Category: Weekly Challenges


Weekly Pet Challenge: Timmy

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This is my guinea pig, Timmy.

 

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He is very friendly. He loves to eat greenbeans, carrots, apples, blueberries, strawberries, hay and watermellon. Whenever he hears plastic rattling he gets excited and squeaks and runs around in his cage. He associates that sound with his favorite foods. He loves to be rubbed behind the ears and down the middle of his back. When we take him out and hold him he is very good. He doesn’t bite and he waits to pee ’till we put him back in his cage. We have had him for one year and 2 months.

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I used to be a rock. I was a divorced Mom of 3 kids, had a townhouse, a van, a full time job. I felt very independent and self sufficient. I even did my own home repairs, had my own collection of tools. My income, however, just barely paid the mortgage and other bills. I was proud of making it on my own.

Then I received a shock to my system. I got a passed due bill in the mail from the County. I owed over a thousand dollars in property tax. Somehow it had gotten overlooked in my planning. I was used to it being paid as part of the mortgage payment. When I had refinanced my townhouse to get the ex-husband’s name off of it I wasn’t allowed to include the property tax. Then I forgot completely about it. Now I was stuck with a bill too large to pay. I didn’t know what to do. I also lost my job and got a new one that didn’t pay as well as the old one. Now I had trouble making ends meet. I was frantic.

I prayed about my financial woes constantly. I wished I had a husband to help me. Finally I decided to go to the elders of my church. What a blessing they were. I told them everything financial, showed my bank account, my paychecks etc. I told them I had no idea what to do and I would be greatly appreciative if they would figure it out for me and I would abide by their decision. After much discussion and thought over weeks the verdict was in. Sell the townhouse and pay off everything I owed. They helped me get my townhouse ready to sell. They even made a couple payments for me to keep me afloat. Then I sold it and payed off the bills.

I don’t know what I would have done without the elder’s input and help! Since then, I have had to accept more help because I got very sick and have become handicapped. I am on disability and my 2 kids still at home are very helpful. Total strangers hold doors open for me. When I say “thank you” people smile. That makes me feel good. It is a small thing, but I can make people smile!

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Photo by Michelle Weber.

Aster and her mom, Maria, were out walking their dog. They came to the outside mall and Aster wanted a ride on the merry-go-round. Her mom put the dog leash under her foot to pick Aster up and set her on the Pinocchio when another dog went by and their dog lunged after it and pulled the leash and away he went. Her mother yelled, “Stay there!” and went chasing after the dog. Aster watched as they disappeared around the corner. After a few minutes a lady came over to Aster and asked her where her mom was. Aster told her she was chasing their dog and would be right back. The lady stayed with Aster and told her a story about Jesus and his friends and some children. She explained how Jesus loves children. Then Aster’s mom came back with their dog and the lady introduced herself and invited them to her church on Sunday morning. Her name was Mrs. Marshal. She gave Aster’s mom a paper that showed where the church was and the phone number. “If you need any help, just call the number.” she said. “On Sunday morning we have crafts and games and stories for the children. We have a bible class and a church service for the grown-ups, too.” “Thank you” said Aster’s mom and they said good bye to the nice lady. On the walk home Aster told her mom she wanted to go to the church on Sunday. “I want to play the games.” she said. So when Sunday came Aster and her mom went to the church. Aster had a great time with the other kids. Aster’s mom enjoyed meeting the other ladies in the bible class and the pastor told an interesting sermon. After church one of Maria’s new friends exchanged phone numbers with her. On the way home Aster told her mom some of the fun things she had done. “The teacher said that Jesus loves all the children and their moms and daddies too.” she said. That Wednesday Maria was paying the electric bill, the rent and the phone bill and saw that once again she wasn’t going to have enough to buy groceries for the whole month. She thought about what Aster said on Sunday about Jesus loving them. Maybe they will help us Maria thought and found the paper with the church phone number. When she called the number the church secretary answered. When Maria explained her grocery problem the secretary told her about a food pantry their church had. It was open every Monday from 9am to 7pm. “Thank you”, said Maria. After she hung up the phone, she started humming a song she had heard in church. “How good it feels to be loved by God and his people.” she thought to herself with a smile.

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