Sunday, November 6, 2011


MAXMOM here...

Dear friends,
Thank you so much for responding to my call yesterday, to visit my friends,

It is through your amazing support, prayers and encouragement that we are able to rise above the hurdles of our lives, comforted in the knowledge of the love that surrounds. Our blogging community is simply incredible and I am so grateful to be part of it.

VAL's latest news is:

"I took Joey today for his emergency ultrasound and NO TUMOR was found and he has NO CANCER!!!!! "

What wonderful news this is!!!
Today I celebrate the incredible

 I want to say thank you for your faithfulness and you prayers.  Joey's prognosis is good: With the correct medication and a slightly adjusted diet, he should be on the road to recovery very soon. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  It has been a frightening experience for Val and she has taken strength from your comments and your encouragement. 

There are many dogs and their owners in cyberspace who need our love, support and the Power of the Paw.  Another wonderful friend is BLEU, another beautiful Golden Retriever, who has sadly stumbled out of remission and has resumed his fight against the dreaded Cancer.
Please, if you can, pay these friends a visit too and give some love.  They are incredibly brave people and are an example to us all about what it means to live life positively - taking each day for the joy that it offers.
Finally, I came across an old poem again - one which I am sure we all know very well.  Nevertheless, I was astounded, yet again, by its beauty and wisdom and felt I should share it ... again.  We can never be reminded too much that, when things seem to be falling apart,  it helps just to take a deep breath.


Go placidly amidst the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann,

Sending lotsaluv to all my friends around the world and wishing you all a happy, healthy and thankful weekend.
What a blessing our blogging community is!


My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Maxmom, beautiful photos of South Africa along with a very nice post. Hope everyone is doing well.

The Life of Riley said...

It is great news for Joey.

Seeing that poem again reminded me when I was a teenager, a very good friend's parents had a framed copy of this poem fixed to the back of their toilet door. I'm sure all who visited the smallest room in thier house read (or learnt) at least a few lines. Many decades on I still recall the words of that poem!

Valerie Cummings said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU Maxmom for all of your support!! I got so many people that came over and left their prayers on my blog because of you. Thank you!!!And what a beautiful poem to live by!!! I consider myself blessed with the love of Joey and Kealani and with the greatest friends I have found on the internet like YOU!!!! I am humbled by your insight you see things I cant see and you open my eyes to wonderment and I love you so much!!! Your forever friend, Valerie

Piappies World said...

What great photos, MaxMom! We are happy to read about Joey's post today.

Prayers are truly powerful and we are happy to be in the same circle of paws with you.

Enjoy the weekend!

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

Yippie!! Thank God for His faithfulness to even us four legged critters!! So glad for the good report!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Two French Bulldogs said...

Benny & Lily

Amber DaWeenie said...

We visited Joey last night shortly after the good news on his prognosis. Really happy to hear that things will be OK there. Now we're off to visit Bleu!

Molly the Airedale said...

We are so happy for Joey!
Mom's brother decoupaged The Desiderata on a small writing desk for her and it's one of her most prized possessions.
We're off to visit Bleu.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I love coming here because your blog is so filled with love. Love your homeland and of course you and your gang,
Hugs today...Noreen & Reggie

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Maxmom, that poem said it all exactly. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are beautiful today. Take care all. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Anonymous said...

Woo Hooo for Joey!

I will keep my paws crossed for Bleu.

woos, Tessa

The Bleu said...

Thank you SO much for your well wishes, love, support and friendship! It means the world to us!

with love from the Bleu

Suka said...

What a beautiful, heartfelt post! And the photos are absolutely stunning. We are very happy to read of the good news of your friend Joey. That is amazing, and paws continue to be crossed that he has a complete recovery.

We are very saddened to hear of Bleu, and paws crossed that he can win his fight and regain his health.

We, too, have been happily amazed by the wonderful, caring, loving, kind, and good people and pets we have found through blogging.

Beautiful poem! Thank you so much for sharing!

Suka and K

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Soooo happy for Joey! Yippee for the Power of the Paw!!
BRD & HOotie