I am just about three posts behind, but I wanted to do this one first this morning. Pace’s fear from “Shark Week” soon turned to sadness about Locks (Our dog, that we left in Dothan with Moogie since we weren’t sure how a cross-country road trip would go with the little guy. His full name is Sherlock, but you may find him referred to as Locks–usually and La-La–occasionally.) We have all been missing our fifth family member. Talking about how each dog we bump into resembled him in some way, and throwing unleashed affection on any dog who would allow it. However, Pace was waking up in the night and crying about La-La and talking my ear off throughout the day about how badly she missed her friends–and most of all La-La.

While I cannot fly Natalie and Noah out here to live with us, I could fly Locks. So, on Friday afternoon, after MUCH behind-the-scenes work from Moogie and Sashey (Jeremiah’s Mom and sister, who I am not sure I could possibly thank enough) and some paperwork/shots from my good ‘ol veterinarian Dad, we received a very special delivery:


Locks was not his normal joyous self. I felt like he was looking at me saying, “You have NO IDEA what I have been through to get here. And where exactly is here anyway?”

But we understood. It just felt so good to see a familiar face from home and have our family whole again, that all the dog rules have been cast aside. Liiiiike, riding on the car seat:

Sleeping in the bed:
(This was the first night Pace slept through the night since we’ve been here. Locks!)
And watching Saturday morning cartoons on the couch–with Pace’s blankey 🙂

Don’t think the little girls were the only ones who were over-joyed…Here’s a little preview pic from the rest of the weekend 🙂


11 Responses to “A Big Arrival”

  1. Anonymous says:

    i thank God for dogs every day. and cats, too.

  2. Wanting What I Have says:

    That is SO fun! And your photos are beautiful!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have followed your blog for some time and never commented, although I have wanted to several times to either encourage or mostly to tell you how you encourage me! This post in particular is so precious, and the pictures that show the girls and their excitement – adorable! Praying for you and yours!
    A fellow Dothanite.

  4. Taylor says:

    I am so glad locks got there safe and sound! Glad that yall could get the 5th family member out there!
    Hope everybody is well…. and it looks like M'apples hair is getting long 🙂
    Love yall

  5. Lori says:

    So happy that Locks arrived! Looks like he brought alot of "comfort" with him! Abby your photos are beautiful. Give me an update. What equipment are you using? Also do you process the digitals with picnik?

    Mrs. Lori

  6. Gail says:

    YEAHHHHHH! I am so happy, Locks is back where she belongs! And,just look at her face! And, those girls, too! Ashley flew MOJO to Hawaii from Kansas City, KS. last yr. He had to do "HIS time" for ten days at the Vets– on arrival, too. When she went for him…HE threw his little paws around her neck and hung on for dear life! LOL. Wouldn't you love to know what they thought about flying! LOL…Glad Y'ALL are back as one family!!! LIfe is good!!!!

  7. Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss says:

    Precious. SO glad Locks could join y'all.

  8. melissa richie says:

    oh my. this post make me happy. welcome home, locks! glad to see pace is sleeping again and that things feel a bit more normal.

    still praying and loving from afar.

  9. Toni Tralala says:

    Look at that cocker spaniel! 🙂 Your daughters are so adorable. 🙂

  10. Nancy says:

    "Yea" for good times!!! Looks like a good weekend was had by all! Love your blog!

  11. Kendall Clark says:

    Where was that picnic/river picture taken? It looks right up my alley! I feel like everyday there is yet another spot I write down on my ever growing list of places to go when I visit! I hope you are keeping mental tabs on your favorite places as well, so I can visit them too 🙂 oh and while we are talking about favorite things…food. Wow I must meet your new friend, maybe we can schedule a little cooking lesson for KeKe? I miss y'all. real bad okay. So in order to divert the pit in my stomach sometimes I am buying small things to make a little house warming gift when you arrive at your new home in September! Get excited 🙂 Big things come in little packages, you might just get me in there if the pit doesn't go away soon!


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