He had a phone number on his collar so we called and the owner said he'd come get him later that evening. Late that evening the owner hadn't come and via text told us he had forgotten about him. By this time, all the kids wanted to keep him and after we told his owner that, his owner said he is a wandering dog and loves kids and he wished Max would just find a home and stay there. Upon some more prodding the owner said, if he stays we can keep him. The kids were so excited and we left him untied to honor the owners wishes of letting Max decide.
Sadly, Monday morning came and he was gone. We thought he'd surely come back but hour after hour, no Max. The kids hollered and hollered walking over the property many different times looking for him. We haven't seen him since and are a little mad at him for abandoning us like this. The kids have surprisingly been tough about it, but I know they are sad he's gone. They were all down a little and at a loss of what to do with themselves yesterday.
We still hold a little hope that maybe he'll come back again but then, he probably won't stay so we have mixed emotions. Max definitely confirmed that we need and want a dog, but also that we really need a dog like him that isn't a puppy that will carry off shoes, dig holes, scratch and jump on the kids and drive us nuts.
She fell down the front porch steps and got her first black eye. She has learned to throw a stellar fit, even bangs her head on the floor. She always has an audience and enjoys seeing us laugh at her.
The things I enjoy about having older kids are watching them genuinely enjoy their younger siblings, much of the time. Also, I love their help with their siblings or chores. Watching Bethany walking into piano lessons and knowing it brings her so much happiness and clarity of mind. Hearing Joseph quote jokes that actually make sense. Going to the library and watching them pick out a giant stack of books, compete to see who can read those books the fastest and repeat fact after fact that they learned from them.
I love spending rare time with just the 3 oldest. We all enjoy how easy it is to get in and out of the van and go from place to place. No holding hands, no loading up kids in the cart, just knowing they are capable of going an aisle over to get something for me at the store.
I love going to a restaurant and they can go get their own refill and especially this one, take their siblings to the bathroom!
I love seeing them see a need and meet it. I love hearing them share life with each other, I love seeing them growing. Of course the changes coming in the next 5 years intimidate me, but I'm confident there will be so many things to love about those years too. Right now, I'm finding a few things to love about this one.