I have so many thoughts in my head and so much I want to share with you guys, but life is busy! I’ve been debating on when and how I wanted to share this with you guys, but I guess now is the time…we got a puppy! (If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know this!) And thus…I’m navigating toward a new normal in life. As many of you know, our dog, Bailey, passed away just a couple weeks ago. It was absolutely heartbreaking and rocked my whole world. And I just want to take a moment and say thank you for ALL the beautiful and heartfelt comments on my post the other day! They brought tears to my eyes and really encouraged me and continue to do so! I didn’t realize before just how attached I was to her! As my chiropractor reminded me the other day, love from a pet is probably the closest thing we get to unconditional love here on Earth. I mean, who else greets you with such excitement and happiness the moment you walk through the door? Every. Single. Time. The kids and hubby wanted a puppy so bad after Bailey’s death and started looking right away. I totally get why. It was getting really lonely around here. We do have two cats, but the house just isn’t the same without a dog. There’s so much more interaction with them. So, after we came home from our camping trip last week, we went and got a puppy! Charlie is our 15 week old Airedale Terrier puppy! He is such a typical puppy, so I’m sure you get that life is totally different for us right now. I’m trying really hard to just go with the flow and figure out this new stage in our lives, but it’s been difficult for me. Especially while I still feel like I’m grieving Bailey. Emotionally, I’m drained right now. Plus, trying to fit work back into my life at the same time as a puppy is a bit challenging. I’m the type of person that wants to start working right when I get up. Well, maybe after I down a cup or two of coffee! But I like to get started right away. That’s when I have the most energy and the most motivation. Charlie is teaching me that that’s just not happening right now. He needs attention in the morning. He needs to be let outside about 20 times before 8am and he needs to be played with. He needs to get that energy out right away, too. I guess we’re a lot alike in that way! So, instead of getting to work right away, I’m focusing on getting him taken care of. And I’m letting the kids help, too. Which is hard for me because I thrive on having control. But when I let them take Charlie outside to run and play, I can see how much fun all of them have with it! Plus, it gets him out of the house for a bit so there’s that much less chance of him going potty in the house! Oh, the joys of having a puppy! After about an hour or so of getting Charlie taken care of and the girls and I eating breakfast and me cleaning up the dishes, Charlie is ready to relax for a bit which means I get to work. Paint, write, edit. Whatever it is I need to work on. I let the girls play in their rooms and I get some things done while Charlie naps. And just as I’m figuring out this stage…it will all soon change. School starts in less than two weeks and then our schedules will get crazy again. And we’ll have to figure out a new normal, then, too. I hate the thought of that. Of having to figure this all out again. Especially with trying to fit my work life into everything. But I guess that’s life. We all have to do it. Things are constantly changing and we just have to adapt. I think nowadays I’m more open to adapting instead of staying stuck where I am and just complaining about it. It’s been a process for me, but I’m getting there! I’ll be honest with you guys, though. I’m still going through the process of grieving Bailey. I still think of her and miss her a ton. Just the other day I thought “oh, I have to clean up that mess right away because Bailey will get into it if I don’t.” It was in the basement where Charlie can’t get to yet…but Bailey could have. And it just made me sad. I wish she was still here with us. I wish I’d had more time with her. All those feelings. I go through them every day. I know it will get better and having Charlie definitely takes the edge off. But I will always and forever love that girl, Bailey! Thank you all AGAIN for all your love the other day! It really meant the world to me!