Growing Families

Last night I fell asleep fairly quickly. I am having either a sinus infection or else all the wind here in Texas is blowing in something that has me feeling pretty bad. Sore throat, stuffed head, bad headache and a cough has worn me out so I took something before bed. It made me go to sleep pretty fast. This was 9:30. At 11:54 (I know the time because my husband was gifted with the greatest clock that projects the time on the ceiling and even a person who can’t see without glasses can read those bright red numbers!) I woke and laid there coughing and thinking.

I thought about how my family has grown. I have grand kids that have grown so big since I last saw them and can’t wait to see them again. I thought about having so many grandkids and the thoughts of more being added. It was then my mind changed from the size of my grandkids to the number of them and the way they were added to my heart.

My late husband and I had five children.  These five children married over time and had children. My husband died, but the new lives from our marriage kept coming (and are still coming!)

Five years later I remarried a man with three children, all married and with no children. A year and half after we married one of my daughters remarried a man with two children, adding two more grandkids to the mix, making a total of  13.

Over the following year all three of Rick’s children and one of mine had girls, one by adoption.  We now had 17 grandkids!  Soon that number increased and now it is at 20, but if the kids have their say it is not stopping there.

There is an old nursery rhyme that came to my mind, it started out “Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow….”

Well, my name is not Mary and I am not growing a garden ( even if I tried my sheep and goats would eat what I planted!) However, what is growing is my family and my heart.

My children and grand children have come by different ways, but they are all part of me. Some have my blood but all have my heart.  As some have come by adoption, some by marriage and more to come through adoption and babies born to kids, our family grows.

God has made our hearts and love to expand beyond what is imaginable. I feel so blessed. Yes, my heart aches because I live so far from many of them. My heart aches as I have little money to lavish them or even go see them as I want. However, I still feel blessed. Every adoption, birth and step has touched my heart in a special way and I am so glad that God grows families in all kinds of ways.

My blood or not, all my kids, spouses, grandkids  have my heart and love.

I praise God that they are all in my life. I can’t spend time with all of them like I would like, but I can pray and look forward to seeing them when I can.

Some People…Update

My last post was written when I was a bit fired up over people dumping animals off. I wanted to give an update on the kittens and hope to have a picture up tomorrow if I can.

Yesterday we rescued another one of the kittens, leaving two more in the brush. Living here in Texas our brush is thick with things that stab, bite and grab you not to let go.  These kittens were back in stuff so thick with prickers and some other vine that has prickers all over. I can’t remember what they call it here, but it grabs and the more you fight it the more it grabs. I tried to get in but could not and they were too afraid to come out.

This morning I went down with some food and could not find them anywhere. I called and no answer walked around and still no crying. I came home upset, but vowed to go back later.

My granddaughter and I headed back this afternoon and as we rounded the curve in the road we saw buzzards. I knew then that one or both were gone. We ran, scared off the birds to see one kitten hit in the road.

After moving it off the road we went to the brush and the last little one was yelling. We looked and looked and finally I worked into the middle of the brush and set down some food. We then decided to go home and put the other three in a pet carried, walk back down and let them call the other one out. It worked, that is until the little one hit the food.  Poor thing was so hungry it was gulping and making piggy noises, this was quite amusing to a 4 yr old granddaughter!

After a bit I worked my way back in but could not grab it, but it was not going to go far from its brothers and sister.

I walked one way and my granddaughter stood right next to the pet carrier. When the little one came over and tried to get to the others she grabbed it.

So, we have 4 out of 5 rescued.

I am even angrier now as one was hit. Not only that, these kittens are very comfortable around my granddaughter and dog. This makes me feel that who ever dumped them has children that they have either lied to or taught them it is ok to dump animals.

Our pets have grown, but I feel blessed that we were able to rescue them and care for them. I also think it is teaching our granddaughter a good lesson both on what some people do wrong nd on the care of babies that can’t defend themselves.

Through this all I have learned of some bloggers who push the rescue of animals and when I learn more I hope to write on my other blog about them.

Some People

Some people really upset me! Oh, there are different things that rattle my cage, but tonight someone really got to me.

We live in the country, but only a half mile from the city limits. Why some people think that is is fine to drive by pasture land and toss out animals. No houses nearby, at least not for some poor little animal to find.

My husband and I were on our way out to check out a store for home improvement items. We have to redo our kitchen due to a leak we did not know existed and have been trying to find bargains for some of the parts we need. He thought of a store about 35 miles away and we headed out to catch it before they closed.

We made it about a a third of a mile and there on the side of the road was a litter of very small kittens. Poor things were scared and I was only able to catch two. We were not sure if there were 4 or 5 total, but we rescued only 2. They can’t be over 4 weeks old and right now are very noisy!

My brain is noisy too. I want to tell who ever did this off so bad. The other little ones do not have much chance of making it. We have lost cats way bigger than them to things that roam in the dark and these little guys can’t even fend for themselves to get food.

Right now we have 4 other cats that were dumped. One was not much bigger than these and was hurt by some animal. Three others were walk ins and we lost two to something out there. All dumped kitties.

Yes, some people…. and if I thought they would read this I would give them a piece of my mind.

Thanks for listening to me, I am broken hearted that I could not catch the others, but hope to at least care for these and find them a good home when they are old enough.