A Dog on the Blog…Welcome Mickey!

Today a HUGE pixie dust moment happened!

January 12,2013, we have officially welcomed a new member to our family.


We adopted a dog from the animal rescue set up at our local pet store.   Admittedly, it was a very impulsive decision, and on the drive home…I had severe buyers remorse!  But, I prayed that God would help us love this new dog as much as he will undoubtedly love us, and be a blessing to our home.  We have talked occasionally about getting a pet and the girls have been begging for us to get one during the past months. Shaun and I have experienced owning several dogs and a cat during the course of our 8 years of marriage. Four of the five ended very badly and the good one…well, that was Peyton (a blue-heeler/black lab mix), he was indeed the best dog that EVER was!  But he became very sick and we had to put him to sleep (one of the saddest days of our lives)!  So you can imagine our reluctance at trying again.

Mickey McKinley

Mickey McKinley

But we did it.  We did it!  He is a 10 month old American Foxhound that we have named “Mickey” because of the black colored area on his back that looks like Mickey Mouse ears.  Anyone that knows us, knows we love Disney and this just seemed to fit!  (Flynn was also a big favorite, but I was outnumbered).  Thankfully, he had already been neutered and all his shots current.  From the moment we arrived home, he has been such a sweet dog, gentle with the girls and very loving to Shaun and I.  We think he was probably raised inside a home by the way he has been in ours.  The girls had the choice of picking Mickey or a little puppy and we are proud of them for picking the older dog, since they get overlooked sometimes for the new puppies.  We hoped that getting a little more mature dog would be good for training and adjusting in our home (hopefully less destruction…hopefully!)

Mickey climbed up on Madison after she fell asleep on the couch.

Already the best of friends!

After things settled down from the excitement of bringing him home, Madison fell asleep on the couch and Mickey climbed up on her and slept on her legs…so sweet!  Reagan is so happy to have a dog and she has already brushed him several times and has tried to get him to do tricks for treats (something we will have to work on).  There is definitely some adjusting we will have to do as we get used to Mickey in our home…but we are so thankful for this ‘moment’ and I can already see that God is answering my prayer!

Reagan hugging Mickey

Hugs and Kisses

Madison with Mickey

Madison with Mickey

So there’s a new dog on the blog and I’m sure we will have many stories to share of our adventures with Mickey!

Thanks for reading, stay tuned…


Happy New Year!! Welcome 2013!!

Happy New Year from the McKinley family!!


“He has shown you, O man, what is good.And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  ~Micah 6:8

Blessings to you all in the next year!


Stephanie, Shaun, Reagan & Madison

A New Day…

A new day.  2013, here we come!


Welcome to my new blog www.pixiedustmoments.wordpress.com!!

I have created this site to share some of the in’s and out’s of our crazy and creative life moments.  Hopefully this will be a place of fun and inspiration for those who find it.  God has blessed our family with 2 beautiful, energetic, and crazy-fun girls that keep us on our toes every moment of every day.  They are growing up so fast and I am constantly trying to find ways to make each day special and memorable with them.  Shaun and I are learning so much each day about life through parenting and marriage, good and challenging.  I want to share some of those lessons and how to’s that I have learned as we try to add a little pixie dust to the everyday mundane.  We are far from perfect and still have LOTS to learn as God leads us, but maybe you can find something helpful or enlightening in our “moments”  to add a little pixie dust to yours.

I have great expectations and aspirations for 2013!

Thanks again for hanging out with us!

God Bless YOU in this NEW YEAR!

1st Corintians 13 for Moms

1st Corinthians 13 for Moms

If my child speaks in the tongues of men or of angels, masters sign language at six months and Spanish and Mandrin Chinese by six years, but does not learn to love, she is only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If he has the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge-ABCs at a year, reading by two, writing chapter books in Kindergarten-but does not have love, he is nothing. If I volunteer for every mommy ministry-MOPS, AWANA, Sunday School, and if I give all I possess to the poor (or at least bring loads of groceries to the foodbank), but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy other mother’s lifestyle choices or possessions, it does not boast in the areas of my children’s natural strengths (while covering for their faults), it is not proud of the way my child potty trained before your child. It does not dishonor others by insisting that my method of parenting is the best, it is not self-seeking-hoping that you’ll notice how smart, talented or well rounded I am raising my child to be. It is not easily angered by perceived slights or misjudgments, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth that all of parenting is fueled and driven by God’s grace. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails-even where I have fallen painfully short of God’s best for my children. But where there are competitions to see whose body bounces back best after childbirth, they will cease; where there are verbal fights over the correct methods of discipline, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge about the best way to feed and clothe and nurture a child, it will pass away. For we know in part and we parent incompletely, but when they are fully grown, what we thought we knew about raising our children will disappear. When I was a new parent, I thought, spoke and reasoned with immaturity and without grace. As my children grew, I asked God to give me the wisdom to put these childish ways behind me. For now we see our children’s future as only a reflection as in a mirror; one day we will behold their adults selves face to face. Now I know in part; then we shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

(This was written & shared by Katie Loveland, a public health Program Manager who lives with her husband and two adorable children in Montana.)