piper the pup

Lessons Learned from Piper the Pup

Disclaimer: I know puppies are not humans, and I know they are not 100% like babies...there, so know you cannot say I did not say this! :)

Piper the puppy has brought me the greatest joy. She is my little cuddle buddy at home while Ben is gone all day. She sits in my lap and sleeps almost all day while I work on the computer...she is the sweetest thing. 

However, when we brought this little ball of fur and energy into our home that first day, I had no idea how much I would learn about myself from having a puppy. I know some of you may read that and laugh, or think I am being ridiculously dramatic, go ahead, it really is true. There is so much of my character that has been revealed through this little animal being in our home...some good, and some really ugly. 

LESSON # 1- I am a worrier, and crazy protective. 
Whether Piper is running around without her leash, or coughing, or staying with family, or at home in her crate while I run errands...I stress out. I have seen a small glimpse of what it means to love a little being the way a mother loves a child (again before you roll your eyes, refer to the disclaimer). This little puppy has captured my heart, and I have such a deep love for her, and that often propels me to sinning by worrying, stressing, controlling, and micromanaging! I have felt emotions I have never felt before that all come from wanting to make sure Piper is safe...so while my motives or intentions are good, this has led me to snap at my husband, question his judgement, and worry constantly when Piper is with other people other than me...not good. 

LESSON # 2- I have been ruled by fear. 
This lesson rides on the back of lesson one, but I have found myself lost in all the what ifs when it comes to this pup's little life. What if she gets sick, what if she gets hit by a car, what if she cries while I am gone, what if...what if...what if... I think that the fear comes from a lack of faith in the Lord. I say this because I see this tendency to play the what if game rear it's head in my relationships, my marriage, and my life as a whole...I tend to be ruled by fear rather than faith. I am more likely to be skeptical or question a situation than I am to go with the flow and trust the Lord to work. 

LESSON # 3- I cannot wait to have children. 
Ben and I are trusting the Lord on his timing for multiplying our family. We trust that when He feels little coxes need to be brought into the world he will bless us with them. But, having Piper has caused my heart to swell with joy at the thought of a baby. Watching Ben so patiently work with Piper on simple commands like sit, come, and crate have been awesome. He plays with her everyday when he gets home, and she LOVES him. The minute he walks in the door, her tail is just wagging 90 to nothing, and she is ready to pounce on him. If this is just a taste of having kids with my best friend...I literally cannot wait. 

I am learning more about myself everyday through a puppy. Crazy, but the Lord will use crazy things sometimes to push us toward sanctification and becoming more aware of our sin! He is so good! 

The Cutest Bracelets in all the Land

Happy new week friends! How was your weekend? We had a super fun first weekend with our little Piper girl. As if you guys have not picked up on this already, I love having a puppy! Piper has been a handful, but already in less than a weeks time has gotten so much better. This weekend we took her on a picnic by Eckie's Pond on Mississippi State's campus, she LOVED it. We let her off her leash for a little while, which ended in her jumping in to the pond. So, later that night she had her first bath, and did not love it but she was good and let us get her all clean! 




Saturday, we went to the Farmer's Market, and walked the whole way! It was the best Piper has done on the leash yet, and then she was the talk of the town at the market. Everyone loved her, and I don't think she really minded...she eats up attention from other people. We are working on control in the friendliness area! 

It was a great weekend, full of fun memories made with our little one. Yesterday we went to Jackson for Ben's grandmothers 90th birthday party! It was great to see family and have everyone meet Piper for the first time! Check out more posts about this ball of fur here, and here!

Alright enough about Piper and our weekend, onto the real reason for this post! JEWELRY! A good family friend from my hometown in Georgia has started her own small business selling the CUTEST bangle bracelets you have ever seen! She contacted me about reviewing her bracelets, and I was more than happy to get my hands on some  of these beauties and to share them with you! Meet Southern Glow Bangles!
All of these bangles are handmade by Jessica, and can be made for adults or little ones! They are great quality and so pretty! 

I do not wear a ton of jewelry, especially bracelets. But, when I got my bangles in the mail, I fell in love. The one that I chose was a simple gold band with clear stones, and it is precious. It is subtle enough that I can feel confident wearing it even though I hardly wear bracelets. It is very elegant and would be great to dress up an outfit or to pair with something casual!


These bracelets would make awesome gifts! They are affordable, and so trendy right now! The best thing is that they are not age specific. These can be given to little girls, moms, your best friend, sister or in laws! Such a versatile and affordable gift is so worth the money spent, and you are supporting a stay at home mom who is using her creative gifts to bless others! Whoop, win, win, win in my book!

So because I am so obsessed with these bangles, and because Jessica I super generous I am giving one away to one lucky lady! This gorgeous turquoise cross bangle will go so wonderfully with so many things, and is the perfect piece to bring a little pop of color to your summer outfits! Enter below and remember to play fair, all entries will be verified! 



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Piper the Pup

We finally have a puppy. She is perfect, and a little fluff ball, and has yet to use the bathroom outside. She has taken quite the liking to doing her business on our hardwood floor (thankfully not the carpet) and her bark sounds kinda like the squeaking noise her toys make. She refuses to eat, and loves cuddling in our laps. 

Meet Piper Cox. She is 9 weeks old and is a cockapoo (cocker spaniel and poodle mix)...and we are in love. We picked her up yesterday afternoon, and if you follow me on Instagram you saw my excitement with the pics I kept posting! We are totally in love with her, and cannot wait to make lots of memories with our little ball of fur, Piper girl!




 Here is to lots of puppy cuddles, and day two of being a fur mama. Hopefully today will include dog food being consumed and some victories in the potty department! Cross your fingers!

Also, this is the week that you get to so many awesome bloggers who have partnered with me for the month of June. I am really excited to introduce Jenna of Dearest Love. Jenna lives in GA which makes me just love her, because I grew up in South Georgia, peaches for life y'all! I have adored follow Jenna's blog. She has amazing recipe posts like this awesome one for easy homemade doughnuts. Jenna loves her hubby, and she loves Jesus. She has a sentimental heart just like me and wrote an awesome post on a gift she made for her husband here that is right up my ally! And I mean, the girl has got style, why wouldn't you love her! Meet Jenna!!!

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