Blessings Come In Many Ways

So I thought I would share some things about me instead of the dogs today.

2015 was challenging at best. But my faith in my Lord and Savior saw me through and continues to provide for me everyday.

The year started out pretty much like any other year; dog shows, I was able to take a vacation to Tennessee with Maia, Titan and very good friends, attending the Chesapeake Nationals, family reunion, hunt tests, fun days, but then on June 10th…

this happened…

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You can see the hair stuck in the windshield.

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The inside of the van was covered in glass including me.

Yep a big ol deer leapt in front of me going down the freeway at 70mph! Booommm!!! I saw it out of the corner of my eye with it’s head coming out of the tall grass in the median but it happened so fast there was nothing I could do. It hit and rolled right up over the top of my van. I had dogs in crates in the back but they never knew anything happened. But you see this could have been much worse, that deer could have come right through my windshield and crushed me, I could have lost control and hit the semi’s that were right next to me in the right lane. What a blessing that only the vehicle was damaged and not us.

The body shop that did the repairs, oh yes it was repairable at the tune of $8500, did a great job. My insurance covered it all minus my deductible. The shop gave me a loaner to use until mine was repaired. They had it done and returned to me in just over a week. She looks brand new!After Repairs (1)

For a long time after this I was a white knuckle driver with whiplash from looking back and forth so much watching for deer…lol  I was sure the deer had it out for me. Just days after the hit I was driving home from a friends house, it was dusk…scary, and standing right in my lane was a huge deer. I was driving pretty slow so I was able to stop, yes stop because that good ol boy took his sweet time moving off the road. I know he was taunting me! So I drove a bit farther and now it is dark and what runs across the road right in front of me, yep you guessed it another deer. I was so glad to finally get home! Then a couple of weeks later I was coming home from another friends house and passed eight, yes eight deer along the way. Where are the hunters, oh right it wasn’t hunting season!

So then life went back to normal until November 24 about 5pm. My brother and I had been out shopping for Thanksgiving dinner supplies and while we were unloading the groceries I stepped up on my bottom porch step and slipped off backwards…boom! Well I had to be rushed to emergency because just looking at my right wrist we could tell it was broken and I wasn’t sure about the left. I wish I had taken a picture of my right wrist but when you are writhing in agony on the ground you aren’t thinking “oh wait that would make a great shot for a blog post” lol.

Sure enough I severely damaged the right which required surgery with a plate and screws to repair it. The left was fractured also but it was clean and in place so my Orthopedic Surgeon left it to heal without a cast so I would at least have my left hand to use. I did have to wear a brace on it but oh how thankful I was to not have both arms in casts. It took over eight weeks for things to heal so I could return to work and start driving again. I still have some healing ahead of me as far as full use of my wrists but at least I am moving forward. But you see this could have been much worse, I could have broken a hip, had a closed head injury, broken ribs any number of things could have happened. I have many people in my life that were there for me and helped me until I healed.

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So my year was quite eventful! I have many favorite verses but these seemed to be the ones I thought of the most.

Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God;


Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

So heading into 2016 I am so thankful and blessed for all the Lord provides for me. He has provided for all my needs and put so many wonderful people in my life. I have a great support system through my family, friends and Church family. I could ask for no more.

Follow-up Friday ~ July 26, 2013

Today we are joining our friends Jodi over at Heart Like A Dog and her co-hostess Sue, from The Golden Life, for Follow-up Friday, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.


Thanks Jodi!

We have another award, this one is from Dogs N Pawz, and it is really SWEET! The Super Sweet Blogging Award.

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Thank you so much and we are honored to accept this award. If you haven’t checked out our friends over at Dogs N Pawz you really must pop over and say HI. Lisa has three dogs, Teddy, Scout and Ash and recently added a new member to their household, Phe, and I have to tell you she is a hoot!

Lisa’s blog is very informative and she has a new Blog HopTuesdaysTailsBlogHopOfficialBadge zpsb5025ffe Tuesdays Tails Blog Hop

Thank you Lisa for nominating us for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.

And surprise, surprise we were awarded the Super Sweet Blogging Award again and this time by Sand Spring Chesapeakes too. We are so delighted!! JoAnn has four Chessie’s too and they are wonderful. Norman, Nellie, Glory and Gambler, and let’s not forget her newest edition, Marsh Kitty. Drop on over and say HI! Thank you so much, we love all these great awards.super-sweet-award1

We received another award last week from JoAnn and had thought I would follow-up this week but since we have received more I think I will wait and do a post later with all the details. So you will have to check back to see what our answers and nominees are Smile

Black and White Sunday ~ Canadian Beauty


Canadian Geese

Thank you all for the lovely comments and compliments on this photo. This photo is almost perfect, if I had only not cut the tail off of the last goose. I was so delighted when I got home and saw how clear and crisp this shot was and catching the goose with his wings up was awesome.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy Dog!

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Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom said…

“Happy might be an understatement, looks like pure joy to me!

You don’t know how right you are! This is the lake at the park where we were at my family reunion and this year was Cheyenne’s turn to go with me. She was in heaven all day, mooching food from people, getting loves from little girls Fuson Family Reunion 2013 (29) and then a great swim.

