We interrupt our Getting Ahead for the Holidays series with a cat update, as well as a few other tidbits about my week.
Wiggams exhausts me. I still love her, but she’s on my naughty list right now. If you recall, she had her kittens last weekend. Her mama instinct did not kick in. It became a full time job to try to get her to stay with her kittens. We got down to only one sweet surviving little kitten. We fed the baby ourselves, worked to keep it warm, tried to teach Wiggams to be a mama. We thought she was getting it. There were some good moments. But little Lionel died this week too.
Good grief, I didn’t expect to get attached or be so sad over kittens. Nor did/do I have time or energy to be a mama cat. I made an appointment to get Wiggams spayed next week. I sure am thankful we got some sweet pictures of the kitten while he was healthy.
In happier news, Matt is finally as old as I am. I’ve got three months on him, so it’s always a fun day when he catches up to be my age again. Malachi had a blast making Lego displays for the birthday table. The tall red and yellow tower actually contained one of Matt’s gifts. Impressive, huh?
We had a huge birthday brunch of waffles, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and fruit with all six of us plus some of Asa’s friends from college. We enjoyed this one hour window of time we could coordinate all of our schedules to be together on Matt’s birthday. Fun!
Lastly, I have to share my current favorite book.
I very highly recommend The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom. I’m slowly reading through this for the second time, and being reminded once more to look at people through the eyes of Jesus. Here’s an excerpt from Amazon:
Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.
This book is powerful, educational, and extremely faith building. It’s been a good read for me right now. I should probably read it every year until forever to help me keep life in perspective.
Read any good books lately?
So sorry about Lionel :( It is tough :( On a happier note though, Happy Birthday to Matt!! Thank you so much for sharing your advice, tips, and basically life, with us :) I really appreciate it, and my family’s bellies do too, lol I am really enjoying your holiday posts!
Nancy Wilbur says
I can relate to your kitten loss. I have finally told my husband not to tell me there are kittens needing help. It gets to be so painful when the poor babies die. I tell people we have sheep, cows and barn cats on our acreage.
You have been an inspiration to me changing my food habits for the better. Thank you!
Sorry about Lionel, Thank you for sharing with us, and Happy Birthday to Matt
Bethany B. says
I am so sorry to hear about Lionel…you did everything you could!! Hugs!!!
Cindy A. says
I am so sorry about Lionel. I am not a cat fan but still! It is sad when a helpless little thing dies and gets a bum chance at life. Happy birthday to Matt! U r a blessed man, Matt! Two sure fire perfect books I have loved: where the mountain meets the moon. A children’s book but a great message for adults. I enjoyed it every bit as much as my kids did. Also: Ahab’s Wife. Long and fabulous and beautiful. About the wife of a whaler in early America. So many good parts of beautifully written words I highlighted as I read it… Get past the 1st 75 pages and u can’t put it down.
My goodness, I’m sure the kitten saga was very traumatic for you and your family, and it was probably unexpected, as it was to me as a reader.
Here’s to a brighter week!
So sorry to hear about the kittens. I would be feeling the same way. Happy Birthday, Matt!
Kara Mayfield says
I’m reading (for the 2nd time) the Lions of Little Rock with my 6th grade girls book club. It’s an awesome book that tells the story of the year after the Little Rock 9 integrated Central High School in historical fiction. Really good!!
Kristine Henry says
I’m sorry to hear about your kittens! So sad!
On another note, I recently read, “One Woman Against the Reich” by Helmut W. Ziefle. It is available on Amazon, ebay, etc. Here’s an excerpt:
“While no one suffered under Hitler more than the Jews, truly committed Christians found themselves facing two terrible alternatives: conform to or be consumed by the monstrous political ambitions and genocidal blood lust of the Third Reich. This one-of-a-kind true story depicts the courageous Ziefle family, Christians standing firm against the tidal wave of Nazism. While Hitler’s tyranny undermined, contradicted, and countermanded every effort she made, one woman instilled in her children a commitment to remain faithful to God. Its lessons will be a welcomed encouragement to contemporary Christians facing equally real cultural pressures and seduction in the twenty-first century.”
This family is related to us on my husband’s side. I think you will like it!
Thank you for all of your great recipes! We really enjoy them.
I just re-read The Hiding Place too – was so inspired by her that I also read two more of her books: “In My Father’s House” (how Corrie grew up) and “Tramp for the Lord” (how she spread the gospel after the war) – loved them all!
I finally read Unbroken this year. Highly recommend it!
Nathana Clay says
We used to have litters of kittens every spring! Aw! Right now I am reading and loving this book on The Lord’s Prayer: http://www.theengagedhome.com/yarn-along/
Since there are no longer kittens to nurse, Wiggams can now be spayed.
http://www.spayusa.org/search.php (your closest low cost clinic is in Clay County). I also suggest checking with local vets to see about any specials they may have. If she needs a rabies vaccine, those are relatively inexpensive. After getting the one-year vaccine, she will only need them every three years.
I JUST got back from dropping her off at our local Adopt-a-Pet where they will take her to Clay County for me tomorrow along with the other cats they are taking in. They’ll spay, vaccinate, etc. for a great price. Such a great service they provide!
Dorthy M. says
Oh, I’m so sorry about Lionel! :( It’s so easy to get attached to kittens. I remember reading The Hiding Place in high school. I need to read that again. Belated birthday wishes to Matt!
BUSY MOM IN AL says
Life changing books for me:
Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose
Shadow of the Almighty by Elizabeth Elliot
Your boys would love Bud and Me by Alta Abernathy!
Sorry to hear about the little kitten. :(