Marla's been reading Jim Edwards' The Divine Intruder lately... which I mention only because it creates an opportunity for me to segue into sharing the news of our family's new little "intruder" into our lives...
We got a puppy!
This Tuesday we adopted and welcomed into our home a 4 month old Cockapoo (1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 Toy Poodle) puppy whom we have named Edmund Augustine Hyder!
He's named for 1) Edmund from the Narnia Chronicles, and 2) St. Augustine (both of which we also like because they tribute Augustine "Gus the Fish" Orviston and Eddy, the girl who turned his life upside-down, from David James Duncan's The River Why, which we just finished reading last month).
We just call him "Eddie"!
I get smirks, rolled eyes, or at least knowing looks from all my friends with kids when I mention this, but... The many ways in which our lives are being changed by this wonderful, affectionate, cute as all get out, ball of fluff intruder... we have only begun to discover.
But the other night, as we were contemplating getting this puppy while we are still actively trying (and so far left waiting) to have a baby, Marla and I said to each other, "We're just ready to have something or someone else in our home to give our love to!"
There have been growing pains (and lots of puddles to clean up), but I think it is and will be very good for us to have a new life whose needs and concerns we have to consider before making plans or spontaneous decisions.
Hopefully someday soon Eddie will have a new little brother or sister to play with... but until then all our nephews and nieces, god-daughter and other friends' kids are all welcome to come visit Eddie as often as they want. He'll be waiting for you! :)
In the name of our God of Intruding Grace,