A Corgi Called Gimli

This is our 11 week old Corgi affectionately called Gimli. We considered adopting a dog for some time now, more so in the past couple of months. Once we found this fluffy, little pup who could only hold one ear up, we knew he was meant to be ours. He is soft and and sweet and relatively silent.

corgiWe’ve had Gimli for just about 2 weeks, and he’s slowly but surely settling in. For now he sleeps throughout the day and overnight in his crate, but when he’s up… he is UP. The Corgi breed are herding dogs. Despite their short stature, they are highly intelligent and require lots of exercise and play. He loves to cuddle, as well as chew toys, blankets, furniture, clothes, rocks, sticks, grass, bugs, food, and anything else under the sun. He is friendly with everyone he meets and other animals.

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Gimli follows some basic commands and is getting used to his leash, but he also chooses when to listen to us. If we don’t keep a watchful eye, he gets into trouble and makes a mess. Look at that face! Yesterday, I had a rough morning trying to manage Gimli’s behavior while attempting to get work done. It was like he forgot everything he learned already, and was becoming a totally different dog. I ended up taking him to a trainer for a consultation that afternoon because of how frustrated I was.

Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

I learned some tips for how to engage with him, and she affirmed that he is a good puppy and well ahead of other dogs. With a young dog, it’s important to keep his experiences positive and focus on rewarding milestones. They don’t know anything about human life, and only have their instincts to rely on. It’s going to be a process for us and him, learning to live together and enjoy each other’s company. He already has brought us so much joy and companionship and a daily reminder of our need for grace! Patience and forgiveness are virtues necessary with pets or other people.

Getting Fit

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It’s been one month since I purchased the FitBit Charge 2. Honestly, I would not have gotten it if my company didn’t create a program around fitness and offer an incentive for employees to get involved (basically paid for half the price). However, I have to admit now that I love it!

I’m actually getting up and moving throughout the day when I used to be completely fine laying around. Unfortunately, that’s not an exaggeration. Working from home is an amazing benefit. You have flexibility and get to work around a schedule that fits your life while saving time and money on commuting. That flexibility can also sometimes look like a laptop literally on your lap while sprawled out on the couch. It’s so important to take a break from sitting at your computer whether at home or at the office. The tracker will send notifications with challenges to get up and move if it’s been too long. I love doing laps around our neighborhood, soaking up the sun and fresh air. It’s been awesome to track my exercise, heart rate, food/water, sleep, etc. The FitBit syncs right to the app on your smart phone and is super easy to use… as long as you remember to wear it and keep it charged. Another cool thing is that it’ll buzz when your phone receives a call or text message. This is an added bonus for those of you who keep your phone on silent 93% of the time or in a bag like I do.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

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I still have to figure out all of the features, but I totally encourage you to get one (wait for a sale/discount or the next holiday). Some people say it’s not worth it, it’s a “glorified pedometer”, but I can tell you that I am absolutely more aware about my health and well-being and making a conscious effort to be active vs. when I did not own one.

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Into The Wild

“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

In the past 5 years, I have encountered a new state, a new life, a new faith, a new marriage, a new job, a new house, and now a new blog.

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Throughout it all, there has been trial and there has been abundant joy. My joy is found in good conversation, in my kitchen, and in Christ. My hope is to share it with the world!

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