November 16, 2012

17 Years

I'm not going to lie....I cried looking through these pictures.  (That's what fertility drugs will do to you.)  Belle came to live with us just as I was about to enter the hardest years of my life.  I don't really know how to say this without sounding completely corny, and maybe a little crazy, but I'll just say it, and Nick can make fun of me later.  I think God knew how much I would need Belle.  I can't look at her and actually believe that God isn't with us.  Because Belle is with us...and she's 17 freaking years old, and she should have died a long time ago.  But God has let her live....for me.

Okay, now I am totally sobbing (damn clomid).

Let's move onto pictures....lots of pictures.

Her 16th birthday party
I love you my sweet Belle! Thank you for letting me be your mama!


  1. I can't believe your dog is 17. That's amazing! I'm a beagle girl too. I had to put my girl down last summer at age 7 but I felt the same way about her as you do about yours. She was my once in a lifetime special dog. I have 2 more and I love them dearly but they can never replace that special bond.

  2. She is so dang cute! I love her!!

  3. The birthday pictures prove the whole Swenson clan is completely batty! I can't believe Shawn and Christina weren't required to be present for all of them. The Turlock branch is feeling a little guilty about giving up on Magsters today after 3 years of trying.