Now, the puppy turned out to be the best decision we've made. Our family dog just turned two - and couldn't be a better love.
The hamster? Let's just say, I swear that thing will never die. Like, ever.
So, when it came to the idea of a kitten, two opposing images came to mind. The first, of a cute fluffy bundle of fur, purring lovingly in the nook of our children's necks, while the second? The second conjured terrors of clawed and bloody arms with screaming kids running, as the wild beast climbed and shredded its way to hang at the top of curtains, hissing.
Lauren Elizabeth's 7th birthday was yesterday, and when asked, "What's the one thing you want more than anything in the world?" Of course, you knew her answer.
Adam and I exchanged glances, knowing the furthest thing she was getting was a cat...but then this happened. I'm not even kidding.
"A CAT! A CAT! A CAT FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!! I LOVE YOU! THANK YOU!!!"
Of all the years we've lived in this house, of the countless mornings, noons and nights we've played in our yard, the one and ONLY time some random cat decides to come to the back of our house, was literally, the morning of her birthday...
"Don't even think about it", Adam immediately clarified as the rest of us fawned over the helpless wanderer.
Sending texts to neighbors, I couldn't help but melt as the kids decided on a name.
"Not in this house," that's it's name, Adam growled.
The kids and I went in to get a bowl of water and open a can of tuna for the house guest, as my phone buzzed back, saying the cat belonged to a neighbor a few doors down. Her name was, Rose. The cat, not the neighbor.
With a heavy heart, the kids said their goodbyes to Rose, as they lovingly played with her while she finished her breakfast.
I don't know if I'll ever understand the timing or sense of humor that God must have to make such things happen, but at least I know for one day, on one little girl's birthday, He gave her a gift, even one I never thought possible.