Sunday, December 20, 2009

WITH THANKFULNESS FOR SALEM...



This is our sweet dog, Salem. After a very brief illness, she went to be with the Lord this week. Joe & I are both so grateful for the GIFT that she has been to our family & for the many wonderful memories we have of her!!

It's strange for me to realize that, at almost 54 years old, Salem is the first dog in my life that I have really called "Friend". She loved our boys as they were growing up, always happy to be their playful buddy. She has been my close companion & a constant presence for me. With all of Joe's travels, I have never felt alone or afraid with Salem at home with me. Joe had developed a "tradition" when I came home from work... both he & Salem would come out on the front porch to greet me. There she'd be, tail wagging & barking to get my attention. It always made me feel loved.  :)
Salem helped me through all the transitions of motherhood as we sent Ben & Jesse off to college & out into life. Her presence in our house helped fill our home with warmth & joy & peace for me... and how fitting that is since the word "Salem" means "Peace".


Thank you, Lord, for the GIFT Salem has been for our family & for me!! I am so GRATEFUL to have enjoyed her friendship & companionship! My heart is hurting now... but I trust in You. I know your plans are GOOD. Please be very present to us as we walk through this valley... and help us find JOY in our memories of Salem.

12 comments:

Melinda said...

Our animals do become a part of our lives, and there will be a time of sorrow. We pray you will continue to remember the good times and that it will give you solace.

BLUEYEDUCKstudios said...

much love and deep understanding Patti xoxoxoxoxo

RLR said...

So sorry to hear this! Saying a prayer for you!

Mary said...

I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet companion. May you experience God's comfort in a very real way.

Patti said...

MANY THANKS to you ALL!... Your friendship & prayers & love mean so much to me!!

mousewords said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Patti. :-( What a wonderful, sweet blessing Salem has been!

(((hugs)))

Patti Moore said...

Feeling your hugs across the miles, Chris!... Thank you sooo much!!

Salem really was a sweet blessing!... and I miss her very much! But I have really felt the Lord's comfort during this time. His plans for us are GOOD. I hope we can welcome another furry friend into our home soon! :)

Mary said...

Patti I wanted to say hi, and wish you a blessed New Year!!

Patti Moore said...

Thank you for stopping by, Mary!... Wishing YOU a New Year filled with God's presence & love!! :)

Butterfly Works said...

Patti, I love your work....I live in Winston Salem too....neat place
to live, isn't it....?

Butterfly Works said...

Patti, I am so sorry, I thought I was posting to the other post. I am so sorry for your loss. I have a cat, Simon and a dog, Daisy that I love dearly so I can only image how much you miss him....
I am sooo sorry.

Patti Moore said...

Thank you so much, Nancy!... It has been a tough adjustment for me to be without Salem; but the Lord is comforting my heart with time.

My prayer now is to be able to open my heart & home to another "furry friend"... and to love & appreciate our new pet as an equally precious gift from the Lord! :)

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