We had a phonecall from Dale letting us know that his beloved dog and partner, Chanterelle, had passed away. She has been part of the family since Quayd was a baby. She was so smart and had more personality than any dog I've ever known. Dale raised her from birth and I honestly do not think that Chanti every realized that she was a dog. We tended her for six months when the babes were very young. They napped on her belly, rode her back like a pony and she took care of them like they were her own. I'd trust Chanti before any other animal I've ever known. Pit bulls get a lot of bad press, but I believe with all my heart that if they are treated with love and respect, they will return it like no other. It breaks my heart to think of Willow and Dale not having her there by their sides any longer. Doug called her "Wonder Dog". I adore this sweet friend and she will always hold a piece of my heart. We love Chanti. Enough said.
On another tender note: Quayd had a rough day. We decided to use our Family Home Evening time as a teaching moment and it turned out to be one awesome and impactful experience. I love it when that happens! We discussed how the body has different parts and all of them are equally important... if we were all the foot, where would the eyes be? Then, we talked about how Heavenly Father created us each to be so different...some of us are artistic, some musical, some compassionate, some with people skills, some book smarts.... Then we talked about how it would be if we were all the same. If we were all like me, we'd have treats all the time, never have any messes and we'd probably would be too scared afraid of germs and danger to be adventurous in the world. If we were all like Doug, we'd eat wheat and potatoes, never have treats, and probably fall off some cliff that we were hiking the top of. This got a little wild and brought many laughs.
Doug asked the kids to name some of their talents and then, what they thought they were on a scale of 1-10. Doug, then, made the point that Heavenly Father only makes TENS. He did make the point that I was the exception because I am a twelve. I love this man. But, mostly, I loved that Grace determined that she will be a twelve when she's a mom too. Love Love LOVE it. They captured the message though. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses and we are all valuable just the way we were created. As I was saying goodnight to Quayd, he said, "That was a pretty cool Family Home Evening, Mom. I liked the lesson. Thanks." A mommy moment, indeed.
For our treat, I made another Pinterest find, Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats. WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE best version of Rice Krispies I've ever tried. They were even better than the Oreo ones! Here's the recipe:
One last thing...thanks for the encouraging emails (and the teases) about my not eating out for a whole week and not drinking pop. I'm proud to say that I survived the day without going out to lunch and drank a lot of water. Instead, I ran some errands with Natalie, baked bread, studied and had a long visit with another friend. And I'm still alive! Now, Tuesday... well, we'll see how it goes. ;) Enough said!
Truth and Honesty is the oldest and most powerful of all of the human values.