As I mentioned before, our beloved Tank passed away, and pretty much immediately Lilly (and Matt) started asking for another dog. In February we decided to start looking and so we started praying for the right dog for our family. That might sound silly but given that a dog is a pretty big, 10-15 year commitment, in addition to the fact that we have small children--we prayed for guidance. Plus God tells us to bring him ALL of our requests, right? It was pretty sweet to hear Lilly pray for the perfect dog for us and then tell God how she was really tired of waiting. (:
Matt and I had thought of our "perfect" dog: a girl, one year-old, needed to be rescued, potty-trained, sleeps through the night, plays great with our kids, sweet disposition...we were really shooting for the stars.
Then, a girl at Matt's work raises Australian Shepherds and we researched and found that everybody says what GREAT dogs they are...and she just happened to have a pregnant Australian Shepherd. So we decided we would just wait for one of those. There we were--we had made a list of what was perfect for our family--and then were completely willing to settle for something completely different. (Not that the Australian Shepherd wouldn't have been GREAT--I am not saying that at all--I am saying we made a list of what we thought would be all the qualities for the "perfect" dog for our family and were praying for the "perfect" dog for our family...and then disregarded all of that at the first seemingly great opportunity.)
Then one day my friend Sarah put this cute face on facebook.
Matt walked in the door literally 2 minutes after I read this and I asked what he was thinking (without showing him this) and he said, "Oh, I am ready to go pick her up now!" So we did. (: Elizabeth, the girl we got her from, had intended to keep her so she had bought her a kennel, a dog bed, toys, food, etc and she gave it all to us with our sweet dog for free. Now isn't that just like God to not only provide what you pray for but also everything you need for it, too?? We are so thankful.