. That little girl brought more joy and happiness to us all, she will be greatly missed. It is crazy to think of all she ment to all of us. I am not sure I could even put into words what I am feeling right now. But I do want to share with all of you how extremely proud of my children I am right now. They all were here when Casey left this world and they all were more mature than I could have ever imagined. I know each of them is greiving, we ALL are but the way they handled the situation is beyond explanation. Makes me realize how grown up they really are. It also shows me that God was with this family last night(and always). Wow, I am sure any of you reading this are thinking I have lost my mind. I am sure I have been rambling, cause I really can’t figure out what to say, so I guess I will be done. Thanks for all the love and support everyone has shown. You can’t even begin to imagine how much it means. We miss our little white puppy sooooo much!!!!! Love you Casey Casey!!! So glad you are not in pain anymore. Love to all, I will try to be more coherant next time I attempt to blog. Love, Wendy

is this for real???

March 12, 2009 by  

OH this is for real…she really is gone…i cant belive it. she was an amazing dog. she never barked….wait she did when she saw grandpa phil lol that is funny. and i guess when she wanted in…oh my this house is really down right know. ok so when i was just taking my shower and getting ready for school i was thinking is this for real??? my mind says she is coming back and my heart says i will never see my little white puppy again. oh sorry i didnt think this was going to be that hard but anything about my puppy makes me cry so i think i will end that here.
Courtney

Comment on I HATE THIS PART RIGHT HERE! by Ryan Elledge

March 12, 2009 by  

Court,

So sorry for the pain you all are feeling right now. Casey has definitely been a great dog. I am reminded of a prayer I see everytime I take Hoover to the vet. The last lines of the prayer, titled A Dog’s Prayer by Beth Norman Harris, reads:

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest–and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

You can rest assured Casey lived a great, long life knowing the whole time how much she was loved. I remember feeling so sorry for her as you and your brothers would lug her around, by the neck as you indicated, but she loved every bit of it. One couldn’t ask for a more loyal, caring, good dog. We will all miss her. But, as the Dog Prayer said, she leaves this earth knowing that her fate was always safest in your hands.

Love you Courtney, and all the Lecher’s. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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