this post is for dog-lovers


Yesterday, Scout Labradoodle went in for her spring hair-do. Back in Florida she always skipped this stage and went all in for the close-cropped “I’ll do anything to stay cool” style.

We think she looks pretty good.

IMG_9468DIRTY DOG: It’s curious how much lighter Scout’s coat looks now she’s well and truly middle-aged. She’s not turning gray so much as a dusty blue.

Her favorite “salon” or “beauty parlor” is the “Dirty Dogs dog-wash and boutique.” They do a wonderful job, they love Scout (that is hugely important), and they have a “self-service” option that I tend to utilize in the summer when her mane is not quite so unmanageable.

I always take photographs because – being a Labradoodle – she’ll likely only look like this for a few hours. When Scout comes in from the deck, for instance, she’ll bring huge amounts of yellow dust into the house, at least a dozen pieces of pine-straw, and enough partially exploded pine-tree pollen-bombs to cover the entire kitchen floor. Her coat may be pretty, but it’s scientifically proven to comprise around 70% Velcro.

EMBRACE THE SPRING! But we’re not about to keep her inside the house. We’re going to be out on the deck, and meandering around the garden, and walking the neighborhood, and exploring the many parks that dot the Wake Forest municipality, and hitting some of the beautiful trails along the Neuse River Greenway. Spring this year has been just too beautiful to do anything but embrace the glorious outside; pollen notwithstanding.

IMG_9492This has been another one of those weeks where Rebekah and I will grab a mug of coffee, or brew a cup of tea, sit out on the deck to talk – or just sit, drink in the amazing beauty, look at each other, breathe deeply, and say, “How are you doing?” to one another.

To which we will both reply, in all honesty, “GRATEFUL!

Grateful for this place; grateful that we love one-another so intentionally and creatively; grateful for our faith community at WFPC; grateful for Scout Labradoodle; grateful for the simple gift of being such loved children of God.


Family Live Like You Mean It

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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