Thursday, May 19, 2016

Canine Companions for Independence Graduation, Lonestar Chapter

The Lonestar Chapter of CCI had their graduation last Friday. Even though we have had Hallow since February, we were invited back to participate in the graduation ceremony. Hallow's puppy raiser, Joan, flew all the way from California to be here for the graduation. We were so excited to meet the woman who raised Hallow for the first 18 months of her life.

Graduation day started with a brunch.

We got to meet Joan in person for the first time. It was so fun to sit with her and go through Hallow's puppy book together. Hallow was Joan's 4th puppy to raise for CCI. She is raising puppy #5 now! There were people at the brunch that have raised as many as 18 puppies for CCI! Puppy raisers impress me so much. They give 18 months of their lives to a dog that they will eventually hand over to someone else. That is a beautiful act of love and generosity.

Joan was so kind to bring gifts for Hallow and the boys. Benjamin loved the Coast Guard coin she gave us.

The graduation ceremony was sweet and emotional. They showed videos of all the graduates with their dogs. Each puppy raiser meets the graduate on stage as they hand over the dog to the deserving recipient. It is very moving and caused a number of tears. They had boxes of tissues on every row.

The whole crew with Joan. We were so thrilled to have her here. It was such a blessing to meet her and Hallow was so excited to see her. It was quite the reunion. 

Love this.

Earlier in the week we had to head up to the CCI training center for interviews.
We did an interview for a local news story as well. I swear, I am becoming pro at interviews.
As far as I know, the story hasn't run yet, but I'll post the link once it does.

It was a great day and we were so blessed to meet Joan and to be there to witness other kids and adults receive their CCI dog. I can't say enough about Canine Companions for Independence and all they do. They are truly a great organization with some really great dogs. We love Hallow and can't imagine life without her. 



Monday, May 09, 2016

At MeMe's for Mother's Day

We took advantage of an activity-free weekend by heading to MeMe's house. It has been a while since we have been down to see her and we were anxious for her to meet Hallow....oh and see her great-grand kids as well.

One of the first things we saw in MeMe's back yard was a Heron.


All smiles at MeMe's house.

Our sweet Hallow enjoyed the big back yard. She made herself right at home.


I realized this weekend that I officially take more photos of the dog than I do the kids. Oh well, we have plenty of pictures of the boys right?


Benjamin had fun walking along the bank and collecting shells.


Pretty sure Caleb is thinking about pushing Benjamin in.

MeMe has the best backyard every.

Most of Sunday morning was spent at the kitchen table, coloring.

Enjoying some early morning time outside. 

Pretty girl with a pretty collar. 


The FreeWheel was such a help over the weekend. We love this thing and highly recommend it. If you missed my full review of the FreeWheel (plus a coupon for $100 off) click here.

Being a mom isn't easy but it is good. I'm stressed, but blessed and my heart is full.

Happy Mother's Day.



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