I Can See a Light

I’ve been feeling pretty depressed the past several days. Yesterday was especially bad. I went up on one of my medications recently, so that could definitely be affecting me…along with other factors. But I was able to go to my therapist appointment today and talk some things out, which was very helpful.

As I was driving home from my appointment I treated myself to a Snicker-doodle latte at Dunkin Donuts (I had a coupon, of course 😉 !) and one of their new croissants/donuts with a chocolate drizzle. It’s amazing how little things like this can lift your spirits! I think that’s one of the things that has been pulling me down lately: I haven’t been taking the time to do the things that I enjoy. I just haven’t felt like doing them! Well, I pretty much haven’t felt like doing anything. But I’ve learned in the past and need to put back into practice the fact that when I don’t feel like taking care of myself, I need to do it anyway–and the enjoyment will come eventually. 🙂

I’m just so thankful for the support of my family and my close friends…and most importantly, for God. Without them and without God, I really don’t think I would make it. I am just in awe of the fact that the Lord doesn’t let me go–doesn’t give up on me, even when I give up on Him, in a sense. He’s so faithful, and I pray that I never forget this!

If you’re feeling down today, take at least a few minutes to do something that you enjoy–even if you don’t feel like it. It may seem like a chore at first, but I hope that the pleasure would come as you push forward through the mud and the muck. And depression IS a pit of mud and muck. You constantly have to crawl out of it. But thank God that we have Him to not only help us crawl out, but to lift us up on all sides and set us on our feet again. May we always remember the times in the past that He has come to our aide, and trust that He will do the same in our current situation, and for everything that we encounter in the future! ❤

Image Credit: Unknown

Our Connection with Pets

friends-Misty-and-Daisy-2I love my pets–my husband and I have a cat named Misty and a dog named Daisy. They bring us a lot of happiness and fulfillment.

When you are bored, they excite you with their enthusiasm and their playful attitude. When you are lonely, they snuggle up with you and make you feel loved. When you are frustrated, they somehow seem to understand–even though you can’t verbally talk to them or they to you.

It’s also been an experience watching our pets learn to become friends–well, sort of! 🙂 I brought Misty from my parents’ house to my husband and I’s house when we first got married about two years ago. It took some time for Misty to adjust to her new home, but she finally started to settle in. Then for our anniversary this past May, we adopted Daisy from a shelter.

Misty is an adult cat, and Daisy is about a year and a half old, so there was some contention at first between them. Daisy wanted to play, and Misty just wanted to lounge around and sleep! But over time, the two have found a way to co-exist, and to even enjoy each other’s company once in a while.


One day after bringing Daisy inside from a walk, she curled up next to Misty on our couch. It was so sweet, and thankfully I was able to snap a picture to prove it! 🙂 Seeing them doing more than just tolerating each other makes me so happy.

Our pets definitely have their quirks! Misty loves to eat, sleep, and snuggle up on plastic bags. She also cannot ignore a cardboard box of any kind. She needs to inspect it, scratch her back on it, but most importantly, attempt to get inside of it. Another thing that she likes to do is jump up on the computer chair in our office and have some “Misty time.” It’s so funny, because we’ll be looking around for her, and then we’ll check the office and she’ll peak her little head out from underneath the desk, on the desk chair. It’s one of her “spots,” and it’s just one of those things that is understood. We affectionately call her “Execukitty.” 🙂


Then there’s Daisy, who enjoys sunning herself inside the front glass door to our house. She loves watching people and other animals passing by (and usually can’t keep herself from being our guard dog and barking at them). She also enjoys observing squirrels as they race around our front lawn and eventually find shelter in trees.


I’m thankful to God for pets! As Reid Scott put it:

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had pets. Something about the connection you share with this entirely different species just blows my mind. My 11-year-old pit bull, Bella, has taught me so much about being a real human being.

Do you enjoy pets? What type(s) of pet(s) do you have? What are they like, and how do they make your life better? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section! 🙂