On January 1st we received a call in the morning, that we needed to go say goodbye to our dog at Richard's parents' house. It was so hard for all of us. Richard and I had bought Jelly Bean when he was only six weeks old. We had him for 4 years before we had children. The girls all loved him too. Bekah played with him for the years that she was an only child.
Then in May, Heather (Richard's little sister), Aaron and their new son Benjamin, left to move out of state. It was not only hard for them to say goodbye to their auntie and uncle, but their new cousin who was only two weeks old at the time.
The girls with their auntie and new cousin.
In August we said goodbye to our good friend Gracie. It is so hard to hear your children weep as a friend says goodbye.
A picture from last Christmas. One of my favorites of Gracie.
Now we are in September and my girls are saying goodbye again; this time to animals we caught right outside our door--their new friends Izzy and Robin.
The walk to release Izzy and Robin.
Notice Hannah has a paper and pencil with her;
she drew the animals being released.
Izzy walking out of Richard's hand. Surprisingly,
Izzy walked out of his hand very slowly.
Robin being released in a tree.
These are hard lessons for our girls, but they also provide an opportunity to talk about eternity and the need for salvation.