Saturday, November 15, 2008

A girl named Marloo

Matthew left Thursday afternoon to head back to Richmond in order to prepare for a neuroscience convention in D.C. beginning yesterday. After he left, the quiet in the house was almost palpable. Now, I love silence...I really do enjoy the quiet, but this was different. And lonely.

Thursday night, I climbed the stairs to sleep in our bed for the first time in almost a month. I managed to sleep for an hour, from 11 to midnight. That was it for the night...

Last night, I climbed those same stairs around midnight. And slept until 9:30 this morning. Granted, I woke up many times during the night, but always fell right back to sleep.

What changed you ask? A girl named Marloo.


Thursday, before he left, Matthew and I visited our local SPCA. And found Marloo waiting for me. Our eyes met, her tail wagged and that was it. You are not allowed to take pets home same day from our shelter - a preventative against "impulse buying" - but I returned yesterday complete with "Princess" collar in hand to bring her home. Marloo is a Schnauzer/probably Pit Bull mix, 6 years old and impeccably mannered. I think it was meant for us to love each other. They told me yesterday that she arrived at the SPCA on Sunday, the 9th. The day my Sweet Hubby went to be with the Lord.

So last night at midnight, Marloo and I climbed the stairs to my bedroom. She fell in love with her new bed (not mine!) and we both slept the night away.

My house is still quiet, but no longer lonely. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for once again meeting my needs.
"For to him who is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion." Ecclesiastes 9:4

17 comments:

jeleasure said...

Gigi,
I saw your comment on Jody's blog and had to come read.
I am impressed! Is it the Lord that has given you your strength and courage?
Marloo was a very blessed thing for you and Marloo to do. Congradulations on your new family member.

Gigi said...

Jim - all I can say is Psalm 121:2!

Putz said...

what kind of a name is marloo/??? swedish???just kidding...i hope your hubby found a beach up there, and you should be looking to go beaching yourself...well maybe later

Gigi said...

putz - I can always count on you for a smile :) Marloo was the name she came with...it was unusual and I kinda liked it! I call her LuLu though! And funny you should mention the beach - I plan on taking LuLu to the beach soon for a nice stroll on the boardwalk.

Jody said...

Hi Gigi,
Zeno's pizza is a local favorite of Marshalltown Iowa, I grew up eating it. I'm here visiting my mom. Her husband, my dad, died in Feb. after almost 50 years of marriage. Have I told you this? Sorry if this is a repeat. Contrary to society's belief that "it's time to move on" we miss him so much and he left a huge gaping hole because he was a great man of God. I've posted several times about him, if you haven't read about him yet. Praying for you, congrats on Marloo
Jody

Marlene said...

Miss Gigi....I love her!! She is a gift from God to you. I'm so happy you have her to cuddle and love. XOXOXO Miss McKenna

Jess said...

I am so happy that God sent you a friend for companionship. Marloo is very cute... and sounds perfect.

I want you to know that i hope I can be half as strong an courageous as you should something happen like this to me... and even if you don't see yourself this way...you should.

You are a strong woman... who loves the Lord and it shows!

Have a great weekend
Love, Jess

Tamela's Place said...

Hi gigi,

Your puppy is soooo cute!
She will make a great companion.

Tamela :)

Putz said...

oh, i just have to agree that a live dog is better than a dead lion...i think a live anything would be better than a dead lion

Darlene said...

I have come to your blog daily since that first day you left a message on my blog. I don't always comment, I just cry and pray......

Such beautiful love and devotion.

Your new little friend Marloo is a true blessing and answer to prayers. God is so good. Sounds like he needed you as much as you needed him.

God Bless Friend.

Gigi said...

Jody ~ yes, I've read your posts about your precious Dad...I know your hearts are aching over his loss. I'm so sorry...

Gigi said...

Miss McKenna ~ LuLu is waiting to meet you sweetie!!

Gigi said...

Thanks Jess, I don't know about the "strong and courageous" part...but I do love the Lord with all that I am.

Gigi said...

You're right Tamela! She's already become my "velcro dog!"

Gigi said...

You and I have a lot in common then Darlene - I cry and pray too...

Laurel Wreath said...

What a sweet photo, I praise God for your new addition. May she bring your comfort in adjusting to this new life. I too am curious what kind of name is Marloo. Very original.

Mlgsings said...

Marloo is such a cutie pie! She is truly a gift from the Lord, no doubt He brought both of you together when each of you needed a companion, the timing is no coincidence! May she bring you lots of smiles and laughs.