FleaByte said…

“GO! GO! GO! That looks like so much fun. :)

Flea she sure WENT! WENT! WENT! all day long, she was one tired puppy that night Winking smile

Sand Spring Chesapeakes said…

“Happy Happy Dog! Love the water droplets.

Thanks JoAnn, they are in their element when in the water! I tried to sharpen it up but that was the best I could get it. At any rate I was pleased to have finally gotten a water droplet photo Smile

This ‘N That Thursday

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Gizmo said…

“Poor Maia! We had a yellowjacket infestation here last year and it was horrible…Their stings are the worst…Guess what…we have a dinosaur world about 30 minutes from here on the way to Tampa…it’s dog-friendly and our Doggie Social Club had an outing there

Wow an infestation would be horrible, you are right they are the worst, some people think they are bees but they are really in the wasp family. That is so cool you have a Dinosaur World near you and I will have to see if this one is pet friendly because I would love to be able to take one of the dogs with us on the trip.


I want to take a moment and thank all our new followers and those who have stopped by to comment, I really appreciate all of you!!

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This ‘N That Thursday ~ Where Do I Begin…

Well I begin by giving Jodi a heart felt apology for not getting this particular post up much sooner. Jodi I want you to know how much I value your friendship! I look forward to the day that we may be able to meet in person but until then I know you are always in blogville.

You see back in November Jodi at Heart Like A Dog had a contest,Printcopia give away, to win an 8×10 canvas print. So I did the things required to enter and would you believe it…I won!! I was thrilled when Jodi contacted me to let me know and could not wait to order my print. I was immediately contacted by the representative from Printcopia with the directions on how to order my print. I have to tell you this site is awesome, not only do they do quality work but they are very quick, I had the print in less than a week after ordering. The hard part of the whole thing was deciding on what photo I would use so after hours and hours…not really…I decided on Cheyenne’s WD photo. I wanted something very special to remember this event and this print will be my special memento of not only her achieving her WD but that we won it from our very dear friend Jodi over at Heart Like A Dog. We here at Misty Shores thank you so much Jodi and here is the finished product.

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Isn’t it beautiful!

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 I had several choices for how I could have the side wrapped, so I decided to go with the mirrored wrap. I really like it, what do you think?


Now some of you may remember the Blogville calendar contest Blogville Calendar (6)Jodi had back in November(yes that is how far behind I am in blogging) to raise money to help out some of our canine friends in need while offering a wonderful calendar to the rest of us to purchase. Anyway we entered and came in 4th place which just so happens to be the month we were placed which just so happens to be my birth month…how great is that!! Blogville Calendar (1)

The calendar is beautifully done and I ended up buying two so I could give one to my very dearest friend for Christmas, and yes she loved it! Jodi did a follow up on the contest you can read here. I warn you it is very touching so you might want to have tissue handy. So again thank you so much Jodi for doing such a great job on both of your contests and we are glad to have been part of it!



Thanks 2 Brown Dawgs for letting us join you!


Give Thanks

Today all across America people are celebrating Thanksgiving, in other parts of the world people may be celebrating under a different name but this is a day to be thankful for family and friends, two and four legged and all that we are blessed with.

I think everyday should be a day of thanksgiving but with the hustle and bustle of every day life I for one sometimes forget to stop and give thanks for all that I have. The list of all that I am blessed with is endless; my family, friends, my wonderful animals, all of you in blogville, a job, a home, food, and the list goes on! For this I am most thankful!!

I hope we all can remember to give thanks everyday for all that we are blessed with; which is I’m sure more than some and less than others but it is being grateful for what we have and not what we want that is important!

So from our house to yours have a very blessed Thanksgiving and may you enjoy your time with family and friends today and everyday!!


Chessie Weekend

What a wonderfully exhausting weekend Smile

Saturday was our *B/OB, this is an event my dog club does to work towards becoming licensed by the AKC so we can hold our own shows. We had a wonderful turnout and everyone had a great time, I was not able to get very many pictures since I was so busy with dogs. I am so proud of Maia, she received first in her class and yes we had competition! She stood pretty good for exam and moved beautifully around the ring. It was a great opportunity to practice with her in a relaxed show setting.

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The nice thing about pictures is you can see things that you otherwise would not know is going on; like in this picture I see I have let the collar slip down a bit.

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Then Sunday was the day I have been waiting for with great apprehension and excitement…WD day! Cheyenne and I have been working for this for the last three years; she ran in a WD two years ago but we missed our title by one bird. This time we nailed it, she was awesome and she is now a WD titled dog Smile

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~Cheyenne WD


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I am still flying high from the weekend and I could not be more proud of my girl’s. I will not pursue any more tests with Cheyenne but we will still go to training to have a good time until she tells me she is done! Maia and I will continue moving forward with her conformation training and entering a show here and there for the exposure and practice until I think she is more mature, then we start trying for her Championship (CH) title.

This was a great weekend of people coming together for the benefit of the dogs. We had a wonderful time working with our dogs, socializing and eating. I can’t wait for the next event!!


*Sanctioned Matches Defined.

A sanctioned match is an informal event at which neither
Championship points nor credit toward an Agility, Rally,
Obedience, or Tracking title are awarded. They are
events at which dog clubs, judges, stewards, and
exhibitors and their dogs gain experience needed for
licensed events.