We are doing just little bits on the kitchen as time allows these days. We have finished the tiling now. And I was a bit unsure of my choice as we were putting them up, but after the grouting was done, I was very happy!
After lunch yesterday, Bell asked me if she could give the rest of her apple from lunch to her pig Cocoa. Shortly after I said yes, I heard that most painful cry from her that cocoa had died. My tears were quick to come, I felt that broken heart more than normal, so we sat for quite awhile with cocoa bundled up ready to be buried and cried together. I listened as Bell talked through all the things she loved about Cocoa and all of those things she was looking forward to with the upcoming warm weather that she had planned to do outside with cocoa. Bell was so grieved. All the girls have their own little pets, along with Noah. And they are such good lessons for each of them. We have gone through the loss of them many times before. Some times we have made the kids wait to pick new ones and sometimes we do not wait. Yesterday was one of those days we did not wait. Matt and I took Bell out after dinner to pick a new little pig. She just adores this new little life. She still carries that sting from Cocoa, but just a bit lighter now. Sometimes we cannot soothe their broken hearts, but sometimes it is a real blessing to be able to tangibly soothe that ache.
So this is the new little pig-Sweetie Bell. She has warmed up to Bell so quickly!