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May 29th, 2013

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A Heavy Heart

May 21st, 2013

It’s another one of those days, friends…  The devastation that Oklahoma is experiencing is overwhelming….  It doesn’t feel right to post about anything other than praying for our friends in the great state of Oklahoma…

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God Bless Boston….

April 16th, 2013

When our nation experiences a tragedy like yesterday’s bombings in Boston, it just doesn’t feel right to post anything other than a reminder that we should pray for the people of Boston.











Pets In Peace – ‘Dog Heaven’ by Cynthia Rylant

March 19th, 2013

Yesterday I shared about the loss of my precious Princess.   In September I mourned the loss of a sweet black lab, Duchess, that my ex and I loved very much.  My dear friend, Kim of Dwell With Dignity, gave me this book, Dog Heaven, for comfort.  I cannot tell you what a blanket of warmth this has been!


I have read this book over and over again.  This is the best gift you can give someone who is grieving the loss of a pet.



If you’ve lost a cat, here’s the feline version…


What has brought you comfort when you’ve lost a pet?  Did you feel guilty in getting over your grief?  I would love to hear about your sweet companion that you are looking forward to seeing in heaven!



Definition of Exceptional – Princess

March 18th, 2013

The tag line of my blog is “The secret door to all things exceptional” and the definition of exceptional was my precious dog, Princess.  Sadly I had to say goodbye to her last week after she got very sick…very quickly, but I will forever treasure the 14 years of joy that she brought to my life.


Princess was a gift from my ex-husband and truly the greatest gift I’ve ever received.  I had never owned a dog before, so I was given books to read and rules to follow and I was determined to be a good dog Mom and have a well-behaved pup.  What I didn’t expect was a dog that would teach me more than I could have ever taught her, as she was the master of unconditional love and true devotion.


For years she fetched the paper in the morning and would sing as she held it in her mouth…so proud!


She could catch major air in her prime and would never tire of playing frisbee.


On the golf course, Princess practiced proper etiquette and could ride 18 holes and only get out for an occasional dip in the water hazards.


I will miss spooning with her, rubbing her velvet soft head and her greeting every time I walked in the front door.  My house is not the same without her and until she greets me in heaven, I will miss those beautiful eyes that could see straight to my soul.



My sweet, exceptional girl…May your days in heaven be spent eating all of the treats that you want, romping through golden fields and playing fetch with the angels.  I will miss you every day until I see you there…

Love Note: Happy Valentines Day!

February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentines Day, lovelies!  Today I hope that you all find love in unexpected











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Big love to you all on Valentines Day!









December 20th, 2012

I had a conversation with a dear friend today who shared a story with me about someone who had treated her unfairly and demonstrated a complete lack of disrespect.

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 I was so glad when I came across this quote in a store window that says it all…

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During the holidays, and always, we should remember that we all have our crosses to bear…our mountains to climb…and we should show everyone respect and a spirit of gratitude, even when they can do nothing for you.

God Bless Us Everyone

December 17th, 2012

National Blogging Day of Remembrance


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